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Siberian marathon sets record for world’s coldest marathon

(Associated Press photo/Ivan Nikiforov)

Story at a glance

  • On Jan. 21, 65 runners competed in Yakutia’s Pole of Cold Marathon in Siberia.
  • The temperature the day of the marathon was recorded at minus 53 degrees Celsius.
  • According to Guinness World Records, the coldest marathon recorded was the 2001 Siberian Ice Marathon in Omsk, Russia, with a temperature of minus 39 degrees Celsius.

A Siberian marathon is believed to have set a new record for the world’s coldest marathon.   

On Jan. 21, 65 runners competed in Yakutia’s Pole of Cold Marathon in Siberia, with a temperature of minus 53 degrees Celsius (minus 63.4 degrees Fahrenheit).   

According to Guinness World Records, the coldest marathon recorded was the 2001 Siberian Ice Marathon in Omsk, Russia, with a temperature of minus 39 degrees C. Changing America has reached out to Guinness World Records for comment. 


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The Jan. 21 marathon winner was Vasily Lukin of Russia, with a time of 3 hours and 22 minutes. 

The woman with the best marathon time was Yakutia local Marina Sedalischeva, who crossed the finish line in 4 hours and 9 minutes. 


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