In the first Reykjavik Marathon in 1984 68 runners took part in the half marathon distance. In 2015 there where 2.488 registered runners.
The half marathon distance is open for all men and women 15 years and older. The time limit is six hours.
Registration should be done online here at marathon.is. It will also be possible to register at the EXPO but then the entry fee will be higher. Click here for further information about registration for the Reykjavik Marathon.
The course of the half marathon is one lap. The race starts and finishes downtown within sight of the pond and the city hall. The location is unbeatable, considering that a large number of hotels are within 5 to 10 minutes walking distance from the start of the race.
The first part of the course runs through a residential area where many of the inhabitants come out of their houses to cheer the runners on. This is followed by a section where the runners pass along the seaside and have excellent views of the ocean, but also of the mountains surrounding Reykjavik, including Esjan and the Snæfellsjökull glacier. In the last part of the race, the participants pass a number of famous buildings, including Höfdi House, a Reykjavik City Council reception venue where US President Ronald Reagan and USSR General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev met for a summit in 1986.
Most of the race takes place on the streets of the city, although parts of the route are run on tracks, particularly the seaside section.
These are the streets and tracks runners run through:
Lækjargata, Fríkirkjuvegur, Skothúsvegur, Suðurgata, Lynghagi, Ægisíða, Nesvegur, Suðurströnd, Lindarbraut, Norðurströnd, Eiðsgrandi, Ánanaust, Fiskislóð, Grandagarður, Mýrargata, Geirsgata, Kalkofnsvegur, Sæbraut to the east, Sægarðar, Sæbraut to the west, Kalkofnsvegur and Lækjargata.
Click here for a map.
Refreshment stations will be located every 5 KM. Powerade and water will be provided. The locations of the stations are marked on the route map.
Timing is done by MyLaps/ChampionChip electronic timing. Each participant gets a chip that is linked to his/her name and number. This data chip has to be securely fastened to the runners shoe to give correct results. Click here for further information about timing.
All the runners that finish the race will receive a medal. The top three runners in the half marathon will receive special awards as well as money prize. See further information here.
The first runner in each age group will get a special prize. See further information here.