Registration for the 18th North Pole Marathon is a simple two-step process. You must
1. Agree to the Terms & Conditions, and complete the Application Form below, and
2. Pay the full entry fee.
There will be two events in 2023. The 17th edition is scheduled to take place on April 10th, 2023, which is already full; the 18th edition is scheduled to take place on April 13th 2023. You are now signing up for the 18th edition.
The race field is strictly limited and these will be allotted to competitors and media on a first come first served basis.
Please note that if you have time pressures you should NOT register for this race. It is a polar trip and you must be flexible in case there are delays.
Please print this page and retain for your records. Once the full entry fee or deposit has been received, your place will be confirmed in the field.
Please note that Beijing Palace International Travel Service Co. Ltd is the exclusive Chinese agent for the North Pole Marathon. All Chinese citizens should register for the event via the following details:
Tel: +86 10 58603631, +86 13901201170
There is an individual competition for both male and female competitors and a team competition for teams of three.
1. The event is the classic marathon distance of 42.2km (26.2 miles). There is also a half-marathon option.
2. Individual results will be categorized into male and female divisions.
3. The team competition will not have divisions based on gender. A team may therefore comprise both male and female members. Team positions are decided by the cumulative time of the top three competitors on each team. Team members do not have to run / finish together.
4. Any athlete who exhibits severe conditions that are deemed detrimental to their health may be withdrawn from the race by officials or stopped temporarily while appropriate treatment and advice is administered.
5. The Race Director's decisions are final.
Your submission of the registration form accepts the Rules and Regulations as outlined above. The overall fee is EUR 17,900, which is due at the time of registration.
1. Fill in the Application Form and click Register for the 18th North Pole Marathon, and
2. Agree to the Terms & Conditions when prompted, and
3. Make the relevant payment in order to confirm your place.
Please proceed to the terms and conditions to see full details of the trip.
The North Pole Marathon will be run over the classic marathon distance of 42.2km (26.2 miles).
The provisional dates of the overall trip are April 10th - April 15th, 2023. The dates of the expedition to the North Pole are April 12th – 14th, 2023*.
Day 1: April 10th - Arrive in Svalbard.
Day 2: April 11th - Pre-Departure Briefings.
Day 3: April 12th - Depart from Svalbard to North Pole Camp.
Day 4: April 13th - The North Pole Marathon. Helicopter flight to 90N.
Day 5: April 14th - Return flight to Svalbard.
Day 6: April 15th - Depart to Homeland.
*Please note that delays can occur with polar travel and must be anticipated. Do not plan anything important around a polar trip.
The price is EUR €17,900 and includes
· return flights from Svalbard (Norway) or Russia 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 only)
· professional video of the race (personal use only)
· medical support during the tripe
A completed Registration Form, which includes agreement with the Terms & Conditions, and payment of EUR €17,900 are required to secure a place in the field.
All participants should be in excellent health and capable of easily completing a regular 42.2km (26.2 mile) marathon. Please consult with your doctor before entering the North Pole Marathon.
Full payment of EUR €17,900 to firmly secure place is required on initial registration.
The preferred method is by bank wire transfer: contact Oliver Wang at email@example.com for the relevant bank details.
- Cancellations before March 31st 2023 can be charged €2,500.
- Cancellations from March 31st 2023 - November 30th 2023 can be charged €6,000.
- Cancellations from November 30th 2023 - January 31st 2024 can be charged €12,000.
- Cancellations after January 31st 2024 can be charged the full entry fee.
Please note: In the event of withdrawal by a participant, every effort will be made to find a replacement competitor rather than charge any fee, and this would normally be quite feasible. A withdrawing competitor may also directly transfer his or her place to another person. We will not transfer your entry to a future year.
There are no passports or travel documents required for the North Pole. However, you must have a valid passport beyond your date of return and the appropriate visa documents, if relevant, for entry to Norway or Russia. The organisers will assist with supplying any documentation necessary for visas.
Each participant is responsible for their own insurance to cover trip cancellation and interruption. For example, you may get injured and need to cancel your trip. Furthermore, weather-related delays and other delays can occur in such an extreme environment and the organizers cannot be held responsible for such disruption. Emergency medical evacuation insurance should also be obtained.
There are limits to how much baggage each participant can bring. The baggage allowance travelling from the departure point to the Pole is 15kg.
