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Laugavegur Run in Iceland’s Highlands Sold Out

There will be record participation in the 55-kilometer long run on Laugavegur in Iceland’s southern highlands on July 12; 150 starting numbers have been sold—so there is no room for more runners. Last year 144 people participated.

Laugavegur leads from Landmannalaugar hot spring area to Thórsmörk valley, which is considered one of the most beautiful running (and hiking) paths in the country, Morgunbladid reports.

Svava Oddný Ásgeirsdóttir, organizer of the Laugavegur run, said the number of participants has to be limited to 150 to ensure a certain level of safety and service.

“In bad weather there has to be enough room to shelter runners in the pit stops along the way and acceptable facilities are needed for other types of services as well,” Ásgeirsdóttir said.

The popularity of the Laugavegur run has increased considerably in recent years. “A few years ago only a few eccentrics ran Laugavegur, but those who have participated have been extremely satisfied and they have spread the word.”

Usually about 50 percent of participants are foreigners.

Ásgeirsdóttir said she had noticed that many eager runners were disappointed when they weren’t able to buy a starting number in time this year. She said organizers are working to solve this problem, but in the meantime those who are interested can register for the waiting list.

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