Near Oymyakon in Yakutia Russia.
Near Oymyakon in Yakutia, Russia. (Photo: Maarten Takens/Flickr)

The Coldest Marathon Ever

Siberian runs in 36-below temps.

Near Oymyakon in Yakutia Russia.

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The San Francisco 49ers thought they were pretty cool when they beat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in temperatures as low as negative 14 degrees. But that game was practically balmy compared to the marathon completed by Boris Fyodorov on New Year’s Day. The Siberian jeweler ran his first 26.2-miler in minus-36 degrees.

Fyodorov completed a solo, out-and-back run from Oymyakon, the coldest settlement on the planet. Nicknamed “Pole of Cold,” a weather station in the remote Russian town recorded the temperature being minus 90 degrees Fahrenheit in February 1933, which is considered the lowest temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere.

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“I had [sic] about other marathons around the globe, naming themselves ‘the coldest’, like the most recent North Pole marathon with runners going at -28C,” Fyodorov told Siberian Times. “I thought surely this cannot be right. Our Oymyakon is the coldest inhabited place in the Northern Hemisphere. Why don’t we arrange a marathon here?”

After completing the race in 5:08, the man sipped some champagne and ran indoors.

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