As mentioned in other items on the website I am renowned for taking on personal challenges. I believe that the knowledge gained from competing in endurance events has been the key factor in my success on operational duties around the world. I get to understand the challenges that the average athlete has to overcome to cross the finish line so that my preparation and attention to detail in event planning takes into account the realities of competition. I had completed many road marathons and with an increasing need and desire to work in arctic environments I grabbed the opportunity to compete in the Engardin Ski Marathon.
The Engadin Skimarathon is an annual cross-country ski race (ski marathon) held on the second Sunday of March in the upper Engadine valley Switzerland, between Maloja and S-chanf. It is part of the Worldloppet-Tour and by far the biggest cross-country skiing event in the Alps. Between 11,000 and 13,000 skiers participate each year. The total distance covered is 42 km. Whilst it is a freestyle race, there are separate tracks for skiers practicing classic style for all but the narrowest parts of the race. The track record of 1:16:10h was set by Hervé Balland in 1994. In the same year, Silvia Honegger completed the race with the female track record of 1:22:08. The race was extended by 2 km in 1998 to match the distance of a full marathon and the track was changed.
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