The Lake Baikal International Ice Marathon has attracted a growing number of participants since it was established a decade ago, and about 200 runners, including 11 Japanese, challenged one of the world’s toughest endurance races this year.

The Siberian marathon is “mentally harder than running through a desert,” said Kyo Satani, a 41-year-old runner from Tokyo, comparing the event with the Sahara Marathon in Africa in which he participated last year.

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