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How long does it take?

March 16, 2018 | 11:43 am

We have looked at running times between Karasjok and Alta for the past decade of Finnmarksløpet. The average time used is 11 hours and 30 minutes.

Inger-Marie Haaland is the current record holder on the distance from Karasjok to Alta. (Photo: Therese N. Andersen)

The trail between Karasjok and Alta has been more or less the same for the past decade. Is is therefore interesting to take a look at the running times on this distance from the past couple of years. Below, you will see an overview over the time the winners of the respective years have taken to cover the distance.

2017: Petter Jahnsen – 10 hours and 23 minutes
2016: Petter Karlsson – 10 hours and 49 minutes
2015: Sigrid Ekran – 10 hours and 49 minutes
2014: Sigrid Ekran – 13 hours and 57 minutes
2013: Thomas Wærner – 12 hours and 11 minutes
2012: Inger-Marie Haaland – 12 hours and 8 minutes
2011: Roger Dahl – 11 hours and 52 minutes
2010: Ralph Johannessen – 10 hours and 48 minutes
2009: Inger-Marie Haaland – 10 hours and 7 minutes
2008: Harald Tunheim – 12 hours and 1 minute

The average time spent on the distance during the past decade is approximately 11 hours and 30 minutes.

Petter Karlsson left Karasjok at 08:45 CET this morning.

However, there are several factors making this little more than a qualified guess. For instance, this year is the first year ever that the entire distance of the race is 1,200 km/745 mi, which means that the teams have been on the trails longer and covered a longer distance prior to arriving in Levajok on their way back to Alta. Secondly, we see that times vary significantly over the years, which can be explained by various weather and trail conditions.

The only thing that is certain, is that it will be incredibly exciting to follow the finishing stages of this year’s race, and they are rapidly approaching.

If you are in Alta or nearby, we strongly encourage you  to show up on the High Street towards Friday evening (CET) to greet the winner, who is likely to arrive some time between 20 and 22 hrs (CET) tonight.

If you live abroad, we recommend our Alta/finish line webcam as well as our Facebook livestream.