It was in the 2012 Suzuki Midnight Sun Run that the half marathon distance was first available to participants. The total number of registered participants for the 2012 Suzuki Midnight Sun Run was 1.990 and 159 of them registered for the new distance, the half marathon. The half marathon distance is 21,1 km long.
The half marathon distance is open for all men and women 15 years and older. It is not recommended that inexperienced runners participate in this distance. The time limit for this distance is 3 hours.
Registration should be done online here at marathon.is. It will also be possible to register on race day but then the entry fee will be higher. Click here for further information about the Suzuki Midnight Sun Run registration.
The half marathon begins in the streets of the valley Laugardalur but after that the course mostly follows paths. Following Laugardalur participants run through a deep rooted residential area before entering Elliðaárdalur. Elliðaárdalur valley is one of Reykjavik's most popular outdoor areas. Through the valley run the famous salmon rivers Elliðaár which the valley is named after and runners will run along side. Also in this beautiful valley runners will run along side a riding trail. The course will take runners by lake Rauðavatn before they run through a golf course in the newly built residential area Grafarholt. The 21 km course is demanding, hilly and steep from km 3 to 12. See elevation map here.
Click here to view a map of the course.
Participants in the half marathon will be able to quench their thirst every 5 k. So when they reach the finish line they will have also reached the fourth refreshment station. It is the Icelandic company Vífilfell that provides Powerade drinks and water. Click here for the locations of the refreshment stations.
Participants in the Suzuki Midnight Sun Run can use the bathrooms at Laugardalshöll sports hall (number pickup). Temporary toilets are also available at the finish area behind the Ice skating Rink, in Elliðaárdalur Valley by the dam (after about 5k) and by the golf course in Grafarholt (after about 11k).
In the registration process participants in the Suzuki Midnight Sun Run can choose whether or not to receive a medal when they cross the finish line. Therefore all participants can receive a medal if they want to. In the half marathon prizes are awarded to the first three men and women as well as the first man and woman from each age group will receive a prize. See further information about the prizes available in the Suzuki Midnight Sun Run here.
Timing is done with the mylap system. All partisipants must securely fasten the timing chip they receive, in their race package, to their shoelaces. The chip is linked to the participants name and number. Timing mats are crossed in the start and at the end of the race so runners will get both their personal time (chip time) and gun time. Gun time is used to rank runners and prizes are given according to gun time. Click here for further information about timing.