Mac & Mac's Pick: World's Coldest Marathon

By WEEK Producer

April 12, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 10:33 PM CDT

BARNEO ICE CAMP, NORTH POLE -- Competitors from around the world gathered at the North Pole this week for the World's Coldest Marathon, in negative 18 degree fahrenheit temperatures.

46 competitorss from 20 countries gathered for the race atop of the world.

The bitter cold conditions were made slightly more tolerable by low winds.

Ireland's Gary Thornton finished first with an impressive race time of 3 hours, 49 minutes, and 29 seconds.

Britain's Fiona Oakes won the women's race, and third overall - ahead of more than 40 men who were racing.

Almost all the competitors finished the marathon this year, though some took more than 10 hours to do so.