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Infographic: Would you run the North Pole Marathon?

On April 13, the 17th annual North Pole Marathon will take place – the northernmost and coolest marathon on Earth.

The marathon takes place on the Arctic ice floes of Barneo Ice Camp – a Swiss-owned and Russian-operated drifting camp, which floats around the North Pole. Athletes must endure average temperatures of between -25C to -30C along uneven terrain of solid ice and snow to compllete the 4.2km circular route, which they must lap 10 times in order to finish the race.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The first North Pole Marathon took place on April 5, 2002, when Irish runner Richard Donovan made a solo run through the blistering cold, covering the 26-mile (42km) standard marathon distance in 3:48:12.

To date, 552 people from 55 countries have completed the event.

The men’s record is held by Irish runner Thomas Maguire, who completed the race with a time of 3:36:10 in 2007. The women’s record was set by German Anne-Marie Flammersfeld in 2014, with a race time of 4:52:45.

The oldest person to complete the marathon is Michel Ribet, who ran the 2016 North Pole Marathon aged 78

What running a marathon does to your body
During a marathon, a person’s body goes through a number of physiological changes. The average person will burn around 2,600 calories, take about 40,000 steps and lose between three to six litres of sweat during a race.

A person’s body temperature will also increase as heat is generated from muscles creating energy.

According to the Journal of International Medical Research, excessive strain on the discs in the spine results in runners temporarily losing around 1.25cm or half an inch of height during a marathon. But don’t despair, running also increases the release of endorphins and serotonin that can increase mood and wellbeing.

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