Runners and cyclists block streets

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Residents of Oslo and Bergen were facing a weekend, and even a whole week, with blocked streets and traffic disruption. The annual Oslo Marathon was bringing around 20,000 runners into the Norwegian capital, while the cycling World Championships in Bergen was set to roll until September 24.

The Oslo Marathon was to get underway Saturday morning, with nearly 3,000 running the entire marathon, another 9,115 running a half-marathon and 5,061 running “10K for Grete,” a 10-kilometer race in tribute to the late legendary Norwegian marathon runner Grete Waitz.

Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that the Oslo Marathon has lost money two years in a row despite high participation. New management has tried to improve financial planning and claimed they now had better control over costs “and the entire arrangement.”

Organizers of the cycling world championships in Bergen were relieved the SAS pilots’ strike ended before thousands were to descend on the West Coast city this weekend. Opening ceremones were set for Saturday with races beginning on Sunday. staff