I feel like I need to share this–Manitoba doesn’t have many Marathons and this one is particularly unique. Wanna run with the Polar Bears? Be sure to check it out! 🙂
Photos and story by Birgit-Cathrin Duval
Minus 41C wind chill (-41.8F) and a polar bear alert.
Most ultrarunners worry about hitting the wall. If you’re running the Polar Bear Marathon you will face an even bigger fear: running into a polar bear.
So how’s that for a challenge? Running in cold arctic air with wind chill factor up to minus 40 Celsius through pristine polar bear country?
Churchill is a tiny town located at the edge of the arctic in northern Manitoba, Canada. It’s a truly Arctic community and it’s only accessible by air (approx. two hours from Winnipeg) or by train, which takes about 36 hours—often more.
Every year in October and November hundreds of polar bears begin their move from their summer habitat to the Hudson Bay where they eagerly wait for the ice to form. Once the bay freezes the polar bear will have a feast…
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