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8 Christmas traditions on 7 continents

8 Christmas traditions on 7 continents

Rickey Gates runs a trail near McMurdo Station in the early days of the 2010-11 season | Halley Buffman

8. Antarctica: Race around the world

On Christmas Day at the South Pole, the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station hosts a running race around the world. In the race, a group of researchers run three laps that pass through every world time zone. Outdoor summer temperatures at the South Pole rarely rise above zero degrees Fahrenheit.

The male and female winners of the research station’s race get an amazing prize; a 10-minute hot shower. Normally, the research station’s water rationing allows for only two-minute showers.

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