Duluth Runner Completes North Pole Marathon

Updated: 04/26/2014 1:29 PM
Created: 04/26/2014 1:04 PM

A Minnesota marathon runner accomplished a very large goal.

Sixty-year-old Pam Solberg-Tapper is on top of the world, literally. She just got back from running a marathon in the North Pole.

She finished the North Pole run in deep snow, harsh winds and 35 below zero temperatures in just under 10 hours. Given the harsh conditions, it took Solberg-Tapper about twice as long as it usually does to finish a marathon, but she said not finishing just wasn't an option.

"The terrain is very harsh and pristine, a lot of ice shards sticking up all over. But it was sobering to me because I felt like a speck, I felt like a speck in the universe," Solberg-Tapper told KSTP sister station WDIO.

The Duluth native is only the 17th woman in the world to run a marathon on all seven continents.

Now that she has achieved her goal, Solberg-Tapper hopes to inspire others because as she says, "we can all do great things."

Video courtesy of WDIO.

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