"Steve Yore heads back out onto the trail, 35 miles into the Arrowhead 135
ultra-endurance race. Temperatures during this year's race went
below -35F," That's how Mike Riemer of Salsa Cycles, who shot and sent us this photo, describes the action. The race, which started on January 27th this year, near International Falls, Minnesota, is 135 miles long and held in one of the coldest places in America. In addition to having awards for the top finishers, there is also an award for the slowest finisher. That competitor wins the Ernest Shackleton Endurance Award, for being out on the trail for the longest time in the bitter-cold conditions. That racer was a runner, Roberto Marron, who had an "on-trail" time of 57 hours and 28 minutes. There was actually another racer, Carla Goulart of Brazil, who was out even longer, but the racers have to finish in no more than 60 hours to be eligible for the Shackleton award. Goulart took 60 hours and 10 minutes. More racers dropped out than finished. The temperature at the start of the race was -24 degrees Fahrenheit (-31 degrees Celsius), so the racers knew what they were in for. In fact, the promoters caution racers that temperatures as low as -60 degrees Fahrenheit are possible in the area.
Photo copyright: Mike Riemer/Salsa Cycles