The Sjóvá Kvennahlaup ÍSÍ Women’s Run took place for the twenty-first time on Saturday June 19th.
“The run was a great success, all over the country,” Jóna Hildur Bjarnadóttir, of the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland, told mbl.is.
Runners. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.
In Iceland, June 19th is dedicated to women. On that day in 1915, women in Iceland achieved the right to vote.
The Women’s Run is Iceland’s most widespread annual sporting event, as well as that with the highest number of participants.
This year it is estimated that 15,500 women participated in the 85 locations in Iceland and 16 locations abroad. Despite being content with the turnout, Bjarnadóttir pointed out that last year the turnout was even greater, with approximately 16,000 participants.
The largest group ran in the town of Gardabaer, about 6,000 women.
Editor’s note: The Women’s Run 2010 took place on June 19th, and not the 20th, as was stated in an earlier news item. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.