This year’s Oslo Marathon and related events have attracted nearly 23,000 runners who’ll take to the streets of the Norwegian capital on Saturday. Only around 3,000, though, will run entire distance of the marathon itself, 42 kilometers.
Increasing numbers of women have signed up this year, as have runners from 78 different countries. Organizers attribute much of the jump in total participants, up from 17,738 last year, to the groups of colleagues coming from various companies that have bought spots for them on their behalf.
Events starting Saturday morning include the full marathon, a half-marathon, a 10-kilometer race in honor of Norway’s late marathon queen Grete Waitz, a three-kilometer event and one for children.
Most of the action starts in front of City Hall and heads west towards Skøyen, back again along the Oslo Fjord, through Akershus Fortress and east beyond Tøyen before ending back at the City Hall Plaza. Several streets were due to be closed to normal traffic and some public transport lines would also be disrupted.