Races in the unique archipelago landscape 2018
It’s popular to combine holidays or a shorter break with exercise and races. Åland has many races to choose from – and afterwards you can reward yourself with the nature and culinary experiences Åland has to offer.
The locals are active and Åland is the region of Europe that has the most sports facilities per capita. There are running and cycle races of different lengths and with different features, as well as other sports events for all tastes, for both amateurs and professionals, and the events are spread throughout the year.
Sjöjungfruloppet in Mariehamn 5 May. Women 5 km and 10 km.
BrändÖluffen in the island municipality of Brändö 19 May. Half-marathon or 10 km.
Together 4 Life – race against cancer in Mariehamn 9 June. Run 10 km or 5 km, walk 5 km or 1, 5 km or take part in the relay race 3 x 3,5 km for a important cause. There will be also an own race for tykes and kids: Knattelopp 400 m (children up to 6 years) and Barnlopp 1500 m (children up to 12 years). Start and finish area are located at the market square of Mariehamn.
Käringsundsloppet in Eckerö 30 June. Bicycle event with both race and open series. A combined road and time trial race approx. 165 km, as well as open class: 10 km, 33 km or 85 km. For children 10 km.
Semesterloppet in Eckerö 14 July – exercise for the whole family. Run, jog or walk – all ways are good ways. Distances: 12 km, 8 km or 4 km, for children approximately 1km.
Bomarsund Open Water Challenge in Sund 4 August. Open water swimming event in the scenic and historic surroundings of Bomarsund. Open water swim 1500 m and 3000 m for both amateurs and licensed swimmers. Fitness category, as well as race categories for women and men. Year 2017 Bomarsund Open Water Challenge got Finnish Championship status.
Bomarsund Trail Run in Sund 4 August. The fourth year in a raw for the Trail Run race in Bomarsund, Åland. Along trails in a historic setting. Distances: 12 km or 4,5 km. New for 2018 is a shorter and easier route for younger participants.
Käringsund triathlon in Eckerö 31 August –1 September. Race and fitness categories in supersprint, olympic- and halfdistance as well as a mini-triathlon for kids and toddlers. Also elite, women, company and family classes. Käringsund Triathlon is the first scandinavian qualifying race, to be added to the Escape TO Alcatraz Triathlon Series.
Käringsund Aquathlon Special is a race for children and adults with disabilities. We want everyone to be able to take part of the event. During 2017-18 Käringsund will be proud organizer of the Open Finnish Championships in Olympic distance for adults, incl. paratriathlon and youth 19–23 years, as well as in supersprint for youth 15–17 years.
Åland SwimRun 22 September. Fitness category 14 km in Eckerö or 48 km from Havsvidden in Geta to Käringsund in Eckerö. SUPERSPRINT, a shorter and beginner-friendly route for the older kids in the family or for everyone who wants to try the sport.
Kanonloppet and Ålandsmarschen 13 October. Kanonloppet is a terrain run with serveral running races and distances: Kanonloppet 19 km, Kanonloppet 19 km for mountain bikes, Ålandsmarschen 19km or 12 km, Lilla Kanonloppet 7,5 km or 3,5 km for teenagers, Julleloppet 1 km for children.
Åland Marathon och 1⁄2 Marathon 27 October. Start and finish near Hotel Arkipelag in Mariehamn. Choose between marathon, half marathon, 10 km and 5 km.
Nyårsruset in Mariehamn 31 December. Start and finish right by the swimming centre Mariebad. Distances 7,4 km or 9,5 km.