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About the Arctic Circle Race 2015

By Vicky Anscombe

The Arctic Circle Race is one of the most gruelling challenges on the planet. Covering 160km of Greenland’s west coast, the route stretches through the countryside around Sisimiut, a small fishing town, where the race officially starts and finishes. The route takes competitors through magnificent, varied and harsh terrain as they attempt to complete the world’s toughest cross-country race.

The route depends on the snow conditions, and can change every year. Ever since the first race in 1996, between 120-180 participants from 14-16 different countries have taken part. So far, over 30 countries have participated in the race.

Although the race primarily aims to raise money for the competitors’ chosen charities, The Arctic Circle Race Committee is working towards promoting the Arctic Circle Race as a sustainable race in terms of the environment. The Committee is a small organisation based on voluntary work, with up to 160 volunteers working behind the scenes to ensure everything goes smoothly.

They’re trying to limit waste and unnecessary consumption, and as the race takes place in the same area each year, it is important to protect the environment surrounding it. Rubbish and waste in an outdoor area becomes even more obvious during the summer, and in an Arctic environment, decomposition takes ten times longer than it does in Europe. Those taking part are encouraged to bag all of their litter, and even cigarette butts are collected.

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