Infographic: Would you run the North Pole Marathon?

  

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Via:  hallux  •  one month ago  •  58 comments

By:   Sebastien Billard-Arbelaez and Hanna Duggal - Al Jazeera

Infographic: Would you run the North Pole Marathon?
The North Pole Marathon is one of the remotest races in the world – runners attempt to complete 26.2 miles (42.2km) in sub-zero temperatures.

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On April 13, the 17th annual North Pole Marathon will take place – the northernmost and coolest marathon on Earth.

The marathon takes place on the Arctic ice floes of Barneo Ice Camp  – a Swiss-owned and Russian-operated drifting camp, which floats around the North Pole. Athletes must endure average temperatures of between -25C to -30C along uneven terrain of solid ice and snow to complete the 4.2km circular route, which they must lap 10 times in order to finish the race.

The first North Pole Marathon took place on April 5, 2002, when Irish runner Richard Donovan made a solo run through the blistering cold, covering the 26-mile (42km)  standard marathon distance in 3:48:12.

To date, 552 people from 55 countries have completed the event.

The men’s record is held by Irish runner Thomas Maguire, who completed the race with a time of 3:36:10 in 2007. The women’s record was set by German Anne-Marie Flammersfeld in 2014, with a race time of 4:52:45.

The oldest person to complete the marathon is Michel Ribet, who ran the 2016 North Pole Marathon aged 78.

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Hallux
Sophomore Principal
1  seeder  Hallux    one month ago

I would be a hunk of frozen meat within 5 steps.

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
1.1  cjcold  replied to  Hallux @1    one month ago

At 67 I now only run to the bathroom.

 
 
 
Hallux
Sophomore Principal
1.1.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  cjcold @1.1    one month ago

Wait until you're in your 70's, you'll move your bedroom there.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
1.1.2  Ender  replied to  Hallux @1.1.1    one month ago

I had surgery a while back and believe me, it is better than having a catheter.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
1.1.3  Kavika   replied to  Hallux @1.1.1    one month ago

Well, that ''depends''.

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
1.1.4  cjcold  replied to  Hallux @1.1.1    one month ago

Actually have a sleeping pad that fits very well in the bathtub.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
Professor Guide
1.1.5  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  cjcold @1.1    one month ago
At 67 I now only run to the bathroom.

I can manage a mild trot, but that's usually to the refrigerator.  

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
Professor Guide
1.1.6  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Hallux @1.1.1    one month ago
Wait until you're in your 70's, you'll move your bedroom there.

Ha!!!!  

My auntie invested in a potty chair.  It was her only defense against the inevitable.  

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.2  devangelical  replied to  Hallux @1    one month ago

fuck no. that's not a marathon, it's a sanity test.

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
1.2.1  cjcold  replied to  devangelical @1.2    one month ago

Kind of like Ice Road Truckers.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
Professor Guide
1.2.2  1stwarrior  replied to  devangelical @1.2    one month ago

Insanity would be more like it.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
Professor Guide
2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    one month ago

Via drone would be the only way I'd do it.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
Professor Guide
2.1  1stwarrior  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2    one month ago

I like the "watching it on the tube in my easy chair at home" method.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
Professor Guide
2.1.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  1stwarrior @2.1    one month ago
I like the "watching it on the tube in my easy chair at home" method.

Maybe now.  But back in your heyday I bet you could have competed in it and finished it.

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
2.1.2  cjcold  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2.1.1    one month ago

I might have completed it but likely wouldn't have won.

Was never the best athlete in the room.

Had to learn how to fight dirty.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
Professor Guide
2.1.3  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  cjcold @2.1.2    one month ago
I might have completed it but likely wouldn't have won. Was never the best athlete in the room.

Just completing it would have made you the best athlete in most rooms.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
Professor Guide
2.1.4  1stwarrior  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2.1.1    one month ago

a fifth of scotch can make you believe you've won everything, eh?

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
2.1.5  devangelical  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2.1.1    one month ago

that ice floe hadn't broken off then...

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
3  JohnRussell    one month ago

That is a young man or woman's game. Middle age and up should not be out in the cold for any length of time because of negative effect on health. Long story short - most Newstalkers should sit this one out. 

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
Professor Guide
3.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  JohnRussell @3    one month ago
Long story short - most Newstalkers should sit this one out. 

Thanks, Captain O. jrSmiley_18_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
3.2  Kavika   replied to  JohnRussell @3    one month ago
most Newstalkers should sit this one out. 

Screw that, you think I got this old being a sissy? 

512

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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3.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @3.2    one month ago

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1stwarrior
Professor Guide
4  1stwarrior    one month ago

And the Weiners are - - - - - -

384

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
4.1  Kavika   replied to  1stwarrior @4    one month ago

Oh that is BS. That's me with Wiki getting prepared for the Iditrod. We placed first in the Weenie dog bracket.

