Welcome to Bergen – the City of Marathons …
… and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Bergen is "heaven on earth" for runners. Not too hot in the summer and a mild climate during the winter. Even at wintertime, the tracks are often free from snow and ice.
The races are organized by a group of passionate runners, the atmosphere is informal and friendly.
The main race course follows a former railway track most of the way. The surface is asphalt, not too steep hills and beautiful surroundings. It is a half marathon course which is run twice for a full marathon. You find the course map here.This course is used for all races except for Bergen Skogsmaraton- Bergen Forest Marathon.
Please check dates with us before you make binding travel arrangements for races more than 3 months ahead- it may happen that we have to change a race date- although it has happened only once in 10 years.
The race is starting and finishing at Fana Stadion, 12 km from the centre of Bergen and 6 km from Bergen Airport. Fana stadion is the location for
- Race and chip handout
- Payment and registration
- Valuable/luggage deposit
- Prize ceremony
Food and drink on the route
There is water, sports drink, bananas etc along the route as indicated on the map, approximately 4 km between each depot.
Start times and fees 2016
(Except Bergen Skogsmaraton/ Bergen Forest Marathon):
100 km starts at 09.00 am. NOK 500.-
1.5 marathon starts at 11.00 am. NOK 500.-
½ and 1/1 marathon start at 12.00 mid day. NOK 300.- and 350.- respectively.
10 km starts at 12. NOK 250. This distance is for runners aged 60 years or more.
Bergen Skogsmaraton starts at 11.00
Chip rental fee:
In addition, there is a chip rental fee of NOK 50. If you already have an Emit chip
, you can use it, in that case we need your chip number (7 digits) before the race.
Norwegian Athletics Association (Norges Friidrettsforbund) requires a license fee of NOK 40 pr runner/NOK 50 for distances longer than marathon.If you are a member of a Norwegian club, you may choose to pay an annual license.
Example: You are running half marathon, register in advance and want to rent a chip:
Total amount to be paid: NOK 300+50+40=390.
If you are a member of Kondis (Norwegian association of endurance sports), you get a reduced registration fee.
Age limits and -grouping
Half marathon runners have to be older than 16 years or turning 16 within the calendar year. The age limit for longer distances (including marathon) is 18 years.
Age groups: 16-17, 18-19, 20-22, 23-24, 35-39 and 5 year groups thereafter – men and women. The year of birth (not date of birth) determines the age group.
Waivers of responsibility
Please note that our races are strictly non commercial. We cannot help you with invitation letter or visa to Norway, nor pay for your travel, hotel etc.
Souvenir prizes (engraved drinking glasses) for all finishers, special prizes (cups and/or money) for the best runners and more prizes to randomly selected finishers.
In addition we offer a special cup for those who run five races during the year - see the picture on the front page "5 on Bergen ground". In addition to the above mentioned runs, also Fanaløpet can count as one run.
Advance registration within Tuesday before race day, 19.00 (7.00 PM), Norwegian time
You may also register on the race day, up until 20 minutes before start, against an additional fee of NOK 100.-
- Which race (race date) you are registering for
- The distance you intend to run (NB 10 km only for 60+ years)
- Your name
- Year of birth
- If applicable, the name of your club, and whether you are a member of Kondis.
You will get an e-mail back confirming your entry.
You can pay cash when you pick up the race number, or pay by bank transfer in advance. If you pay on race day, please note that we accept cash only.
Bank transfer may be done min. 10 days before the race to
DNB NOR BANK ASA, 0021, Norway
Account no 34112738500
Account name Friidrettsklubben BFG Bergen/Maratonkarusellen
Mail address for Maratonkarusellen:
Box 99 , Rådal
From the airport: You will find buses leaving outside the main entrance of the airport about every 15 minutes (www.flybussen.no).
From the city center: By taking one of the very frequent Bybanen trains (Bergen Light Railway), you get to Lagunen which is 5-10 minutes walk from the stadium. For updated information, use the search function on Skyss.no
When you get to Lagunen station, go down the stairs, go straight ahead, cross the street, walk past Shell and McDonalds, and turn left in the roundabout (towards Fana/Krokeide). Cross the street and follow the sign to Fana Stadion.
We recommend leaving town two and a half hours before the start, to allow for registration, changing and warming up.
For other transport enquiries, please call 177 or the reception desk of your hotel.
There are manycheap motels etc. not far away from the bus station, whereas the hotels near the race are all business hotels. The hotels nearest to the airport and race location are:
Clarion Hotel Bergen Airport (our sponsor -walking distance from the airport).
Quality Hotel Edvard Grieg (2 km from Fana stadion)
Bergen Airport Scandic (3 km from Fana stadion)
Thon Hotel Bergen Airport (3 km from Fana stadion)
The Airport bus stops at the central bus station, and after that at the main hotels in Bergen. Ask the driver.