Buff – Bydalens Fjällmaraton 2019 race experience

Buff Bydalens Fjällmaraton 50k, 2900 D+ is so far the hardest, the most spectatular and the most outstanding mountain marathon I have ever run.

The race wasn’t by definition named as a Sky race. But I would. The outstanding mountainous sceneries, the steep climbs and the technical descents were really something.

Check out my race experience in video format…

Races summary

With such dramatic and spectacular scenery, Bydalsfjällen is a remarkable event. The race was also very small and familiarly and all the runners were socialising having a really good time during the race.

The race was amazing all the way through and definitely a race that I would recommend to Skyrunners all over the world.

Happy SkyRunning!

/Katinka

 

Mountain marathon week in Åre, Sweden 2019

Mountain marathon week in Åre has grown into a real running festival with lots of races and activities for both runners, friends and family. The event took place in Åre, Sweden, July 27 – August 3, 2019. 

Åre is a small little cute town located in the north of Sweden, famous for its beautiful nature and varied mountain environment.

It’s almost become a family tradition spending our summer vacation in the mountains of Åre, Sweden, as I like to attend the mountain marathon race “Kia Fjällmaraton, 43 km, 2100D+” in the end of the week.

Here are some of activities that me and my family did together during the week.

View from Åreskutan to Åre lake, Sweden.
View from Åreskutan 1420 m, to Åre lake, Sweden.

Mountaineering at Åreskutan

My daughter Matilda says she wants to become a Skyrunner. So, she loves to come around with me in the mountains doing some easy mountaineering. We also use to bring a lunch pack eating it while enjoying the fantastic scenery together.

Matilda takes a rest in the middle of mountaineering at Åreskutan.
Matilda takes a rest in the middle of mountaineering at Åreskutan.

Running above the clouds

Combining our family vacation with training is for us perfect! Åre offers a great variety of running trails and you can find lots of running routes above tree level.

Katinka Nyberg, training at Åreskutan, Sweden
Katinka Nyberg, training at Åreskutan, Sweden

Hiking in the beautiful nature

Great hiking in Åre for you and your family! We experienced some of the hikes and there is something for everyone. Ullodalen offers very easy hikes and beautiful rivers.

Hiking in Ullodalen, Åre, Sweden
Hiking in Ullodalen, Åre, Sweden

“Ullån” had a temperature around 19 degrees and we spend a whole day here sunbathing. The kids just loved the river and the waterfalls, and it kept them busy for hours.

Sunbathing and playing in Ullån, Åre Sweden
Sunbathing and playing in Ullån, Åre Sweden

Lundhags minimaraton – Kids race

Lundhags minimaraton is a fun race for kids of about 1500 meters located in Edsåsdalen next to Åre.

My kids Tom and Matilda run the race for the third year in a row now and they just love being a part of the mountain marathon week, racing in the same way as their mother do.

Lundhags mini-marathon Edsåsdalen, Åre, Sweden
Lundhags mini-marathon Edsåsdalen, Åre, Sweden
My twins Tom and Matilda Nyberg, Lundhags mini-marathon
My twins Tom and Matilda Nyberg, Lundhags mini-marathon

Välliste runt – Mountain race for families, 13 km, 500 D+

Välliste runt it’s a great mountain race to start with if you are beginner or a “younger family member”. Unfortunately there was about 30 degrees warm this day and it was very hard for Tom and Matilda (my twins) that are only eight years old. A lot harder than they expected actually.

Tom and Matilda Välliste runt first food and drink stop after 5 km.
Tom and Matilda Välliste runt first food and drink stop after 5 km.

After many hours struggling with the heat, the kids being very tired, we finally made it to the Välliste top 9 km, 500D+, as the last, but also the two youngest participants.

Matilda almost made it to the top of Välliste 500 D+.
Matilda almost made it to the top of Välliste 500 D+.

To Mathilda’s biggest disappointment we didn’t make it in time. We were taken of the track and we had to go down in a 4-wheel vehicle the last 4 km downhill to the finish line.

Horseback riding in Ottsjö

Rest days before and after races is perfect for some outdoor family activities!