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
4.1.1  cjcold  replied to  Kavika @4.1    one month ago

My folks were friends with Susan Butcher. She was a four-time winner.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
Professor Guide
4.1.2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Kavika @4.1    one month ago
Oh that is BS. That's me with Wiki getting prepared for the Iditrod. We placed first in the Weenie dog bracket.

Ha!!

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
Professor Guide
4.2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  1stwarrior @4    one month ago

Now that's funny!! 

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
4.3  Ender  replied to  1stwarrior @4    one month ago

That name made me wonder...iditarod.

Was whoever came up with the name making a joke about idiots running around in freezing temps?

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
4.3.1  Kavika   replied to  Ender @4.3    one month ago

It comes from the Athabaskan speakers of Alaska and it means ''distant place''. To the many of the tribes in the lower 48 it means, ''too fucking cold''.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
Professor Guide
4.3.2  1stwarrior  replied to  Kavika @4.3.1    one month ago

And some of us in the lower 48 simply say "Not my friggin' job".

 
 
 
shona1
Junior Participates
4.4  shona1  replied to  1stwarrior @4    one month ago

Morning...at least they will have good traction being so close to the ground...

Stuff this running around thing..you mob run around in ice and snow...we run around in deserts and heat...pass on both...

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
5  Hal A. Lujah    one month ago

I wouldn’t run the _______ marathon.  Fill in the blank, any word will do.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
Professor Guide
5.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5    one month ago

Mad Libs jumped immediately to mind. 

 
 
 
afrayedknot
Freshman Quiet
5.2  afrayedknot  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5    one month ago

“the _______ marathon.”

‘newstalkers’

Good for a fun run, difficult for the thin-skinned, and impossible to complete without losing one’s mind. An exercise in futility, but no pain no gain. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
6  Paula Bartholomew    one month ago

I did belong to The Polar Bear club when I lived in AK, but I would never survive the marathon then or now.

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
6.1  cjcold  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @6    one month ago

Fell through the ice once skating on a farm pond when I was a kid and almost drowned.

That was the last time I ever skated.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
6.1.1  Ender  replied to  cjcold @6.1    one month ago

Yikes. Glad you are here!

I have never skated on an ice pond or an iced over river.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
6.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Ender @6.1.1    one month ago

I constantly get told how I'm skating on thin ice here.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
6.1.3  Ender  replied to  devangelical @6.1.2    one month ago

You like to live dangerously.

 
 
 
Hallux
Sophomore Principal
6.1.4  seeder  Hallux  replied to  devangelical @6.1.2    one month ago

You're cracked anyway.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
6.1.5  devangelical  replied to  Ender @6.1.3    one month ago

more like living life to the fullest...

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
6.1.6  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  cjcold @6.1    one month ago

I fell out of my raft during the Campbell Classic in AK and was trapped in some foliage.  People got me out after about 20 mins.  My body temp dropped to 78 degrees.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
7  Ender    one month ago

I can't even take a cold shower...so a no for me.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
8  Kavika     one month ago

Meanwhile, in Florida, we protect our pets when the temp drops below 60 degrees.

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Ender
Professor Principal
8.1  Ender  replied to  Kavika @8    one month ago

And watch out for falling iguanas. 

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
8.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Ender @8.1    one month ago

We actually have weather alerts for this. Many in Florida call it ''raining iguanas''.

512

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
8.1.2  Ender  replied to  Kavika @8.1.1    one month ago

Those claws would be enough to stop me from picking one up.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
8.1.3  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Ender @8.1.2    one month ago

Try retrieving one from the top of a 20 foot tree when drunk.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
8.1.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @8.1.3    one month ago

Let me know if you want the back story.jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Quiet
8.1.5  charger 383  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @8.1.4    one month ago

It has to be a good  story;  iguanas. up a tree, alcohol involved and some of your other adventures 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
8.1.6  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  charger 383 @8.1.5    one month ago

It might be too long for here, but send me a PN and I will tell the story.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
Professor Guide
8.2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Kavika @8    one month ago

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
8.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @8.2    one month ago

LOL.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
8.2.2  Ender  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @8.2    one month ago

Ha.  There is a few people I would like to use that on but I think I would get a ticket.

 
 
 
shona1
Junior Participates
8.3  shona1  replied to  Kavika @8    one month ago

Morning...Awww poor snappy... someone could have at least put a scarf around his neck to keep him warm...

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
8.3.1  Ender  replied to  shona1 @8.3    one month ago

Snappy...Hahaha

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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10  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago
         

"Infographic: Would You Run The North Pole Marathon?"

NO

 
 
 
shona1
Junior Participates
10.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10    one month ago

Not this koala either!!!

 
 

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