Coldest Marathon Ever – Thursday Trivia Challenge

It’s a balmy 23 degrees this morning, a “break” from the frigid temperatures of the last few days. We salute all of our customers and friends who were out there braving the icy, cold conditions these last few days. Judging from the amount of hats and gloves we sold, we have a lot of serious runners out there! Special props to Jillian and Victoria of our Couch to 5K Training Group who were out there running last night!

It got us thinking: What is the coldest marathon ever? Well, it seems that at the stroke of midnight this past New Year’s Eve Boris Fyodorov of Siberia ran a marathon in Oymyakon, in the Sakha Republic region of Russia. It is considered to be the coldest permanently inhabited place on earth and the temperature at the finish line was, wait for it. . . minus 38 degrees Celsius! (click here to read about it). Other bone-chilling marathons include the Antarctic Ice Marathon in February (temperatures range from 10-30 degrees below zero) and the North Pole Marathon in April.

Boris Fyodorov at the halfway point of his marathon

Boris Fyodorov at the halfway point of his marathon

 

Of course, most of us here are motivated by warmer thoughts. . . when we run, our minds tend to drift to sunnier destinations. Here’s the link to enter the Honolulu Marathon on December 14, 2014. You’ve got 11 months to train!

Now it’s time for our Thursday Trivia Challenge. No one got our last question correct. Guy Lombardo was the name of the orchestra leader who famously rang in the New Year in New York City from 1928-1976. Let’s go for something a bit easier this week. . . Who was the first two-time winner of the Olympic Marathon? Email your answer to newyork@run.com (put Trivia in the subject line) and we’ll select one winner at random from all the correct responses.

 

 

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