Every Father’s Day since 1979 the running community in Manitoba and indeed all of Canada has descended on the city of Winnipeg for the annual Manitoba Marathon. 


Known to be a fun, well organised and memorable day for participants, the event’s popularity is evidenced by the multiple readers’ choice awards it has received from running and adventure magazines.


Billed as “a celebration of fitness, family and fundraising”, the event attracts about 14,000 participants over marathon, half marathon, 10km, kids, wheelchair and relay disciplines. 

Organisers love being able to deliver “one big party” on race day, so spectators are well catered for and always turn out in force, not to mention the numerous musical and entertainment acts which line the 26.2 miles of marathon course. 


The marathon course is well renowned in its own right. A Boston Qualifier, the course features a total elevation change of just 3 metres and has previously been the course for the Canadian Marathon Championship, the Masters Championship and was the site of the 1999 Pan American Games Marathon. 


For fast times on the clock and good times on the day, the Manitoba Marathon is a winner, every time. 





Norway’s incredible abundance of natural beauty and polar charm is on show again this June for cyclists from Scandinavia and around the world. 


The unique Styrkeproven long distance cycle event pits participants against the road from Trondheim to Oslo. Mountains, valleys and a distance of 542km must be overcome before participants can triumphantly raise their arms at the finish. 


The Styrkeproven has taken place in late June every year since 1967, and is appropriately known as “The Great Trial of Strength”. 



For those who consider the gruelling 542km to be a little out of their reach, there are 190km Lillehammer–Oslo, 135km Gjovik–Oslo (women only) and 60km Eidsvoll–Oslo cycle events also available.


The event has set new start times for each distance and a new maximum time of 36 hours has been put in place. For those interested in travelling to Norway from overseas for the event, organisers have arranged several travel packages for Trondheim, Lillehammer and Gjovik. 


A truly unique and very challenging event, Styrkeproven offers participants the chance to experience the stunning wonders of Norway’s glorious landscape. Historical, spectacular, epic – this event should be on every cyclist’s bucket list.





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