Only 116 days to go until our Iceland adventure gets underway, the organisers of the race - Racing The Planet have just sent all of the competitors an overview of the course, which you can read below. By the look of it there’s going to be some long days running along the wet and dry sand, can’t say I’m looking forward to that, but the scenery should be stunning, and that I can’t wait to explore. The race is going to be held at beginning of August, so feel free to come cheer. :)
The race starts approximately 4 hours drive from Reykjavik in the highlands between Iceland’s largest glacier Vatnajökull and Langjökull which means long glacier in Icelandic.
Runners will encounter much of the iconic Icelandic scenery along the 250 kilometers / 150 miles of the course including waterfalls, glaciers, lava fields, lava cliffs, black sand beaches, hot springs and geothermal areas with bubbling mud. The terrain will include rocky lava fields, jeep tracks, single track trails, dust roads, grass fields, soft sand, wet sand, rolling hills, hard lava cliffs as well as river crossings (some may be above knee height). Runners can expect to see a wide range of colourful landscapes along the way. Photos and videos from the course can be seen on the Iceland 2013 website.
The distances for each section are planned to be as below. This means two slightly longer Stages earlier and the Long March is less than 70 kilometers.
The highest point in Iceland is 2,200 meters / 7,217 feet, but the highest point on the course is just over 1,000 meters / 3,280 feet which is on Stage 1. The course has many rolling hills going down to sea level on the black sand beaches. Runners can review an elevation chart in the course section of the Iceland 2013 website.
The course will be marked with pink flags and pink ribbons in every 25 to 100 meters / 80 to 300 feet. For anytime runners are on the course after the sun has set you will be following reflective tape on the flags and glowsticks. It is essential that runners bring two equally strong headlamps (one as the primary light source and the other one as a back-up) for the sections that you will go through in dark. Runners do not require navigation skills on the course, but we do require that you bring a compass as part of your emergency equipment and recommend that you know how to use it.
The temperatures are range from approximately 4°C / 40°F at night to 15-20°C / 59-68°F during the day in August but it is possible that it is warmer during the day and gets colder at night. Rain and strong winds are typically part of Icelandic summer. Cooler weather can be refreshing when you are out on the course but remember to bring enough warm and waterproof clothing for the chilly nights at camp.
Hours of Daylight
Due to the northerly location of Iceland, it has long hours of daylight in August. The sun rises at approximately 04:45 and sets at around 22:45 giving more than 15 hours of daylight. The race is planned to start between 07:00 and 08:00 each morning with competitors finishing Stages 1 to 4 in daylight. During Stage 5 competitors may continue through the night to finish the stage. Cut-off times for each stage will be issued during the event before each stage, but will be based on a 4 kilometers / 2.5 miles per hour pace (without breaks).
Anyone want to come?