We experienced horseback riding with Iceland horses in Ottsjö. In a tough and rough mountain environment the horses took us safely both up and down the mountains, and the kids just loved it.

Horseback riding in Ottsjö, view from Hållfjället towards Ottfjället.
Horseback riding in Ottsjö, view from Hållfjället towards Ottfjället.
Horseback riding in Ottsjö, Matilda and Tom downhill from Hållfjället in full speed.
Horseback riding in Ottsjö, Matilda and Tom downhill from Hållfjället in full speed.

Peak Performence Vertical K race

Peak Performance Vertical K is 5 Km, and 1 000 meters in vertical climb from Åre square to “Åreskutan” top. Part of it is so steep, that you have to climb with ropes.

This was my first time doing the race and it was great! I did it in time 1:15 which is quite good, I think.

Finish line Vertical K, On the top of Åreskutan, Sweden
Finish line Vertical K, On the top of Åreskutan, Sweden

Swimming in Åre lake

The weather was quite good this summer, so we did a lot of swimming in Åre lake, just outside our apartment at Holliday Club.

Fredrik, Tom and Matilda enjoying Åre lake.
Fredrik, Tom and Matilda enjoying Åre lake.

Mountainbike in Åre Björnen

Åre Björnen have made some new mountain bike tracks that is a little bit easier than doing the downhill biking from Åreskutan.

Tom doing some mountain biking in Åre Björnen.
Tom doing some mountain biking in Åre Björnen.

Indoor activities

In the evening or if it is bad weather there are also some nice things to do in Åre. At Holliday Club they have an inhouse Swimming pool area, restaurants, Kids lab, bowling and pool. Kids lab is by the way a great place for the kids to hang out while I’m doing my daily training 🙂

Here we are at O’learys playing some pool.

Matilda and Tom at O'learys playing pool.
Matilda and Tom at O’learys playing pool.

“Kia fjällmaraton 43 Km, Åre”

Finally, the best part of the week, “Kia fjällmaraton Åre”. A mountain marathon race of 43 km, 2100 vertical meters.

The conditions this year were quite good, and the trail wasn’t that muddy as the year 2017, if anyone remembers that. 🙂

This time I was also so much more prepared than the year before, and I knew what it was all about. I started to train more seriously in January this year, and I also took some help from a trainer in Spain from the middle of April. If you like you can follow my training program here https://skyrunner.nu/2019/05/07/my-mountain-marathon-training-online-program-week-1/.

Kia Fjällmaraton,, Hållfjället.
Kia Fjällmaraton,, Hållfjället.
Katinka Nyberg "Kia Fjällmaraton" finishline in Trillevallen.
Katinka Nyberg “Kia Fjällmaraton” finishline in Trillevallen.

The race was great, and it went quite well. I almost accomplished my goal and finished the race at 6:48 (which was an hour better than the year before).

Now it’s just to recharge till the next race, “Bydalens Fjällmarathon” 50km, 2900 D+, the 24 of August, which will be my greatest challenge ever.

Summary of the week

It was a great week and I will definitely recommend other Skyrunners and their families to come here and enjoy the beautiful Swedish mountains.

Happy SkyRunning!

/Katinka Nyberg

 

Madeira Skyrunning Adventures

In the beginning of June I went on this fantastic trip together with Trailrun Adventures & Retreats founded by Anna Frost and Ron Braselton.

As a mountain lover, new-born Skyrunner, sports freak and outdoor lover. This was a trip in my taste. In only one week I’ve been doing all these things as I have just dreamed of before.

I’ve been running my first Skyrace, I’ve been mountaineering in the beautiful mountains of Madeira, I’ve been running along the beautiful coastline, canyoning in the rivers and surfing in the waves.

Madeira is amazing and the variety of this Island is endless. Check out my experiences from the week…

Friday – Arriving to Santana

I arrived to Santana one day before the Santana Skyrace and Braz picked me up at the airport. I was full of expectations and also a little bit nervous if I was going to make it. This was my first real Skyrace, and also my first trailrunning trip in the mountains running that much in one week.

And as the owners of the travel agency are Anna Frost (Frosty) and Ron Brazelton (Braz), I was also a little bit nervous about that I wasn’t going to be a good enough runner. But Braz was very nice and calmed me down on that part. He said that this is a trip just for pleasure, and we are not going to go that fast. You will be ok!

