This Polish runner won a race at the top of the world

You’ve heard of “Cool Runnings,” but Piotr Suchenia has taken it to a new level.

This Polish runner won the 2017 North Pole Marathon on April 9 with a time of 4 hours, 6 minutes.

Frederique Laurent of France won the women’s division in 6 hours, 21 minutes.

The race, a traditional 26.2-mile marathon, started at Camp Barneo, just 30 miles from the top of the world.

The route crosses the frozen Arctic Ocean—there is no land to run on, just ice. That ice is 6 to 12 feet thick—but it is also constantly moving, at up to half a mile per hour.

Despite the difficulties, 55 competitors started the race, which holds the Guinness World Record as Northernmost Marathon on Earth.

Some differently abled competitors even compete in hand-cycles. Beth Sanden of the United States won that category with a time of 7 hours, 31 minutes. That is a long time to be working hard in arctic temperatures.

One could say these competitors are at the top of the running world.

 
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