Most extreme Arctic Circle Race in many years

Skiers in Greenland fight extreme weather and destructive storms
Extreme weather and sub-zero temperatures were the conditions for what is billed as the world’s toughest cross-country skiing race. But as the Arctic Circle Race was held last weekend, both participants and helpers were put to the test.
The race took place outside the town Sisimiut in Greenland for the 19th time, taking in 160 kilometres over three days. The runners sleep in unheated tents in the mountains, in a camp established by the organisers with basic community facilities. A shorter 100km race with three stages is also staged.
Less than 24 hours before the race started on March 20, most of the camp was destroyed by a storm and nine tents completely blew away. The remains of the camp was partially buried in snow, which in several places was more than 1.5 metres deep.
With the help of hundreds of volunteers from Sisimiut, bringing everything from transportation to food and drink, a team worked all night after the storm and re-established a workable camp and the race went ahead as planned.
Amid Greenland’s beautiful scenery, one participant broke his hip and several had to drop out after the first and second days. On the third day the camp was evacuated when a storm swept through the mountains. There were periods with zero visibility and temperatures below minus 40 degrees.
This year there were participants from 11 countries. Martin Møller won gold in the men’s category and Karl-Peter Kristensen silver – both from Greenland – while Tomas Caslavsky from the Czech Republic won bronze. The Czech Kamila Burotova won gold in the women’s category, Rory Kathleen Bosio from the United States won silver, Marie Lundblad from Greenland bronze.
The next Arctic Circle Race is organised for April 1-3, 2016. More information can be found at www.acr.gl.
TTG Nordic