Mountain marathon week in Åre, Sweden 2019

Mountain marathon week in Åre has grown into a real running festival with lots of races and activities for both runners, friends and family. The event took place in Åre, Sweden, July 27 – August 3, 2019. 

Åre is a small little cute town located in the north of Sweden, famous for its beautiful nature and varied mountain environment.

It’s almost become a family tradition spending our summer vacation in the mountains of Åre, Sweden, as I like to attend the mountain marathon race “Kia Fjällmaraton, 43 km, 2100D+” in the end of the week.

Here are some of activities that me and my family did together during the week.

View from Åreskutan to Åre lake, Sweden.
View from Åreskutan 1420 m, to Åre lake, Sweden.

Mountaineering at Åreskutan

My daughter Matilda says she wants to become a Skyrunner. So, she loves to come around with me in the mountains doing some easy mountaineering. We also use to bring a lunch pack eating it while enjoying the fantastic scenery together.

Matilda takes a rest in the middle of mountaineering at Åreskutan.
Matilda takes a rest in the middle of mountaineering at Åreskutan.

Running above the clouds

Combining our family vacation with training is for us perfect! Åre offers a great variety of running trails and you can find lots of running routes above tree level.

Katinka Nyberg, training at Åreskutan, Sweden
Katinka Nyberg, training at Åreskutan, Sweden

Hiking in the beautiful nature

Great hiking in Åre for you and your family! We experienced some of the hikes and there is something for everyone. Ullodalen offers very easy hikes and beautiful rivers.

Hiking in Ullodalen, Åre, Sweden
Hiking in Ullodalen, Åre, Sweden

“Ullån” had a temperature around 19 degrees and we spend a whole day here sunbathing. The kids just loved the river and the waterfalls, and it kept them busy for hours.

Sunbathing and playing in Ullån, Åre Sweden
Sunbathing and playing in Ullån, Åre Sweden

Lundhags minimaraton – Kids race

Lundhags minimaraton is a fun race for kids of about 1500 meters located in Edsåsdalen next to Åre.

My kids Tom and Matilda run the race for the third year in a row now and they just love being a part of the mountain marathon week, racing in the same way as their mother do.

Lundhags mini-marathon Edsåsdalen, Åre, Sweden
Lundhags mini-marathon Edsåsdalen, Åre, Sweden
My twins Tom and Matilda Nyberg, Lundhags mini-marathon
My twins Tom and Matilda Nyberg, Lundhags mini-marathon

Välliste runt – Mountain race for families, 13 km, 500 D+

Välliste runt it’s a great mountain race to start with if you are beginner or a “younger family member”. Unfortunately there was about 30 degrees warm this day and it was very hard for Tom and Matilda (my twins) that are only eight years old. A lot harder than they expected actually.

Tom and Matilda Välliste runt first food and drink stop after 5 km.
Tom and Matilda Välliste runt first food and drink stop after 5 km.

After many hours struggling with the heat, the kids being very tired, we finally made it to the Välliste top 9 km, 500D+, as the last, but also the two youngest participants.

Matilda almost made it to the top of Välliste 500 D+.
Matilda almost made it to the top of Välliste 500 D+.

To Mathilda’s biggest disappointment we didn’t make it in time. We were taken of the track and we had to go down in a 4-wheel vehicle the last 4 km downhill to the finish line.

Horseback riding in Ottsjö

Rest days before and after races is perfect for some outdoor family activities!

We experienced horseback riding with Iceland horses in Ottsjö. In a tough and rough mountain environment the horses took us safely both up and down the mountains, and the kids just loved it.

Horseback riding in Ottsjö, view from Hållfjället towards Ottfjället.
Horseback riding in Ottsjö, view from Hållfjället towards Ottfjället.
Horseback riding in Ottsjö, Matilda and Tom downhill from Hållfjället in full speed.
Horseback riding in Ottsjö, Matilda and Tom downhill from Hållfjället in full speed.

Peak Performence Vertical K race

Peak Performance Vertical K is 5 Km, and 1 000 meters in vertical climb from Åre square to “Åreskutan” top. Part of it is so steep, that you have to climb with ropes.

This was my first time doing the race and it was great! I did it in time 1:15 which is quite good, I think.

Finish line Vertical K, On the top of Åreskutan, Sweden
Finish line Vertical K, On the top of Åreskutan, Sweden

Swimming in Åre lake

The weather was quite good this summer, so we did a lot of swimming in Åre lake, just outside our apartment at Holliday Club.

Fredrik, Tom and Matilda enjoying Åre lake.
Fredrik, Tom and Matilda enjoying Åre lake.

Mountainbike in Åre Björnen

Åre Björnen have made some new mountain bike tracks that is a little bit easier than doing the downhill biking from Åreskutan.

Tom doing some mountain biking in Åre Björnen.
Tom doing some mountain biking in Åre Björnen.

Indoor activities

In the evening or if it is bad weather there are also some nice things to do in Åre. At Holliday Club they have an inhouse Swimming pool area, restaurants, Kids lab, bowling and pool. Kids lab is by the way a great place for the kids to hang out while I’m doing my daily training 🙂

Here we are at O’learys playing some pool.

Matilda and Tom at O'learys playing pool.
Matilda and Tom at O’learys playing pool.

“Kia fjällmaraton 43 Km, Åre”

Finally, the best part of the week, “Kia fjällmaraton Åre”. A mountain marathon race of 43 km, 2100 vertical meters.

The conditions this year were quite good, and the trail wasn’t that muddy as the year 2017, if anyone remembers that. 🙂

This time I was also so much more prepared than the year before, and I knew what it was all about. I started to train more seriously in January this year, and I also took some help from a trainer in Spain from the middle of April. If you like you can follow my training program here https://arduua.com/2019/05/07/my-mountain-marathon-training-online-program-week-1/.

Kia Fjällmaraton,, Hållfjället.
Kia Fjällmaraton,, Hållfjället.
Katinka Nyberg "Kia Fjällmaraton" finishline in Trillevallen.
Katinka Nyberg “Kia Fjällmaraton” finishline in Trillevallen.

The race was great, and it went quite well. I almost accomplished my goal and finished the race at 6:48 (which was an hour better than the year before).

Now it’s just to recharge till the next race, “Bydalens Fjällmarathon” 50km, 2900 D+, the 24 of August, which will be my greatest challenge ever.

Summary of the week

It was a great week and I will definitely recommend other Skyrunners and their families to come here and enjoy the beautiful Swedish mountains.

Happy SkyRunning!

/Katinka Nyberg

 

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