The, Monday, Read: Yetis, South Pole Marathon and more

It’s late, it’s unreliable, but it’s here! The Return of The Sunday Read. Or maybe this edition could be Son of The Sunday Read. Or how about Revenge of The Sunday Read? Perhaps sometime soon we could even have A Bride of The Sunday Read! How exciting!

In fact, this edition is a little exciting. I’ve added sub-headlines to clarify breaks between stories (and of course showcase my remarkably witty headline writing abilities), and am integrating more images as well. Hope you enjoy the changes and, most importantly, the read.

Run like a Yeti

Sad to say, it’s that time of year again. Not Christmas – that’ s not what I’m referring to; I’m not a total Grinch – but winter. Brrrrrrr….Snow, ice, wind, cold, and apparently snowshoe running. So okay, maybe winter isn’t entirely miserable after all. Outside online has a whole tutorial to get you started: gear, technique and more. Apparently, according to the piece, “Anyone who can walk can snowshoe.” Great! You’re all ready to hit those trails. If you need more patronizing advice, you can find it here:

Cool running

And how about those cooler temperatures – especially at the South Pole, where the 8th annual Antarctica Ice Marathon just wrapped up? This year 46 runners from 16 countries competed for the top place. It was a double win for both the men and the women’s champions, though. Andrew Murray, winner of this year’s North Pole Marathon, picked up honours as the leading snow man, while the female winner of North Pole Marathon, Demelza Farr, accomplished the same feat as well. Temperatures hovered at a balmy minus 15 for the race. Murray finished in 3:41, while Farr took 5:09 to complete the two-lap course. The full story is here:

Insert obvious film title here

Simon Pegg never faced quite as much of a challenge in Run, Fat Boy, Run as the one this endurance athlete has set for himself. Denmark’s Jarmo Pitkanen is “on a quest to be one of the world’s rare obese endurance athletes.” Pitkanen purposely gains weight to remain heavy during a race. The 31-year-old, approximately 250 pound individual is currently trying to complete the 132-mile Manaslu Mountain Trail Race across the Himalayas over seven days, starting in Katmandu in Nepal and traversing snow-capped mountains near Tibet, according to a New York Times story.  Says physiologist and member of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, Dr. Linda Bacon (I swear I’m not making this up) “Fat doesn’t play as much of a role in fitness as people think. Some people who are really fat exercise regularly. We see top athletes perform well in fat bodies. Times are changing. The population has gotten bigger, so we’re going to see more fat athletes out there.” The…uh, full story is here:

Legal action brought against Australian ultramarathon

Two women caught in a brush fire in a gorge in an Australian ultramarathon last year intend legal action against the race’s organizers. The two women suffered terrible injuries during a 100-mile race staged in the island nation’s Outback in Sept. 2011. They were among 11 individuals – including one of the race organizers – caught in the raging inferno. One now has to wear a compression suit and lost most of the fingers off one hand, while the other had a foot amputated. While they received A$450,000 from the government as an “act of grace” compensation, one of the women has indicated she intends to seek $10 million from the race organizers, RacingThePlanet. “Despite a parliamentary inquiry finding that RacingThePlanet was not legally liable or to blame, those injured are still pressing ahead with civil action,” reports the South China Morning Post.  For the full story, go here:


About subthree

A multiple award-winning journalist, I'm currently a contributing editor with both Canadian Running and Canadian Cycling magazines. My articles have appeared in Explore, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many other magazines and newspapers. Formerly a competitive cross-country mountain biker, I switched to running in 2006. I've run seven marathons, qualifying for Boston five times (and which I've run once). Generally, I've placed or won in my age group in races, in distances ranging from five and 10 kms to half and full marathons. I've also taught spin classes at a number of leading Eastern Canadian gyms. Sub-three was a 2012 #Runchat finalist for Best Overall Blog.
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