25-27 August 2023

TMC – Tromsø Mountain Challenge

Run in wild Arctic nature – above the Arctic Circle!

We invite you to take part in TMC -Tromsø Mountain Challenge, one weekend with four races in three days. The mountains of Northern Norway offer some great contrasts: “Loafer”-terrain, mountains and fjords, steep hills and scree slopes, lush green mountain terraing and a view that offers new strength! Take part in the Triple or choose a single race. We have something for all Levels and ambitions!  Are you up for the challenge?

Explo Extreme Race

On Friday 25th August 2023 you can take part in Explo Extreme Race – an uphill race that starts from TUIL Arena in the valley Tromsdalen, and leads you straight up the steep trail to the cable car station “Fjellstua”. Participants run up the entire popular “Sherpa Stairs”, which were completed in 2019. The stairs have 1203 steps and is one of the longest stairs in Norway built by the Sherpas from Nepal.  The total track measures 2.4km with 420m increase.  Short, but tough! We can promise you burning and shaky legs at the finish line.

Rab Ultra 50K and TMC HalfUltra 25K
Saturday 26th August 2023

We offer a terrain race in beautiful and varied mountain terrain- here you will find heather moores, marshes, river crossings, rugged hills and stunning views! The Rab Ultra 50K measures 50k and leads you from the start at Snarbyeidet to the finish line in Tromsdalen valley. Remember to save som strength before climbing the hills towards the top of Bønntuva! This race was the first ultra race that was arranged in Northern Norway.

In addition to the Rab Ultra 50K, we also offer a shorter alternative, TMC HalfUltra 25K which starts and ends at TUIL Arena in Tromsdalen Valley. Are you ready to put yourself to the test?

NB! At the Tromsø Mountain Ultra 50K and TMC HalfUltra 25K it is mandatory to bring with you a backpack/running vest with predetermined content. See more info on this at the FAQ-section on this page.

TMC Tindløpet

Sunday 27th August 2023

The race weekend ends with TMC Tindløpet, an uphill race to the city summit and landmark- Mount Tromsdalstinden, 1238m over sea level. You can see the majestic mountain from Tromsø city center on a clear day, and “Tinden” is a wellknown landmark and popular hiking destination in the city. The trail starts at TUIL Arena in Tromsdalen valley, and measures 10,6 km to the top of the mountain.

All participants need a backpack containing something to drink, food, dry shirt and a wind jacket. There is no service station at the top. The content of the backpack is meant as safety equipment, as the weather conditions can be quite rough at the top of Tromsdalstinden.

Tromsø Mountain Challenge- TMC Triple

For those looking for a test out of the ordinary- we offer the TMC Triple- all three races in three days. Please note that the Triple consists of Explo Extreme Race, Rab Ultra 50K (TMC HalfUltra 25K is NOT a part of the triple) and TMC Tindløpet. Are you ready for the ultimate test?


Rab Ultra 50K – 2022
TMC HalfUltra 25K – 2022
TMC Tindløpet – 2022
Explo Extreme Race – 2022
TMC Triple – 2022

Information related to the race

Before the race

What gear is required for participating in TMC Tindløpet?

All participants are required to bring a backpack that contains a dry shirt, food (minimum 150g), waterbottle/something to drink (0,5l), a wind jacket and a mobile phone. There are no service stations at the top of Tromsdalstinden. The content of the backpack is considered safety gear, as there might be some rough weather conditions at the top of the mountain.

What are the course records for TMC?

Tromsø Mountain Challenge

Explo Extreme race – Men 15:52, Women 17:23
Rab Ultra 50K – Men 04:07:20, Women 04:43:55
TMC HalfUltra 25K – Men 01:45:15, Women 01:56:37
TMC Tindløpet- Men 01:02:15, Women 01:16:00

When and where can I collect the bib for TMC?

For Tromsø Mountain Challenge

Pick up Your bibnumber at the TUIL Arena, Arthur Arntzenveg 31 in Tromsdalen.

