A GRITTY and determined Killarney man has completed the world’s coldest and toughest ultra-marathon, traversing a distance of 100 miles, through snow and ice with temperatures plummeting to -30C at night.
The hugely challenging conditions didn’t prevent Kevin Leahy from completing the course in the Yukon Arctic Ultra, just outside the Arctic Circle in the north-west of Canada, adjacent to Alaska.
The course follows the world’s toughest dog sled race where dog teams once slid and scrambled now human power chases up the trail.
Kevin, proprietor of the Black Sheep Hostel on New Street, completed the course in 31 hours, without a break, and he had to pull all his provisions behind him on a sled.
Remarkably, despite competitors from all over the world taking part, Kevin delivered a super performance to come first in his class which was on foot.
“The race was an amazing experience. It was amazing to see the northern lights while running the first night,” he said.
“Temperatures dropped to minus 30 but it didn’t feel that cold as I was moving all the time,” he added.
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