Friday, November 3, 2017
Baikal Ice Marathon
the Baikal Ice Marathon, in Siberia, is an event where temperature plays a huge role in the success of the runners. As you can imagine, this is a pretty cold race and runners must make their trek in weather that can dip to 39 degrees below zero, and sometimes even colder. The race takes place in Omsk, Russia on roads that are pretty quiet and traffic free. They are flat which makes the race a little bit easier to train for, but it’s definitely not easy to train your body to work properly in such extreme temperatures. Those who host the race provide each runner with a warm cap that will allow the body to retain a normal temperature in the extreme cold. In any case, this is definitely not an easy marathon to run, despite being only half of the distance of a normal marathon. In 2001, 134 runners set forth to make their way through Omsk and by the end of it all only 11 were able to cross the finish line.