Welcome to The Official 7 Continents Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & Ultra Marathon Club! "Official?" You ask. We know there are other organizations out there who recognize runners for completing marathons on each of the 7 Continents. However, they are selective and incomplete lists. Further they are limited to only marathons. The mission of our organization is to compile the first all-inclusive "Official" list of ALL 7 continent marathon, 1/2 marathon & ultra Marathon finishers. But it's more than that.
We are a non-profit corporation who wants to promote both education and running. It is our hope that as membership grows, we will be able to provide a scholarship fund to our members that will provide a scholarship to a member's child.
Lastly, we would like address some recent concerns expressed in the media about what should or should not count as a completed race in Antarctica. Specifically, we have heard from some people they are unhappy with our organization accepting the results from the 2013 White Continent Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, because some of the runners, due to safety concerns, had to be evacuated from King George Island and thus they completed the race in Punta Arenas, Chile.
We fully support the decision of the Race Director to ensure the safety of their runners over anything else. Antarctica's weather is unpredictable and it changes quickly and sporadically. We believe it is unconscionable and reprehensible that anyone would question the decision to safely evacuate the runners and be allowed to complete their race AND receive full credit for it, since the reason for their evacuation was due to an act of God.
If that is insufficient clarity on the topic, let us elaborate. Those who have raised an issue are anything but the moral authority on what does or does not constitute a legitimate race in Antarctica. In fact, it is ironic that one of those raising an issue, had an official distance at his 1997 race of 24 to 25 miles -- well short of a true marathon. The 1997 race should by that very standard not count as a legitimate race in Antarctica. Further, his 2001 race was held on a boat. His runners never ran on Antarctica during their race. That too, should not count as a race on Antarctica.
Regardless, each race director certified all of their runners completed a marathon on Antarctica, even if at some races they didn't run the full marathon distance, or ran on a boat near Antarctica, or ran most in Antarctica and some in Chile. The bottom line is that we recognize it is the Race Director's prerogative as to whether a race will count. It is not our role to question the legitimacy of their races. Neither is it their role to question the legitimacy of other races.
Again, this is the reason why we are The Official 7 Continents Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & Ultra Club!! We accept at face value the Race Director's certification of results. The others do not.
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