Antarctica Marathon®️ & Half 2024 Voyage One
Enter the Antarctica Marathon® 2024
Marathon Tours & Travel has been offering the Antarctica Marathon® & Half-Marathon since its inception in 1995. As the proud event organizer and the exclusive tour operator, we are excited to bring almost 360 runners and their supporters to this authentic event in 2024.Additionally, for the first time an Ultra 50K will be offered!
The Antarctica Marathon® Package begins with three nights in Buenos Aires where you will meet your running peers, participate in a few optional training runs and attend the mandatory race briefing and welcome dinner. We fly you to Ushuaia, which is located at the southern tip of Argentina. It is here where you will start your journey to Antarctica aboard our significantly enhanced ship, the Ocean Victory. Over the course of several days, you will sail through the Beagle Channel across the Drake Passage, through the Shetland Islands and before reaching King George Island – the location of the Marathon, Half-Marathon and Ultra 50K!
Places available from $14,850.00per person
Travel Package Information
Tuesday 5th March, 2024
Flights arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina and passengers are transferred to the Alvear Icon Hotel. There will be an optional light training run in the late afternoon. Most flights will arrive at the Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) and transfers are arranged for only those arriving at this airport between the hours of 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM. You have this evening to explore some of the city’s famous restaurants, which are a short walk from your hotel.
Wednesday 6th March, 2024
Following breakfast, enjoy a half-day city tour, which will introduce you to the vibrant capital of Argentina. There is an optional 4:00 PM light training run in the National Park.
We look forward to seeing you at the evening cocktail reception, followed by a welcome dinner and the important mandatory race check-in/briefing at the hotel. (breakfast and dinner included)
Thursday 7th March, 2024
Enjoy today to explore more of Buenos Aires and/or participate in a group light training run at 4:00 PM in the National Park. You have this evening to explore some of this city’s famous restaurants just a short walk to Puerto Madero. (breakfast included)
Friday 8th March, 2024
Guests on the Ocean Victory will be transferred to the airport for an early morning flight to Ushuaia in the province of Tierra del Fuego, the world’s southernmost city. Depending on flight arrival time, it’s possible you will have time to explore this interesting town with plenty of shops and restaurants; and then be ready to board the ship in the afternoon for your departure to Antarctica. Once you are settled in your cabin, we will regroup with a Welcome Reception and briefing on shipboard safety. (breakfast and dinner included)
Saturday 9th March, 2024
These two days are spent sailing down the Beagle Channel and at sea crossing the Drake Passage. Videos and lectures will introduce visitors to the wildlife, climate and history of Antarctica. When we arrive at King George Island on the second afternoon, the race operations crew will go ashore to set up the course for the following day. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Sunday 10th March, 2024
Continue sailing down the Beagle Channel and at sea crossing the Drake Passage. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Monday 11th March, 2024
Race Day! The course has been prepared with flags and mileage markers. Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind with the weather. The Wave 1 race will start at 7:00 AM and Wave 2 will start at 1:00 PM, but is subject to change based on weather. You should plan on a 6 hour and 30 minute time limit (weather permitting). After this major accomplishment, enjoy a post-race party and celebration this evening! The ship heads south overnight toward the Antarctica Peninsula. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Tuesday 12th March, 2024
We awake to the panoramic views of glaciers mountains and pristine bays and channels. Weaving among the icebergs, our destination is Paradise Bay, one of the most beautiful places on Earth. A sunny afternoon will permit us to have a barbecue and race awards ceremony on the stern deck. The zodiacs will bring us to shore for a visit to the vacated Argentine base nestled at the base of a hill where visitors are welcome to climb to the peak for a bird’s eye view of the area. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Wednesday 13th March, 2024
These next three days we hope to find ourselves in the fjords near the Lemaire Channel where humpbacks cruise for krill (small crustaceans). (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Thursday 14th March, 2024
Another day enjoying the onboard facilities on the ship. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Friday 15th March, 2024
Another day onboard the ship. This afternoon we leave the “White Continent” to re-cross the Drake Passage. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Saturday 16th March, 2024
We spend two days at sea on our return voyage hoping for calm seas to glorify in the memory of accomplishing a life-changing experience. We first sight land at Cape Horn, Chile where we will approach our return port at Ushuaia. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Monday 18th March, 2024
This morning will find us in Ushuaia at about 8:00 AM, where we disembark and check-in for our return flights to Buenos Aires and then onward to your international flights back home. Flights departing from Buenos Aires to your home city should not depart before 8:30 PM. You should consider booking a one night (or more) stay on the return to relax before your long flights home. (breakfast included).
