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‘Trip of a Lifetime’: Milton Resident Kevin Wilson Takes His Running and Winter Prep to the Antarctic Islands | News


Milton resident Kevin Wilson’s first run after recovering from COVID-19 was a four-mile run in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Wilson’s second? A half marathon in Antarctica.

By day Wilson is a police officer in Burlington, but for the past fifteen years he has been an avid runner, starting in his late twenties with the goal of completing a half marathon by the end of this year and Never look back.

On January 28, Wilson had a dream come true when he walked on the cold, arid ground of King George Island in Antarctica.


“It was definitely the trip of a lifetime because not many people get the chance to go there in general and then get to run there and see things that not many people have seen,” Wilson said.

The idea came to him about four years ago when he was out for dinner with friends the day before a race. One of them was talking about how they had done all these errands in different parts of the world and one of the places he mentioned was Antarctica.

“There was a part of me that said I had to do this and I held onto it for about a year,” he said. “And then finally, I was like, ‘You know what, I’m going to do this. “”


He got on the waiting list and stayed there for about three years. A year ago, he received a call asking him to prepare for the trip.

The whole experience lasted two weeks, starting in Buenos Aires for a few days and then descending to the Argentinian city of Ushuaia, which is at the southern tip of South America.

From there, Wilson hopped on a ship that took him and other athletes on a two-day trip through the Drake Passage to Antarctica. The ship took them to the area for 10 days of sightseeing.

On expeditions, Wilson would take inflatable boats to the continent where he could explore.


It’s summer in Antarctica right now, which means the weather there is comparable to colder temperatures in the northern hemisphere.

On race day, coming from Vermont, Wilson felt fully prepared for the temperature, which was around 37 degrees.

One thing he wasn’t prepared for was the hills.

“I was told it was going to be hilly but I expected them to be like hills here which are big but gradual,” he said. “These were quite steep, but short, so there were a lot of ups and downs.”

Wilson had planned to do the full marathon, but having just had COVID and with the rugged terrain of the landscape, he opted for a semi-final.


Nevertheless, he was amazed by the vastness of Antarctica and the uniqueness of the animals. It is an experience that, in the grand scheme of humanity, very few people have had.

Icebergs the size of houses and buildings and penguins running around were not uncommon.

When asked if he would do it again, Wilson said his full marathon goal eats at him sometimes.

“At the time I said it was a once in a lifetime thing, but now that I’ve finished half-time and not my original goal, there’s a part of me that’s already eating me up. saying, at least one day I have to come back and refuel on this island,” he said.

For now, Wilson takes his souvenirs and his medal and is back on the hills of Vermont.