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  • Laugavegur 2018

    The 22nd Laugavegur Ultra Marathon will take place on Saturday, July 14th, 2018. Registration for the race will be open from January 12th to June 30th but can be closed sooner if the race is fully booked. Information about entry fee, terms etc will be available at the beginning of January. Is this race for you?
  • Big challange

    Competitors must be in a very good physical shape to take part in this 55 km Ultra Marathon. the Laugavegur trail is very challenging and takes the runner through areas of outstanding natural beauty. If you want to know what kind of race the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon is we recommend that you read "Is this race for you?" 
  • The Laugavegur trail

    The Laugavegur trail is located in the southern highlands of Iceland and connects the nature reserves Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork. For many runners the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon is the most enjoyable race in Iceland. The course is 55 km and takes runners through areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Ash on the Laugavegur route

As the world has heard there was a volcano eruption in Eyjafjallajökull in South Iceland earlier this year that has made an impact on people´s lives in the past months. Although the eruption has stopped, ash from the eruption now covers a big area around the volcano. Unfortunately for us the Laugavegur trail lies through this area and we are at this moment uncertain whether the Laugavegur Ultra Marathon can be held as planned. An alternative plan has been put forward with the finish in our historic site of Thingvellir national park (www.thingvellir.is) which lies 60 km east of Reykjavik. The running distance of the alternative route will be around 50 km like the Laugavegur trail. We will do our upmost to hold up the standard of the race in every aspect.

You will receive another letter next week informing you of our decision regarding the running route. By then we will have inspected the Laugavegur trail and made a decision whether it can be run as planned. If we decide to run the Laugavegur trail there is no need for further action on your behalf. If on the other hand we will be forced to abort that route we will inform you about our plans regarding the alternative route and ask you to respond if you are interested in running the alternative route.

According to registration conditions you can get 50% of the registration fee refunded if you decide to cancel your registration before July 1st. In order to make our job easier if it comes to having to use the alternative route we will ask you to respond as soon as possible, preferably before June 24th.

Latest News of the Laugarvegur Ultra Marathon

It is widely known that the eruption in Eyjafjallajökull is considered to be over. The organizing committee for the run has been hoping that the event would be staged according to schedule, if it will be possible to drive along the road to Þórsmörk with passengers and supplies. The road has now been repaired and bus trips will be permitted under inspection. 

These were good news for a while. But a road and a volcanic ash are two different things. The volcanic ash, as was internationally well known, traveled through the stratosphere all the way to Europe and wider. All through May the guards at Húsadalur at Þórsmörk could not detect any ash but that was too good to be true. The direction of the wind changed to northerly ash rained over Húsadalur and vicinity. The ash covers the whole of the area of the Laugavegur run from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk.

We have contacted some specialists who stated that with a good precipitation the ash could disappear underground. We will keep our fingers crossed for a while and will issue a new statement next week. For the time being the participants of the run are asked to perform the rain dance.

About Reykjavik Sports Union

The Reykjavik Sports Union was established in 1944 and is the association of sports clubs in Reykjavik. The Reykjavik Sports Union organizes six sports events every year: Íslandsbanki Reykjavík Marathon in August, Laugavegur Ultra Marathon in July, Suzuki Midnight Sun Run and WOW Tour of Reykjavik in June, WOW Northern Lights Run in February and WOW Reykjavik International Games in January.