The purpose of our events

About MSM events

The Midnight Sun Marathon Foundation (MSM) was established in 1989 and organized the first Midnight Sun Marathon in 1990. Since then, MSM has become an organization that organizes various sports and cultural events in Tromsø.

Behind MSM stands Mack Ølbryggeri, lokal newspaper Mediehuset iTromsø, the TUIL Tromsdalen Friidrett, Sparebanken Nord-Norge, Troms Kraft as and Tromsø Municipality. MSMs aim to plan and conduct sports- and culture events in Tromsø, thereby making Tromsø and The Arctic known worldwide. Still organized as a foundation, MSMs’ main purpose is to ensure that our events provides the greatest possible financial contribution to sports and humanitarian purposes.

MSM organizes Polar Night Halfmarathon in January; Sami Week in February, the Arctic SnowShoe Race in March; the Midnight Sun Marathon in June; and Tromsø Mountain Challenge in August.

We give back to the sport

Our aim help spread awareness of sports for everyone, regardless of physical shape, age and personal goals. In addition to organizing sports- and cultural events, our purpose is to contribute and provide financial support to sporting and humanitarian matters, as well as promoting Tromsø and our region as an attractive destination.

Every year, we give financial support for local sport clubs. In 2019 MSM paid over one million Nok to sports- and humanitarian purposes, including four sports grants for young sports talent from the country. Every year thousands of people take the trip to the “Paris of North” to take part of Our events. For many, this is the first meeting with the Arctic and Northern Norway. Our skilled and attentive staff contribute in the creation of great and positive experiences for runners worldwide, and the runners greatly appreciate this contact with local volunteers.

The MSM Crew

Three people are working fulltime for the Events. Our manager is Nils Isaksen Hætta, Jan Schjetlein is responsible for timing and Innika De Rosa as Project Coordinator. Together with all our dedicated volunteers from local sport clubs and organizations, we aim to create a high quality race experience for you in the heart of the Arctic!