The 24th Suzuki Midnight Sun Run will take place on Thursday June 23rd 2016.

What makes this race unique is that it starts late in the evening, in the bright summer night. The race is held around summer solstice which means that during the night it does not get dark at all. The atmosphere in this event is therefore very special and different from other races – it’s very much a midsummer celebration!

Participants can choose from three distances, 21.1km, 10km and 5km.

Midnight Sun

The Midnight Sun Run is the second biggest running event in the Icelandic racing calendar, after the Reykjavik Marathon. Around 2,500 runners crossed the finish line in 2015 and it is definitely a race for everyone, with finishing times in the 10K ranging from 32 to 130 minutes and similar variations in the other distances.

The race starts and ends in Laugardalur valley where many of Reykjavik’s main sporting events take place. It is run almost entirely on asphalt paths, hardly crossing any streets.

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There are 3 different distances to choose from :

The 5K:

Number of finishers in 2015 :   1,264
Where you run : The course for the 5K is a circle in Laugardalur valley and is mostly flat.  The route goes past the botanical garden, the family fun park and all of Laugardalur’s many sports halls.

The 10K:

Number of finishers in 2015 :  764
Where you run : The route for the 10K goes outside of Laugardalur and into the Elliðaárdalur valley. There is one hill to conquer in Elliðaárdalur but the valley is considered among the most beautiful places to run in Reykjavik.

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The half marathon:

Number of finishers in 2015 :452
Where you run : The course starts and ends the same as in the 10K but goes further into Elliðáardalur valley and over to Grafarvogur. It is a very beautiful course, run only on paths, along the river Elliðaá, up to Lake Rauðavatn and along a golf course before it heads back to Laugardalur valley.

After the race all participants get free entrance to the outdoor geothermal swimming pool Laugardalslaug. It gets a bit crowded in the hot tubs, but it is the perfect opportunity to chat to your fellow runners.

 Photos: Hafsteinn Óskarsson / IBR and Running in Iceland

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