Auckland, New Zealand (Zealandia)
With the announcement of Zealandia as the newest continent, we have decided to start there and run our way around to Antarctica. We are pleased to be competing in The 2nd Annual 8th Continent Marathon & Half-Marathon organized by the Auckland YMCA Marathon Club. Auckland weather is relatively mild in January with expected high temps in the range of 20-25 degrees Celsius (70-80 degrees Fahrenheit). The race will begin in the early morning and have a time limit of 7 hours.
Perth, Australia (Australia)
The 2019 Triple 8 Quest will once again be competing in The 3rd Annual Swan River Marathon & Half-Marathon in Perth, Australia organized by a local race organization. Perth has warmer weather than Auckland, where high temps can range from 25-35 degrees Celsius. The race will start early in the morning, hopefully avoiding those extreme high temps. The course is also flat as the race runs along the Swan River. Runners will have a 7 hour time limit
Singapore, Singapore (Asia)
For our third race we will fly to the beautiful country of Singapore, where we will compete in the 3rd Annual Singapore Beach Marathon & Half-Marathon (don't worry we run on paths next to the beach) being organized by a local race organization. The weather in Singapore is warm and humid all year with temperatures typically in the low-80's to low 90's Fahrenheit for high temperatures (26-34 Celsius) with lows in the upper-60's to mid-70's. However, we will start early enough in the morning to avoid most of the heat. The course is flat and much of it is shaded as the race is held in a park along the shore. We run along a path that is well lit in the early morning hours and will be able to see a beautiful sunrise . Following the race we should have time to do some quick sightseeing of Singapore, including a stop at the infamous Raffles Hotel. Runners will have an 7 hour time limit.
Cairo, Egypt (Africa)
In 2019 we will return to Cairo, Egypt in Africa for our fourth race. As in 2018 we will be running in the 5th Annual Marathon Cairo & Half-Marathon in Cairo, Egypt. Our runners from the 2017 & 2018 Triple 7/8 Quest were all very overwhelmed by the friendliness and helpfulness of everyone in Cairo. The marathon is run through the streets of Cairo, which do remain open to traffic. But given the early start the traffic is light. There are numerous volunteers who help provide directions and aide along the course. Runners will have a 7 hour time limit.
Amsterdam, Netherlands (Europe)
In 2019, we will return to Amsterdam. There we will compete in the 3rd Annual Sri Chinmoy Inspiration Marathon and Half-Marathon will be held at Amsterdam Bos near Schipol Airport, held by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. The race course will be mostly flat, with a couple of very small undulations. Temperatures will be 35-45 degrees Fahrenheit above zero (8-12 degrees Celsius). Runners will have a 6 hour time limit.
New York, NY, USA (North America)
After Amsterdam, we will fly to the United States where we will take part in The 4th Annual Icebreaker International Marathon & Half-Marathon held at Eisenhower Park in Garden City, New York. The race is hosted by The Greater Long Island Running Club. Runners will have a 7 hour time limit.
Punta Arenas, Chile (South America)
Our penultimate race will be held on the southern tip of Chile in the coastal town of Punta Arenas (commonly known as the gateway to Antarctica) in Patagonia, Chile. There we will compete in the 4th annual Southern Cross Marathon & Half-Marathon which will take place on a course that runs along the Straits of Magellan. The temperature varies in Punta Arenas; anywhere from 20°c to 0°c. But one thing is certain; it will be windy! Runners will have an 8 hour time limit.
King George Island, Antarctica (Antarctica)
The final race of the Triple 8 Quest will be The 7th Annual White Continent Marathon & Half-Marathon held around the research bases of King George Island in Antarctica. The weather in Antarctica is highly unpredictable as the mercury can drop to -20°c with windchill. However, on a clear day runners would be able to run in shorts and a long sleeve T-shirt. There will be plenty of crowd support along the course; from scientists to support staff to penguins, skuas and seals. After the race, we will visit penguin colonies and then camp for the night in the polar tents. Please note our scheduled arrival date is January 15, 2019. However, we have a 5-day window to fly in should weather not cooperate. As such, we have scheduled our hotel stay in Punta Arenas through January 20, 2019. There is no time limit for the final race.