Info PolarNight Marathon

Before the race

Registration fee

The prices for participation in our events vary depending on when you sign up and the distance you will be running. It pays to be early, so you get a lower registration fee for our two biggest events. Do you want to sign up? Go to the registration page

DistanceFee until 01.03.2024From 1.03.2024From 03.05.2024From 1.11.2024From 1.01.2025
Mørketidstrim
(5 km)
NOK 365NOK 415NOK 465NOK 520NOK 620
Mørketidsmila (10 km)NOK 520NOK 570NOK 620NOK 720NOK 820
Mørketidsmila (10 km)
Coop member
NOK 416NOK 456NOK 496NOK 576NOK 656
PolarNight Half MarathonNOK 650NOK 700,-NOK 750NOK 830NOK 930
Ishavskraft MarathonNOK 1,245NOK 1,350NOK 1,550NOK 1550NOK 1650
Prices 2025

Start number distribution, Information and MSM shop

The MSM secretary is located at Rødbanken in the center of Tromsø.

Opening hours

Friday 18:00-21:00
Saturday 11:00-18:00

Start number distribution

Friday 18:00-21:00
Saturday 11:00 - approx. 30 minutes before the start
Please bring your ID and confirmation mail that you will receive approx. 2 weeks before the race.

Information

Friday 18:00-21:00
Saturday 11:00-17:00

MSM shop:

Here we sell official clothing for Midnight Sun Marathon, produced by our partner Trimtex. Here you can also pick up pre-ordered orders

Friday 18:00-21:00
Saturday 11:00-17:00

Age limits and class divisions

Age limits
5km no age limit
10km from 12 years
21.1kmfrom 15 years
42.2km from 18 years of age.
Age and class are determined by year of birth, not date of birth

Class classification

Marathon, men/women:

18-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-6465-6970-7475+
Age is stated in years

Mizuno Half Marathon, men/women:

15-1718-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-6465-6970-7475+
Age is stated in years

Coop Mila (10km), men/women:

12-1415-1718-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-6465-6970-7475+
Age is stated in years

NOTE: Your age group is calculated based on your year of birth, not date. This means that if you turn 18 in the year you are running the marathon, you are old enough to participate.

Registered but unable to attend?

Your order is binding and non-refundable after purchase. Read our terms and conditions here

Transfers are only possible in the event of illness or injury confirmed by a medical certificate. An administration fee of NOK. 100,- must be paid, and a medical certificate must be sent to us no later than one week after the race. Link to transfer can be found here.

Change distance?

If you want to change the distance BEFORE we have assigned you a start number, you can send us an email at info@msm.no. It is usually no problem to change to a shorter distance as long as we have available start numbers. It is usually possible to change to a longer distance by paying the difference between the registration fees, as long as we have available bibs.

If you want to change the distance AFTER we have assigned you a start number, you must first pick up your assigned start number, then refer you to the help desk in the start number distribution. Here you can change the distance if there are available start numbers.

On race day

Luggage storage

Restrooms and luggage storage are open from 14:00 to 18:30 at Kulturhuset. Luggage must be marked with the number tag on the start number before handing it in. The bib number is used as a receipt when handing in your luggage. It is not permitted to hand in large packages or luggage for storage.

Please note that long queues form in the baggage storage before the start, so we encourage runners to drop off their luggage/clothes in good time. Please note that luggage is delivered at your own risk, and we will not replace any luggage/valuables that are lost during the race. Clothes and items left in the start area will not be taken care of.

Time limits

The maximum time for the PolarNight Half Marathon distance is 3 hours.

The maximum time for the Ishavskraft Marathon distance is 5 hours. You are also obliged to finish the race if you do not reach approximately halfway (20 km) after 2 hours 25 minutes.

The course is marked with kilometer markers every five km along the course. The last five kilometers to the finish are marked every kilometer (countdown). Otherwise, the course is marked with torches, weather permitting. There are course guards at all intersections. All guards are equipped with MSM reflective vests.

Drinking stations

Polar Night Half Marathon: At 5 km, about 10 km, about 16 km and after the finish. Mørketidsmila: At 5km and after the finish. Mørketidstrimmen (5km): After the finish.

Ishavskraft Marathon: At approximately 10 km, 20 km, 32 km and 37 km.

Water and Maxim sports drinks are served at all drinking stations. In addition, warm cordial at the finish line.

Toilets

Toilets are only available before the start and after the finish near the start area. There are no toilets on the course.

Required Equipment

Equipment is only required for Ishavskraft Marathon. Runners must bring the following

  • - Headlamp with fully charged battery
  • - Reflective vest (this will be handed out together with the start number)

Recommended clothing and shoes

The weather in January can vary a lot here north of the Arctic Circle. Everything from several degrees above zero to double-digit degrees below zero. Check yr.no or pent.no during the week to see what the weather will be like.

Recommended clothing

The temperature can vary a lot in January, and we recommend that you check Yr.no or Pent.no for an updated weather forecast as the race approaches. In general, the temperature is between 5 degrees plus and 15 degrees minus, and often around zero degrees. These are our recommendations for clothing and shoes based on the temperatures and conditions. Please note that this advice is based on local runners who are used to the weather, and if you're coming straight from a warm climate, you may need to dress warmer. These recommendations apply if you are running at medium to high intensity. Please note that lower intensity running will require more clothing.

0 - 5 degrees: Tights, wool socks, long sleeve technical shirt, windbreaker, buff, gloves, headband/hat 0 - -10 degrees: Tights, wool socks, wool underwear, long sleeve wool shirt, vest or singlet, windbreaker, buff, mittens, headband/hat -10 degrees and colder: Tights (some prefer a technical or wool layer underneath), wool socks, wool underwear, long sleeve wool shirt, vest or singlet, thin technical fleece jacket (if it is very cold or windy), windbreaker, buff, gloves, mittens, headband

Recommended shoes

Every year, the discussion at the City Hall is lively when the runners collect their start numbers - should you run with spiked shoes or without spikes? Follow us on social media for updates on conditions on the course the week before the race and on race day.

Ice: The most challenging conditions. We put sand on the ground, but if it's warm and icy, we recommend running with shoes with spikes or with stingers or chains.

Dry snow: Great conditions. Off-road shoes work very well in these conditions, otherwise road shoes with a more grippy sole work well.

Dry asphalt: It happened in 2019! Bring your Alpha Fly shoes with you!

After the race

Awards and medals

All participants who complete the race receive a medal at the finish line.

Prizes will be awarded to the 3 best men and women for Mørketidsmila, PolarNight Halfmarathon and Ishavskraft Marathon.

Prizes will be awarded to class winners men/women for the distance PolarNight Halfmarathon. The classes are: 16-17 years/ 18-34 years/ 35-39 years/ 40-44 years/ 45-49 years/ 50-54 years/ 55-59 years/ 60-64 years/ 65-69 years/70-74 years/ 75 years and over.

Mørketidstrimmen 5km: Timing, but no ranking.

The award ceremony will be held on race day at Scandic Ishavshotell(see on map) at 19:30.

Photos

Photographers

We have photographers who take pictures for us during the race, both on the course and at the finish line. Since our photographers move around during the race, we have no guarantee that we will get pictures of all the runners. The photos will be published on Facebook a few days after the race, as soon as we are up to date. 

Follow us on Facebook to get our latest updates!

Marathon photos

If Marathon Photos is present, we will take pictures of all participants at the finish line and send out offers of photo packages to all participants after the event.