Every year, the crew of the south pole station races around the word. And it only takes a few minutes. Virtually any mode of transportation is allowed, however most people run, or snowmobile. Although you could technically walk around the world in a few short steps right at the pole, this year the course is a bit longer – it’s about 1.75 miles, and covers most of the major sights here at the pole.
A few details on the race, courtesy of South Pole Facilities Engineer Andres Martinez:
- The Race it will start promptly at 10:00am on Monday morning, December 24th.
- The pedestrian course is 1.75 miles in length.
- Pedestrians; running, walking or skiing will begin the Race at the Geographical Pole (see map).
- All motorized vehicles will be staged at the NGO apron (see map).
- Runners that want to be timed will start first, all others will follow.
- All pedestrians are to stay on the left path (inside lane) and all vehicles are to stay on the far right path (outside lane).
- Vehicle drivers must practice all safety rules (i.e. must wear a helmet if on a snowmobile).
- Vehicles must go around the BIF and CRYO buildings and not between the Garage and VFM (see map).
- Vehicles must stay on groomed roads.
- Runners that want to their time recorded; there is a sign up sheet in the Galley near the Dish Pit.
- Pedestrians, please use the pedestrian bridge to cross over the fuel line.
- Pedestrians please do not run, walk or ski over the fuel line.
- Costumes are optional.
- All participants will receive a water bottle and can collect them in the Galley after the race, only one per person please.
Photos from the race will be coming soon…