Iceland – The Annual Hengill Ultra Trail Run was held on the first weekend of June for the 10th consecutive time.
Salomon Trail Hengill Ultra 2021
This year the race was slightly modified with a 100 MILE course offered for the first time. Hengill Ultra offers the Ultra Trail distances that consist of 5KM, 10KM, 25KM, 50KM and 100 KM trails and the longest trail run in Iceland with a distance of and the 100 Miles (161km).
Salomon is name sponsor and partner to this running adventure.
All contestants receive gifts for their participation, medals and grand prizes will be awarded for outstanding performances in the race. Therefore, everyone will have something to remind them of their great achievement participating in the marvellous Hengill Ultra Marathon. The slogan of the race is “Everyone runs, everyone is a winner and all are welcome.”
Time-keeping and organization
The starting point of the race and main organization was in the heart of Hveragerði, a wonderful small town located about 30 minute drive time from Reykjavik. Hveragerði is famous for its greenhouse farming were the locals grow flowers and vegetables all year around in geothermally heated greenhouses. Its surrounding nature is spectacular and the trails are just breathtaking. All the routes start from this location.
Following is the TGIDNRT (Thank God I Did Not RUN Today) BBQ Party were the volunteers and sponsors of Hengill Ultra are celebrated.
Facilities and planning
For 161km, 100km and 50km participants numerous food and beverage stops were available. The 100km had seven stops and the 50km had 3 stops plus the FLBJ The Finish Line Burger Joint. Each Relay runner had one stop per 25km as well as the 25km runners. After the race all competitors were invited to the The Finish Line Burger Joint. The award ceremony for contestants and their families will start at 17:00 at the Restaurant Skyrgerðin.
The Hengill Ultra Trail is one of three runs in Iceland which are proudly collaborating with this multi-day sport tournament in France.
This year an increased emphasis was placed on security management. Members from rescue teams handled security on the running tracks but most of the race took place in a very rough area. The rescue team was well equipped to handle all incidents and injuries that could occur during the race. A doctor was available on site during the day along with an ambulance on standby if necessary for more serious injuries or health issues happening during the race.
This year the organizer Meðbyr is also the organiser of KIA Golden Circle Challenge coordinating with the Hengill Ultra Trail. KIA Golden Circle Challenge is the largest and most popular cycling tournament in Iceland, held annually at Laugarvatn in South Iceland. This competition is known for its coordination and emphasis on the safety of competitors and wellbeing.