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What it takes to win a marathon on the North Pole


Brutal yet spectacular.

That’s how elite marathoner and the 2013 North Pole Marathon winner, Fiona Oakes, describes running a marathon on the polar ice caps in -22 degrees F (-30C).

“It was not just a marathon,” the queen of extreme said. “It was an adventure of a lifetime.”

Hear more from Oakes in the podcast above, including her tips for training for an extreme marathon, staying motivated when running alone, and her secret to getting enough calories as a vegan runner.

Podcast by Angel Russell

Meet Fiona Oakes at the 2013 London Vegfest October 6. For more information and tickets, click here.