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.. 

Registration for next Baikal Ice Marathon in 2018


One of the world’s toughest endurance challenges

42 км 195 м
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from 50 countries
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02 : 55 : 51 sec
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from 1, 20 meter


Ice Scouting in 2018
17 / 01 / 2018

By January 04,2018 Lake Baikal froze over in its northern part, but thickness of ice allowed only lightweight snowmobiles to ride on the frozen water surface not far from the shoreline. In the middle of Lake Baikal, in the area of Maloye Morye (so-called Smaller Sea section of the lake enclosed by the western shore of Olkhon Island and western mainland bank of Lake Baikal), the ice formed on January 06, and grew on January, 07, 2018 by 15 cm.

BIM packages aimed to reduce jet lag,explore sites
25 / 08 / 2017

Choose from packages below designed for those runners who come to Baikal Ice Marathon travelling a long trans-meridian distance, and prefer to get 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

BIM Training to Run on Ice Course in 2018
01 / 08 / 2017

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.