Forget hibernating and embrace winter with the passion of Norsemen. North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter is back with a week full of activities to get you out of the house for some outdoor winter games and good cheer. Join us on the tundra of North Liberty January 28 through February 3, 2018, for fun on the bleakest days of the year. Some events do require registration, snag your spot here.

All events subject to change pending weather.

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World Marathon Tracking

January 28 - February 5

World Marathon

The 2018 World Marathon Challenge is an amazing logistical and physical challenge to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.

And North Liberty resident Deb Carneol is looking forward to the enormous feat. Yes, you read that correctly. One of our very own is preparing to run the standard 42.2 km marathon distance in Antarctica, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America and North America within 168 hours, or 7 days! The clock starts with the first marathon in Antarctica on Jan. 30, 2018.

We can all agree that Deb takes the gold medal for Beat the Bitter. While we are finding cheer on the bleakest days here in North Liberty, we’ll also be thinking of Deb and cheering on our neighbor from afar. Deb is one of 16 Americans, Team Hold the Plane!, getting ready for the journey. She is using her experience to raise funds and awareness for Clubfoot Solutions of Cedar Rapids, with a goal to raise $375,000 for the nonprofit. If you are interested, you may make a donation here.

Follow Deb’s progress on the Beat the Bitter and World Marathon Facebook pages January 30-Feb. 5, and learn more about the 2018 World Marathon and Deb’s journey.

Here is a glance at the schedule:
Jan. 28     Recommended Arrival at Cape Town, South Africa
Jan. 29     Jan Pre-Departure Briefings for Antarctica
Jan. 30     Flight to Marathon location at Novo, Antarctica. Marathon in Antarctica
Jan. 31     Marathon in Cape Town + Flight to Perth
Feb. 1      Marathon in Perth + Flight to Dubai
Feb. 2      Marathon in Dubai + Flight to Lisbon
Feb. 3      Marathon in Lisbon + Flight to Cartagena
Feb. 4      Marathon in Cartagena + Flight to Miami
Feb. 5      Marathon in Miami


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