North Pole Marathon

USA & RUSSIAN VICTORIES AT 2016 NORTH POLE MARATHON

RECORD NUMBERS FOR 2016 NORTH POLE MARATHON

COOL COMPETITION AT THE 2015 NORTH POLE MARATHON

TWENTY-TWO COUNTRIES IN 2015 NORTH POLE MARATHON

ANTARCTIC ICE MARATHON & 100K WINNER ENTERS 2015 RACE

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR 2015 NORTH POLE MARATHON

CARBON FREE STATUS FOR NORTH POLE MARATHON

OFFICIAL VIDEO OF 2014 NORTH POLE MARATHON

USA & GERMAN VICTORIES AT 2014 NORTH POLE MARATHON

TOP COMPETITORS FOR THE TOP OF THE WORLD

OFFICIAL VIDEO OF 2013 UVU NORTH POLE MARATHON

NORTH POLE MARATHON LINKS UP WITH OLYMPIC 800M CHAMPION

VOLCANO & ANTARCTIC ICE MARATHONS A FANTASTIC SUCCESS

RUNNERS BATTLE MINUS 30C AT 2013 NORTH POLE MARATHON

Acclimatisation

Acclimatisation is not mandatory for the FWD North Pole Marathon. The race occurs at sea level so there are no altitude-related issues. The main challenges from a running perspective are the Cold and the Underfoot Terrain.

Cold: The correct clothing is an essential element in dealing with the cold. Please refer to the Race Gear section for information on clothing.

Underfoot Terrain: The underfoot terrain can be energy sapping in places, though the snow will not be deep except in patches. The aircraft landing runway may be incorporated into the race loop so there will be solid ice for at least one-fifth of the course.

Training in Freezers

Having some prior experience of running on ice / snow terrain in temperatures of -25C with your polar clothing would obviously be advantageous, but probably not practical for people who live in more temperate climates. As a result, some competitors have come up with innovative means of preparing for the race. These methodologies have ranged from running on beach sand to running on treadmills in freezers. The videos below from Spanish and French national television stations show athletes training in a giant industrial freezer.

 

Training in a Cold Weather Environment

There is probably no substitute for training in a cold weather environment and testing your gear in underfoot snow conditions. It is important to wear the full set of gear and practice temperature control in particular. A critical element is to never become too warm and sweat a lot - or too cold - so ventilation and maintaining a good core body temperature is important.