Marathon Tours & Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary due to flight schedule changes, weather or any other reason that it deems necessary for the safe and enjoyable execution of this trip. It may be necessary for some guests to overnight in Ushuaia on the return due to delays, flight availability or other reasons. In this case, the guest is responsible for the additional hotel cost, which will be approximately $130 per person in a double room.
Packages & Rates
Prices for 2024 from $14,850 per person
Marathon Tours & Travel 2024 Antarctica Marathon®️, Half & Ultra Voyage One Package Includes:
- Ten nights on the Ocean Victory
- Three nights hotel accommodations at the Alvear Icon Hotel in Buenos Aires from 5th March to 8th March
- All hotel taxes
- Full breakfast each morning at the hotel
- Half-Day Guided City Tour in Buenos Aires
- Welcome Reception and Dinner
- Roundtrip flights to Ushuaia
- Airport Transfers (see note below)
- Three meals daily, afternoon tea and happy hour on board your ship
- Drink Package during lunch and dinner
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Reception
- Official Expedition Parka
- Official Antarctica Marathon® Tech Race Shirt
- Lecture program on board your ship
- Zodiac and wildlife excursions
- Kayaking with whales option (additional cost)
- Services of Marathon Tours & Travel staff
- Photographic package including race, excursion and trip-log
- Ocean Victory Staff Tips
- Race entry fee is $412 additional
- Meals unless noted on the itinerary
- Gratuities and tips
- Travel Insurance
- Airfare to/from Buenos Aires
NOTE: AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Airport transfers are provided for guests on arrival day (5th March) from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM from the Ezezia International Airport (EZE). Outside of these days/times, you are responsible to get to the Alvear Icon Hotel in Buenos Aires on your own. Airport transfers are included for your roundtrip flights to/from Ushuaia. Transfers are also included from the airport back to the Alvear Icon Hotel if you book extra nights after the cruise. Transfers back to the airport are on your own.
As the exclusive Tour Operator to this event, we are very pleased to offer guaranteed entry into the Antarctica Marathon for the distance of your choice. Please note, this event typically sells out two years in advance.
- Extra nights at Buenos Aires hotel from $240pp
ALL PRICES IN AUD
Antarctica Tour Package
Category E French Balcony Stateroom $15,345.00 Category D Porthole Stateroom $14,850.00 Category C Balcony Stateroom $16,335.00 Category B Balcony Suite $18,810.00 Race Entry $412 Single Supplement: Buenos Aires Hotel Only $825 Additional Night: Buenos Aires Only $240
This stylish cruise ship is ideally suited for our business model of small ship expeditions and is deployed and dedicated to varied Antarctic region voyages.
With a total of 93 comfortable staterooms for our guests, all with a view of the ocean, (and 90% with their own balcony), several restaurants, a wellness area, an Albatross Nordic Bar, an open deck dining facility, a modern lecture lounge, and other amenities, the vessel will also be environmentally-friendly onboard, with an implementation of the Green Initiative Program, ensuring both absolute comfort and sustainability for our guests.Alvear Icon Hotel - Buenos Aires
Enjoy a luxurious escape in this newly built 5-star hotel owned and managed by the Alvear Group. You are a walk away from many restaurants at Puerto Madeira. With elegant guest rooms, gourmet restaurants, and five-star amenities it’s the perfect location to kick-off our Antarctica Tour. You are also just a few blocks away from great running trails in the park along the Rio de la Plata.
Race Date: 12 March 2024
Race Time: 7:00 AM
The Course: The course will be routed over a roller coaster course toward Artigas, the Uruguayan Base at the western end of Collins Glacier. The course is entirely on dirt roads, which often can be muddy. The course changes each year based on the base operations as well as road and weather conditions. All runners must be self-sufficient and cannot expect any access to indoor facilities.
