Around 6,000 skiers started the race on the 11th of February, a 56 kilometre (34-mile) event that began in the western Oslo valley of Sørkedalen and ended up at Holmenkollen.

 

More than 100 skiers finished the course in less than three hours, with Arne Post winning with a time of two hours and 36 minutes. Solfrid Braathen was the fastest woman, finishing in three hours and three minutes.

 

Holmenkollen Skimaraton is an annual ski marathon in Norway.

Held since 1974, in 2005 the race formally became one of the locations of the FIS Nordic Ski Marathon Cup, a series which includes the Holmenkollen Skimarathon, Tornedalsloppet in Sweden, the Fossavatn Ski Marathon in Iceland and Qulun Tervahiihto in Finland.

 

The race is now usually the first race of the cup. Participants run classic style. For Norwegians this race always is a highlight of the winter.

 

www.skiforeningen.no/arrangement_kurs
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In perfect running weather and a cool 6.5degC, almost 17,500 people ran the Ohme Marathon in this beautiful region of west Tokyo. This was the 46th year of Ohme Marathon and runners could choose between a 30km or 10km course. Two shorter races were held for elementary and junior high school children.

 

The out-and-back course has a good series of hills, rising to the highest level at the 15km turning point. Then it is downhill most of the way back to the finish

 

Ohme city was founded in 1951 by the combination of three smaller villages. Its name was taken from the original town of Ōme, which was famous for its Japanese Apricots. In 1955, four additional villages joined with Ōme to become what it is today.

 

Historically it was a station on the road between east and west Japan. It has been connected directly to the central parts of Tokyo (then Edo) since 1603 via the Ōme-Kaidō road.

 

www.ohme-marathon.jp

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