On December 25th, Christmas Day, they hold the “Race Around the World,” which is a 1.75 mile race beginning and ending at the geographic South Pole. The course loops around the station, out to the South Pole Telescope (SPT), Ice Cube and as you finish the last stretch you run past the ceremonial South Pole. Most people raided the costume bins for hilarious outfits (as you can probably tell from the pictures). My time was 18:45, which was a bit less than an 11-minute mile. I would feel a bit disappointed by this except for that A) I am running at a physio-altitude of about 10,500 feet, B) It’s freaking cold outside, and C) I was trying to avoid getting flattened by couches on skis towed behind snowmobiles.