Fearless Filipina to Represent PH For 2019 FWD North Pole Marathon

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If you're passionate about something, pursue it, no matter what others would think and say. Just like Joyette Jopson, our fearless Filipina who will be representing the Philippines in the upcoming 2019 FWD North Pole Marathon!

Joyette has been preparing to conquer various elements in the North Pole, traversing the 42-kilometer path with an average temperature of -30 degree centigrade. Let's follow her journey in the Arctic. Joyette Jopson is a triathlete, 2014 Ironman 70.3 Philippines Three-time Filipino Elite Champion, and FWD Financial Wealth Officer.


"FWD is extremely proud to continue our support for this challenging and one-of-a-kind event, as it resonates our core values of empowering people to pursue their passions and explore a lifetime of limitless possibilities,” said FWD Life Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Grimes said. “Moreover, as a Pan-Asian insurer, we are a strong supporter of Asian achievement, endurance, and excellence.”

Jopson will be joined by FWD representative runners from Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand, collectively called FWD Team Asia, as well as runners from around the world, in what is dubbed as one of the world’s most challenging and grueling sporting events.

Joyette Jopson

What makes the marathon unique is that it is run on a small 4.22-kilometer (2.62-mile) loop about 10 times, over hard snow or ice. The marathon is recognized by the Association of International Marathons & Distance Races (AIMS) and is the only certified marathon that is run entirely on the frozen water of the Arctic Ocean.

The North Pole Marathon has also been recognized by Guinness World Records as the "Northernmost Marathon on Earth" and is generally considered one of the toughest marathons ever because the runners do not only contend with their own physical limitations, but also with the freezing temperature, the biting wind, and the snow-filled path.

The 39-year-old Jopson has been joining local and international triathlon events for the last 13 years. She is a Three-Time Filipino Elite Champion and has won multiple championship triathlon titles. Committed to continuing the recent trend of Filipina athletes succeeding in international sports competitions, Jopson has already started training for her North Pole challenge.

One of the things I find inspiring is to see women openly supporting and lifting each other up! Together with FWD Philippines North Pole Marathon Squad, I believe Joyette will succeed.


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