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Rat Race Arctic Asteroid 2023

03-Apr-2023 USA, USA

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Mixed Race Race Terrain
161KM / 100Miles
6 Days

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Multi  

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Sitting in the vast Arctic Tundra of north-eastern Quebec lies a remarkable sight – an almost perfectly spherical asteroid crater filled with crystal clear deep-blue water, frozen over in winter with a motionless layer of smooth ice. Standing on the crater’s rim, you are surrounded by an almost endless horizon of white meeting a deep blue northern sky in this barren, treeless and haunting environment. The crater is an astonishing feature known to the local Inuit as Pingualuit – ‘the pimple.’ Our journey to the Asteroid will start out over the lunar-like landscape to reach our objective while carrying all of our gear with us and pulling sledges on this most other-worldly of adventures…


The Pingualuit Crater is 1.4 million years old yet was almost unheard of outside of the Inuit until the 20th century. It is thought to be one of the youngest and best-preserved meteorite craters on Earth and its lake contains some of the purest water in existence, as it has no outflow and is fed only by rainwater.

This is a harsh and barren landscape, lying some 220 miles above the boreal tree line in the permafrost zone of the Arctic Circle. Home to the Kangiqsujuak Inuit, who still practice their traditional hunting and fishing skills in this wild and hostile landscape, you will learn both of their own culture and of the haunting beauty of this vast and empty land. Arctic Asteroid is a true adventure – where you will need to rely on your own preparedness and you will dig deep into your own mental and physical mettle to see you through. This is a land that is unforgiving, where weather can turn quickly and where temperatures in the winter can plunge to levels almost unimaginable elsewhere on Earth. Be ready for the journey of your life as you go to a place incredibly few people on this planet have set foot, to see a sight so serene and ethereal, it will take your breath away.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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