Antarctic Ice Marathon















2019 Competitors

Abisoye Adekanmbi (USA)

Based out of New York, Abisoye started her marathon career in 2010 and, to date, has completed the six world marathon majors. A prolific competitor she has completed 67 marathons all over the world including some premier events such as the Everest Marathon, Inca Trail, Pikes Peak, Zermatt, Comrades, Two Oceans, Great Wall, Petra Desert, Mozart100, and Kilimanjoro Marathon. A successful 2019 Antarctic Ice Marathon will see her complete a marathon on all seven continents with her next goal of becoming a Marathon Grand Slam member by competing in the North Pole Marathon.

Bagdat Akhmetov (KAZ)

An expert martial arts practitioner with black belts in Kudo, Kyokushinkai Karate and Judo, Bagdat only started running marathons in 2018. Since then, he has completed four marathons and two half-marathons including some majors in New York, Chicago, Berlin, and London. After the Antarctic Ice Marathon he is scheduled to compete in Tokyo and Boston and ultimately hopes to compete the World Marathon Challenge (7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days).

Lawrence Bradley (USA)

Larry has run sixty-eight marathons over thirty-three years. With his running buddies on Team Susan, he has run the World Majors and covered 6 continents (Antarctica will be no. 7). They’ve had great trips and seen some fantastic places and fully expect the Antarctic Ice Marathon to be one of the highlights.

Wai Hung Paul Cheung (HKG)

A successful Antarctic Ice Marathon will see Paul, an accountant and amateur runner from Hong Kong, complete a marathon on all seven continents and join the 7 Continents Marathon Club. One of Paul’s best friends committed suicide this year and Paul’s primary purpose in competing in this year's Antarctic Ice Marathon is to raise funds for the Samaritan Befrienders of Hong Kong, an NGO committed to suicide prevention.

Pierre Allou d’Hemecourt (USA)

Pierre has run 18 marathons to date with a best time of 3:42. He has run all of the marathon majors on three continents so far: North America, Europe and Asia. In time, he hopes to join the 7 Continents Marathon Club.

Michael Dolan (GBR)

Mick started his running career in 2015 by participating in local 5km road races. he subsequently completed the London Marathon in 2016, which he thought would be his one and only venture into long distance running. He has moved along significantly since then and the 2019 Antarctic Ice Marathon will see him complete a marathon on six of the seven continents.

Nancy Driscoll (USA)

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Louise Edwards (AUS)

Louise, originally from Manchester in the UK, has been living in Melbourne Australia for the last 25 years. The Antarctic Ice Marathon will be Louise’s 7th continent. She is not sure which is the most unbelievable, that she will join the elusive 7 Continents Marathon Club or that her mate Cathy (Emerson) was daft enough to join her on this crazy adventure. Louise has used running as a good excuse to travel to some amazing places with highlights being the Tenzing-Hilary Everest, Inca Trial and New York Marathons She is running to raise funds for Sanjiwani Public Health Mission in Ghandruk, Nepal ( A community that Louise and Cathy have been privileged to spend time visiting.

Catherine Emerson (AUS)

Cathy is an Australian currently living in London.  She took up distance running in 2002 and has run 8 marathons and many half marathons. The Antarctic Ice Marathon will be Cathy’s 7th continent having been convinced to take up the challenge by her good mate Louise (Edwards).  Cathy, like Louise, has ustilised running as a good excuse to travel and has completed the Tenzing-Hilary Everest, Inca Trial, Victoria Falls, Outback (Australia), Paris and New York Marathons. Cathy is also running to raise funds for Sanjiwani Public Health Mission in Ghandruk, Nepal.

Ludivina Budano Ferrer (PHI)

Ludy is an accountant by profession and running is her way to de-stress. In 2015, on her 50th birthday, she did the Great Wall run. Some of her friends considered her “crazy” to do it, but she thought it as a good kick-starter at 50 years of age. Asdie from running, Ludy likes to travel and enjoy adventure and challenges. A successful 2019 Antarctic Ice Marathon will see her complete a half-marathon on all seven continents.

