If there is one event that has grown dramatically in just a few years, it is BNbank Oslo Marathon. From 2900 finishers in 2006, this year's event saw almost 11,000 participate in distances ranging from full or half marathon to 10km and 3km. Entries in the full marathon and 10km had to be closed when maximum numbers were reached before the race on 27th September.

This year also marked a new start and finish area, at the Akershus Fortress at "Festningsplassen". The course offered a flat, fast and scenic route, much of it along Oslo's seaside waterfront where some of the city's best features could be enjoyed - with one circuit for the half marathon and two for the full marathon.

From the start, the course follows the waterfront on an out-and-back circuit for a few kilometres, heads inland around the historical city centre and continues a little inland to the 15km turnaround point. Then it's back to the sea for a picturesque journey towards the finish.

Oslo is a pretty city with plenty to see and do after a run. Attractions, include the Munch Museum, Vigeland Park and Royal Castle, as well as the Akershus Fortress. It's a compact city, which makes it easy to move around in a very short time.


The Elbaman-Triathlon, founded in 2004, is known in its sixth year as an international event. From its first edition with 90 participants the race grew to an event with almost 500 participants in 2009.
Triathletes must swim two loops in the bay of Marina di Campo, which has the longest sandy beach on the island. The bike course is a three-lap route rising to 2400 meters above sea level. It is technically one of hardest to race in Europe. The run course is also three laps taking in the beach promenade of Marina di Campo.
Elbaman Triathlon is the only long distance triathlon in Italy and is therefore also the national Championship. The event also offered a half distance Ironman.
Race founder Marco Scotti is well known for his excellent organisation skills. There are not too many triathletes in Italy, which gives the race its own family character. Traditionally all finishers stay together at the finish line to wait for others to come in.

Altogether the Elbaman is very attractive race with huge potential. The island offers great landscape and timing the race weekend right after the holiday season was a good decision.
Entries for next year's long distance and half distance Elbaman Triathlons open on 1st November.



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