Runbook #2

Hope you liked our first “Runbook” blogpost, because we are back with a new one! This week we will talk about the Marathon of the Midnight Sun, take you to South Africa, talk about women records, and more.


When: June 17, 2017

Just imagine running in the middle of the night… with the sun shining above your head. This is what happens every year during the midnight sun race in the Norwegian town of Tromsø in the Arctic Circle.

It is the most northerly registered marathon in the world, sounds cool right? And if you want to challenge yourself, at the other seasonal extreme you can run the Polar Night Half Marathon during the long Arctic night, in January.

Learn more about both races at


If you ever go to Cape Town, Table Mountain has to be on your ‘must-do’ list. Whether you walk it or run it, the incredible view across the city and its coast is definitely worth climbing there, especially if you reach the top in time for sunrise or sunset.

One anecdote about this trail route: Ryan Sandes, a famous South-African trail runner set the fastest known time for this 16 kilometers (9 miles) route in 02 hours, 02 minutes and 13 seconds in March 2015, and set a challenge to beat his “FKT” . The challenge is now over, but if you think you can do better, go for it!

Ryan Sandes setting the Fastest Known Time (Photo: Redbull)

More info about this trail route at


InstaPic of the week: Florence Kiplagat running to the Victory, last sunday in Barcelona for the half-marathon, also known as “Mitja Marato de Barcelona”. It is her fourth victory in a row, and she set two world records there in 2014 and 2015!

Find this picture and more on @SOMOSRUNNERS instagram.


Almaz Ayana after the women’s 10 000m final in Rio 2016 (Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images)

29:17.45 is the world record for the women’s 10 000m. It was set by Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia) during this year’s Rio Olympic Games.

The former record of 29:31.78 was set in 1993 by Wang Junxia, when the girl who would eventually beat it was only 2 years old, and stood for 23 years. It was among the oldest remaining records on the track.

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