BAIKAL
ICE MARATHON Clean Water Preservation Run

 RUN ON THE WORLD’S ONLY  MARATHON  ICE COURSE LAID  BETWEEN TWO OPPOSITE  SHORES OF THE PLANET'S  DEEPEST LAKE !

Baikal Ice Marathon offers competitors the unique opportunity to race across the frozen waters of the largest, deepest and biotically richest fresh water lake in the world. 

The Marathon is a part of a larger winter games festival, the “Winteriada”, which includes  also “Baikal Kamchatka”  Ice Fishing  and Baikal Ice Golf Tournaments, Ice Skating Races and a few other outdoor adventure  events.

The surface of the frozen Lake Baikal is covered in fields of ‘hummocks’, small hills of ice rubble. Beneath the ice surface, geothermic springs and seismic activity cause localized melting that weakens the ice to form holes and cracks. Besides, every winter huge ice pressure ridges appear near the marathon course which is flat, but the surface is hard and uneven. Although it is mostly covered in a soft layer of snow, there are areas of highly polished ice that create conditions similar  to an ice-rink. Strong winds may often add to the already bitingly cold temperature and provide serious resistance to progress across the Lake.

Baikal Ice Marathon is both psychologically and physically demanding. The utterly featureless landscape gives little or no sense of perspective to competitors, offering them nothing to focus on but how far they are from their goal.  It is a long, cold, lonely 42.2 km trail across the barren white landscape, where progress is marked only by checkpoints positioned at 5 km intervals.. 

THE MARATHON ROUTE

One of the world’s toughest endurance challenges

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42 км 195 м
Listvyanka
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img 120 Participants
from 50 countries
img The Record time
02 : 55 : 51 sec
img Ice thickness
from 1, 20 meter

NEWS

BIM Training Course
01 / 09 / 2015

XI Baikal Ice Marathon
03 / 03 / 2015