The Toughest Marathon in The World
What is the Toughest Marathon in The World? I guess the if you are a marathon runner, every marathon is tough.. But for those who have been-there done-that type of runners, and are looking to kick their challenge off the cliff, a regular 26.2 marathon run, at the local town is not so adventurous as they need.
There is no single toughest marathon race, but there are a few tough marathon events which check the limits of human fitness. Here below you can read about some of the wildest marathon runs, in the most extreme places and climates in the world. These races are for ultra-fit marathon runners, and should not be your first marathon event..
Some marathons, are parts of ultra-marathon, those runs which a marathon 26.6 miles is just part of the race..
African Toughest Marathon Races
Marathon des Sables and the Sahara Marathon are known as the toughest marathons in Africa, here is a frightening description to the Marathon des Sables:
Why this IS the toughest footrace on Earth
It covers 243km/151 miles (in sections similar to 25, 34, 38, 82, 42, 22 km) run over 6 days (7 for some) – equivalent to 5 1/2 regular marathons. That’s a speed of between 3 and 14 km an hour for competitors aged between 16 and 78). In addition to that, competitors have to carry everything they will need for the duration (apart from a tent) on their backs in a rucksack (food, clothes, medical kit, sleeping bag etc). Water is rationed and handed out at each checkpoint.
You will have to prepare all your own food throughout the race and I warn you that there is not a chain of Tesco stores or corner grocery shops dotted around the Sahara. You will experience mid-day temperatures of up to 120°F, of running or walking on uneven rocky, stony ground as well as 15 – 20% of the distance being in sand dunes.
The heat, distance and rubbing will trash your feet and may cause severe trauma if incorrect shoes and equipment are used. Mental stamina probably constitutes at least 50% of whether you will complete the distance or not. Physical fitness is important but don’t underestimate the mental stress that you will need to endure. Even if you have run dozens of 26 mile marathons, this does not mean that you will automatically find the MdS easy – either way you will be planning to do lots of training prior to the MdS.
On the 4th day, you will set off across the barren wilderness to complete a 45 – 50 mile stage. Few people complete this before dark that evening and some will not come in till after dark the next night. This is followed by the 42km Marathon stage!! Its tough, so don’t say that nobody warned you in the strongest terms. Learn more about this race..
The Coldest Marathon In Northern Hemisphere
The North Pole Marathon is a real climate challenge as the run is done in extreme cold weather! It is a Guinness World Record holder as the Northernmost Marathon on Earth. Those who finish it are truly at the ‘top of the world’. The tough marathon race is run not on trail but on the frozen north sea ice cap! With the freezing ocean a few feet below the runners.
The Freezing Antarctica Marathon
There is not much to say, Antarctica is the true last frontier! The seventh continent, the coldest weather, the most freezing winds. The organizers of the North Pole Marathon have created the Antarctica Marathon too. See this short description by Ice Marathon of what is expected.
The Antarctic Ice Marathon is the southernmost marathon on earth and a unique opportunity to complete a marathon that is truly worthy of the seventh continent. Don’t expect to run your quickest time, however, as winds can blow from the Pole at a steady 10-25 knots. Also, forget about penguins or crowds cheering you along the route – no penguins live this far south and you will have to rely upon yourself to push onward in the hushed, indomitable surroundings. Read more..
The Toughest Mountainous Marathon
There are several tough high climbing marathon events, each of them crossing mountain peaks and raising above tree levels. Some of the runs rise so high the air gets too thin, and running becomes a sheer nightmare.
The Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon – Is the highest marathon run in the world! Here is what you need to expect from the Everest Marathon:
The marathon starts from the Everest Base Camp (5364m/17,598ft) and finishes at the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar at (3446m/11306ft). The measured distance of the course is 42.195 km (26.2 miles) over rough mountain trails.
All participants of are requested to be in Nepal three weeks prior to the race for acclimatizing to the high altitude. Read more..
So if running 26.2 miles is boring, if you need some more excitement, than these tough runs can certainly be more interesting, with polar bears and penguins, as spectators.
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