ARCTIC FESTIVAL IN LIGHT AND DARKNESS
“The Midnight Sun Marathon is the symbol of ability, endurance and the joy of being able to move forward on two legs, feeling the blood circulating in your body, the lactic acid making your muscles ache and contributing to the gloom taking over as your strength is about to disappear. But replaced by joy, new optimism and energy as you cross the finish line and feel lucky and happy, not least because you have completed the race. All in beautiful night light, interspersed with the Midnight Sun. Or in the winter darkness with the Northern Lights dancing in the sky during the Polar Night Half Marathon.”
is the former executive editor of both newspapers in Tromsø, Nordlys and iTromsø. He has written numerous local history books, including about Tromsø’s sports history and North Norwegian football history. During the first 10 years of the Midnight Sun Marathon, Hansen participated in the half marathon, 10 km or mini marathon distances.
This book was written in connection with the 30-year anniversary of Midnight Sun Marathon in 2019. It gathers the development of the arctic festival, the people behind and some of the stories that contributed to make this event so special for so many. In Norwegian and English.