“I had to go and take a selfie with Santa for my kids. I didn’t mention to them that I ate some reindeer.”
Adrian loves a challenge – and many have come his way since he joined Robert de Castella’s Indigenous Marathon project last year.
Adrian ran the 2014 New York marathon, and in early April he added a far tougher event to his list – the North Pole marathon.
He covered the 42 kilometre course in just over eight hours. It was slow going on ice and snow, in temperatures down to 60 below zero.
The course was patrolled by armed snipers just in case the local polar bears took an interest in the runners or race officials.
Adrian’s two young sons thought he was going jogging with Santa.
It’s hard to imagine a place more unlike Adrian’s home in the West Australian Kimberley region. He’d never seen snow before and doesn’t like cold weather.
This is one of the most demanding athletic events on the planet, but Adrian says he loved taking part and he’s proud to be the first indigenous Australian at the north pole.
LISTEN TO MY INTERVIEW WITH ADRIAN DODSON-SHAW