I know that I had been training a lot this year, but would that be enough. Going to the gym, running in the wood, running laps in an 86 m high slalom slope is not really the same thing as the mountains of Madeira.

Enough of worry and more action 🙂 It turned out later that week that I would be totally fine, being able to participate and enjoy every activity and every each moment of the trip…

Avrivning to Quinta Do Furao

When we arrived to Quinta Do Furao, Santana, I was absolutely amazed by the beautiful place and gorgeous scenery. This was a place where you could really relax and enjoy.

Hotel Quinta Do Furao, Santana, Madeira
Hotel Quinta Do Furao, Santana, Madeira

Saturday – Santana Skyrace

This was the day that I had been waiting for and training for all year. Santana Skyrace 23k, 1670 D+, arranged by Ultra Skyrunning Madeira.

I run the race as planned and it was a great race experience. It was very hot, very hard and very technical. If you like to read more about the race and review my race report check out Santana Skyrace 2019 race experience >>.

Katinka Nyberg Santana Skyrace.
Katinka Nyberg Santana Skyrace.

Sunday – The group arrives

The rest of the group arrives at the hotel and we start to get to know each other on a cup of coffee watching the beautiful scenery. It’s was a small group of very nice people that all of us loves everything about running, so that was a great start.

The hotel view - Hotel Quinta Do Furao, Santana, Madeira
The hotel view – Hotel Quinta Do Furao, Santana, Madeira

Monday – Skyrunning Pico Ruivo

The week kicks of with a run of about 5 hours on the top of the Island and we run some of the parts from Madeira Skyrace 55k. Starting at Teixeira, running up high above the clouds to Pico Ruivo and then following the unique pathway of steps and single trail connecting to Pico Areeiro.

Our guides Braz and Gonçalo has been very good taking us around to all those fantastic places, and I have to say that this is the most beautiful run that I have ever experienced so check out the video below.

 Our very best guide Gonçalo Pais.
Our very best guide Gonçalo Pais.
Braz is showing us his beautiful mountains of Madeira.
Braz is showing us his beautiful mountains of Madeira.
Marisha on the top of Teixeira.
Marisha on the top of Teixeira.
On our way to Pico Ruivo watching the beautiful scenery.
On our way to Pico Ruivo watching the beautiful scenery.
On our way to Pico Ruivo along the steep trails.
On our way to Pico Ruivo along the steep trails.

Tuesday – Canyoning 

This was something totally new to me. Canyoning in the river, climbing down in ropes and doing a jump of 12 meters. It was a great experience and everyone in the group loved it!

Too bad that they might have to shut it down next year because of Levada.

Canyoing through the exotic rivers.
Canyoning through the exotic rivers.
Using the ropes to get down next to the waterfall.
Using the ropes to get down next to the waterfall.

Wednesday – Trailrunning the coastline & Surf

We started the day with a run of about 2.5 hours from the coastal village of Portela over the incredible ridges and back along a high coastal path to Porto da Cruz. After that we just jumped into the ocean and I tried surfing for the first time in my life. It was great and I made it! 🙂

We rounded up the day with a very nice lunch at a fish restaurant in the village of Portela.

This was my favourite day!

My very nice room mate Tiphaine.
My very nice roommate Tiphaine.
Marisha on her way to the surfing beach.
Marisha and Paul on their way down to the surfer beach.
Finally I (Katinka) made it!!
Finally I (Katinka) made it!!

Thursday – Stunning Running & Boat trip

This day started with an easy run of about 1.5 hours at the stunning and diverse Ponta de St Lourenco Peninsula. After the run we went on a relaxing boat trip sunbathing and watching the dolphins.

Paul and Marisha running along at Ponta de St Lourenco Peninsula.
Paul and Marisha running along at Ponta de St Lourenco Peninsula.
Watching the beautiful views at Ponta de St Lourenco Peninsula.
Watching the beautiful views at Ponta de St Lourenco Peninsula.
Boat trip sunbathing and watching the dolphins.
Boat trip sunbathing and watching the dolphins.

