ARCHIVED RACE: Northwest Passage Marathon at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge @ Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge, , Nunavut, Canada on 03 July 2013

Race Info & Description

Race Information:

  • Event Name: Northwest Passage Marathon at Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge
  • Distance (KMs): 50
  • Distance (Miles): 31
  • Date: 03 July 2013
  • Start Time: 10:00 AM
  • Venue: Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge
  • Best Time (Men): 4:20
  • Best Time (Women): 4:45
  • Organised By: Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge
  • Race Website: Click Here.

Race Facilities

  • Has Toilets? Yes
  • Has Changing Facilities? Yes
  • Has Water Stations? Yes - Multiple Water Stations
  • Has Prizes / Awards? Yes - Has Awards or Prizes

Race Description

The 2013 Northwest Passage Marathon on Somerset Island in Nunavut, Canada, is North America’s most northerly marathon and ultramarathon. This race date July 3rd, 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 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. See 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 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)

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