WELCOME TO GREENLAND
Let the magic energy of the midnight sun power you through this race.
The picturesque town of Ilulissat provides a colourful backdrop as the Icefjord Midnight Marathon winds its way through the ancient Inuit ruins of Sermermiut to the UNESCO-accredited Ilulissat Icefjord.
With ice stretching out as far as the eye can see, embark on a true trail run over rocky terrain and past impressive icebergs that glitter under nocturnal sunlight.
It is STRONGLY recommended that everyone arrive AT LEAST the day prior into Copenhagen so that you do not miss the early flight to Kangerlussuaq.
In addition, it is also highly recommended that you stay at least 1 additional night in Copenhagen at the end of your trip as the flight from Kangerlussuaq arrives after 9pm.
deposit and payment structure
The Icefjord Midnight Marathon route will start and finish just outside of the historic Hotel Hvide Falk. Both marathon and half-marathoners will run the same route, but the marathon runners get the pleasure of enjoying the views twice!
There are virtually no flat sections on the run – instead, the course constantly fluctuates between mild ups and downs (generally not more than a few meters at a time). From Hotel Hvide Falk, you will follow the road for approximately 4 km through town. After climbing a wooden staircase, you then are on the ‘yellow track,’ which you will follow for approx. 3 km over hilly, rocky terrain. While the dazzling view of the icy fjord can be quite distracting, don’t forget to look where you place your feet!
Once you reach the old heliport, the yellow track turns into the ‘blue track’, and you’ll follow a wooden path into the official UNESCO World Heritage site. The wooden path only lasts for about 1 km, and then you are running on trails again. After another 2.5 km of trail, you’ll reach Holms Bakke, and turn left onto the ‘red track.’ You’ll follow the red track back up to the old heliport, and then turn right to continue back into town. The course will be well-marked by race officials, and each track is additionally permanently marked with paint circles of their respective colors.
Back in town, you’ll follow along the road and take a tour of the eastern side of Ilulissat before running 4 km up to the airport. From this point, you’ll traverse the same path back to Ilulissat. For the half-marathoners, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump until you are back at Hotel Hvide Falk and you can take some well-deserved relaxation. The marathoners will continue on to enjoy the Icefjord and the loop a second time!
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Your entry fee to the Icefjord Midnight Marathon is included in your package
There are no qualifying times required for the Icefjord Midnight Marathon, but do note that runners must be at least 18 years old on race day.
The Marathon will start at 21:00h and finish at 04:00 outside the historical Hotel Hvide Falk.
Marathon runners have a cut-off time of 7 hours
Timing is done with an AMB Chip. The chip will be in the goodie bag that runners receive.
The chip must be attached around the ankle with a velcro strap or in your shoe lace.
The chip must be handed back to the staff at the finish line.
International runners will receive their goodie bags at the airport in Copenhagen before departing for Kangerlussuaq.
The goodie bag will contain your start/bib number, timing chip, official race T-shirt, information on the race route, and the final schedule for your trip.
Water stations will be positioned along the route at approximately every 4 kilometers.
Some stations will also serve energy drinks and energy gels.
Personal supplies can be deposited at the start/finish area, which marathon runners will pass through halfway through their race.
There are no official pace setters in the Icefjord Midnight Marathon
Personal Refreshments and Clothing
Packing for north of the Arctic Circle is all about layers. Even though it is summer, it will not be “warm” by most people’s definitions. In general, it is a good idea to have a base layer that will warm up your body (merino wool, for example), as well as a wind-protective outer layer. The weather can change rapidly, so having extra layers is a good idea. That way, you can adapt to warmer or cooler conditions.
It is possible to deposit bags with personal items for use after the race at the start/finish area near Hotel Hvide Falk. Please mark your bag clearly with your name and bib number.
Although the luggage area is manned, depositing personal belongings in the area is entirely each runner’s responsibility and the Icefjord Midnight Marathon organizers are not responsible for loss or damage of personal belongings.
All transport is included as part of your Icefjord Midnight Marathon package
There is no Expo associated with the Icefjord Midnight Marathon
Finishes T-Shirts, Medals and Certificates
All finishers receive a medal and Finisher’s Certificate will be available for free download.
T-shirts are included in your “Goodie Bag”.
A small, symbolic prize is given to the winners of both distances for men and women.
As we are significantly above the Arctic Circle, participants should prepare for the day to be chilly, with an average temperature between 6 and 7°C (43 – 45°F).
Ilulissat averages about 5 days of rain in June, so there is a small chance that the race will see some rain. That said, June is known as a dry month in Greenland.