Nearly 50,000 runners from all over Norway were heading into Oslo during the weekend to compete in an annual relay race from downtown, up to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and back again. A total of 3,080 teams had registered for the relay race by Friday, with 15 runners on each.
Never before have so many taken part in the race called Holmenkollstafetten, reports newspaper Aftenposten. The last record was set in 2012, when a total of 2,752 teams ran the race.
There’s an ongoing increase in the number of companies taking part in the traditional race, which was arranged for the first time 91 years ago. It was suspended during the war years and when Bislett Stadium, where the race starts and ends, was undergoing renovations. This year’s race on Saturday is the 84th and teams, many made up of work colleagues, are coming from around the country and Sweden.
For a visual presentation of the race route, which offers a unique tour of Oslo, click here (external link, audio in Norwegian). Race organizers warned of traffic disruptions along the route from around noon until 4pm.