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Myvatn Marathon

The Myvatn Marathon starts and ends at Myvatn Nature Baths, and you will run around Lake Myvatn.

Particapants must be at Myvatn Nature Baths at least one hour before race.

Choose between

▪ Marathon

▪ Half Marathon

▪ 10 km and 3 km

Marathon: The road around the lake is 36.2km. The starting line is a short way from the Mývatn Nature Baths. The run will be started at 10:00 and participants must be at Mývatn Nature Baths at 9:00.

The run is from Mývatn Nature Baths, around the lake and back to Mývatn Nature Baths. The route is marked with orange paint at each kilometer. Drinking bases are every 5 km.

The entire route runs close to Lake Mývatn, which is 277 m above sea level. The route's highest elevation is near Grímsstaðir 308 m above sea level, or 31 m above the lake. The lowest part of the route is near Arnarvatn at the bridge over Laxá, 270 m above sea level, or 7 m lower than the lake. The difference between highest and lowest point is therefor about 38 m.

Half-Marathon: The run starts near Arnarvatn, which is south-west of the lake and goes past Grímsstaðir through Reykjahlíð village where it turns east onto road no 1 towards the Mývatn Nature Baths where the finish line is. The run starts at 12:00 and participants must be at Mývatn Nature Baths at 11:00.

10 km run: The run starts at Neslandavík, which is north-west of the lake and goes past Grímsstaðir through Reykjahlíð village and then turns, east onto road no 1 towards the Mývatn Nature Baths where the finish line is. The run starts at 13:00 and participants must be at Mývatn Nature Baths at 12:00.

3 km fun run: From the Mývatn Nature Baths to Reykjahlíð Village. The run starts at 13:00 and participants must be at Nature Baths at 12:00.

All contestants must carry a number on the front. At the finish line, there is a queue where numbers ate written down and organized by order of appearance. Everyone gets a medal for participation. Afterwards is the special presentation of prizes given to the gold medal winners. There will also be a variety of extra prizes which are chosen out of a pot with the numbers of all the contestants.

All participants gets medal after the run, T-shirt and free ticket to the Mývatn Nature Baths.

Registration is on www.myvatnmarathon.com

Contact info

Tel: +354 867-8723. Soffia Jonsdottir, e-mail info@visitmyvatn.is

Myvatn Marathon

Hlíðavegur 6

GPS Points N65° 38' 32.688" W16° 54' 24.655"
Telephone

+354 867-8723

Opening period All year

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