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Duluth Woman, 60, Training to Run North Pole Marathon

Updated: 03/22/2014 1:04 PM
Created: 03/22/2014 10:14 AM KSTP.com

A Duluth woman is hoping the cold weather hangs around a while longer. Pam Solberg-Tapper, 60, is training to run a marathon in the North Pole.

She ran her first marathon, Grandma's Marathon, in 1982 and went on to run 30 more. At 50 years old, she set a goal to run on all seven continents.

"I cannot wait to stand on top of the world," she tells KSTP sister station WDIO-Duluth.  

For Solberg-Tapper, this arctic winter has been perfect for running.

"I was outside training in 22, 25 below because that's what the temperature will be in the North Pole," she said.

She's been able to test out her gear before it's put to test in the real Arctic next month.

Solberg-Tapper said the training has been the toughest yet, but after spending hours outside either running or hiking every day, all winter, the cold is no longer a bother. 

Now, her new goal is to become part of the "Grand Slam Club." To become a member, you must run a marathon on all seven continents, plus the North Pole. Solberg-Tapper wants to be the 16th woman in the world to make the Grand Slam.

The North Pole Marathon is April 9. 48 people from all over the world are running the marathon, including seven Americans.

When Solberg-Tapper isn't training for a marathon, she's an Executive Coach.

Video courtesy of KSTP sister station WDIO.


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