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EcoTrail Oslo

25-May-2019 Oslo, Norway

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80KM / 50Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 45KM/28M

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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Aude

07:20 25-05-17

The EcoTrail Oslo is a good race, offering several distances : 20k, 30k, 45k and 80k.
It's based on EcoTrail principles of running in the nature, which is so nice, especially as Norway has of wonderful nature easily accessible from town via public transportation.

But to be honest, a lot of improvement has to be done to make it not only good but great :
- the distances : the tracks were nice, but for all of them there were miscalculation regarding the distances. The shorter one was originally a 18k one, but organisers notified participants few months in advance that it would actually be a 20k... which turned out to be a 21k in the end. Same stuff for the 30, 45 and 80 tracks.
- the tracks : dirty roads and technical paths were awesome. I signed up for the 30k, and really enjoyed the scenery & the mud (it had been raining for three days in Oslo prior to the event), going uphill, downhill, etc. But more than a 1/3 (approx. 10k in total) of the track was actually asphalt, which in my opinion was really disappointing.
- the water/food station : ok, I must admit that nobody runs an EcoTrail expecting a big feast at every refuel station, but that was more than poor, I must say.
On the 30k track, there was a water/food station after 10k, serving a bit of water & bananas. The announced Gluten Free waffles weren't ready by the time I passed by, so I skipped it, thinking I would get a refuel at next station. That one was supposed to stand at kilometer 21, and was actually hidden & remote, consisting only in water provision.
Then, upon arrival, I couldn't find the so called delicious Gluten Free Eco soup supposedly served to all participants after finish line... well, I got my medal and smiled at the photograph cause I was happy anyways.
- the organisation/communication : it was ok, but things should be stated more clearly, or better indicated. The marks on the last 10k in town were not enough visible, so I lost a lot of time looking at the right track (and was often directed by holidayers saying "that way ! that way !". Same confusion for the mega sauna upon arrival which wasn't free actually...

Well, it all went fine & I'm happy to have participated, but I'm not sure I will sign up again next year.

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