Get the thermals out because these races are oh so cold.
With temperatures regularly in the -30 to -40 C range at these races, they are among the coldest in the world. Plus, a number of them are in Canada.
RELATED: What it feels like to run in -30 C.
According to the CBC, Ottawa is currently the coldest capital in the world, overtaking cities in Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. Temperatures dipped to a bone-chilling -29 C on Dec. 27 as severe weather warnings blanketed the area. Westwards, in Edmonton, runners are braving -30 C temperatures and putting the work in.
Meanwhile, those types of temperatures are routine for some of the below footraces. This list was inspired by the cold temperatures experienced on race day in Hamilton on Boxing Day.
Churchill is the polar bear capital of the world so don’t be surprised if a sighting occurs.
The North Pole
The North Pole Marathon takes place in one of the most remote locations in extreme sub-zero temperatures at the top of the world.
Ellsworth Mountains, Antartica
The Antarctica Marathon is understandably the world’s southernmost marathon.
Irkutsk Oblast (Siberia), Russia
This race is held on the ice of the world’s largest freshwater (by volume) and deepest lake.
January to March 2018
There’s even a cold running tips sheet located on the home page of the Hypothermic Half-Marathon’s website. A Hypothermic Half takes place in most mid- to large-sized city in Canada.
“Quite simply the world’s coldest and toughest ultra race,” the race says.
Eagle Plains, Yukon
The 6633 Ultra calls itself the “toughest, coldest, windiest ultra distance footrace on the planet.” According to Red Bull, windchill made temperatures feel as though they were -78 C for parts of the race in 2008.
The 2016 edition of the race cancelled its half-marathon and marathon due to the cold as temperatures that week reached overnight lows of -46 C with the windchill.
The name itself is cold enough to earn its spot on the list.
For other winter races, check out our Canadian-specific list here.