Friday – Running the Levadas

This was the longest and toughest run of the week, and to my big surprise it was also the groups favourite day. The run was about 5 hours and we were running from from Ilah along the ancient and incredible Levadas engineering all the way to Cruzinhas. The day started off with ice cold rain and we were all freezing. We kept going, and finally when we got to the absolutely gorgeous waterfalls, it was all worth it.

We were rounding up the day with about 500 meters passing through the same river as in the Madeira Skyrace 55k, which was great.

Paul enjoying the rain at Levada.
Paul enjoying the rain at Levada.
Katinka and Marisha at the waterfall, Levada.
Katinka and Marisha at the waterfall, Levada.

 

From Levada on our way to the river.
From Levada on our way to the river.
Tiphaine passing through the river.
Tiphaine passing through the river.

Celebrating a great week!

This was a great week and a great group! Everyone agree that the whole trip was amazing and a memory for lifetime. All the activities were so well and carefully picked by Braz and Anna, and I think that we all understand that this type of trip takes years of experiences and knowledge to arrange.

Last night with the group we rounded up the week by talking about our experiences and everyone was to pick their favourite day.

The winner day was Friday. Running along the Levada.

Last night with the group celebrating a great week full of Adventures.
Last night with the group celebrating a great week full of adventures.

Thank you, guys!

Thank you, guys, for making this trip special and amazing! And extra thanks to Braz and Anna that made it possible.

Want to know more?

If you are interested in a trip like this and like to know more. Please check out https://www.trailrunadventures.com/.

Happy Skyrunning!

/Katinka Nyberg

Santana Skyrace 2019 race experience

The Santana Skyrace arranged by Ultra Skyrunning Madeira was a great skyrunning experience and a race to remember. The outstanding mountainous sceneries of the village of Santana, the steep climbs and the technical descents was really something.

The race cource

This competition has as main stage a mountainous ground surrounded by magnificent sceneries which will lead you up to the highest summit of this race at Achada do Teixeira, passing through  agricultural terraces and forestry parks along the heart of the luscious Laurel forest, nominated world natural heritage by UNESCO, an area located between Pico das Pedras and Queimadas.

The competition goes from 400 up to 1600 meters above sea level.

The race kicks off at Santana village 10:00

The race kicks off at Santana village at 10 o’clock in the morning. There were about 270 expectant runners and the atmosphere was on top.

Today it’s very hot (about 30 degrees all race), and it is going to be a tough one. I brought a total of 1 litre of water (and that was to little). So, my advice to other runners next year is to bring 1.5 litters of water, because the first climb is tougher and longer than it might look like on the map.

The first part of the race is through Santana village before we start the first climb up to Achada do Teixeira.

The first climb up to Achada do Teixeira

I had the chance to meet this great local guy that lives here on Madeira and we had a nice chat along the route. He says that on Madeira Skyrunning is a people sport. Lots of people do it and everyone knows about it.

Some of the easy routes before we come to the technical parts.

Some of the easy routes before we come to the technical parts.
Some of the easy routes before we come to the technical parts.

Here come the first technical difficult parts on the route in the first climb.

Almost up in the first climb. It was very hot, I got out of water and my heartbeat had an average of about 180 for almost 2 hours. I guess it was a combination of the tough climb and the heat.

First climb up to Achada do Teixeira.
First climb up to Achada do Teixeira.

First check point – Achada do Teixeira – 8.5 km

Finally, up on the top of Achada do Teixeira on my way to the first checkpoint 8.5 km for the first food and drink stop. It took me just a little bit more than 2 hours to get here.

The first down hill

Then the down hills start. I taught it was going to be quite easy, but it was quite technical, and I was tired from the uphill.

Second check point – Pico Das Pedras – 12.9 km

When I finally made it to the second check point, I start to feel really tired, lack of liquid and heat stroke. I realize now that I totally messed up with water and salt, and That I went on to hard in the beginning of the race.

I tried to drink some more, but I couldn’t eat, because I felt a little sick and started to freeze even though it was 31 degrees. But quitting is not an option, so I started to walk quite slowly the up to the next climb.

