World's Coolest Marathon ®

about the event

Welcome to the running experience of a lifetime. In 2024, we'll offer two unique opportunities to runners like you to participate the North Pole Marathon, so you can make history as a continuing new breed of Arctic adventurer: the spring race with flights to the North Pole, and the summer race via an icebreaker to the North Pole.By competing in the World's Coolest Marathon®, the North Pole Marathon®, you can become one of a truly select few to race at the top of the world - at the Geographic North Pole. And you will feel on top of the world when you manage to overcome the extreme sub-zero temperatures to finish 42.195km (26.2 miles) in one of the remotest parts of the planet.

North Pole Adventure

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 3 to 12 feet separating you from 12,000 feet of Arctic Ocean? Can you handle the 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. This amazing race will additionally offer athletes who have completed a marathon on all seven continents the opportunity of joining the exclusive Marathon Grand Slam Club by also completing this marathon on the Arctic Ocean.

Don't let this once-in-a-lifetime experience slip away. Register for the event and join like-minded runners from around the world at the North Pole Marathon.



Before embarking on the journey to the North Pole, the group will gather in Paris and then fly to Longyearbyen, the capital of the Svalbard Islands situated in the Arctic Ocean.



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)