A few blog posts ago, we talked about Dell Weingarten and his adventure in training for the Polar Challenge. The Polar Challenge is an extreme, 320-mile race starting in Resolute Bay, Canada with a finish in at the 1996 position of the Magnetic North Pole. Primarily Nordic skiing, the racers ski between 14-18 hours a day with minimal sleep. The teams of three endure near-impossible racing terrain coupled with a harsh climate. Dell raved about ColdAvenger so much in his training sessions, that we decided to partner with the nice folks at Polar Challenge and give a mask to EVERY racer this season! The ColdAvenger will be spotted on 25 racers of the Polar Challenge.
Not only will the racers be protected from the harmful affects of cold weather induced injury, but their faces will be protected from the brutal cold and harsh conditions allowing them to breathe easier knowing their airway is protected. With the racers exerting an incredible amount of effort, it is even more important to reduce the side-affects of cold air on the airway. Scientific studies indicate that up to 50% of athletes who exercise in cold weather experience some respiratory symptoms, including a decline in lung function compatible with exercise-induced asthma. So glad we can help!
Look forward to some updates in Mid-May from the racers. They will be gathering tons of photos of the race and giving us great feedback of how well the mask performed. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate situation for the ColdAvenger. With years of studying and perfecting the technology in the mask, it seems fitting it is headed to the top of the world in some of the earth’s harshest climate.
Good luck racers and stay tuned for additional updates, results and photos from the Polar Challenge.
John B. Sullivan, III aka ColdAvenger Pro