An athlete from Moldova, Dmitri Voloshin, has set an inimitable record by becoming the first runner to cross a distance of 50 kilometres in the Sakha Republic region of Russia, in awfully low temperatures.
Voloshin completed the grueling race in 6 hours, where temperatures even plunged below (-60) degrees Celsius (-76F).
The Moldovan runner used a special skiing breathing mask and neck warmer and accomplished the run under supervision of doctors and rescuers. Surprisingly, he didn't need their help right through the race.
El atleta moldavo Dmitri Voloshin ha recorrido 50 kilómetros a -60 grados centígrados en Oimiakon (República de Saja, Rusia) como parte de un proyecto solidario para llamar la atención sobre la parálisis cerebral y la necesidad de apoyar a los niños que padecen ese mal pic.twitter.com/aWkAncVymt
His eyelashes and eyebrows got completely frozen but the athlete bravely continued the unrelenting running until crossing the finish line at the end of the marathon distance.
“It’s like going into space, it’s freezing and there is no oxygen at all. Terrible. Do not try to repeat it,” Voloshin said after finishing.
The unusual race was was part of Voloshin's own unfrozen project aimed at raising awareness of cerebral palsy and the need to provide help to kids suffering from movement disorders. The Moldovan is also raising money for his own daughter Eva, who is also suffering from cerebral palsy.
“In the hardest moments I was thinking about my family, which is worried about me. And when I wanted to stop, I thought of my little daughter Eva, who is waiting for the help. Most of all I wanted to get into my sauna,” admitted Voloshin.
This was not the first time Voloshin took part in an extreme competition. Last April he finished second at the North Pole Marathon, recording a time of five hours and three minutes.
In 2014 he also competed at the Ironman in Zurich, Switzerland, where he swam 4km (2,5 miles), cycled 180km (112 miles) and ran 42km (26 miles). He also does free diving, with his own record of holding his breath standing at 6 minutes and 30 seconds.
About the Author
Suposh Sharma, keenly follows Hockey, Athletics, and other Olympic sports. He also has a penchant for writing humour and is an avid traveller