More than 60 competitors took off from Union Station, Antarctica to race the 2022 Antarctic Ice Marathon. The race was won by Sean Tobin of Ireland in a continental record of 2:53:33. Becca Pizzi, from the United States, won the women’s race with a time of 4:24.15.
The 28-year-old Irishman has won Irish national titles over 1,500m and 10,000m, however, running in the snow is a different story altogether. His 1500m best is 3:41.80, while his 10,000m personal record is 28:30.91. He is likely capable of a sub-2:15 marathon on the asphalt.
“You just sink (into the snow)… One turn I took, I just went completely legless and hit the ground. I was trying to get up and go again,” he RTE News after finishing.
Irish runner Sean Tobin has set a marathon record with a difference, becoming the fastest man to cover the 42km distance in Antarctica as he won 'the southernmost marathon on Earth' | @RTEsport |— RTÉ News (@rtenews) December 16, 2022
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In 2016 Pizzi — a Massachusetts mother — was the first American woman to complete the World Marathon Challenge, a series of seven marathons on seven continents in seven consecutive days, for which she holds the current record.
Her seven contental races included the Ice Marathon at Union Glacier, Antarctica as well as marathons in, Punta Arenas, Chile; Miami, Florida; Madrid, Spain; Marrakesh, Morocco; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Sydney, Australia)