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Norway Midnight Sun Marathon celebrates 25 years. The world’s northernmost marathon takes place in northern Norway’s Tromsø, Saturday. Part of it takes place at what is night, but the Midnight Sun means there is still full daylight.   Participants from more than 50 countries register months in advance every year to experience this world famous phenomenon.

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Norway Midnight Sun Marathon celebrates 25 years

Published on Friday, 20th June, 2014 at 21:00 under the news category, by Emma Åsberg.
Last Updated on 20th June 2014 at 21:23.

The world’s northernmost marathon takes place in northern Norway’s Tromsø, Saturday.

Tromsø's Arctic Cathedral
The building pictured here illuminated by the Midnight Sun. Runners in the marathon see this along the way.Tromsø's Arctic Cathedral
Photo: Henrik/Wikimedia Commons


Part of it takes place at what is night, but the Midnight Sun means there is still full daylight.  

Participants from more than 50 countries register months in advance every year to experience this world famous phenomenon.

The some 42-kilometre DONG Energy marathon is the main event, but there is also a roughly 21-kilometre marathon known as the G-Sport Half Marathon.

The 10-kilometre Adidas race, Coop Mini Marathon (5 kilometres) and the Labb og Line Children's Race of about 1 kilometre for those aged up to 10 complete the line-up.

Participants register for one of several classes, including the Norwegian Championships. Runners need to be registered with a sports club and the Norwegian Athletics Federation in order to participate in the Championships, however.

Medals will be given to all participants upon completion, but large sums of money will be given to the three best times for male and female participants in the four main events.

The prizes for the three best times under 2.55 for women and 2.30 for men are:
First place: 15,000 Norwegian kroner
Second place: 8,000 Norwegian kroner
Third place: 3,000 Norwegian kroner

The Midnight Sun Marathon’s history goes back as far as to 1989, having stayed much the same since the beginning. Its popularity in beautiful surroundings has not diminished with the passing of time.

This year’s 25th anniversary is celebrated with tonight’s concert by Norwegian band Cazadores at the Rica Ishavshotel.

The Marathon and other sporting events’ programme, course, and previous results can be found on the official website (external link).

Tromsø will also be hosting another famous event this year with the World Chess Olympiad taking place there in August. Norway's Magnus Carlson will be playing.




Published on Friday, 20th June, 2014 at 21:00 under the news category, by Emma Åsberg.
Last updated on 20th June 2014 at 21:23.

This post has the following tags: midnightsun, norway, marathon, tromso, tromsoe.





  
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