BAIKAL ICE MARATHON, SIBERIA

Trail Running (UK) - - Off- Road Racing -

At the Baikal Ice Marathon, run­ners race from one bank to the other across the frozen wa­ters of the world’s largest and deep­est fresh­wa­ter lake. The sur­face is hard and un­even and al­though the ice is mostly cov­ered by soft snow, ar­eas of ex­posed, pol­ished ice cre­ate con­di­tions sim­i­lar to an ice rink. In the depths of Siberia, par­tic­i­pants must cope with freez­ing tem­per­a­tures and strong, chill­ing winds. The fea­ture­less white land­scape of­fers lit­tle sense of per­spec­tive and is only bro­ken by flags mark­ing the route, mak­ing this marathon as much of a psy­cho­log­i­cal chal­lenge as a phys­i­cal one.

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