World's Coolest Marathon ®

about the event
images from 2018 Fwd north pole marathon

First you must ask yourself if you have got the nerve and drive to travel to the North Pole and run on Arctic ice floes, with 6 to 12 feet separating you from 12,000 feet of Arctic Ocean? Can you handle the extreme cold? Are you fit enough? Do you want to push yourself to the edge? If the answer is yes, then you are ready for the North Pole Marathon, a trip of a lifetime. Remember, this marathon is not run on land - it is run 'on' water, frozen water, in the high Arctic Ocean. You will never have a greater adventure marathon story.

The North Pole Marathon will also feature an exciting team challenge, with the title decided by the cumulative time of a team's first three finishers. Whether comprised from an army division, company, athletics club or charity, your team can enter this contest. This amazing race will additionally offer athletes who have completed a marathon on all seven continents the opportunity of joining the exclusive North Pole Marathon Grand Slam Club by also completing this marathon on the Arctic Ocean.

Don't let this experience of a lifetime pass you by. Sign up for the events and Runbuk Inc. will provide:

· return flights from Svalbard (Norway) to the North Pole camp
· accommodation while at the Pole
· entry to the official North Pole Marathon
· helicopter flights in the polar region
· the opportunity to stand at the exact Geographic North Pole
· t-shirts, medals, certificates and souvenirs
· professional photography of the race (personal use)
· professional video of the race (personal use)
· medical support during the trip

More about the race

North Pole Adventure



Before flying to the North Pole, the group will meet at Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard Islands located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole.


gear & training

A layering system is necessary to keep you warm while being light enough to enable you to undertake a physical challenge at the top of the world.


official gear

North Pole Marathon official technical jacket.



I've been at the Pole before but this was pleasantly different in that I didn't have to haul a sled there! The race is a unique combination of two things I enjoy: polar challenges and marathon running. It's a great test of fitness and stamina. Well done.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, UK (Polar Explorer)

"Nothing quite compares to the surreal experience of the North Pole Marathon. It's a priceless adventure."

Steven Seaton, UK (Editor of Runner's World Magazine)

"The whole experience of arriving at the top of the world and competing in the marathon was absolutely amazing. Fantastic fellow competitors and tough conditions gave the PizzaExpress team a truly unique adventure at the Pole and the genuine challenge we were looking for."

Harvey Smyth, UK (CEO PizzaExpress)