Bistrita-Nasaud-born Romanian Tiberiu Useriu on Saturday won the 6633 Arctic Ultra marathon, after he covered in one week 566 km on frozen land, facing temperatures which went down to minus 62 degrees Celsius.
The Ultra marathon has been taking place since 2007 in Canada, in the Arctic Circle area, and is regarded as the toughest marathon in the world.
The organisers of the event which numbered 12 competitors from all over the world, among whom three Romanians, announced that Tiberiu crossed the finish line at Tuktoyaktuk, at 4:44 pm local time, after he covered the last 30 km, in spite of an ankle problem.
Singapore’s Toh Poh Joo (PJ) came in second, 56 minutes after Tibi. Toh Poh Joo also participated in this Ultra marathon in 2010.
Another two Romanians participated in the competition, Vlad Tanase and Andrei Rosu, who have also managed to cross the finish line. This was the first time that Tiberiu, Vlad and Andrei participated in this competition.
Out of the 12 contestants this year, two were forced to abandon the race.
The 6633 Arctic Ultra marathon began on March 11 and each runner needed training in extreme conditions, to be able to face the harsh weather conditions.
President Iohannis congratulates Useriu for outstanding success in Arctic Ultra marathon
President Klaus Iohannis congratulated on Saturday Tiberiu Useriu for winning the Arctic Ultra marathon, saying that the result of the athlete is worthy of the Romanians’ appreciation and respect.
“I congratulate Tiberiu Useriu for the outstanding success at the Arctic Ultra marathon. He took Romania’s flag and name to the first spot of this competition. Such a result, obtained in extreme condition due to the perseverance and ambition with which he trained, is worthy of our appreciation and respect. Congratulations to our champion!,” Iohannis wrote on his Facebook page.