Sunday 28 Feb 2021
Baikal Ice Marathon ( held in Russia, Siberia , close to the city of Irkutsk) offers competitors the unique opportunity to race across the frozen waters of the largest, deepest and biotically richest fresh water lake in the world.
Baikal Ice Marathon is Russia’s most exotic foot race run entirely on frozen waters , also regarded as one of the world's toughest foot races. Depending on ice conditions and those of the run course, the starting line of the Baikal Ice Marathon can be located either on the western shore of Lake Baikal, near Listvyanka, or near the station of Tankhoy, on the eastern shore of Baikal. Final location of the starting point and time of BIM start is indicated a day before the commencement of BIM.
Baikal Ice Marathon is both psychologically and physically demanding. The utterly featureless landscape gives little or no sense of perspective to competitors, offering them nothing to focus on but how far they are from their goal. It is a long, cold, lonely 42.2 km trail across the barren white landscape, where progress is marked only by checkpoints positioned at 5 km intervals..
Distances of Baikal Ice Marathon: 42 km 195 m and 21 km;
Admitted to participate in and run the course are those physically fit being 18 years or older, who paid the BIM package fee and who possess former experience of running full marathon distance within 4 hours 05 minutes time limit and half marathon distance – within 2 hours 10 minutes limit (such running results must date back not earlier than 3 years preceding the BIM). Applicants whose previous long distance running results are more than indicated above, or runners who took part in no less than 10 km distance running, can take part in the XVII BIM footrace only if purchasing 6-days or 7-days BIM acclimatization & training course preceding the Baikal Ice Marathon.