Fearless Filipino completes chilling North Marathon

Joyette Jopson — triathlete, 2014 Ironman 70.3 Philippines Filipino Elite Champion, and FWD Financial Wealth Officer— overcame all odds and became the first Filipina to conquer the 42-kilometer FWD 78° North Marathon held on April 16 at Longyearbyen in Svalbard, Norway, 1050 km away from the Pole (89° latitude North). 

oyette Jopson — triathlete, 2014 Ironman 70.3 Philippines Filipino Elite Champion, and FWD Financial Wealth Officer— overcame all odds and became the first Filipina to conquer the 42-kilometer FWD 78° North Marathon held on April 16 at Longyearbyen in Svalbard, Norway, 1050 km away from the Pole (89° latitude North). Jopson finished the race with an impressive time of 4:10:59, ranking first in the women’s category and third overall. Jopson joined FWD Team Asia runners from Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and Japan.

Pan-Asian insurer FWD overcame unprecedented circumstances that culminated in the last-minute cancellation of all North Pole expeditions including the annual North Pole Marathon. Undeterred, FWD stepped in with the idea to create and organize its own marathon at Longyearbyen so that runners could still fulfill their ambitions to complete a marathon in sub-zero temperatures and extreme winter conditions. FWD successfully arranged the marathon against the odds in three hectic days, inviting all registered North Pole Marathon runners to take part.

News Source: Manila Bulletin