Bentonville man attempting to run marathon on every continent heads to Antarctica

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Art Dion of Bentonville is attempting to run a marathon on all seven continents on Earth.

This week, he’s tackling Antarctica, with an expected “summer” temperature of approximately ten degrees below zero.

“I’ll tell you, I was probably one of the few people in Northwest Arkansas last winter that thought those three days we had of negative 16, negative eight, and plus eight were a gift,” said Dion, a buyer for Sam’s Club.

“Dressing for the Antarctic Ice Marathon is—think of like a great cake—it’s all about the layers,” he added.

Dion has set a goal to run a marathon on all seven continents, and Antarctica will be his fourth after completing races in Berlin and Tokyo before the pandemic started.

“I’m now attempting to run a marathon on all 7 Continents and raise over $200,000 along the way,” Dion said.

Recently he has raised money for a local charity in NWA like the Samaritan Community Center.

“We’re now up to $128,000 raised and so I am very fortunate to have so many supporters,” Dion said.

Dion is inspired by his daughter Amy Stewart, who is a registered nurse who has been on the front lines during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and his better half Deborah Dage, who leads a large team (with amazing kindness and a big heart) at St Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He checked North America off his list by completing the Boston, New York, and Chicago marathons.

His race in Antarctica is scheduled for December 14.

To donate to the Samaritan Community Center visit its website.

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