Antartica

We waited 3 days in Punta Arenas (southern city in Chile), which is a city of about 150,00 people, for the weather to clear so that we could fly to Antarctica. The first day of waiting was spent on a boat to go and view some penguins which was not a good idea for a person with sea-sickness. The last day of waiting, 5 of us rented a car and drove to one of the most beautiful national parks. it is located in the Patagonia section of Chile and the name of the park is Torres Del Paine.

After the delay, we flew on a Russian cargo plane on a 4 1/2 hour flight to Antarctica.  Getting off the plane was surreal to me as standing on the blue ice was just one of the coolest things (no pun intended) I ever experienced. The race was tentatively set for the following day depending on weather. It never materialized as there was a white out and the race director decided to wait until the following day. It was a glorious day with temperatures about 0 degrees with little wind at race start. It was a very difficult race but after running close to 100 marathons, the absolutely the most beautiful marathon I have ever participated in. The mountains in the background plus the the unbelievable quiet on the continent was once in a lifetime experience.

We left the the following night for the long trip back to Chile. It was such an exciting trip that I started seriously considering an attempt at a marathon at the geographic North Pole in April 2012. As of January 1st, 2011, there were 49 members of the running “Grand Slam” club which consists of running a marathon on all 7 continents and the north pole. My goal was to have this accomplished by the end of 2012 which I accomplised on July 28th, 2012.

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