Northwest Passage Marathon
Run the marathon and rest at Arctic Watch
Program: Northwest Passage Marathon and Ultramarathon
Dates: July 7th to July 11th, 2014
Cost: $4,900 from Yellowknife, NT, Canada
The 2014 Northwest Passage Marathon on Somerset Island in Nunavut, Canada, is North America’s most northerly half-marathon, marathon and ultramarathon. This race date July 9th, is held under the 24-hour Arctic sun and against the backdrop of the fabled Northwest Passage.
The Northwest Passage Marathon is a true wilderness route. The 50 km course leaves Arctic Watch, goes north along the shore of the Cunningham Inlet for 10 km to Polar Bear Point. The runners then turn west and run beside the famed Northwest Passage for the next 18 km. The trail follows a series of old raised beaches of sandstone pebbles. There are icebergs on the water and ancient encampments on the shore. During past events, runners saw dozens of beluga whales, many seals and polar bears. At Cape Marie, runners turn south and inland along the Red Valley (so named for the red stone and soil). Muskox sightings in this area are common. The trail then swings back east and climbs gently before dropping back down towards the Cunningham River. The final kilometres are along the river back to Arctic Watch.
This is a rough trail run with no roads, marked with Inukshuks and trail flags. The surface is generally smooth and covered with pebble-sized rocks. There are some shallow creek crossings. There’s no need to carry water, all the water is potable. But expect to have wet feet!
The Northwest Passage Marathon is a proud member of AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) http://aimsworldrunning.com/Calendar.htm
Come Experience Arctic watch for yourself, we are now taking reservations for this years trips.