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Former Navy SEALs to Tackle Polar Circle Marathon

Temperatures for the Oct. 26 race could hover around zero degrees.

Temperatures for the Oct. 26 race could hover around zero degrees.

Two former Navy SEALs will help lead a team of ordinary citizens in what is dubbed “The Coolest Marathon on Earth” on Oct. 26.

The Polar Circle Marathon takes place in Greenland and traverses snow-covered gravel roads and an ice sheet over 26.2 miles. The day before the marathon, a half marathon will be contested.

The SEALs and their team will run in support of the Navy SEAL Foundation, which supports and assists the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. The goal is to raise $100,000 for the foundation, some of which will be raised at a Dec. 4 dinner.

Rob Vogel will captain the team, and he’ll be joined by former SEALs Brian Hoke and Mike Martin, and civilians Mark Edgar, Jacob Mercer, John Wood and Chris Biasotti.

The race website posted a note about the weather conditions runners could face: “On average we expect the temperature to be minus 15-10 degrees Celsius when the marathon is started. As the sun rises the temperature will typically rise to minus 10-5 degrees Celsius. Snow may occur, but Kangerlussuaq is known for its stable and relatively comfortable climate with little precipitation.”

In Fahrenheit terms, that temperature range is from 5 degrees to 23 degrees.

Race organizers also posted a warning regarding what type of nutrition runners should bring with them: “Be aware that any special supplies (gels, bars, drinks etc.) that you may need during the race should be brought from home. While sports and running shops in Copenhagen will have a variety of foods and drinks for running you will not find such items in Greenland. Be aware that gels are likely to freeze …”

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