Polar Circle Marathon

26-27 Oct 2019

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Welcome to the Polar Circle Marathon media page.

Press Guide 2019

Click here to download a PDF of our 2019 Press Guide.

This official press guide provides a detailed look at the history, concept and all events organized by Albatros Adventure Marathons. Current events include The Great Wall Marathon, The Big Five Marathon, The Petra Desert Marathon, The Polar Circle Marathon and The Bagan Temple Marathon.


Media Gallery

Download images, videos, logos, the latest brochure and current press guide here.

Please credit all photos and videos with Albatros Adventure Marathons. Images can only be used for editorial purposes, unless permission has been granted by Albatros Adventure Marathons for other use.


Press Contact

If you are a member of the press and would like to request press accreditation please contact Steen Albrechtsen, Press Manager, sa@albatros-travel.dk.



If you need more information about the marathon, send an email to marathon@albatros-adventure.com.


History of Albatros Adventure Marathons, Organizers of The Polar Circle Marathon

It all began with in 1998 with a crazy idea to run a marathon on the Great Wall of China. In 1999, this idea became a reality with the running of the first Great Wall Marathon. The initial success of this "adventure marathon" concept led to the creation of a new organizing authority, Albatros Adventure Marathons, which set out to unite international runners through challenges hosted in locations of exceptional natural beauty and historical significance.

During the past two decades, Albatros Adventure Marathons has planned and organized 10 different running travel events around the world – this equates to a total of over 70 events! Today, our collection includes five major, internationally-recognized marathon events, each of which are held annually: The Great Wall Marathon, The Big Five Marathon, The Petra Desert Marathon, The Polar Circle Marathon and The Bagan Temple Marathon.

The Polar Circle Marathon is one of the most popular events and sells out quickly each year. 

Read the full story here.

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Polar Circle Marathon 2016

Polar Circle Marathon 2015

Polar Circle Marathon 2014

Polar Circle Marathon 2013

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In the media


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What others thought

I "got" all that I wanted: extremely cold temperatures, amazing landscape on the ice cap and along the road, end-of-the-world feeling. PLUS the organization was very good (considering the location...), the atmosphere between the runners at Polar Lodge very friendly. And the Polar Bear Challenge is such a good idea, for the challange AND for having the chance to go one more time on the ice cap, with possibly different weather conditions and so different "views".

Nicolas Muller,
2015 Polar Circle Marathon finisher

What a fantastic and intimate experience! I was amazed at the great logistics in such a harsh environment! Lars and Annette and the doctors were amazing hosts!

Lisa Forshey,
2015 Polar Circle Marathon finisher

It was an unbelievable experience, one that was truly out of the ordinary. If you enjoy extreme sports and going to different places, this is one for you. It was also extremely well run by the team in the harshest of conditions.

Heather Casey,
2015 Polar Circle Marathon finisher