Eamonn Cashin Prepares for toughest race of his life.
This may just be the coolest marathon on earth! We did the route inspection this morning and it puts things into perspective now. Running a marathon is challenging in itself, running a marathon then running a half marathon the following morning in temperatures of -27 degrees Celsius with windchill tells its own story. Bill Bowerman said “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people”. Bring it on!
Ice as far as the eye beholds. Impossibly beautiful, blue skies. Incredibly fresh air. Musk oxen and arctic foxes on the stark landscape of the arctic tundra.
Yes, we are in one of the most remote corners of the world: Greenland. I could feel the soft crunch of snow beneath my shoes while slowly jogging in small patches through the arctic desert and Greenland icecap. Sections were knee deep in snow.
It was slippery underfoot attempting to jog on ice which will add to the challenge starting on Saturday morning. I fully realise now that I have to immerse myself in this rare and exceptional natural beauty.
This will undoubtedly be the coolest experience of my life and I will succeed in making it to the start and finishing lines this Saturday and Sunday.
A part of the route takes place on the ice sheet itself, but the main part of the races will take place on snow covered rough roads similar to trail runs. These connect the ice sheet with the small township of Kangerlussuaq, just north of the Polar Circle. This is my base camp.
As the Czech locomotive Emil Zatopek once said “If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon”. Kudos to that.