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Westporter Completes The Marathon In 11 Hours. But Here’s The Catch…

Last month, “06880” reported on David Friezo’s plan to run a marathon at the North Pole.

Yeah, you read that correctly.

This morning, the Westporter emailed “06880”:

I made it!

I completed the 2014 UVU North Pole Marathon. I ran alongside 47 competitors from 20 countries at the top of the world. Through snow, ice and -30 Celsius wind chills – I persevered.

David Friezo in action.

David Friezo in action.

My total race time was 11:20:26. It was the most challenging 11+ hours of my life.

The conditions were tougher than usual. The UVU race director mapped out a 12-lap course marked with flags spread over 26.2 miles. There was a lot of soft deep snow and ice chunks. As time went on the course deteriorated, becoming even more and more difficult.

Keeping warm in the elements was challenging. Visibility was difficult as my goggles and face kept freezing up, including my eyelashes. Nonetheless, I managed to finish with only some stage-one frostbite on my nose and one toe. Not bad!

The race was an exhilarating experience, and the competitors were an interesting bunch. The beauty of the North Pole is hard to put into words. The entire race took place in a sea of white that left me breathless.

The top of the world.

The top of the world.

I wish I could have shared the experience firsthand with all of you. I want to thank you all those who contributed to my North Pole Marathon pursuit, by donating to the Friezo Family Support Fund at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

While the race has ended, there are still children with pediatric cancer who need our help. If you’d like to donate, please click here to make a difference. Thanks!

Welcome home, David. The weather hasn’t been great, but it’s getting there. See you at the beach!

David Friezo, at the finish.

David Friezo, at the finish. (All photos courtesy of North Pole Marathon.)

David Friezo Does Santa

In Westport, where competition for everything — from bigger houses and fancier cars to tougher fitness regimens and more money raised for charity — is a blood sport, the stakes just got a lot higher.

David Friezo is trying to raise $500,000 to defray expenses for families with children being treated for cancer.

He’s doing it by running a marathon.

At the North Pole.

That’s right. On April 9 the Westporter — who has a perfectly sensible day job as managing partner with the Lydian Advisory Group — will run 26.2 miles at the geographic North Pole.

Specifically, he and 50 or so other participants in the UVU North Pole Marathon will race on Arctic ice floes, just a few feet away from 12,000 feet of Arctic Ocean. Temperatures could reach 35 degrees below zero.

David Friezo, training recently. Running in Westport this winter was superb preparation for the North Pole.

David Friezo, training recently. Running in Westport this winter was superb preparation for the North Pole.

“I know what you’re thinking,” David says. “No, I am not crazy. I’m doing this for a cause that I’m extremely passionate about.”

That cause is the Friezo Family Support Fund at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.The fund has already donated $1 million to help families with costs like housing, transportation, prosthetic devices and prescription drugs while their children are being treated at MSKCC.

Lydian has agreed to match the first $100,000 of donations made by individuals to David’s I’m-not-crazy-but-on-the-other-hand-who-in-his-right-mind-runs-a-marathon-at-the-North-Pole venture.

“06880” wants to help too. So, here’s our challenge: If readers can pledge $5,000 — just 1% of David’s goal — he’ll give us an exclusive story (with words and photos) when he gets back.

Not, as he jocularly (I hope) says, “If I get back.”

(For more information, and to pledge to David’s North Pole marathon, click here. In the line for “Donor Name,” please add “06880 Reader” after your name, so David can keep a tally. )