An Insider’s Guide To The Polar Circle Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 23, 2010
  • Updated Nov. 23, 2010 at 4:48 PM UTC

The race is held in one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world.

Nick Mead, a correspondent for The Guardian UK Web site recently ran the Polar Circle Marathon in Greenland. Mead had spent a year training for the event that is known as the “coolest race on earth” according to the race’s Web site. A part of the route takes place on the Greenlandic ice cap itself. According the Mead, conditions were ideal for the race. “Unseasonably good weather and perfect blue skies meant the 60 or so runners on the 26.2-mile course had no need for any Inuit words for snow,” he wrote.

However, the lack of snow made conditions dangerous on the ice cap itself, offering no covering for grip.”This made the initial section of the race treacherous, like running up and down a steeply pitched 100m-thick ice cube,” Mead recalled.

Mead crossed the finish line in 3:31.

Runners from over 18 countries took part in this year’s race.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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