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2017 race fully booked

Registration for the 2017 Laugavegur Ultra Marathon is now closed since the race is fully booked. There is no waiting list but please note that the 2018 Laugavegur Ultra Marathon takes place on July 14th, registration starts in January 2018.

Runners from 33 different countries around the world are registered for the race and just over half of them live in Iceland. Click here to view list of registered runners.

Registered participants will get an e-mail in June when registration for the race bus, breakfast and warm meal starts. Closer to the race important information about the rout condition, weather forecast and more will also be sent via e-mail. All e-mails will be sent from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It is recommended that registered runners add this e-mail to their contact list so that these important information will not go to the junk mail folder.

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Registration is open

Registration for the 2017 Laugavegur Ultra Marathon that takes place on Saturday July 15th is now open here at marathon.is. Registration closes latest on June 30th but sooner if the race is fully booked.

Information about entry fee, terms, cut-off time and more are available in the menu bar above.

Runners that have not completed the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon before should read the article “Is this race for you?”. There you can find information about the recommended running background, time limits etc. Good preparation is crucial for this challenging 55 k mountain course that takes place in the highlands of Iceland.

Click here to register.

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Laugavegur Ultra Marathon 2017

The 21st Laugavegur Ultra Marathon will take place on Saturday July 15th 2017. Registration will start on January 11th 2017 and will be open until June 30th unless the race will be fully booked before that date. In 2016 the race was fully booked in March. Information about entry fee and other practical things are in the process of being updated.

The Laugavegur course takes runners through areas of outstanding natural beauty at the same time as being a challenging course. The course is multi-terrain; sand, gravel, grass, snow, ice, rivers and streams. Hikers normally cover this distance in four days.

With good training and the right preperation the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon can be one of the runners most enjoyable races. Please note that there are time limits so it is very important to be well prepered.

Few interesting links for runners thinking about taking part in the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon:

Is the race for you?

Photos that show the beauty and diversity of the Laugavegur route

Videos from the race

Blogs from participants

 

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Sebastien Camus and Joe Meek are the 2016 winners

Sébastien Camus and Jo Meek are the 2016 Laugavegur Ultra Marathon winners. Jo Meek from UK finished on a new female course record, 5:00:46. Sébastien Camus from France finished at 4:24:26, 6th best male finish time since 1997.

First three male finishers

1. Sébastien Camus, France, 4:24:26
2. Michael Wardian, USA, 4:34:37
3. Benoit Thomas Branger, France, 4:35:38

First three female finishers

1. Jo Meek, UK, 5:00:46 (brautarmet)
2. Naomi Imaizumi, Japan, 5:25:43
3. Moira Davie, UK, 5:27:09

Total number of finishers was 408. Click here for results.

Some photos are available at Facebook and Instagram. More photos will be added next week. 

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Updated weather forecast

The conditions at the Laugavegur trail are good and also the weather forecast for tomorrow. It indicates relatively calm weather. Light easterly winds at the start with partly cloudy skies. Winds turn to light variable and then westerly as the day goes on. Rain showers expected in most parts of the trail after noon. Click on the map below to see a bigger pdf version.

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Weather forecast

We have now received a weather forecast for the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon on Saturday. Veðurvaktin (the weather watch) made the forecast and we will get an update tomorrow.

This Thursday morning the weather forecast indicates relatively calm weather. Light easterly winds at the start with partly cloudy skies. Winds turn to light variable and then westerly as the day goes on. Rain showers expected in the latter half of the trail after noon. Click here for a map of the trail including the weather forecast.

Although the weather forecast is good for runners it is important to have ready the equipment recommended before. It is also important to put a bag of warm clothing inside the race bus in Landmannalaugar. This bag will be transported to the finish line in Þórsmörk and will be available for you when you finish the race. See further about baggage here.

It is a necessity that each runner carries his/her own water bottles, energy gels and other food despite there being refreshment stations along the way. Carrying salt tablets or a teaspoonful of salt in a plastic bag which can be taken a few grains at a time and washed down with water has also proven to be successful. Refreshment stations will be at Hrafntinnusker, by Álftavatn, on the sands by innri Emstruá, in Emstrur, by Ljósá and by Þröngá.

There is a strict prohibition against throwing any kind of litter along the way. Each and everyone have to take care of not losing their gel wrapper and drinking cups as well as other packaging.  Litter can be left at the refreshment stations or at the finish line.

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Race package pick-up

All participants must pick up their race package for the 2016 Laugavegur Ultra Marathon in Laugardalsholl sports hall (address: Engjavegur 8, 104 Reykjavik). The opening hours are Thursday July 14th between 12:00-17:00 and Friday July 15th between 9:00-17:00.

When picking up the race package, participants must prove their identity by showing their passports or an equivalent ID. All participants must also sign and fill out an agreement. Runners are among other things agreeing that they have studied the race rules that can be found here on the web. Those who are unable to make it to the race package pick up and want to send their representative instead must send with him/her the signed agreement. Click here to download the agreement.

Luggage to be transported to Bláfjallakvísl (mid-point) must be dropped off at Laugardalsholl sports hall (when package pick-up is open). It is very important that the mid-point luggage is brought to the staff before 17:00 on Friday. Regular plastic bags are not accepted and note that the bag can maximum weigh 3 kg and should be no bigger than 20x35 cm. See further information here.

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About Reykjavik Marathon

Reykjavik Marathon is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1984. Reykjavik Marathon organizes three events every year: Íslandsbanki Reykjavík Marathon in August, Laugavegur Ultra Marathon in July and Suzuki Midnight Sun Run in June.