Race Around the World

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.

Marissa Skis

My pal Marissa on skis

Pre-race selfie!

Pre-race group selfie!

And we're off!

As the race starts!

Running selfie

One of many running selfies

Run to MAPO/DSL

Running towards MAPO/DSL

Run to Station

…and back to the station

I wasn't kidding about the couch sled thing!

I wasn’t kidding about the couch sled thing! (Don’t know who the photo cred belongs to on this one)

Me--just before crossing the finish line!

Me–just before crossing the finish line! (Photo cred ???)

Picture at the geographic pole, with Caroline, after the finish!

Picture at the geographic pole, with Caroline, after the finish!

 

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