Antonin Fryc (CZE)

Antonin has run six marathons including Hamburg, Prague and New York, in addition to completing any half-marathons in the Czech Republic and other European countries. He also competed in one ultramarathon in Cape Town, South Africa. Antonin ran his personal best of 3:44 hrs in New York and is an avid traveller who is using this event as a running vacation.

Lenka Frycova (CZE)

Lenka runs distances from half marathons to ultramarathons, including 125 km races, and she especially likes trail races in the mountains. The Antarctic Ice Marathon is a birthday present and this journey will be the opportunity to visit a beautiful place and discover a new dimension of running. Beyond running, her other big hobby is painting (acrylic and aquarelle) and she has several exhibitions: See

Brianna Galvin (USA)

Brianna considers herself a novice to marathon running despite having run several marathons. Her athletic background is actually volleyball, which she played as a teenager and through college before deciding to run her first marathon in Chicago. Brianna ran her second marathon five years later and has now completed a marathon on four continents. She plans on running in Australia and Africa after the Antarctic Ice Marathon to add to her continent tally.

Paul Grealish (IRL)

Paul hopes to win.

Jerome Grove (USA)

Jerry’s running career spans over 35 years where he has run 40+ marathons, obtaining his PR in New York City. He has competed in the Boston marathon on twenty occasions and gets to train frequently on the course as he is from the area. Jerry counts himself lucky to have run many of the worlds’ largest marathons and a number of smaller marathons, each with their own charm - but none like Antarctica.

Cem Hacioglu (USA)

A California resident but of Turkish origin, Cem ran his first marathon in New York in 2000. Since then he has completed fourteen marathons on six continents including events such as New York, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Nairobi. After completing his seventh continent with the Antarctic Ice Marathon, Cem is keen on running the 2020 London Marathon.

William Hafferty (USA)

Billy is an endurance coach based in Boston where he owns and operates Breakaway Triathlon & Cycling in North Andover, MA. He competes and coaches any distance from 5km to marathon to Ironman Triathlons. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he played football (offensive tackle) and rugby (prop). Outside of athletics he is a writer, poet, and metal artist.

Cees Hardeman (NED)

Cees hails from the Netherlands and has competed in approximately 65 marathons. Lately, he has had the urge to experience marathons in unusual places and is running the Antarctic Ice Marathon with his two sons, Erwin and Michel.

Erwin Hardeman (NED)

Erwin is employed at a large audit firm in the Netherlands as well as Maastricht University. He will run his first marathon in Antarctica, alongside his father and brother. After the Antarctic Ice Marathon, Erwin plans on competing in the Comrades Marathon in South Africa.

Michel Hardeman (NED)

The Antarctic Ice Marathon will be Michel’s third marathon after completing the San Francisco Marathon on two occasions. He joins his father and brother in his first real adventure race.

Kaitlyn Higgins (USA)

The Antarctic Ice Marathon will be Kaitlyn’s third marathon, having completed the Boston Marathon and the Buenos Aires Marathon, both in 2016. Although claimed to be retired from running after two marathons in one year, Kaitlyn will return from retirement at 27 years old to get one step closer to her life-long goal of visiting (and running!) on all seven continents.

Kentaro Iio (JPN)

Kentaro is 27 years old and has run several marathons in Asia and North America. He first heard of the Antarctic Ice Marathon when he was in high school. Since he loves nature, running, and adventures, he thought the race would be a "super cool" thing to do. He is graduating from University on the race day!

