21st Nov 2020 - 21st Jan 2021

PolarNight Marathon – Virtual edition

The Arctic light and nature in Northern Norway are filled with strong contrasts and intense experiences. In Tromsø, the Polar night starts 21st November and ends 21st January. During this time, the sun never rises above the horizon which results in only a few hours with what we call the blue arctic light. Although, we have a minimum of daylight, the contrasts and colourful display of light in the horizon and the Northern lights dancing in the sky make this quite a special time of the year.

Usually, we celebrate the Polar night with the PolarNight Halfmarathon in the beginning of January. We love to meet people from all around the world at the start of our race and your enthusiasm when you cross the finish line. Since the Corona pandemic sets restrictions for event, not all of you are able to join us in Tromsø for the 2021 race. We are sorry for that and we miss you. So, we thought about how to make it easier for all fellow running enthusiasts, to get through the wintertime and encourage you to keep running and challenging yourself.  Therefore, we launch a virtual PolarNight Marathon. You can participate in 4 different distances from 21st of November 2021 until 21st of January 2021, during the PolarNight periode here in Tromsø. Run together with people from all over the world, wherever you are and whenever you want.

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Distances

Sats Mørketidstrim (5k)
Mørketidsmila (10k)
PolarNight Halfmarathon
PolarNight Marathon

 

Information about virtual races: user-guide-for-polarnight-marathon-english (pdf)

Information related to the race

Before the race

Can I change distances?

Yes, you can change distances by logging in to “My page”.

Will I get a start number/ BIB?

Yes, when you register for our virtual race, you will get a confirmation email with your personalized start number/ Bib. You can print it and use it while running. You can also share it on Facebook.

Does it matter where I run?

No, it is up to you to run on a flat course or in the mountains. Just remember to use reflex if you run while it`s dark and be careful when running in areas with a lot of traffic.

! All runners are responsible for their own safety and will have to act in accordance with their local and national health authorities’ recommendations regarding COVID-19 pandemic! Remember to keep at least 1m distance to other pedestrians.

Where can I sign up?

You can sign up here.

Which distances can I run, and can I participate in several distances?

You can choose between four different distances. The Polarnight Marathon, PolarNight Halfmarathon, Mørketidsmila 10k and Sats Mørketidstrimmen 5k.

If you want, you can run several of the distances listed above.

On raceday

Which apps and devices can I use?

You can use any kind of smart phone, smart watch, fitness watch or activity tracker which will serve as your personal “virtual timing chip”. Run with watch/ device that enables you to export a GPX/TCX file or you can use one of the following platforms: Strava, Endomondo, Polar, Garmin or Suunto.

Is there a cut off time?

No, you can walk, jog or run as fast as you can. However, you have to finish the course within 21st of January 2021 24:00 o’clock.

How does the timing work?

  1. You register via our platform and get access to your profile.
  2. Start your device/app and run your chosen distance. The tool you use to track your race serves as your personal “virtual timing chip”.

Please check in our user-guide-for-polarnight-marathon-english (pdf) that your chosen tool is supported by our system.

Be aware of that you have to run the correct number of kilometres. If you have raced shorter than the race distance, we will calculate upwards on a fair basis based on your last pace, within a certain tolerance range. If you have raced longer than the race distance, we will calculate backwards to your accumulated race time at the point of completing the set race distance.

Please be also aware that if you “Pause” your activity our system will not. It will measure the total time from start to finish.

  1. Finish your race and registrate your time

Access your profile and register your time on “my page” by pressing “my time”. You can simply connect and upload from your Strava account, but as long as you import a GPX, TCX and FIT format it should be fine.

You do not want to show your time in the result list? You can finish the race and register without your time. By choosing the “I have completed the distance and want to register my status” on “my page”. Your name will then show in the result list but not your time.

How can I register my time?

Access your profile and register your time on “my page” by pressing “my time”.

You have three different options for how you register your time

        1. Platform connection
        2. Activity file upload
        3. Manuel time entry

Read this user-guide-for-polarnight-marathon-english (pdf)for more information about how you register your time.

Be aware of that you have to run the correct number of kilometres. If you have raced shorter than the race distance, we will calculate upwards on a fair basis based on your last pace, within a certain tolerance range. If you have raced longer than the race distance, we will calculate backwards to your accumulated race time at the point of completing the set race distance.

When can I run?

You can run in the PolarNight period from the 21st of November 2020 00:00 o’clock until the 21st of January 24:00 o’clock. The final date to register your time in our platform will be the 21th of January 2021 24:00 o’clock.

After the race

Can I order a t-shirt or other items from the PolarNight Marathon Collection?

We do have an official PolarNight Marathon Collection available for online purchase. The collection is provided by Trimtex a high-quality sport cloth supplier. You find our collection here.

If you are planing to order please also remeber to pay for the shipment to your destination. Please send us an email info@msm.no to discuss further details or if you wonder about something.

My time is not correct, what can I do/ I do not agree with my results.

Before questioning your result, please read the following information carefully. GPS/activity fitness devices are not a 100% accurate technology. If you disagree with your result, we advise you to evaluate this based on the race instructions and the general information stated in our guide. Further we do offer you the option to manually submit your time, that will overwrite your uploaded activity.

When you register your results, all race activity sessions are handled equally and analysed on a fair basis. All results calculations are based on the measured time and measured distance by your activity/fitness device. If you have raced longer than the race distance, we will calculate backwards to your accumulated race time at the point of completing the set race distance. If you have raced shorter than the race distance, we will calculate upwards on a fair basis based on your last pace, within a certain tolerance range. Therefore, it is important to note that we may process and evaluate your result different from your existing platform provider; both in time and in distance completed.

However, if you still have problems with your registered time send us an email to info@msm.no.

 

Do I receive a medal?

When you finish the race, you will get a medal and a virtual finisher diploma. The virtual finisher diploma will be sent to your email right after you registered your result.

The medal will be sent out in the end of January and of course only after your registered a valid result. Your result has to be registered until January 21st, 2021 24:00 o’clock.

We do not send medals to participants that have not registered a valid time – like in a real race you only get what you work for. Please check and make sure you provided us with your correct post address.

Please be aware of that due to covid-19 it might take a while before the medal gets to you, however if you have not received it within the end of February please contact us at info@msm.no.

Results

You find result lists here.

 

Is my time published?

That depends. When you upload you result you can either decide to show your accomplished time or be listed as finisher of the race. If you want to be listed as a finisher you choose the “I have completed the distance and want to register my status” button on “My page”.

Other events:

Main sponsor:

SpareBank1 Nord-Norge

Distance sponsor:

Partner:

Coop