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Spitsbergen Marathon

Quick facts

Location Longyearbyen, Norway

Distance Marathon

Date 05 Jun 2021

About Spitsbergen Marathon

RUNNERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

The only marathon in the world with polar bear guards. A unique running experience at 78 degrees north. Run in the Arctic wilderness surrounded by fjords and mountains. 

Running a marathon on Svalbard is a unique experience. Temperature-wise, the conditions are ideal. It’s not hot and too cold during the mild and dry Arctic summer. 

Spitsbergen Marathon is truly an international race. Runners from all over the world gather at 78 degrees north to run in the world’s most northern marathon on permanent ground. The local residents of Longyearbyen cheer for everyone, and the town turns into a running hot spot for a few days as the marathon goes on. After the race, there’s always a banquet organised where you’ll be served a big, delicious – calorie rich – meal while you get to meet and mingle with the other runners.

Spitsbergen Marathon held the first weekend in June every year. We have 3 distances, as well as Lab and Line race for the youngest.

Distances

Spitsbergen Marathon

  • 42.195km

Spitsbergen Half Marathon

  • 21.097km

Spitsbergenmila 10 km Competition

  • 10km

Spitsbergen Marathon Route Map

Spitsbergen Marathon Route Map

Start:

Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen,no

Highlights

Svalbard's main settlement and entry point, Longyearbyen, is merely a taste of what lies beyond and the possibilities for exploring further are many: boat trips, glacier hikes, and expeditions by snowmobile or led by a team of huskies. Whichever you choose, coming here is like crossing some remote frontier of the mind: Svalbard is as close as most mortals can get to the North Pole and still capture its spirit.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.