Hein Wagner (Kuilsriver, WC, South Africa) – Totally blind from birth, Hein has a passion for adventure, endurance sports and enabling others with disabilities. He will be the Antarctica Marathon's first-ever totally blind participant who will run with a guide. Hein, 40, is raising funds for Vision Trust, a non-profit he founded whose mission is to make the world a more accessible place for persons with disabilities and to promote the integration of disabled persons into the workplace, sports arenas and the arts.
Winter Vinecki ( Salem, OR) – Winter is a 14-year-old athletic dynamo on a mission. The ace student, a nationally ranked triathlete and aerial skiing Olympic hopeful, is on a mission to be the youngest person to finish marathons on all seven continents. She expects to finish her quest by the time she is 15. Winter is also on a mission to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer research, a disease that claimed her father. She will be the youngest runner ever to tackle the Antarctica Marathon.
Lynn McLernon, MD ( Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia, Canada ) – Lynn is running the Antarctica Marathon to celebrate her five-year cancer free status. She was 39 years old when she found hard lumps in her armpit. As a doctor, she knew that she was feeling lymph nodes and learned that she had an aggressive cancer that had actually not only given her multiple breast cancers, but had eaten through her lymph nodes. Lynn's treatment included a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and herceptin, a relatively new medication. Lynn is running to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. If Lynn had been diagnosed a few years earlier, before herceptin was developed, she believes that she would not have survived. This will be Lynn's eighth marathon, but the first since her cancer diagnosis five years ago.
The Antarctica Marathon and Half Marathon's official charity is Oceanites, Inc., a non-profit organization that researches the impact of tourism on Antarctica's environment. Participants raised over $100,000 on behalf of the organization during the past two years. Another large donation is expected in 2013.For more information on the Antarctica Marathon, please visit www.antarcticamarathon.com, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 (617) 242-7845. About Marathon Tours & Travel Marathon Tours & Travel is the leading marathon tour operator in North America offering comprehensive travel packages to 28 marathons and half marathons on all seven continents, including the Antarctica Marathon and Safaricom Marathon in Kenya, the only marathon run entirely within a game park. SOURCE Marathon Tours, Inc.