Richard Garland, managing director of Investec Asset Management’s Global Advisor Business, has landed at Union Glacier in Antarctica, ahead of this weekend’s Antarctic Ice Marathon, which forms part of a series of runs intended to raise money for charity.
Organisers of the Ice Marathon have confirmed via facebook today, 24 November, that the full party of runners has landed safely and are preparing themselves ahead of the race taking place at midday Chilean time on 25 November – when they will face “light winds” and an expected temperature of -20°C . (https://www.facebook.com/AntarcticIceMarathon/)
This is a relatively benign outlook for the runners: the lowest temperature ever recorded on earth was -94.7°C in eastern Antarctica in 2010. At this temperature steel will shatter and water will explode into ice crystals. The continent also experiences regular Katabatic winds, reaching 300 km per hour.
Earlier, in Chile, the runners undertook final preparations, including obtaining their ‘ticket’ for entering the race.
The Ice Marathon is part of Garland’s Seven Marathons in Seven Continents project in support of the Adam J Lewis Education Foundation (AJLP).
He is seeking to raise $100,000 for AJLP, which is a nonprofit community-based preschool serving three-, four-, and young five-year-olds, located in the West End of Bridgeport, CT, USA – a community faced with deep-seated challenges and limited educational opportunities. AJLP was founded by Patty Lewis in memory of her husband Adam Lewis, who died in the World Trade Center on 11 September, 2001.
Thus far, Garland has run five marathons on four continents: New York, Boston, London, Lewa, Kenya and Tokyo.
Further information about the fundraising campaign can be found here: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/seven-marathons-in-seven-continets-for-adam-j-lewis-education-foundation/richardgarland.