Noth pole marathon
The Marathon was held the 17 in April 2003 on Barneo. The North Pole Marathon was organized by Global Expedition Adventures (GEA), based in the U.S. Eleven athletes from Great Britain, Ireland, Russia, South Africa, Austria and the U.S. participated. The marathon consisted of a 192-meter starting run and 43 1-kilometer laps.
The winner of the marathon was British runner Martin Tighe. He and Andrey Chikirov raised the flags over the North Pole, battling storm winds and a temperature of -30 degrees Celsius.
This was Chikirov’s 75th marathon. At 64, he was the oldest participant.(Rosbalt, 2003)
The main challenge for recreational expeditions to the North Pole are cracks and fractures in the ice. Inflatable boats were once used to cross them, and later special large sleds, which could be used as flotation devices. Norwegian traveler Borge Ousland came up with a new method -- special “immersion suits.”
He first used an “immersion suit” in 2001, during his solo trip to the North Pole. In the following year, ExplorerWed team members Tom and Tina Sjorgen used similar suits -- sometimes swimming several times a day.
Swimming in the Arctic conditions, with air temperatures of -40 degrees Celsius is quite dangerous. The unwieldy suit makes a swimmer defenseless against killer whales and polar bears -- who can swim much faster. But for now, there have been no problems.
South Korean adventurer Park Young Seok and five fellow countrymen are skiing from Siberia to the North Pole. Seok has all 14 of the world’s 8000ers under his belt and has also climbed the highest peak on each continent, known as the Seven Summits.
They six skiers set out from Khatanga, guided by Arctic and Antarctic Museum Director Viktor Boyarsky.
(Russian News Bureau, 2003)