The Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Race has come to an end with Team Missing Link taking the win after arriving at the South Pole in the fastest time over the weekend. The winning team covered the 770km (478 mile) course in 17 days, 11 hours, and capped their win by planting a the flag of their home country, Norway, at the Pole.
The race was kicked off back on January 4th when teams of three set out to cross the Antarctic Plateau to commemorate the historic race between Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott back in 1911. The teams were required to pull their own sleds, weighing as much as 70kg (155 pounds) each through -50º temperatures through some of the most inhospitable terrain anywhere on the planet.
As of this writing, several teams were still making their way to the finish line, while others are already there, relaxing and recuperating from their epic competition. It seems that all involved had a great time and enjoyed the journey in this first ever race. It has yet to be determined if the event will return in 2010.
Congrats to the winners on Team Missing Link, and to all the competitors involved in this very cool race.
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