May 30, 2013

Stockholm Marathon 2013

Runners at “Nybroplan” just in front of the Royal Dramatic Theatre
Photo: Martin Ekequist.
(EDIT: from 2013- see updated information by clicking here) Always a fun weekend here in Stockholm when the annual Stockholm Marathon is held. This year the marathon falls on Saturday, June 1st and it is bigger than ever with over 21,700 runners from 81 countries partaking in the race. The race starts at noon and both the start and finish lines are at Stadion, the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Stadium. The finish line "closes" at 6:10pm and the marathon is comprised of two laps around and through the city.
The start is just outside the Stockholm Olympic Stadium.
Photo: Martin Ekequist. 
If you are running, there are 16 refreshment stands spaced out along the course. If you are planning on being a spectator, then there are plenty of great spots throughout the city to watch the runners. Click here for course map. Actually, it will be hard to avoid seeing the runners on this day if you are visiting Stockholm. Keep in mind that you should avoid driving or taking a bus or taxi during the day as many streets will be closed off. Stick to walking, ferries and/or subways! If you are going to the airport during the day... plan accordingly and give yourself some extra time. Another thing to think about, as a visitor, is that there will be (due to the recent Boston Marathon bombings) additional security throughout the city and airports.
Activities for runners and spectators outside the Stockholm Central Railway Station.
Photo: Martin Ekequist.
One good thing to know is that, if you are running in the race, you have free access to all subways, commuter trains and busses throughout the day. Just show your running bib or registration card. Getting from the Rival Hotel to the start/finish line at Stadion is very easy... take the subway (red line in the direction of Mörby Centrum) 5 stations to the Stadion station. Good luck runners!

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