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About the Race

WHY RUN IT?

The Midnight Sun Marathon gets its name because it’s run at night 400 km into the Arctic Circle, at a time of year when the sun never sets there. The marathon starts in Tromsø, crossing over into Tromsdalen for half the course. It’s a fairly flat route, but that doesn’t mean it’s not scenic. Snowcapped mountains are visible all around the city.

“If you don't have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain't getting them.”

- Christopher McDougall

If you have the time, take a road trip around Arctic fjords after the race to make the most of your time in northern Norway. A few highlights include Senja, Andenes on the tip of Andøya, the Reinebringen hike in the Lofoten Islands, and Bodø. If you plan your trip carefully, you can see it all in a relatively short time.

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