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Oslo Marathon

"A Scenic Race to Keep You Going"

oslo marathonThe Oslo Marathon is also called the Glitnir Oslo Maraton, is held annually in Oslo, the capital of Norway. It is held yearly in the transition between September and October. It is one of the most enjoyable marathons worldwide.

The Oslo Marathon was first held in 1994, but eventually fell out of vogue, until it was revived in 2004. Now, it accommodates a considerably large number of runners. The marathon participants keep increasing in number every year. In 2008, around 7000 runners conquered the Oslo route - quite a number, indeed.

The Oslo Marathon Race Details

1. The Race Distances

The marathon is made up of four different distances, making it an excellent race for various types of runners to face up to their individual running challenges. On this marathon, you can go 3 km, 10 km, half-marathon, or go all through the entire marathon if you want. During the race, entrants will be divided into various running groups based on their expected finishing times, so the beginners won't get in the way of the fast, serious runners.

The 10-kilometer is a recent addition in 2008. Some runners may not be ready for the half marathon, but the 3-km run is certainly a bit short to get your bloods pumping. The 10-km track provides a middle ground for beginners who are looking for their next challenge but are not yet ready for the half marathon.

The 3-kilometer on the other hand, is a starting ground for beginners or provides just the right experience for runners who just want to enjoy the race.

2. The Oslo Marathon Route

The Oslo Maraton route is a well-known route because of its scenic nature. The race track follows the Oslo seaside and is a bit leisurely so runners can enjoy the scenery while they take on their running challenge.

The race starts at the Raadhusplassen, which lies in front of the City Hall. The finish line is also located there. Along the route, you will pass through Akershus fortress, an ancient fortress that will give you a taste of the old Norway, and on to the new Opera House, which will give you a taste of the new Norway. The route is just like a cultural tour of Oslo.

The course is mostly flat, so the race is fairly manageable for most runners, even the beginners. The route is noticeably well-planned, so you can be sure that running is both smooth and fulfilling. It is also lined with aid stations to help runners manage with their needs during the race.

You can get water, bananas, and sports drinks from the stations, so you can get your fill of energy when you need it. It is certain that you can get exhausted along the way, but with these helpers on the track, you can get to the finish line without a problem.

The Oslo Marathon uses the Championship timing system, with intermediate times to mark the half marathon track. You can try to complete the entire marathon within a limit of six hours.

3. Awards

All runners who participate in the marathon will be awarded with medals. Some corporate sponsors also give out awards to certain runners. Also, the repeat participants will get special 5-year awards after their fifth entry in the marathon to mark their accomplishment. Many other casual awards will be given.

How to Enter the Oslo Marathon

If you are interested in joining the Oslo Marathon, you can check out entry details online. Entrance is not limited to any number of participants, so you can even register late. If you want to join, you'll surely have a space in the race.

To enter, there are websites, such as the Ultimate Sport Service website, where you can also register by credit card. If you decide to join after the registration period, you can wait for further announcements on late registration.


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