Welcome to a tough, unique marathon in truly magnificent scenery. The Polar Circle Marathon takes place in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. The endless ice and snow of this vast country make up the backdrop of this unusual race, in which runners pass glacier tongues, moraine landscapes and soundless, arctic desert.
A part of the route takes place on the slippery ice cap itself, but the main part of the course is run on the gravel road (often snow covered) that connects the inland ice with the small township of Kangerlussuaq, just north of the Polar Circle. The average temperature in Greenland in October is normally around -10ºC / 15ºF, but colder temperatures should be expected. Snow is not unusual, but the race can be completed in a pair of normal trail running shoes.
The Polar Circle Marathon is the perfect way to combine a special running event with exploring one of the most remote and beautiful corners of the world.
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Amazing landscape and supportive and enthusiastic it's very well run. Old Camp is pretty low-end lodging, but there isn't anything the race organizers can do about that. I was delighted that I was able to switch to the hotel on the second day. All in all, this is a fantastic race and experience. Bravo! staff, very knowledgeable
I suggest recommending winter running shoes (gore Tex or other), minimum shirt gaiters and long ones are fine as well. Suggest training by running in sand or other soft surface.