In the first Reykjavik Marathon in 1984 56 runners took part in the marathon distance. In 2017 there were 1.480 registered runners.
The marathon distance is open for all men and women 18 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 Reykjavik Marathon is unique, and very scenic. The marathon is one lap (except for the last part, as it goes nearly the same route as in the beginning of the race). 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. Participants in the marathon also run through the Elliðaárdal valley, the location of one of the country’s more popular salmon-fishing rivers, a small waterfall, and some woodland. 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 and salmon river sections.
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 east, Sæbraut to west, Kringlumýrarbraut, path alongside Suðurlandsbraut, Engjavegur, Múlavegur, Þvottalaugavegur, Engjavegur, path to the east alongside Suðurlandsbraut, pedestrian bridge over Miklubraut, path to the east alongside Miklubraut and under Reykjanesbraut, path to the south alongside Reykjanesbraut, path going under Reykjanesbraut and going to the west through Fossvogsdalur valley and follow the path up to Faxaskjól, Ægissíða, Nesvegur, Suðurströnd, go onto the path that goes around Bakkatjörn pond, pass lighthouse by Grótta, path alongside Norðurströnd, Eiðsgranda and Ánanaustum, Mýrargata, Geirsgata and Lækjargata.
Click here for a map.
Refreshment stations will be located every 5 KM. Powerade and water will be provided and bananas on the second half of the route. Runners in the full marathon can leave a refreshment at the EXPO. It will be brought to the 21 km and/or the 31 km drinking station. Be sure to mark your refreshments very well. At the refreshment station by the finish line marathon runners can also have pretzels. The locations of the stations are marked on the route map.
Timing is done by a 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 runner's 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 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.