Third check point – Queimadas – 17.8 km

When I got to the last check point only 5 more km to go. I could feel that I recovered from the first uphill, and I’m ready to run a little bit faster. I was running almost the whole part in the last downhill section, which were quite easy and in the very last section I run through the Santana village.

Finish in Santana village

Finally, I made it to the finish line in 05:07 as the 9’th lady in the plus 40 category. Compared to winner time 02:54:46. For being my first Skyrace outside Sweden I’m very happy with that.

Lessons learned

  1. I should have come here a couple of days earlier to acclimatise myself to the heat and to the surroundings.
  2. I should have taken some extra water in the first climb.
  3. I should have taken it easier in the first climb keeping my pulse zone on a lower level

Races summary

It was very hot, very hard and very technical. It was a great race experience and a great race that I can for sure recommend to others.

Happy SkyRunning!

/Katinka

 

The SkyRunner Challenge 2019

The SkyRunner Challenge 2019 is a fun online challenge for amateur SkyRunners all over the world that like to have some extra boost in their daily running.

The challenge takes place from 1 of April 2019 to 31 of October 2019 online, and covers all three Skyrunning disciplines: SKY, ULTRA and VERTICAL. You can choose any race in the world and our purpose with the challenge is to combine the local onsite experience with the global online experience and to increase the engagement in the SkyRunner community.

Except for continuous inspiration and motivation all season through, the winners will get great exposure in social media and in the blog that will reach SkyRunner’s all over the world.

The challenge are divided into 5 categories:

  1. Fastest runner
  2. Rising star
  3. SkyRunner rookie
  4. Best Picture
  5. Best Video

Fastest runner

Fastest runner compared to winner time in percent in any Skyrunner race in the world.

You can choose to compete in any of the three Skyrunning disciplines: SKY, ULTRA and VERTICAL. Male and Female compares their times against male/female winner time.

SKY – Races between 20 and 49 km with 1,300m minimum vertical climb.

SKY/ULTRA – Races between 50 and 99 km with 3,200m minimum vertical climb or maximum finish time must be under 16 hours.

SKY/ULTRA PLUS – Races longer than 100 km with a minimum of 5 000m in vertical climb (this is not an official definition and it is specifically made for this fun competition).

VERTICAL – Uphill races with a minimum average incline of 20% and some sections over 33% with 5 km maximum length.

1:st price: You will be featured in SkyRunner’s Facebook page with race picture, name tag and race name, and you will get your own personal blog article, where you can tell your story and marketing yourself.

2:nd price: You will be featured in SkyRunner’s Facebook page with race picture, name tag and race name.

3:rd price: You will be featured in SkyRunner’s Facebook page with race picture, name tag and race name.

To qualify into this category you can not be slower than winner time times 130%.

We will announce the winner of the month in the beginning of next month and the winner of the season in the first of November.

Rising star

Rising star compared to your own time in percent in any Skyrunner race in the world.

You can compare with the same race or a longer and higher distance race from last year, and you can choose to compete in any of the three Skyrunning disciplines: SKY, ULTRA and VERTICAL.

SKY – Races between 20 and 49 km with 1,300m minimum vertical climb.

ULTRA – Races between 50 and 99 km with 3,200m minimum vertical climb or maximum finish time must be under 16 hours.

VERTICAL – uphill races with a minimum average incline of 20% and some sections over 33% with 5 km maximum length.

1:st price: You will be featured in SkyRunner’s Facebook page with race picture, name tag and race name.

We will announce the winner of the month in the beginning of next month and the winner of the season in the first of November.

SkyRunner rookie

SkyRunner rookie, for first time runners of any Skyrunner race in the world.

This category is only for first time Skyrunner race runners, and we will pick the fastest runner compared to winner’s time. You can choose to compete in any of the three Skyrunning disciplines: SKY, ULTRA and VERTICAL.

You can compare with the same race or a longer and higher distance race from last year, and you can choose to compete in any of the three Skyrunning disciplines: SKY, ULTRA and VERTICAL. Male and Female compete separate.

SKY – Races between 20 and 49 km with 1,300m minimum vertical climb.

ULTRA – Races between 50 and 99 km with 3,200m minimum vertical climb or maximum finish time must be under 16 hours.

