ICE MARATHON Clean Water Preservation Run


Baikal Ice Marathon offers competitors the unique opportunity to race across the frozen waters of the largest, deepest and biotically richest fresh water lake in the world. The Marathon is a part of a larger Lake Baikal winter games festival, the “Winteriad”, which includes  also “Baikal Kamchatka”  Ice Fishing  and Baikal Ice Golf Tournaments Ice Skating Races and a few other outdoor adventure  events.

The surface of the frozen Lake Baikal is covered in fields of ‘hummocks’, small hills of ice rubble. Beneath the ice surface, geothermic springs and seismic activity cause localized melting that weakens the ice to form holes and cracks. Besides, every winter huge ice pressure ridges appear near the marathon course which is flat, but the surface is hard and uneven. Although it is mostly covered in a soft layer of snow, there are areas of highly polished ice that create conditions similar  to an ice-rink. Strong winds may often add to the already bitingly cold temperature and provide serious resistance to progress across the Lake.

Baikal Ice Marathon is both psychologically and physically demanding. The utterly featureless landscape gives little or no sense of perspective to competitors, offering them nothing to focus on but how far they are from their goal.  It is a long, cold, lonely 42.2 km trail across the barren white landscape, where progress is marked only by checkpoints positioned at 5 km intervals.. 

  Baikal Ice Marathon - Russia’s most exotic foot race run entirely on frozen waters also indicated as one of the world's 

- Most difficult foot races  by Globe Runners
- Most extreme marathon by Daily & Sunday EXPRESS
- Four Toughest Winter Endurance Races in 2018 by Totally Active Magazine
- Five  Major Endurance Races in 2016 by Men's Health
- Five coldest foot races by  Frequence Running
- Five  most extreme winter races by The Clymb
- Six Best Marathons on Ice & Snow by World ’s Marathons
- Top 7 ultra-marathons in Europe by  7 Senses Travel
- Eight Strangest Footraces from Around the World by Travel Pulse
- Seven hardest winter races by Red Bull
- Ten Most Amazing Courses by Red Bull
- Ten Unbelievable Running Course by Wings for Life World Run
- Top Ten Insanely Hard Marathons by Top Tenz
- Ten hardest foot races by Jogging International 
- Eleven most beautiful run courses by Trivago Magazine
- Eleven Thrilling Competitions by Buzz Feed
- Twelve Most Extreme World Marathons by Culture Trip
- Thirteen  Toughest Half marathons by Half Marathon Net
- Toughest, Bloodiest and Hardest Challenges by Helen Summer
- Fifteen most difficult races by L'Equipe
-  24 of the most extreme foot races by Extreme Running
-  25 Best Adventure Marathons  by  Men’s Journal
- Ultimate Winter Endurance Race by Oddity Central
- World's Best Marathons by Active Times


Registration for the XV edition of  Baikal Ice Marathon in 2019



One of the world’s toughest endurance challenges

42 км 195 м
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2019 BIM packages aimed to reduce jet lag,explore sites
06 / 07 / 2018

Choose from packages below designed for those runners who come to Baikal Ice Marathon travelling a long trans-meridian distance, and prefer to get a bit over jet lag adjusting their body clock well to new time zone of the northern hemisphere ( especially those coming from west) . We noticed that possibility to recover Chrono-biologically after a trans-meridian jet travel provides more opportunities for runners in the BIM to perform well during the run and avoid suffering from piercing Lake Baikal winds

XV edition of Baikal Ice Marathon in 2019
11 / 04 / 2018

We are glad to announce that next, 15th Baikal Ice Marathon “For preservation of clean water”, shall take place on March 02, 2019. This will be a special edition of BIM and a landmark event alike to Organizers, and will feature a few special festivity arrangements. The Terms & Rules of this unique run on the frozen waters of the world’s deepest lake are similar with the 14th, on March 07,2018, edition of BIM.

BIM Training to Run on Ice Course in 2018
09 / 04 / 2018

With expertise in mind we developed Training to Run on Ice specialBIM package to allow people who are physically well fit for running, but lack practical or certified experience in long distance running. This carefully designed package program enables participants to acclimatize in unique conditions of Lake Baikal northern hemisphere. Get prepared to run in the BIM by means of acquiring good load of the Lake’s tremendous energy grid.