Explo Extreme Race and TMC Triple:  Friday August 26th 12:00-16:30 o’clock

Rab Ultra 50K Friday from 17:00 to 19:00 o’clock and Saturday from kl. 07:00 til 07:45 o’clock

TMC HalfUltra 25K: Friday from kl. 17:00 to 19:00 o’clock and  Saturday from kl. 08:00 to 11:30 o’clock

TMC Tindløpet:  Saturday from 12:00 to 18:00 o’clock and Sunday from kl. 10:00 to 11:30 o’clock

What is the age limit for TMC?

We calculate your age and category by birth year, not birth date. This means that as long as you will be 18 in the year of the race, you can participate in the HalfUltra and the Ultra.

Tromsø Mountain Challenge

Explo Extreme Race- from 12 y.o

TMC HalfUltra 25K- from 15 y.o

Rab Ultra 50K- from 18 y.o

TMC Tindløpet- from 15 y.o

TMC Triple  – from 18 y.o

What are the prices for TMC?

Tromsø Mountain Challenge: 

Explo Extreme Race                                    NOK 350,-

Explo Extreme Race under 16 y.o             NOK 225,-

Rab Ultra 50K                                            NOK 900,-

TMC HalfUltra 25K                                          NOK 650,-

TMC Tindløpet                     NOK 450,-

TMC Triple                                                  NOK 1400,-

The Entry Fee will increase from 13th August by Nok 100,-

Sign up for your Arctic adventure HERE

On raceday

What is the cut-off time for TMC?

Tromsø Mountain Challenge:

Rab Ultra 50K: Max time limit by checkpoint Tromsdalselva (32km) is 5 1/2h (14:30). If you use longer time you will have to finish your race here, and continue directly to the finish area by the TUIL Arena in Tromsdalen valley and report to a race marshall.  The total maximum time for the Rab Ultra 50K is 9h.

TMC HalfUltra 25K: 6h

TMC Tindløpet: 3h

How do I get to the start at Rab Ultra 50K and TMC HalfUltra 25K?

Rab Ultra 50K: We set up a bus from the TUIL Arena, which leaves at 07:50 in the morning for Snarbyeidet (start point). You can leave your luggage at TUIL Arena (at your own responsibility) or even take it with you to the start. Luggage left at the buss will be transported back to the finish area. Please note that we take no responsibility for your belongings/luggage.

TMC HalfUltra 25K: The start is at the TUIL Arena in Tromsdalen valley. If you come by bus from the city center, take bus nr 24 Kroken or 20 Kroken and go off at the stop “Båthavna” (boat harbour). Follow the road along the river and up to the Arena, it takes approximately 10-12 min to walk.


Required content of race backpack

During Rab Ultra 50km and the TMC HalfUltra 25km the runners are required to bring a backpack. As the required content is considered an emergency kit, all items in the backpack must be inside the backpack (not worn) when you cross the finish line. 

Required content of race backpack
  • T-shirt (must be in your backpack when you cross the finish line)
  • Map (provided by the organizer)
  • Compass or GPS (GPS watch and compass in watch is not approved)
  • Food (minimum 150g food left in your backpack when you cross the finish line)
  • Windbreaker jacket
  • Windbreaker pants
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Whistle (to call for attention if you are in need of help)
  • Cellphone
  • Water bottle (or skin)
  • Warming blanket/foil (provided by organizer, applies only to the 50K race)
Please note:

The equipment of the backpack is considered emergency gear, as the weather and conditions can get challenging up in the mountains during the race. All runners participate at their own risk, and must ensure they have enough food, Liquids and dry clothes to take care of themselves in a possible emergency. This is why the items in the content list above have to be inside the backpack when you finish the race.  We also remind you that you are required to help other runners in need during the race.

Rab Ultra 50km: Organizers give all participants a warming blanket/foil and a map of the race course. The rest of the required content the participants have to bring themselves. The backpack can be checked by race marshalls when you cross the finish line. There is 15min addition time per item that is missing from the list of required content.

HalfUltra 25km:Participants in the HalfUltra 25km trail must have the same content in the backpack as the Rab Ultra 50km, but will only receive a map from the organizers. The participants themselves are responsible for bringing the required content in their backpack. The warming blanket/foil is not a required content of the backpack for the 25K race.