VERTICAL – uphill races with a minimum average incline of 20% and some sections over 33% with 5 km maximum length.

1:st price: You will be featured in SkyRunner’s Facebook page with race picture, name tag and race name.

We will announce the winner of the month in the beginning of next month and the winner of the season in the first of November.

Best Picture

Best Picture from any Skyrunner race in the world.

1:st price: Your picture will be featured in SkyRunner’s Facebook page with race picture, name tag and race name.

We will announce the winner of the month in the beginning of next month and the winner of the season in the first of November.

Best Video

Best Video from any Skyrunner race in the world.

1:st price: Your video will be featured in SkyRunner’s Facebook page with race video, name tag and race name.

We will announce the winner of the month in the beginning of next month and the winner of the season in the first of November.

Sign up

  1. Sign up for the race by marking the event in Facebook as coming
  2. Apply for membership in the SkyRunner Adventurers Facebook group.
  3. Sen your planned races to katinka.nyberg@skyrunner.nu:
    Your name:
    Your e-mail:

    Race name 1:
    Race date 1:
    Race link 1:
    Discipline 1 (SKY, ULTRA, VERTICAL):
    Category 1 (Fastest runner, Rising star, SkyRunner rookie):
    Your time last year race 1: (If category Rising star)
    Your time this year race 1: (will be reported later in a post in SkyRunner Adventurers group from 1 April)
    Winner time this year race 1: (will be reported later in a post in SkyRunner Adventurers group from 1 April)
    Category Best picture 1 (Yes/No): (will be uploaded later in a post in SkyRunner Adventurers group from 1 April)
    Category Best video 1 (Yes/No): (will be uploaded later in a post in SkyRunner Adventurers group from 1 April)
    Race name 2, 3, 4 etc…

Reporting of results

Reporting of your race results, pictures and videos takes place in the SkyRunner Adventurers Facebook group.

Follow the steps:

  1. Apply for membership in SkyRunner Adventurers.
  2. Sign up for the challenge by attending the event SkyRunner Challange 2019.
  3. Report your result continuously (from 1 of April 2019 to 31 of October 2019) in a simple post in the group feed of SkyRunner Adventurers.
    1. Upload a race picture of yourself
    2. Add your name
    3. Add your e-mail
    4. Add race name and date
    5. Add (male/female)
    6. Add category (Fastest runner, Rising star, SkyRunner rookie)
    7. Add race discipline (SKY, ULTRA, VERTICAL)
    8. Add your time
    9. Add winner time
    10. Add your time last year (if you have that)
    11. Add a link to race results (or attach a screenshot)
    12. Tag the post #SkyRunnerChallenge

Announcement of the winners

Announcement of the winners of the month will take place in the beginning of the next month in the SkyRunner Adventurers Facebook group (the first announcement of Aprils’s winners will take place in the beginning of May).

Announcement of the winners of the season will take place on 1 November 2019, 9:00 – 9:30 in the SkyRunner Adventurers Facebook group.

For questions please contact katinka.nyberg@skyrunner.nu.

High Coast Trail 43 km, Sweden

The High Coast Trail Sweden is a beautiful and challanging trail running marathon where you run through the absolute highlights of the World Heritage High Coast. Here runners, joggers and fast-riders gather together to experience the unique nature and the beautiful community.

In 2016 the High Coast was voted to Sweden’s most beautiful scenery and under both Twin Peaks 25k and Trail 43k you will experience the High Coast’s highlights. Deep forests, mighty mountains and a shimmering coastline.

The High Coast Trail 2019 takes place on the 6th – 7th September and the registration opens Sunday the 24th of February at 15:00. The tickets for the 2018 race ended in 6 hours. Set the alarm. Read more at race site >> 

Here is my race experience from 2018…

Start at 9:00

Make sure to get a good position in the startingline. There will be a lot of queuing in the 2 first hours of the race. Make sure to bring 1 litre of water and energy bars.

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Easy start of the race

The first hour of the race is quite easy running on below trail sponges / wooden planks.

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Rocky and high technical difficulty

Greather parts of the race are extremely rocky and have a high technical difficulty.

