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Five ways to race to the end of Sweden’s summer

Five ways to race to the end of Sweden's summer
A previous Color Run. Photo: Jens Skovgaard
If you're bored by the idea of a standard 10km running event or a session at the gym, check out these incredibly inventive races still to take place in Sweden before the end of the summer. They all look very fun to watch, too.

1. Vattenfall World Triathlon Stockholm

Sweden’s largest triathlon race takes place in the heart of the Swedish capital as participants swim, cycle and run their way to victory. Starting in the waters just off Kungsholmen island, racers then cycle to Langholmen and Södermalm islands, before running to the end of the race at the Royal Palace in Stockholm's old town (Gamla Stan). 4000 people in total are set to take part to one of the toughest and exciting competitions this year.

Date: August 22rd – 23rd


Photo: Vattenfall World Triathlon Stockholm

2. Skateathon

One of the coolest and most unique races of the year will take place on August 29th. Skateboarders and Longboarders will reunite for the second year in a row, to push the 12km race. Filled with exciting challenges and experiences, the event will take place around Kungsholmen (Stockholm’s biggest island) and finish at Rålamnshovsparken, one of Sweden's most popular parks. The competition will be inviting anyone who can stand on a skateboard, as no special tricks are needed! 

Date: August 29th


Photo: Skateathon

3. Ö till Ö

Celebrating its 10th anniversary on September 7th the Swimrun World Championship (historically known as Ö till Ö) is a tough endurance race for fans of the fast-growing sport of “swim run”. Teams of two race 75kmof which 65km is made up of trail running and 10km involves open-water swimming among 26 islands. Starting by the Seglarhotel in Sandhamn in Stockholm's archipelago and finishing on the island of Utö, the race takes in some of the most stunning spots in the region.

Date: September 7th 


Photo: Ö till Ö

4. Tiejmilen  

Stockholm will celebrate the 32nd annual event of the biggest women-only race in Scandinavia. The fascinating event gets going at 1pm on September 5th, and is set to attract 34,000 competitive participants. Women runners will be racing the 10km through the spectacular parks around Gärdet and Djurgården in Stockholm. For sure one of the most exciting and exceptional races this year!

Date:  September 5th 


Photo: Tjejmilen

5. The Color Run

The Color Run is an unusual race that involves participants getting painted along the way and is designed to celebrate healthiness, happiness and individuality. Last year its organisers hosted over 300 events in more than 50 different countries. In 2015, Sweden is hosting Color Run events in Gävle, Gothenburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Lund and Uppsala during August and September. The biggest will take place on the evening of September 11th, when thousands of participants will illuminate Stockholm's streets and skies. 

Date: August 29th, September 9th, 11th ,18th, 19th, 26th 


Photo: Jens Skovgaard