I was stuck in Tromsø — the Paris of the north — waiting on my bike and gear which were stuck at Heathrow airport for over 2 weeks. Why not race !!
Tromsø Skyrace was launched 2014 by Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg.
Kílian Jornet is the fastest mountain runner of all time though Karl Egloff has bettered some of Kilian’s records.
Emelie Forsberg is Kilian’s partner, mother of two, and also an insane mountain runner.
I’d like to claim I was in the mix with the sponsored super athletes in this video … 😀
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There are 3-4 different distances raced each year. Mine was shortest.
I signed up 2-days in advance of the race for the EASY 16km up and down.
It was more of a hike than a knife edge ridge.
I ended up 153rd, 1hr 44min behind the winner in the short race. My time 3hr 11min.
BUT I was happy with how I did. Running in I still felt great — avoiding muscle cramps which threatened throughout. I’d not really gone running in over a year before this day.
Louise finished ahead of me. We recovered with free vegetarian chile. So tasty, I bought some to take cycling.
In fact, at that point, Louise was wondering what happened to her brother Henry — turned out he had kept going at the short race turnaround. Henry ended up running an extra 7km or so.
Happily, his luck changed later — winning an official race hoody.