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Laugavegur Ultra Marathon

 

Laugavegur Ultra Marathon is a 55 km mountain race that will take place for the 22nd time on Saturday, July 14th, 2018. Registration starts in January 2018.

 

The race is open to runners from 18 years old and up. It is very important that participants are well trained and prepared for mountain running.

 

Laugavegur is located in the southern highlands of Iceland and connects the nature reserves Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork. Due to its location, Laugavegur is serviced for only a few weeks a year.

 

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

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Þorbergur Ingi and Arden Young are the 2017 winners

The 2017 Laugavegur Ultra Marathon winners are Þorbergur Ingi Jónsson, Iceland, and Arden Young, Canada. The head wind was heavy today but otherwise, conditions were good. 

First three male runners

1. Þorbergur Ingi Jónsson, Iceland, 4:13:25
2. Germain Grangier, France, 4:22:17
3. Benoit Branger, France, 4:44:15

Þorbergur Ingi finished on the third best time in the race history he is also the holder of the best and second best time. This was his fourth Laugavegur Ultra Marathon title. Þorbergur Ingi and Gerain Grangier ran together most of the time but at around 40 km Þorbergur took the lead and won the race. 

First three female runners:

1. Arden Young, Canada, 5:12:01
2. Elísabet Margeirsdóttir, Iceland, 5:28:15
3. Stina Höglund, Sweden, 5:37:42

Arden Young finished on the third best female time in the race history. The second female, Elísabet Margeirsdóttir, improved her best time on the Laugavegur trail by almost six minutes. This was her 8th Laugavegur Ultra Marathon. 

Click here to find the total results and here to find photos.

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Participation record

The 21st Laugavegur Ultra Marathon will take place on Saturday, July 15th. 512 runners are registered for the race, 179 female, and 333 male participants. This is a new participation record. The number of Icelandic participants is 249 and 263 from other countries. Most of the international guests are coming from USA, 87 runners, second most from UK, 25 runners, and third most from Germany, 24 runners.

Laugavegur is located in the southern highlands of Iceland and connects the nature reserves Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork. Due to its location, Laugavegur is serviced for only a few weeks a year. For many runners, the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon is the most enjoyable race in Iceland. The course takes runners through areas of outstanding natural beauty at the same time as being a challenging course. Hikers normally cover this distance in four days but the female record is 5 hours and the male record is 3 hours 59 minutes.

A bus scheduled by our partner bus company Reykjavik Excursion will offer trips over the river Krossá which has to be crossed to get to Húsadalur in Þórsmörk. Krossá should only be crossed by very experienced drivers in special 4x4 super-jeeps. The bus leaves from the river bank over to Husadalur on the 15th of July every 30 minutes between 12:00 and 15:00. After the race trips, will be offered from Húsadalur and back to the cars on the other side of the river bank at 17:30(5:30 pm), 18:00 (6:00 pm) and 20:40 (8:40 pm). The price for these trips is 1.000 ISK each way, 500 ISK for 12-15 years old but free of charge for children 11 years old and younger. These trips do not need to be pre-booked and should be paid on the spot. Family members and friends can also take a Reykjavik Excursion bus from Hvolsvollur to the finish line in Þórsmörk. This is a good option for those who have rental cars because it is not allowed to drive on most rental cars to Þórsmörk. Booking and information about price can be found on their website.

News about the first finishers will be posted on Facebook as soon as possible. Total results will be posted here at marathon.is around 6 pm.

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List of participants
The race bus
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Updated weather forecast

The Weather Watch has sent us a new weather forecast for the Laugavegur trail tomorrow. Now a slightly fresher headwind is expected than yesterday for most of the trail up to 20 mph (9 m/s) at Hrafntinnusker. Some rain is forecasted for most of the trail and also at the start. This is not a very bad weather but it is cold so you should bring winter running clothing like we have recommended before. Click here to see the weather forecast on a map.

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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 expects gentle wind from S and SW (headwind). Up to moderate wind, 8 m/s near highest peak at Hrafntinnusker. Likely dry at the start, but overcast. Some rain through Hrafntinnusker. Later periods of rain, broken or overcast sky, but probably spells of a sun. Click here for a map of the trail including the weather forecast.

Since the weather in this area can change fast 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 information 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 (river), in Emstrur, by Ljósá and by Þröngá.

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

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Race package pick-up

Runners registered for the 2017 Laugavegur Ultra Marathon must pick up their race package in Laugardalsholl sports hall (address: Engjavegur 8, 104 Reykjavik). The opening hours are Thursday, July 13th between 12:00-17:00 and Friday, July 14th 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 here on the web so please read the race rules carefully. Those who are unable to make it to the race package pick up and want to send a representative instead must print out and sign an agreement. Click here to download the agreement.

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Start groups 2017

Participants in the 2017 Laugavegur Ultra Marathon have been split up into four start groups. The groups will start the race with five-minute intervals. By doing this, we hope to improve the accuracy of finish times and to reduce congestion both at the beginning of the race where the path is narrow and also at the drink stations along the course.

Click on the start groups to see the names of the runners in each group.

Yellow group - starts at 9:00 (lineup starts at 8:45)

Red group - starts at 9:05 (lineup starts at 8:50)

Green group - starts at 9:10 (lineup starts at 8:55)

Blue group - starts at 9:15 (lineup starts at 9:00)

Please place your race number at waistline or higher and always keep it in front. This will help the race staff to give you faster and better service when they have to tear off parts of the number at the start in Landmannalaugar, at the security count in Emstrur and Alftavatn and at the finish line in Thorsmork. 

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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.