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Slåttdalsberget, 10,6 km, kl. 10:49

Beautiful view from Slåttådalsberget. Don’t take your powerbar break here! Just around the corner it will be a line before “Slåttodalsskrevan”.

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Slåttdalsskrevan

Before you enter Slåttodalsskrevan it will be a great line for about 10 minutes.

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Slåttdalsskrevan

Here we met the winners running the other way 🙂

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The river, 12 km

About 12 km in the race you will come to a river. Fill up with at least 1 litre of water, as the first foodstop didn’t include water. I did the mistake to take too little water and a run about 2 hours without water.

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Tärnättholmarna 16 km, kl. 12:08

Tärnättholmarna 16 km, first food stop (only powerbars).

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Running in the wood till the second food stop

Then you run in the wood until you get to the second food stop (first water stop) at 25 km. For me it was about 14:00 (after 5 hours of running).

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Before Skuleberget, 3:rd foodstop, 35 km, kl. 15:24

Only 8 km left to go. Easy I taught. But I was so wrong. This was the worst 8 km ever.

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Finally I made it, 43 km, kl. 17:09

This was a hell of a race. I couldn’t imagine that 43 km could be that tough. I finished at time 8:09 after climbing up for the last killer slope. So happy!

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/Katinka

SkyRunning marathon week in Åre, Sweden

SkyRunning marathon week in Åre has grown into a real running festival with lots of races and activities for both runners, friends and family. The event takes place in Åre, Sweden, July 27 – August 3, 2019. 
Åre is a small little cute town located in the north of Sweden, famous for its beautiful nature and varied mountain environment.

Fjällmaratonveckan i Åre 2018
View from the trail Vertical K (Åreskutan).

It’s almost become a family tradition spending our summer vacation here, as I like to attend the *SkyRunning Marathon race “Kia Fjällmataton, 43 km”.

Except for SkyRunning the range of things to do in Åre is great if you like outdoor activities. Here are some of activities that me and my family did together during the week last year.

Hiking in the beautiful nature

Great hiking in Åre for you and your family! We experienced some of the hikes and there is something for everyone.

Hiking, Åre, Sweden
Hiking in Ullodalen / Åre on our way to ”Ullån”

Swimming in rivers and waterfalls

“Ullån” had a temperature around 21 degrees and we spend a whole day here sunbathing. The kids just loved the river and the waterfalls, and it kept them busy for hours.

Swimming in Ullån, Åre, Sweden
Swimming in Ullån, Åre, Sweden

Horseback riding in Ottsjö

We experienced horseback riding with Iceland horses in Ottsjö. In a tough and rough mountain environment the horses took us safely both up and down the mountains, and the kids just loved it.

Horseback riding Ottsjö, Åre, Sweden
Horseback riding Ottsjö, Åre, Sweden

Trying out Peak Performence Vertical K

Peak Performance Vertical K is 5 Km, and 1 000 meters in vertical climb from Åre square to “Åreskutan” top. Part of it is so steep, that you have to climb with ropes.

Peak Performence Vertical K.
Peak Performence Vertical K.

Just for fun I tried it out during the week, and I loved it. This year I have signed up for the real race and it’s going to be a tough one.

Lundhags Minimarathon

It is time again for last year’s success with 220 starting children, august 2, 2019 in Edsåsdalen.

My kids Tom and Matilda run it last year and they loved it.

Lundhags Minimarathon
Lundhags Minimarathon

“Kia fjällmaraton 43 Km, Åre”

Finally, the best part of it. “Kia fjällmaraton Åre” A SkyRunning marathon race of 43 km, 2 100 vertical meters.

The conditions last year were quite good, and the trail wasn’t that muddy as the year before that.

This time I was so much more prepared than year before (mu first race), and I knew what it was all about. The race went quite well, and I almost accomplished my goal 7:45 and finished the race at 7:49 (which was an hour better than the year before).

Kia fjällmaraton 43 km, 2018, Välliste
Kia fjällmaraton 43 km, Välliste
Kia fjällmaraton 43 km målgång 2018
Kia fjällmaraton 43 km 2018 Katinka Nyberg, Finisher

The race was a pleasure all the way through. The feeling of running downhill very fast with full focus was like living in the moment for real. All the work I put on this was absolutely 100% worth it, and for sure it was one of the best days in my life (except for the day when I got married to Fredrik and when my 8-year-old twins Tom and Matilda were born).

