Brave the cold for North Pole Marathon

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(Reuters) – Together with the Greek flag in 1 hand and ice smothered along his face, runner Argyrios Papathanasopoulos fell to his knees in exhaustion – and party – later successful the North Pole Marathon, the northernmost race the planet.

Papathanasopoulos defeated 4 6 competitions and temperatures minus 33 Celsius (27.4 Fahrenheit) to gain the “world’s trendiest marathon” held yearly in Camp Barneo, known as Pole Camp, on Sunday.

“Practically incredible. You-know I’m a Greek man thus this isn’t the ideal place for me personally; it’s similar to an Eskimo running a race in the desert,” he said later winning in a time of four months, 34 minutes and 36 minutes.

In the women&rsquo event, Guoping Xie of China was successful at a area of 1 3.

All the competitions had been wrapped from head to toe from warm clothes to guard them in the arctic elements at the atmosphere.

Australian runner Marcus Fillinger ended down the field from 41st but did followed by 2 wheeled dogs, both Blue and Druro, the canines to finish the marathon.

Creating by Patrick Johnston in LONDON; Editing by Christian Radnedge