Organizers expect around 900 participants
Salomon Hengill Ultra Trail will take place at Hveragerði in Iceland this weekend. Organizers expect around 900 participants and they will come from at least 27 different countries. The race is now being held for the eleventh time, but it was first held in 2012. You can choose from six different distances in Salomon Hengill Ultra Trail, from 5 km up to 161 km.
Participants from 27 countries
Salomon Hengill Ultra is part of the Viking Tournament series. Today, 99 participants from countries outside of Iceland are registered to race and they come from 27 different countries. Most of them are from Great Britain or total of twenty people, eight are from the United States and twelve runners come from Greenland. There are also nine French and seven Danes among the participants, but the entire Danish national off-road running team took part in the Hengill Ultra in 2022.
Expo and town festival in the heart of Hveragerði
The starting point of all distances is at the heart of Hveragerði by the town offices. The local Scouts will have bouncy castles and entertainment for the youngest spectators. There will be a sales exhibition in the Sports Hall in Hveragerði, the so-called Hengill Expo, where goods related to off-road running and outdoor activities are displayed and sold, and you can make good deals there. It is open from 17:00 on Friday and from 07:00 on Saturday morning.
Live broadcast from the tournament
The tournament will be broadcast live on the tournament’s social media and on Vísir.is. Ósk Gunnarsdóttir and Garpur Ingason Elísabetarson will be the moderators of the live broadcast enjoying the support of experts both from Iceland and in Innsbruck Stubai.
Many nationally known participants
Among the competitors this year is our best-known off-road runner Elísabet Margeirsdóttir, Elísabet was the first woman to complete the 106 km course in Hengill Ultra in 2017. Ragnheiður Sveinbjörnsdóttir is also among the competitors. She was the first woman to complete the 161 km course in Hengill Ultra in 2021. Also participating are runners such as Búi Steinn Kárason who was the first man to complete 161 km the run in 2021 and Ultraform’s running coach Sigurjón Ernir Sturluson.
The World Off-Road Championships at the same time in Austria
Some of the country’s best runners will be absent this year, however, because they will be competing at the off-road world championship taking place at the same time in Innsbruck Stubai, Austria. Hengill Ultra’s live broadcast team will be in direct contact with the national team’s coach there and will receive videos and news from the team. The broadcast will therefore be an absolute off-road running party for everyone who enjoys off-road running, wherever they are in the world.
Register here for the Salomon Hengill Ultra Trail 2023