Polish marathon athletes run on frozen Lake Baikal
PR dla Zagranicy
Polish runners are among 120 athletes from 50 countries taking part in a marathon on frozen Lake Baikal in southern Siberia on Tuesday.
Last year’s Baikal Ice Marathon was won by Poland’s Piotr Hercog, followed by his countryman Łukasz Zdanowski.
Zdanowski said the race was the one of the hardest in his life. He had to contend with strong winds, a felt temperature of minus 30 degrees C and ice which was breaking at some points on the lake.
According to forecasts, Lake Baikal and surrounding areas will on Tuesday see temperatures of minus 7 degrees C in the morning and 1 C during the day. The ice is 1.2 metres thick.
Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world in terms of volume and is also the world's deepest lake.
The Baikal Ice Marathon aims to promote local tourism, environmental protection and the sustainable development of the region.