A South African has just completed 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in just 7 Days!
Miami, Florida – The World Marathon Challenge is a logistical and physical challenge to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.
Competitors must run the standard 42.2 km marathon distance in Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America within 168 hours, or seven days and the clock starts when the first marathon begins in Antarctica.
After the initial marathon in Antarctica, competitors fly by charter plane to every marathon location around the globe.
And out of 41 competitors this year, Ross Taggart is the first and only South African who participated!
“Ross has been running long distance since high school. He enjoys stage races and has finished the Marathon Des Sables twice as well as a lot of South African marathons and a Skyrun Ultra. He supplements his running with karate.
To date, however, he has not run Comrades which means that most South Africans consider that he not a proper runner!
Ross is self-employed in the packing industry, married with two kids, and lives in sunny South Africa, the second leg of the World Marathon Challenge.
He was very much looking forward to the Santiago race as it’s a city he has been wanting to see for some time. His favourite marathon so far was Paris, although the wine one kilometre from the end made him feel a bit funky.”
Ross completed the epic race, holding South Africa’s flag high, while finishing in 16th position!
The 2018 World Marathon Challenge started in Antarctica on January 30th at 10:13 Miami time and the final race finisher in Miami completed the event on February 5th at 21:47 Miami time, or 6 days 11 hours 34 minutes (the final race started at 14:20 Miami time).
Becca Pizzi (USA), who already holds the women’s record since 2016 for the best average marathon time (3:55:11 hrs), set a new women’s world record of 6 days 7 hours 58 minutes for fastest duration to complete marathons on all 7 continents.
Gary Thornton (IRL) won the men’s race with an average time of 3:12:19 hrs, and running sub 3 hours in Antarctica and Australia along the way.
The effective temperature fluctuation between the first two races was about 21℃, with it dipping to -15℃ windchill in Antarctica and climbing to 24℃ in Cape Town, Africa, the following day.