The world’s “coolest” marathon took place at the North Pole on April 16. Argyrios Papathanasopoulos (Greece) won the men’s competition with a time of 4:34:36. Guoping Xie (China) won the women’s competition with a time of 6:43:20. About 60 participants flew to the North Pole for this race. There is no land at the North Pole. People run on a frozen ice sheet (about 6 to 12 feet thick) floating on top of 12,000 feet of water (the Arctic Ocean). With temperatures around -33 degrees Celsius (-27 degrees Fahrenheit), it was a very difficult race to run.
On April 7, about 55,000 people took part in the Paris Marathon held in Paris, the capital of France. Paul Lonyangata (Kenya) won the men’s race with a time of 2:06:25. Besty Saina (Kenya) won the women’s race with a time of 2:22:56.
The Boston Marathon was held in Boston, USA on April 16. Almost 30,000 runners took part in the race. Yuki Kawauchi (Japan) won the men’s race with a time of 2:15:58, and Desiree Linden (USA) won the women’s race with a time of 2:39:54. The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual city marathon and started in 1897.
The running distance of the North Pole, Paris, and Boston marathons was 42.195 kilometers (26.2 miles).
One of the “hottest” running races in the world is the Marathon des Sables, and it was held from April 6 to 14 in the Sahara Desert in Morocco. It is also labeled as the “toughest foot race on Earth”. It was a six day race that covered a distance of about 250 kilometers (150 miles). Rachid El Morabity (Morocco) won the men’s event, and Magdalena Boulet (USA) won the women’s. Over 1,000 runners from all over the globe competed in the race.
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