Ignacio Inglessis-Azuaje (VEN)

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Mauritz Jansen Van Rensburg (RSA)

Mauritz is South African born and raised and is the founder of Soul Running, an online coaching business for runners, triathletes and cyclists. He has completed twenty-nine marathons to date with his fastest being his first, running at altitude in Bloemfontein in 2:36:15 hrs at age 25. His other marathons include Boston, Chicago, New York, Cape Town and Buenos Aires and he is also is a six-time Ironman finisher, including the Hawaii Ironman. He was part of the two-man winning team at the 2008 Cape Odyssey Trail run, 5 Marathons in 5 days, and represented South Africa in Triathlon and Duathlon at various World Championship events.

Reisa Jiang (USA)

Reisa is an investment manager, winery owner and Master of Wine student. She has run two marathons and numerous half marathons. Reisa also loves skiing, golfing and mountaineering. She has climbed Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro and Mt. Blanc, and will be attempting the rest of the 7 Summits in the next few years.

Steven Jomides (USA)

Steven will complete his 12th marathon and 6th continent in Antarctica having decided he would endeavor to complete the seven continents and six majors by March 2020. For Steven, travelling to destinations like Easter Island and the wilds of South Africa have left indelible impressions and expanded his cultural perspectives. He is ready to embrace this new amazing experience.

Patrick Joyce (USA)

Patrick, a resident of Raleigh, NC, has been running since he was in junior high school and ran in college at NC State University before running for Adidas. He has run over twenty marathons and feels blessed to have done so with great friends who are now trying complete Antarctica together.

Evan Lai (USA)

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Potenciano Larrazabal III (PHI)

Dr. Yong is a Practicing Ophthalmologist and Chairman of the Cebu Cataract Foundation, which has performed thousands of free cataract surgeries. Yong is also the Chairman and founder of “Run for Sight Foundation”, from which he organizes fun runs & marathons (together with his wife Donna), and all its proceeds are used for medical missions, feeding programs and Christmas gift giving activities in the country. He qualified for the Boston Marathon with a personal best time of 3 hours 14 minutes and completed the Abbot World Marathon Majors in 2018 by doing the Boston and London Marathon in quick succession. The Antarctic Ice Marathon will be his 60th marathon distance race and the seventh continent, thereby becoming a member of the 7 Continents Marathon Club.

Mary Ledin (USA)

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Beata Larson (POL / USA)

Originally from Poland, Beata now lives in Arizona and ran her first marathon in Chicago at the age of forty. To date, she has completed 47 Marathons including destination marathons such as the Great Wall of China, Inca Trail/Machu Picchu, New Zealand, South Africa, London, and Tokyo to name a few. She has received the Abbott World Major Medal for completing the Chicago, New York, Boston, Tokyo, Berlin, and London marathons. The Antarctic Ice Marathon will complete the coveted 7 continents for her and she will receive the 7 Continents Marathon Club medal as a result. Beata's next goal is to complete a marathon in all 50 States (she is currently at 32).

Mark Leibold (USA)

Mark has been running seriously for the past 7 years and during that time has completed 9 marathons and numerous triathlons including Ironman Chattanooga 2016 and a 100k ultramarathon. He has run the Boston marathon twice, Lima, Mt. Fuji, Marrakech, Melbourne, and Madrid marathons. A finish at the Ice Marathon will complete the seventh continent for him and in April he will attempt to complete his first 100-mile ultra trail run.

Kim Lewington (GBR)

A passionate sailor, Kim’s other interests include climbing and he has reached the summit of the Matterhorn in 2014 and climbed the Isle of Skye’s Cullin Ridge on two occasions. Kim ran the Edinburgh Marathon with his daughter Chloe in 2014 and only started running again when preparing for the Antarctic Ice Marathon. He is raising money for the MS Society which he describes as a dreadful disease that has had severe consequences for close members of his family.

Lynette Lewington (GBR)

Lynette has been running for about twenty years but this will be only her second marathon. Having now retired from teaching, marathon training has definitely filled the time. Lynette will be joining her husband in this venture and together they will be raising money for the MS Society.

