Bill Smythe, Martha Kane, Eric Fossat and Alan Parkinson near
end of South Pole's Race Around the World. December 2nd, 1979
The Race Around the World, 1979 As reconstructed from the diary of Martha Kane, South Pole cosmic ray observer winter-over, 1979-1980. Preparation for the big day started on 21 November, 1979 when Martha Kane at the Pole and McMurdo Station people preparing for the Scott's Hut race decided to have a branch run to be held at the South Pole on the same date as the Scott's Hut race-Dec. 2, 1979. People started preparing for the race by running around the runway. Training was interrupted somewhat by the tragedy of the Air New Zealand DC-10 on 28 November 1979, but people were carrying on as normal in time for the race on 2 Dec. Dec 2, 1979: The race began and ended in front of the South Pole galley. The race was three times around the taxiway, for 0.7 miles each trip. The overall winner was Casey Jones, the summer baker at the South Pole who tragically died a few weeks later. He came in at 19 minutes 22 seconds. Bill Smythe was second at 23 minutes 43 seconds and Martha Kane was third at 23 minutes 46 seconds. Medals were given out to Casey Jones and Martha Kane for the first man and woman, respectively. Race participants received "Scott's Hut" T-shirts from the McMurdo race that year. Another sporting event the same day was a softball game of Science and Navy versus support personnel (Holmes and Narver employees), which was won by support by a score of 13-14, pulled out in the last inning. The news was broadcast to the NSF and the UPI via the telex at the pole.