Fjällräven, a Swedish company specialising in outdoor clothing, sponsors an annual hiking race.
I’ve never heard of this concept before. And 2000+ partipants attended this year!
The competition element is downplayed, however. It’s not in the same category as most other trail races. In this event, you must carry a pack. And sleep in a tent. Most people do it for FUN.
photographer: Kikki Brink
Under the RULES, it seems littering is the biggest breach – immediate disqualification! (I do like that.)
Participants walk from Nikkaluokta 110km to Abisko. (This is the first section of the famed Kungsleden trail. Of the 2000 racers, some no doubt continue to the end of that 440km (270mi) through hike.)
Medals are awarded: Gold if you finish in less than 72hrs, Silver less than 96hrs, Bronze under 120hrs.
Jörgen Johansson finished fastest in 2009, 13hrs 25min.
official website – fjallraven.com/classic
Johannes Huwe posted a report on his Trailblaze blog. He took home a gold.