“A couple of years ago I watched a documentary about polar bears,” explains Pau. “It said they have to travel as much as 250km extra to survive because Arctic ice is melting. I thought, ‘wow, this is crazy and this is our fault’. At that moment I wanted to do something and that’s how the idea for Run For The Arctic started.”
Two years later, standing in Alta, Norway, facing a particularly harsh northerly wind and a temperature reading of close to -30ºC, Pau wondered if he could make it.
“The first few days were a big surprise. I’m used to running long distances, so performance wise I wasn’t worried. But I wasn’t expecting my eyelashes to freeze and my face Buff to become solid with ice. I started to think that breathing really hard would be dangerous. I wasn’t sure I would finish. It felt so unhealthy to be running like this.”