Thursday, May 28, 2009

'Tis the Season for Marathoning in Scandinavia

Sunny and 22° Celsius/72° Fahrenheit. That's the weather forecast for the 31st edition of the Stockholm Marathon this Saturday. If you're not in Stockholm, you can watch the race live on Universal Sports with coverage beginning at 2pm Stockholm time, 8am Eastern time, 5am Pacific time.

A 2pm race start, local time? It's one of the reasons the mostly flat, mostly waterfront marathon will be challenging in toasty conditions, something I wrote about last year. Stockholm can be warmer than San Francisco at this time of year.

A record 18,736 runners have registered for this Stockholm Marathon, which caps a week of several shorter races, 5k and 10k, throughout Sweden. A few of my Twitter friends ran the Vår Ruset on Tuesday evening (springtime run for women only in Stockholm). As mentioned in a blog post earlier this week, Göteborg/Gothenburg hosted Blodomloppet
to support blood donation efforts in Sweden, currently experiencing a nationwide blood shortage, yesterday.

If you're seeking to train for and run a Scandinavian/Nordic marathon next spring/summer, you have plenty of choices in addition to the Stockholm event, including the Santa Claus Marathon in Finland in late June, the Copenhagen Marathon in late May and the Midnight Sun Marathon in mid June in Norway.

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