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In the past, temperatures have reached minus 30 degrees Celsius in the Ice Marathon over the Russian lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater
BAIKAL LAKE. – A frozen Siberian lake was covered by a thick layer of snow after a storm and strong wind, but these were relatively benign conditions for runners in an extreme marathon disputed on Sunday.
In the past, temperatures have reached minus 30 degrees Celsius in the Ice Marathon on the Russian lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, where runners converge annually to complete 42.2 kilometers or a half marathon.
On some occasions, cracks have opened up on the surface of the route in the middle of the race.
“The weather was really good today,” said Denis Merenkov, 45, whose beard was covered with frost, while drinking a hot drink after completing the half marathon. “Two years ago it was much worse.”
Separated by long distances with poor visibility, competitors can sometimes not see anyone in front of or behind them and, in fact, almost nothing is seen beyond the white snow under their feet.
Weather conditions can change rapidly and organizers limit the number of competitors each year to a maximum of 132 to ensure safety.
Runners travel from all over the world to participate and this year the temperature ranged between -10 and -12 degrees Celsius.
“I love running, I love nature and I love extreme conditions. It’s perfect,” said Andrea Dablander of Austria, who won the women’s marathon. “It really was the perfect race,” he added.
However, not everyone was so animated at the finish line and a man lay in the snow while helping him up.
Despite the surreal spectacle and the adverse weather, the organizers seemed more surprised that the competitors had actually managed to be on the starting line because of the restrictions on flights and trips imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“Despite the coronavirus, (the runners) were able to come from 31 countries,” said Alexei Nikiforov.