Hey, are you one of the millions of Americans currently experiencing terrible weather? You are? I pity you. Now toughen up and start running.
As The Siberian Times reported a few days ago, a Russian jeweler named Boris Fyodorov recently completed a marathon while enduring temperatures of minus 38 degrees Celsius. In case you are a bit rusty on the whole Celsius-to-Fahrenheit-conversion thing, uh, just know that’s COLD. As in record-setting cold for a marathon.
Fyodorov, who is now officially one of the coolest athletes alive (sorry, I had to), explained his inspiration to the paper:
My idea was to run this marathon on New Year’s night, as the world was celebrating. It worked fine — seconds after the clock struck midnight and the fireworks went off, I began running from the Pole of Cold, otherwise known as village of Oymyakon, towards the village of Tomtor.
I had about other marathons around the globe, naming themselves ‘the coldest’, like the most recent North Pole marathon with runners going at -28C.
I thought surely this cannot be right. Our Oymyakon is the coldest inhabited place in northern hemisphere. Why don’t we arrange a marathon here?
Oh yeah, it was his first marathon, too.
So what’s Fyodorov’s next big goal? Well, he wants to organize a marathon in even colder conditions. You know, because he’s chill like that (sorry).
[Source: The Siberian Times]