I understand that during the race or in related activities, I may be photographed, filmed, and/or videotaped. I agree to allow my name, photo, video or film likeness to be used for any legitimate promotional purpose by the event holders, producers, sponsors, organisers and assigns. (In cases where there are Army Special Forces involved, Runbuk Inc. will agree to protect identities as requested – it is most likely that all athletes will be wearing facemasks in the event).
I certify that I will have adequate insurance to cover unanticipated trip cancellation / interruption, and any injury or damage that may occur on the trip, or which I may suffer while participating, or else I agree to bear the costs of such injury or damage myself.
I acknowledge that I have voluntarily applied to participate in the North Pole Marathon and that I have carefully read and understand the description, terms, conditions and recommendations of the expedition. I am participating in this trip with full knowledge of any hazards involved. I also understand that the dates of the trip and departure point may change from those specified on this form.
I understand that the North Pole, and Arctic Ice Pack, is over 2,000 km across and will be desolate of many western standard rescue facilities. I understand that I will be lodging on an active ice floe that is 6 to 12 feet thick on top of the Arctic Ocean, and that sudden cracks (leads), pressure ridges, and ocean currents can expose the ocean at any time; that temperatures in April can be below -40 degrees Celsius, with wind chills to -100 degrees Celsius; that bad weather and aircraft malfunction could strand the expedition for many days; that prolonged exposure to the polar environment can cause loss of fingers, toes, and body parts due to frostbite, or loss of life due to many causes including hypothermia, dehydration or even drowning or polar bear attacks.
I further understand that Runbuk Inc., the Race Director and other organizers cannot 100% guarantee the safety of competitors when transporting them since this expedition will be carried out in one of the harshest and most remote environments on earth.
Furthermore I understand that participating in physical activities in the North Pole area may put me at some risk of death, falling or being blown into the frigid waters and other perils. I also agree that the specific activity of running or walking in the North Pole vicinity may, in an extreme worst case scenario, place me at risk of death from the frigid conditions as well as being lost in the Arctic due to poor weather or loss of communication as well as accident or illness, fully understanding that I am in a remote region devoid of many medical supplies and facilities.
In consideration of being permitted to participate in this trip, I fully assume responsibility upon myself for such bodily, mental, and financial injuries and delays caused by, but not limited to various surface transportation, accidents, aircraft malfunctions, hazards of traveling in the Arctic environment, forces of nature, civil unrest, terrorism, and other perils. I freely assume these and all other risks inherent in this North Pole Expedition, in exchange for the thrill and adventure of traveling to the Arctic Region.
I hereby assume all risks, however caused, including those mentioned above, as a result of my participation.
In consideration of the services of Runbuk, Inc. (433 Airport Blvd. Suite 415, Burlingame, CA 94010, USA), the Race Director and agents, owners, officers, volunteers, participants, employees, sponsors, medical personnel and all other persons, or entities acting in any capacity on their behalf: I hereby agree to release, indemnify, and discharge them, on behalf of myself, my children, my parents, my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and estate as follows:
I release Runbuk Inc. and all of its agents and representatives or other entities acting on their behalf from any and all liability, actions, causes of actions, suits, debts, and demands that I may have for bodily injury, death, or property damage, loss of income, delays and claims of every sort and nature whatsoever which may arise out of or in connection with my participation in the North Pole Marathon.
Runbuk Inc. reserves the right to cancel the 18th edition of the North Pole Marathon if it does not reach a minimum level of participants to make it economically feasible to operate. Competitors will be informed by November 30th 2022. The refund of all monies received will be the limit of our liability. We will not be liable for other costs incurred by you in preparing for the trip. In the event of a late cancellation of the race due to unforeseen circumstances, Runbuk Inc. agrees to provide the same trip at the next possible opportunity at no additional cost to the competitor.
The validity, construction and performance of this Agreement shall be governed in accordance with the laws of the USA. The parties hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the USA as regards any claim, dispute, or matter arising out of, or in connection with this Agreement.
I have carefully read and understand the description, terms, conditions and recommendations of the 18th edition of the North Pole Marathon and I am participating with a thorough knowledge of the hazards involved. I freely and voluntarily agree to the terms and conditions of the 18th edition of the North Pole Marathon by signing this contract.