Guenther Mertins (GER)

After thirty-five years of chain-smoking and an extra 20 Kg of weight, Guenther started running on his 50th birthday. Thirteen years later, and still considering himself a little bit overweight, the Antarctic Ice Marathon will be his 25th marathon and the 7th continent he will have completed. Among his twenty-five marathons completed to date are New York, Chicago, Berlin, the Big Five Marathon South Africa, Tokyo, Sydney, and Rio.

John Mortimer (USA)

Formerly a professional distance runner, NCAA track coach (Harvard University, Boston College, and University of Kentucky), a 7-time All American runner at the University of Michigan, and has represented the United States on Team USA in 1997 and 1998. While more of a track athlete, John has run four marathons with a best of 2:26:36 when finishing 36th at the Boston Marathon in 2007. He currently resides in Bedford NH and is the owner of a running store & events company, Millennium Running.

James Murphy (IRL)

Originally from Ireland, James now resides in New York with his wife and two sons. He ran his first marathon in New York in 2011 in a time of 3:41 hrs. The Antarctic Ice Marathon will be his thirteenth marathon. After Antarctica, James will have three remaining continents to complete the 7 continents which he plans to finish by the end of 2021.

Erasmo Nevarez (USA)

Erasmo has completed twenty half-marathons and six marathons since 2018, including Noosa (Australia), Patagonia, Athens, Big Sur, The Great Wall of China and Cape Town marathons. He will run the Antarctic Ice Marathon to raise awareness and funds for Comunidad Activa Socorro, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to cancer patients in California and Durango, Mexico.

Michal Nowak (POL)

Michał is a 39-year-old runner has finished ten marathons and an ultra mountain marathon since he started running in 2014. Among them have been all of the World Marathon Majors (Berlin, Tokyo, Chicago, New York, Boston and London) and the Sydney Marathon. After the Ice Marathon, Michal will compete in South Africa and will then only have a South America marathon to become eligible for the 7 Continents Marathon Club.

Sean O'Hagan (IRL)

Sean is forty-three years of age and born in Tyrone, Northern Ireland. He started running in 2012 to get fit and lose weight, running his first marathon in Dublin later that year. Since then he has completed another four marathons, the latest being Belfast this year. Having lost his wife to cancer last year, Sean will be using the Antarctic Ice Marathon as an opportunity to raise funds for the Friends of the Cancer Centre in Belfast. Sean also written a blog about what happened from when his wife was diagnosed and the treatment that she went through. It can be found at

Jeff Pearce (USA)

The Antarctic Ice Marathon will be Jeff’s twelfth marathon and will also see him complete a marathon of each of the seven continents. Jeff, along with his friend Mark, ran and completed marathons in Madrid (Spain), Lima (Peru), Melbourne (Australia), Mt Fuji (Japan), Marrakesh (Morocco) and others in the USA.

Susan Ragon (USA)

Upon completion of the Antarctic Ice Marathon Susan, at age 69, will have run thirty-eight marathons covering 7 continents and the 6 Abbott World Marathon Majors. She ran her first marathon as a “bandit” in Boston in 1993 at the age of 43. Upon completion she realized she loved running, and more importantly that it is prudent to train because her longest training run at the time was The Cape Ann Road Race in Gloucester which is 25K/15.6 miles. She then embarked on a long distance, marathon journey completing 20 Boston Marathons, 3 NYC Marathons, 2 Dublin Marathons, Berlin, Bermuda, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Chicago, Disney World, Fenway Park, London, The Marine Corps, Paris, Sydney, and Tokyo. Susan’s PR was in Boston 3:52:05 at age 58! To maintain balance, Susan is also a dedicated biker, swimmer, and enjoys twice a week yoga and gym workouts. While running keeps her strong, her six grandchildren, Gavin, Sophia, Chloe, Nolan, Mason and Cecilia light up her life and are another source of strength. She works full time at InterSystems Corporation and is the V.P. of Finance, Administration and Recruitment and is well known for her public and private philanthropy. Home is Cambridge, Ma, USA where she lives with her husband Terry who is also running in Antarctica.