Of course, I have signed up for the race 2019 too ad my goal is to make it in 6,5 hours.
/Katinka

/Katinka Nyberg

 

* Definition of SkyRunning Marathon is a that the race has a minimum distance 30 km and under five hours’ winner’s time. Minimum 2,000 m vertical climb. Source International Skyrunner Federation.

 

Åre Trail Tour Seat 24K Mountain 2018

Åre Trail Tour took place in Åre on 28-30 September when the mountains showed off in the most beautiful autumn colors.

The contests were organized in conjunction with Åre Autumn Market, which means that there were plenty to do for the whole family …

Here is my race, Seat 24k Mountain

SEAT 24k Mountain is a track with 1223 m in vertical that stretch and runs in varied terrain around “Åreskutan” with start and finish in Åre city.

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Start at 10:00

The race started at Åre city 10:00 in the morning. It’s a small race with about 120 participants (that all seemed to be very fit).

Start Åre Trail Tour 24K Seat Mountain

Tott via Trollstigen

The track goes up to “Tott” via “Trollstigen”. Although it’s uphill all participants seems to run quite fast and I’m lagging behind already.

Trollstigen river Åre Trail Tour 24K Seat Mountain

Track 213 up to Sadeln

It’s only the beginning of the race, but me and a couple of others felt that we had to walk now in order to make it all the way through.

Trollstigen Åre Trail Tour 24K Seat Mountain

Åreskutan

On the way up to Sadeln I caught a nice view of Åreskutan.

Åreskutan Åre Trail Tour 24K Seat Mountain

Towards Björnen

Then the race goes down into the slalom slopes towards Björnen and continues on the winter track towards Fröå.

Towards Björnen, Åre Trail Tour 24K Seat Mountain

Cross Fröån

On the way to Fröa you have to cross Fröån. Count on to get wet.

Towards Björnen the river, Åre Trail Tour 24K Seat Mountain

First food and drink stop 9 km

First food and drink stop almost passing Byxtjärn. Tank you guys helping out during the race serving food and drinks, I quess it was quite cold standing waiting.

Byxtjärnen, Åre Trail Tour 24K Seat Mountain

Towards the cold

I’m running towards the cold and it’s getting quite windy. The field I’m running on is mildew, muddy, wet and ice cold.

Towards winter Åre Trail Tour 24K Seat Mountain

Getting closer to the cold

It’s getting closer to the cold now and it’s time to put on the recommended safety equipment, warm jacket, gloves and windstopper pants.

Towards winter, it's getting colder, Åre Trail Tour 24K Seat Mountain

Getting closer to Lillskutan

It’s getting closer to the cold and Lillskutan. About 15 km done and soon I will get to the second food and drink stop.

Right before climbing Lillskutan, Åre Trail Tour 24K Seat Mountain

Just before it was time to climb over Lillskutan I was so glad ta have a cup of warm drink on the second foodstop at 16k. Thanks a lot again you guys that were standing there in the cold waiting,

A tough climb up to Lillskutan

It was very tough up there. Very cold and windy with lots of snow. I had a hard time keeping my eyes open for all the “spiky” snow . Sometimes it was even hard to spot the next red flag, and there were no other runners in sight. I couldn’t imagine what would have happend if I was to get lost up there with clothing adapted for autumn running, and not for winter cold.

Lillskutan Åre Trail Tour 24K Seat Mountain

Almost there

Running downhill the mountain back the way we came from “Trollstigen” felt good. The weather was getting better and better as closer I got to Åre city. Fantastic view by the way.

Goal in Åre city

Finally I made it on the time 4:47. Not a very good time, but I did pulled it through, and there were about 20 people that decided not to go through all the way and left the race just before it was time to climb Lillskutan.

Goal in Åre city, Åre Trail Tour 24K Seat Mountain

Summary of the race

It was very tough up there, but also a fantastic experience that wouldnt wanna be without.

Next year I’m on it again but with a better time. My goal for next year is 3.5 hours.

/Katinka

 

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