Arctic Backyard Running Event on June 29, 2024

Attention, runners and outdoor enthusiasts! Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 29, 2024, as Kirkenes hosts the exciting Arctic Backyard running event. This unique race offers various distances to cater to all levels of experience, from one-mile fun runs to the ultra-marathon challenges, providing a perfect blend of competition and scenic beauty.

Event Overview: The race kicks off from the warm shelter provided by the Kirkenes and Vicinity Ski Club (KOS) and takes participants along a picturesque route that winds around Andrevann lake. The course features a combination of asphalt and gravel paths, ensuring a dynamic running experience.

Participants will tackle laps of approximately 6.7 kilometers each, starting the first lap at 12:00 PM. Successive laps will commence at hourly intervals, and runners must finish each lap within the hour to progress to the next round, with a maximum of 12 laps.

Enjoy a Strategic and Social Race: The Arctic Backyard encourages a strategic approach to racing—fast runners can take advantage of breaks between laps in a warm shelter, while steady pacers can conserve energy throughout the race. Designed as a social event, it invites all to participate, whether to enjoy a single lap or compete fiercely across multiple rounds.

Event Specifics:

  • Location: Tufteparken/Ski play area near Andrevann, close to Kirkenes Hospital.
  • Details on Route and Registration: For more information on the route and to register, please visit Backyard Ultra Kirkenes.

Key Information for Participants:

  • Food and refreshments will be available for all participants.
  • Toilet facilities are provided.
  • Participants are required to bring their own cups to help reduce environmental impact.

Rewards for Participation:

  • Awards for the first three finishers among both men and women in the final lap.
  • Accolades for the fastest overall male and female runner.
  • Every finisher who completes 12 laps will receive a special commemoration cup, and all participants will receive medals.

The registration fee varies by date, from NOK 350 in early registration to NOK 450 closer to the event date.

The Arctic Backyard Kirkenes is a standout event in the Kirkenes region’s calendar, bringing together the community and visitors for a day of athletic challenge and scenic enjoyment. Whether you’re there to set a new personal best or simply enjoy the community atmosphere, this event is sure to be a highlight of the summer season in Kirkenes.

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