Ben Rawitz (USA)

The Antarctic Ice Marathon will be Ben’s first marathon and possibly his last one! He is raising money and awareness for Polar Bears International charity. Ben runs with motivation and support from his wife April and son Lennox.

Terry Ragon (USA)

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Philippe Richet (FRA)

Philippe is fifty-one years old and a very an experienced marathoner. He has competed in many marathon and ultra events including the North Pole Marathon, Marathon des Sables, the Everest Trail race, North Korea Marathon, Inca Trail Marathon, Grand 2 Grand Ultra, UTMB, the Coastal Challenge (Costa Rica) and the Great Wall of China Marathon.

Johan Scheepers (RSA)

Johan has completed 193 marathons all over the world including marathons on six of the seven continents. He will run his 10th Comrades (app 90 km run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg) next year. He has also completed 10 Om die Dam ultra-marathons (50km race at Hartebeespoortdam) and the Mont Aux Sources Trail runs (50km trail run in the Drakensberg).

Molene Scheepers (RSA)

Molene runs many events with her husband Johan and has completed fifteen marathons including on six of the seven continents. She has run the Mont Aux Sources Trail runs (50km trail run in the Drakensberg) and twice summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Sheila Snyder (USA)

Sheila, from Pittsburgh, PA, is a University of Michigan alumni and currently manages her family's multi-family housing real estate division. In October, Sheila ran her first half-marathon in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to running, she loves skiing and mountaineering and has climbed Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, and Mt. Blanc. Sheila enjoys traveling and loves a good challenge and is excited to run her first (and possibly last) marathon in Antarctica!

Tsutomu Sugiyama (JPN)

Tsutomu is competing in the Antarctic Ice Marathon in memory of his mentor, a mountaineer who died last year and who inspired him to climb and run marathons.

Roy Jorgen Svenningsen (CAN)

At 84-years-old, Roy is set to become the oldest person in history to complete a marathon in Antarctica. He has already run over fifty marathons across four continents and aspires to run one on each of the seven continents. Among his marathons have been the Venice Marathon, Munich Marathon, Persian Marathon, Glasgow, and the Lagos Marathon. Roy's first marathon in North America was in Calgary in 1964 but his best mararhon times were posted in Europe - Helsink (Finland) 2;38 - Preston to Morecambe (UK) 2:40. Roy spent much of him time working in the oil industry ourside of North America.

Anthony Vaughan (GBR)

Anthony is a triathlete and runner who completed his first marathon road race this year in a time of 3:26 hrs. He is a member of Serpentine Running Club, and counts cooking, guitars and horology among his other interests. He lives and works in London.

Andreas Weichert (CAN)

The 2019 Antarctic Ice Marathon will be the 23rd full marathon for Andreas and the sixth continent he will have completed. It will not be his first marathon on ice, however, as he has twice run the Lake Baikal International Ice Marathon across the world’s biggest lake in Siberia. He aims to qualify for the 7 Continents Marathon Club in January 2020 by competing in Marrakesh. He is dedicating his participation in the Ice Marathon to his father, Dieter, a silver medalist in gymnastics for Canada at the 1959 Pan American Games.

Beiwen Wu (CHN)

In a company training program back in 2013, Beiwen committed herself to loose 10kg weight, which was seemingly impossible for her at that time, and running became the best way to achieve it. She started with shorter distance races such as 5k, then 10k, and then to her first marathon in 2015, the Beijing Marathon. In 2018, Beiwen organized the first long distance running team in her company Vanke Jiaxing, and does regular training with her colleagues.

Jingmin Zhang (CHN)

Jingmin has completed only one marathon previously and is looking forward to the adventure of completing his second one at the Antarctic Ice Marathon.

Xu Zhang (CHN)

Xu has finished the World Marathon Majors and the northernmost marathon in the world, the North Pole Marathon.