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.


Races 2019

Sjöjungfruloppet in Mariehamn 4 May. Women 5 km and 10 km.

Mercy Ships Race in Mariehamn 8 May. Run or walk – choose between 5 km and 10 km.

BrändÖluffen in the island municipality of Brändö 18 May. Half-marathon or 10 km.

Together 4 Life – race against cancer in Mariehamn 8 June. Run 10 km or 5 km, walk 5 km or 1, 5 km or take part in the relay race 3 x 1,5 km or 3 x 3,45 km for a important cause. There will be also an own race for tykes and kids: Knatteloppet 400 m (children up to 6 years) and Barnloppet 1500 m (children up to 12 years). Start and finish area are located at the market square of Mariehamn.

Käringsundsloppet in Eckerö 29–30 June. Bicycle event with both race and open series. A combined road and time trial race a bit over 170 km, as well as open class: 11 km, 33 km or 110 km on regular or electric bicycle.

Sottungaloppet 12 July – running event for both adults (4,2 km) and children (1,2 km). Run or walk – everybody is welcome,  as you are! Free admission. Start and finish right by the school Sottunga skola.

Semesterloppet in Eckerö 13 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.

Vestansundaloppet running event in Jomala 21 July. You can choose between half-marathon, 10 km and 5 km, as well as 1 km for children. Registration fee 5 €/person, kids for free. Further information and registration in Swedish on Vestansundaloppet’s homepage.

Bomarsund Open Water Challenge in Sund 10 August. Open water swim race held in in the beautiful and historic surroundings of Bomarsund. Distances: 300 m; 1,5 km and 3 km in fitness categories and 1,5 km and 3 km in race categories. Bomarsund Open Water Challenge will even this year have the status of Finnish Championship in Open Water.

Bomarsund Trail Run in Sund 10 August. The fifth year in a raw for the Trail Run race in Bomarsund, Åland. Along trails in a historic setting. Distances: 12 km (Long), 4,5 km (Short) and 1 km (Minitrail) for younger participants.

Käringsund triathlon in Eckerö 30–31 August. 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.

Åland SwimRun 13–14 September. Fitness category 15 km (Short) in Eckerö or 51 km (Long) from Havsvidden in Geta to Käringsund in Eckerö. Supersprint 3,5 km is 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 12 October. Kanonloppet is a terrain run with serveral running races and distances: Kanonloppet 22,5 km or 15 km km, Ålandsmarschen 22,5 km or 15 km, Lilla Kanonloppet 7,5 km or 3,5 km for teenagers/children, Julleloppet 1 km for children.

Åland Marathon och 1⁄2 Marathon 26 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. 

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