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The Reykjavik Marathon for 30 years

The 2013 Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon will be held on the 24th of August and online registration will start here at marathon.is on next January 9th. This will be for the thirtieth time that the Reykjavik Marathon takes place but the run has been held every year since the year 1984.

Planning has already begun at the Reykjavik Marathon office and it can be expected that this yearly runners celebration will be even more magnificent at the anniversary year. We encourage you not to miss out on the 2013 Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon!
Registration fees for the 2013 Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon have not yet been published but will be published in the menu bar above as it comes closer to the opening of the online registration as well as information about registration, the program and etc.

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A fantastic race day

The 29th Reykjavik Marathon took place today. The weather was ideal for running, the runners were happy and the day was a total success.

Arnar Petursson won the marathon for the second year in a row when he crossed the finish line after 2:41:06. Mary Brown was the female marathon winner and her time was 3:04:03.

The fastest half marathon runner was Þorbergur Ingi Jónsson. His time was 1:09:23. The fastest woman to finish the half marathon was Martha Ernstsdóttir with the time 1:11:40. Martha holds the track record in half marathon for females, that is 1:11:40 from the year 2005. 

Björn Margeirsson was the male winner in the 10 km run, his time being 32:48. Fríða Rún Þórðardóttir was the female winner in the 10 km run, her time being 38:40.

The team Sveittir og Þreyttir (english Sweaty and Tired) won the relay race. Their time was 2:42:42.

Click here for further results from the Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon 2012.

What speed do you plan to be running at?

In the Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon 2012 runners are offered help to reach their goals in the 10 km run, halfmarathon and marathon. Pace makers will these distances at an even speed. They will be wearing marked vests and carrying balloons so that runners can follow them. 

Pace makers have been offered in the Reykjavik Marathon since the year 2009. Then it was available for participants in in the 10 km run and were runners very pleased with this. Therefore pace makers have been a part of the Reykjavik Marathon since. In the run 2010 pace makers were both in half marathon and 10 km. Last year pace makers were also added to the marathon.

The pace makers are all trained runners that will run at the following times:

10 km

45 minutes Gísli Páll Reynisson og Þorsteinn Magnússon
50 minutes Björn Ragnarsson og Daði Garðarsson
55 minutes Ásta Laufey Aðalsteinsdóttir og Borghildur Valgeirsdóttir
60 minutes Svanhildur Þengilsdóttir og Þóra Björg Magnúsdóttir


1 hour and 45 minutes Margrét Elíasdóttir og Sigurður Sigurðsson
1 hour and 50 minutes Alma María Rögnvaldsdóttir og Sigurður Þórarinsson
1 hour and 55 minutes Árni Gústafsson og Pétur Valdimarsson
2 hours Elín Reed og Hafdís Reinaldsdóttir


4 hours Guðmundur Guðnason og Sigurjón Sigurbjörnsson

The pace makers will line up in Lækjargata having a good gap between them. Those who are going fast will place themselves in the front and those who are going slower will place themselves further back. Runners are advised to place themselves behind the pace maker they plan to follow. On the following picture you can see the placement and color of the pace areas. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Online registration has ended

The Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon 2012 will take place on Saturday the 18th of August.

Online registration for the run has now ended. Those interested in registering can register for the race at the EXPO, held on August 17th between 10:00 and 19:00. At the EXPO all participants will receive their race package as well as being invited to a Barilla pasta feast between 16:00 and 19:00. Click here for more information about the EXPO.  

If you are wondering if you should take part in the 2012 Reykjavik Marathon we recommend you read stories from our runners here on the web. The photos from last year can also give you a good idea about the atmosphere in the race.

Tour operators around the world organize trips to Reykjavik Marathon. Click here to see a list of recommended tour operators.

Photos from the race day

The 2011 Reykjavik Marathon took place last Saturday. The weather was amazing and absolutely perfect for running. There were a lot of photographers taking photos of the happy runners all around town.

Reykjavik Marathon had two photographers taking photos both on the course and at the finishing area. Click here to view the photos and here to view the photos on Facebook.

ASI Photo / Brightroom had four photographers in Reykjavik on Saturday. They took photos of almost every runner. You can search their photos by bib number or last name. Click here to view the photos.

Hlaup.is is a popular website in Iceland for runners. Hlaup.is has a lot of nice photos from Saturday sorted by finishing times. Click here to view the photos.

Beautiful day

The 28th Reykjavik Marathon took place today. The weather was perfect for running, almost no wind and the sun was shining.

Veronika Sigridur Bjarnadottir and Arnar Petursson where the fastest marathon runners this year. Kári Steinn Karlsson and Rannveig Oddsdóttir, finished first in the half marathon and in the 10k Arndis Yr Hafthorsdottir and Thorbergur Ingi Jonsson where the winners. Kari Steinn set a new Icelandic record in the half marathon, he ran the 21k on 1:05:35. Click here for further results and here for personal results made by RunPix.

12.481 runners registered for the Reykjavik Marathon this year. That is a new participation record. 684 where registered for the marathon, 1852 for the half marathon, 4.431 for the 10k, 33 teams and 116 runners for the relay race, 1.970 for the 3k fun run and 3.428 children for the Lazy Town run. Around 1.400 international runners participated in the race which is also a new record.

Thank you for running with us today – we hope you enjoyed it!

Good luck and have fun!

The 2011 Reykjavik Marathon takes place today. 12.213 runners are registered in all six distances but the number of participants might get higher when registration finishes later today.

The Reykjavik Marathon starts and ends in the city center of Reykjavik. Click here to view information about the timetable at the start/finishing area on race day.

After the race we recommend that runners visit one of Reykjavik´s fantastic geothermal baths and pools. A one free entry to one of the pools is included in the entry fee. Click here to find information about the geothermal baths and pools in Iceland and here to see the opening hours of the pools in Reykjavik.

Reykjavik Culture Night has become an essential part of cultural life in Iceland, with thousands of people strolling the streets of the city on this exciting and eventful night. The Culture Night takes place on the same day as Reykjavik Marathon. Click here to find further information about the Culture Night and it´s program.

Here on marathon.is your fans, friends and family can follow you “live” while you run. Click here for a link to the split times and preliminary results updated every minute on race day from 8:40-14:40. Official results will be published on the web no later than at 16:00 on race day. Some photos will be available on the web on Sunday afternoon and more will photos will be added the following days.

Good luck and have fun dear runners!

About Reykjavik Sports Union

The Reykjavik Sports Union was established in 1944 and is the association of sports clubs in Reykjavik. The Reykjavik Sports Union organizes six sports events every year: Íslandsbanki Reykjavík Marathon in August, Laugavegur Ultra Marathon in July, Suzuki Midnight Sun Run and WOW Tour of Reykjavik in June, WOW Northern Lights Run in February and WOW Reykjavik International Games in January.