Running the Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromsø, Norway
Once a year hundreds of runners from around the world flock to Tromso, Norway, a place north enough to be Santa's neighbor, for a marathon experience unlike any other. The Midnight Sun Marathon starts at 9pm when the sun is still in the center of the sky. Runners race through the quaint city center of Tromso and across the "Tromsøbrua" bridge, that connects the town with the mainland. Considered the "capital of the Arctic," Tromso is lively, cultural and surrounded by mountains, fjords, and islands. For two months from July to May, the sun never sets in this part of the world.
Racing beneath the Midnight sun, I felt connected with nature and at one with this incredible phenomenon. Unlike many loud and rowdy races in the U.S., the Midnight Sun Marathon was peaceful and at times relatively quiet, except for the local Norwegians who would step outside their homes to bang instruments and cheer me on as I ran by, creating an authentic cultural experience I wouldn't have traded for even thousands of screaming fans.