Charitable Objective: Each year Marathon Tours & Travel offers runners the opportunity to sponsor an official Antarctica Marathon®️ and Half-Marathon Mile Marker(s). The proceeds of the Mile Markers are donated to Oceanites, which is the official non-profit organization of the Antarctica Marathon®️ and Half-Marathon. In return, the runner gets to keep his/her sponsored mile marker after the race as a great souvenir! You can sponsor a mile marker by completing the Antarctica Marathon®️ Mile Marker Sponsorship Form. Oceanites has been researching the effect of climate change and tourism on Antarctica for more than 20 years. They have collected valuable data on wildlife and plant populations to support further research on this most pristine part of our planet. In addition to the sponsored mile markers there is a live on-board auction during the tour with all proceeds also going to Oceanites!
Temperature: Average temperatures range between 15F-34F minus the wind chill, which can lower it by about 10F. Heavy snow is rare but light flurries are common.
Course Time Limit: Ultra-Marathon runners must finish in under eight hours, weather permitting. Marathoners must finish under 6.5 hours, weather permitting. You must pass the halfway mark in three hours and 10 minutes and Half-Marathoners must finish under 4 hours, weather permitting. Course marshals have the responsibility to disqualify any runner who might endanger himself or herself through fatigue, hypothermia or dehydration.
Number Pickup: Race check-in and the briefing with emphasis on the environmental rules and regulations governing this event will be held at the welcome dinner in Buenos Aires. Attendance is mandatory for participation in the race.
Shoes: You will not need any special shoes. A training shoe designed for off-road running is best. Bring two pair since it might be wet and muddy. Racing flats are not recommended. NOTE: trekking poles or any other aid are not allowed in either event.
Recommended Packing List: Gear List
Eligibility: All runners must be at least 18 years of age on race day for participation in the marathon. There is no age limit for the half-marathon..
Awards: The top three overall for males and females in both races will be recognized. In the marathon, the top two in each age category will be recognized (under 40, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over). All finishers will receive a finisher certificate and a medallion.
Difficulty: Very Difficult
Registration & Booking
How to Book
To make your booking, click on the ‘book now’ button in the grid below, ensuring that you select the correct number of rooms and types for all members in your party plus all the required extras. When you book, we will require a deposit to confirm your place. You must be a Seven Continents Club member to book this voyage.
Marathon Tours & Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary, times, and/or running course without further notice in the event of extreme weather.
By signing up for this event you agree to the Terms & Conditions.
Please note that it is each traveler’s responsibility to check visa and passport requirements and ensure that they comply. Obtaining a passport and, if required, a visa, is solely the responsibility of each traveler.
You must have a valid passport that matches the name on your airline tickets and the name on this confirmation for the ship manifest. Your passport should be valid for six (6) months after your return date. No visas are necessary for US, Canada and most countries. Please check online to see if you need a visa. IMPORTANT: enclose a copy of your passport photo page and page that lists date of issue, etc. with your paperwork.
In consideration for my entry acceptance, I hereby for myself my heirs, executors and administrators release any and all rights for damages I may have against the sponsors, organizers, government officials, Marathon Tours, Inc. and Albatros Expeditions A/S or its affiliates, or any individual associated with the event. I attest that I am physically fit to complete in this challenging event. I grant full permission to any and all of the foregoing to use my likeness in all media including photographs, pictures, recordings, or other record of this event for any legitimate purpose. I also understand that I am traveling to a very remote destination and that weather, acts of God and other forces beyond any person’s control may prevent the event from taking place. If the event is not held due to circumstances beyond our control such as but not limited to weather, acts of God or force majeure, I understand that no refund of my travel expenses or entry fees will be reimbursed.
These tours are operated by Marathon Tours, Inc. of Chelsea, MA who acts only as an agent for the passenger to the companies offering such services and assumes no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity caused by any reason whatsoever by any party offering such services. All terms and conditions offered are governed by the laws of Massachusetts. The right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure with a refund, less applicable credit card and processing fees, made as full settlement to the passenger. The right is reserved by Marathon Tours, Inc. to deny acceptance of a booking application by any person. Marathon Tours, Inc. may make any changes or alterations in the itinerary as it deems necessary for the proper handling of the tour. The sole responsibility of any airline used is limited to that set out in the passenger contract evidenced by the ticket. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time that the passengers are not on board their aircraft. All race participants must sign the trip application which acts as the race entry form and liability waiver.