Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

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On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

‘Ice Marathon’: Run Across the World’s Deepest Lake (in Siberia) https://ift.tt/2mECPQO

Every year, a handful of the world’s most extreme runners travel to Siberia to participate in an ‘ice marathon.’

Siberia is expansive. In one tiny region in Irkutsk lies Baikal Lake, the world’s deepest lake. With a depth of over 5,300 feet, this frozen tundra is home each year to an endurance race known as the Baikal Ice Marathon.

Irkutsk holds the marathon during its winter games festival, Winteriad, which also features ice golf, ice fishing tournaments, and an ice march. However, the race is the star of the show and is considered one of the coldest, most extreme footraces on the planet. In fact, fewer than 130 people participated last year.

If you think you’re ready to endure Siberia’s icy elements, there’s still time to sign up. The race is set for March 1, 2020. This will be the race’s 16th (and possibly coldest) year. Temperatures in Siberia in March range from a chilly -9 to 18 degrees F. 

Siberian 'Ice Run' Across Lake Baikal Is Just Plain Nuts
Siberian 'Ice Run' Across Lake Baikal Is Just Plain Nuts

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