Capella University To Sponsor Antarctica Marathon

September 8, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 8, 2006 Capella University, an accredited online university and leader in online education, is the presenting sponsor of the next Antarctica Marathon, which will be held on King
George Island on Feb. 26, 2007. Capella has 16,000 students and offers bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees in education, psychology, human services, business and technology.
 Nearly 200 runners, including a wheelchair athlete, will compete in the marathon, and three of them will be Capella students. The course, which has a figure-eight design and traverses both glacial and rocky terrain, loops through scientific research bases of Uruguay, Chile, China, and Russia. The course is also often peppered with “spectators” such as chinstrap penguins and southern elephant seals. Temperatures at the time of the marathon will likely range from 10 degrees to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Capella’s student runners will work on their university coursework by satellite on the journey to
Antarctica and during their stay there. They will also blog about their training and the competition at
“Earning an online degree from Capella is very similar to completing a marathon,” said Capella University President Michael J. Offerman.  “Distance runners and Capella students have many similarities. They both require dedication, commitment and perseverance.  The Antarctica Marathon is known as one of the world’s toughest, and Capella’s involvement demonstrates how far our students can and will go to make their mark in the world.”  Two expedition vessels will ferry the runners from Ushuaia, Argentina, through the Beagle Channel, across Drake Passage, through the South Shetland Islands and along the Antarctic Peninsula to King George Island.  Runners will take Zodiac boats from the ship to the shore to run the race.  About Capella University
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, and psychology, and bachelor’s degree programs in business and information technology. Within those areas, Capella offers 76 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 16 certificate specializations. The online university currently serves 16,000 students from all 50 states and 63 countries. It is a national leader in online education, committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).
* Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456, 

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