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Starting up the mountain - it's a very steep, loose path - and slippery in the snow! Photo taken by Peter Rejcek.

Racing at McMurdo Station

Antarctica is filled with interesting, fit, adventurous, competitive people – and as a result, there are a bunch of races every year. Last time I was at the South Pole, I ran one big race – the South Pole Marathon. This year, while I was at McMurdo Station waiting for my flight out to WAIS Divide Field Camp, I had the opportunity to run two smaller, but equally interesting races. The Scott Hut 10K, and the Ob Hill Uphill.

Both races were great – and the epic blizzard on the morning of the Ob Hill Uphill made everything a bit more intense.

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10K 2014-6-Antarctica Unsorted-Donenfeld-1600-2014-12-23 Racing in Antarctica-Donenfeld-1920-WM
Off!
Off!
The starting pack of the Scotts Hut 10K. Be bold, start cold!
The starting pack of the Scotts Hut 10K. Be bold, start cold!

Me running around one of the dorm buildings, midway through the Scotts Hut 10K.

Final stretch of the Scotts Hut 10K.
Final stretch of the Scotts Hut 10K.
Finish!
Finish!
Final results for Scotts Hut 10K. I finished in 42:36, #9
Final results for Scotts Hut 10K. I finished in 42:36, #9
The Ob Hill Uphill. We start at the base of Observation Hill on the edge of McMurdo, and run to the top. Obviously, it was snowy that day.
The Ob Hill Uphill. We start at the base of Observation Hill on the edge of McMurdo, and run to the top. Obviously, it was snowy that day.
Starting up the mountain - it's a very steep, loose path - and slippery in the snow!
Starting up the mountain – it’s a very steep, loose path – and slippery in the snow!

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The finishing group at the top of Observation Hill - the wind really whips up there, and it gets cold quickly - especially with light running gear on.
The finishing group at the top of Observation Hill – the wind really whips up there, and it gets cold quickly – especially with light running gear on.
Ob Hill Uphill Race Times. I finished in 6:21, #5. Behind Otto again!
Ob Hill Uphill Race Times. I finished in 6:21, #5. Behind Otto again!

See Also: Running the South Pole Marathon

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