“The 6633 Arctic Ultra is regarded by many as one of the toughest, coldest, windiest ultra distance footraces on the planet. The 2017 event will be the 9th edition of the race. The non-stop self-sufficient foot race is either over a distance of 120 miles or 350 miles, with both races cross the line of the Arctic Circle. The 120 mile race finishes at the First Nations Hamlet of Fort McPherson, whilst the longer 350 mile race continues to the banks of the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk“. (Arctic 6633)
When I first heard about this run, I thought it was absurd. Who in their right mind would want to freeze and carry their kit for 350 miles. I get a message from my friend Valentine Lily to say she is the only woman in the world to sign up. The officials confirm that there are only 7 places left out of the 30. Only one woman is willing to forge through the perceived weakness of our kind. An Indonesian woman who lives on the tropical island of Bali. I did the calculation for distance per day, weight carried and time for training.
‘Valentine lets go’. I message a fashion photographer friend and ask if she will come with us March 2017 to cover the journey. Then the wheels began to turn as I spoke between an ocean to Valentine, planning the training required to keep up with the 8 day cut off time. Yes it is totally nuts that is a give, but can we do it? How much of the adventure do we miss by second guesses and false conclusions? Arctic 6633 we will be seein you.