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Posted: February 14, 2013  

Running: Wyoming Polar Runner to Race White Continent Marathon in Antarctica

CHEYENNE -- Brent Weigner of Cheyenne will be one of 60 participants in the 2013 White Continent Marathon on February 25 in Antarctica. Weigner is on schedule to break his current world record for running marathons on all the continents. In 2011Weigner set a world standard for running marathons and ultramarathons on all the continents a record seven times. The White Continent Marathon on King George Island (62°11'27"S, 58°59'12"W) will be Weigner’s 200th marathon and establish a new record of eight times for running marathons on all the continents.

Weigner is no new comer to extreme polar races. In 1999 he became the first person to run ultramarathons (races longer than the official Olympic marathon distance of 26.2 miles) on all seven continents. His record of 267 days still stands today. In 2002, he served as a consultant, helped organize, and ran in the first South Pole Marathon. Weigner also cofounded and ran in the first North Pole Marathon in 2003. In 2006, he completed Antarctica’s first stage race and the first 100 mile race held on mainland Antarctica. In 2007, Weigner ran and also served as the onsite race director for the Antarctic Ice Marathon and 100K. He is currently the only person in the world who has run ultramarathons at the Geographic South Pole (2002) and the Geographic North Pole (2003).

Weigner, a former geography teacher and cross-country coach at McCormick Junior High School in Cheyenne, has completed 199 marathons and ultramarathons around the world, including 16 races of marathon distance or longer in the Arctic and Antarctic. He won gold medals at the 2003, 2005, and 2010 United States National Snowshoe Association Championships and currently serves on the Board of Directors. Weigner has served as a race consultant to many of the world's top adventure travel companies and has been race director for the Wyoming Marathon Races ( for the past 36 years.

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