Gelf Magazine: A Good Run Spoiled

A Long Island writer takes a trip to the bottom of the world. To run a marathon.

Marathons are everywhere. And hundreds of thousands of marathoners each year travel to run their 26.2 miles. Completing a marathon far from home has become a common journey. But it's one that few decide to finish on the world's most isolated continent.

Writer John Hanc (rhymes with Lance), however, decided his 50th birthday in 2005 would be an appropriate occasion to run and write about this "last marathon," the Antarctica Marathon. His story, told in The Coolest Race on Earth: Mud, Madmen, Glaciers, and Grannies at the Antarctica Marathon, is part travelogue, part runner's diary, and part history lesson in one package.

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