The participants cannot receive any other support during the race than from the service stations along the trail. Apart from this you can only use what you bring in Your backpack. It is not allowed to have accompanying runners from outside the race.

Are there drinking stations at TMC?

Explo Extreme Race: Service station at the finish line, next to the cable car “Fjellheisen”.

Rab Ultra50K: No service stations during the race until you reach “Tromsdalselva”. There are many rivers that provide you with water during the first part of the race. There are drinking stations at Tromsdalselva, Fjellheisen and Svarthammarn, where we serve water and Maxim sports drink. We serve banana at Fjellheisen station.

TMCHalfUltra25K: There are drinking stations at Tromsdalselva, Fjellheisen and Svarthammarn where we serve water and Maxim sports drink. We serve bananas at Fjellheisen station.

TMC Tindløpet: There are drinking stations at Tromsdalselva and Salen where we serve water and Maxim sports drink. There is no service at the finish line, on top of the mountain. Please bring necessary food and beverage with you.


Service stations with refreshments will be accessible at the finish area. After the Rab Ultra and Half Ultra we also offer food. There are no service stations at the finish of the Tindløpet, on top of the Tromsdalstinden.


After the race

Do you publish any photos from TMC?

If we (as organizers) have time, we try to take some photos from the start- and finish-area at the different races. These will be published on our Facebook-page. Follow us there for updates! If any spectators or participants have some good photos from the race, we are happy if you send us an email at info@msm.no.

Do I get a medal for my race at TMC?

Explo Extreme Race:

All the participants who finish the race will receive a medal. We award the top three men and women. In addition, we draw  a number of prizes by start number. New course record for men and women is awarded with NOK 1000,- each.

Rab Ultra 50K/ TMC HalfUltra 25K:

We award all finishers. In addition to this we also award the three best men and women in Rab Ultra 50K and TMC HalfUltra 25K.

TMC Tindløpet:

All participant that finish the race will be given a T-shirt for participation. In addition to this we also award the top three best men and women.

TMC Triple:

The top three best men and women who finishes the full TMC Triple will be awarded.

About Tromsø

Where should I stay during my visit in Tromsø?

Visit Tromsø lists most of the  hotels, Apartments, camping sites and other accomodation info HERE. Please note that even though almost all the hotels are located in the city centre, you should always check the location before booking. The hotels in the city centre are all within walking distance from the start- and finish-area of Midnight Sun Marathon, Polar Night Halfmarathon and the reindeer racing and lassothrowing during Samí Week.

How can I travel around Tromsø and the city center?

At  Troms Fylkestrafikk you will find info about tickets and bus routes in Tromsø. You can buy single tickets, tickets for 24hours, 7 days or 30 days within a specific area.

How can I travel to Tromsø?

If you are travelling from outside Norway to Tromsø, you have to fly to Oslo and take a connecting flight to Tromsø. The flight time from Tromsø to Oslo is approximately 2 hours and there are several daily flights.

If you wish to travel by sea, the Coastal steamer Hurtigruten arrives in Tromsø daily, and travelling within the region you can board the express boats from Harstad and Finnsnes. There are also bus Connections from the surrounding cities, such as Narvik, Bardufoss and Alta. Se more info about travelling within Troms region at the regional traffic site, Tromskortet.

What should I do or see when visiting Tromsø?

Visit Tromsø has info on all activities, attractions, accomodation, restaurants/cafes and shopping. Visit their homepage HERE. You can also download their app, Tromsø Official City App, so you can access all the information while you are on the go!

How far is it from the airport to the city center?

Tromsø is a small island, measuring ca 10km from north to south. The airport (Langnes) is located at the island itself, and with the airport Shuttlebus or taxi, it takes 10-15min to get to the city centre (some more during rush hour) . The airport Shuttlebus also stops outside most of the city hotels. Ask the driver and he will tell you which stop to get off at. All the city hotels are located in the city centre within walking distance from each other.

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