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We are now accepting applications!

February 02 2016

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Test yourself north of the Arctic Circle in the majestic terrain, racing 250 of the world’s best ultra-runners and the midnight sun for all of the 122km route. Ascend a net total of 5,500 meters above the Norwegian sea through plateaus and valleys, past fjords and rivers. Take on vast green mountains in the heart of the island and skim the beaches that line it.

The fourth edition of Salomon Xreid takes us on a journey deep into Norway’s most photogenic landscapes to explore our limits under the midnight sun. Run through three checkpoints scattered on Norway’s second largest island, Senja, placed at Kaperfossen (44 k), CP2 Helvetesfoss (84 k) and finally CP3 Ersfjord (108 k) to join the elite club of those who can claim victory over the Salomon Xreid.

Now is your chance to make it happen. Before you can book your ticket and join the experience of a lifetime, you’ll need to apply. Here’s how:


1) Read our race manual - http://www.xreid.com/v4/race
2) Fill out the application form found here: https://goo.gl/13ObTR

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Expand Your Playground

September 25 2015

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So far all editions of Salomon Xreid have been different, the first year we launched this experience with a distance of 155 k.
The next year we followed up with a 123 k distance and in 2015 all participants experienced 128 remote kilometers of the best Hardangervidda had to offer.
Three years – three different routes, but with the same mountain finish.

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No boundaries
Our vision when we created Salomon Xreid was to create something different, a race without a course record - a race where providing you with experiences you will share with your grandchildren with joy and pride when you are 80 years old was the main objective. We now realize that to stay true to our vision, we will have to expand our playground. By doing so, we are able to provide you with the opportunity for being a part of our experience year after year knowing you will have new playgrounds to explore. Our vision is to create races with no boundaries.

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Hot of the press – 2016

So, what to expect in 2016?

We will not be at Hardangervidda, but we will for sure be in Norway.

The date for next years race will be Friday July 1st – Sunday July 3rd.

The experience will be limited to 200 participants.

There will be an individual and a team class.

The distance of next year’s event will be within the 100 – 160 k range.

The route will not be marked, but will mainly follow established trails.

The application process
The race manual will be launched December 20th. Before you apply for this event, you should read this document carefully.

The application process will be open from January 2nd – January 9th. The application process will not be a first come – first serve process. If more than 200 applications received, there will be a lottery among the qualified appliers.

If you want to stay updated – sign up to our newsletter here: Sign up newsletter

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Ultrarunners battled Hardangervidda

July 06 2015

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The Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda takes athletes over and across the remote plains atop the majestic and mighty mountain plateau in the beautiful heart of Norway. The course is long, rugged and puts even the most seasoned runners to the test!

Following marked trails across the vast plateau, the athletes had to navigate by GPS and check in at five checkpoints en route before ascending the stunning Mount Gaustatoppen and crossing the finish line 1 883 metres above sea level.


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The winner
70 runners completed the journey, but there was one who outclassed them all. Having led the race right from the start, 44-year-old Paul Raistrick from the UK crossed the finish line at 4:02 am Saturday morning with an impressive finishing time of 16 hours and 2 minutes.

“I ran with two other guys for about 30 k and then I just decided to go for a solo run. The final kilometres were extremely challenging, but I was able to keep up a solid speed. To cover such a distance in a remote landscape was a huge experience,” says a proud Paul Raistrick.


In second place, 1 hour and 16 minutes after Paul, came the Norwegian, Robert Sørlie. 46 minutes after him, came yet another Norwegian, John Henry Strupstad.

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First woman up
At 12:21 on Saturday, Åslaug Golf Kaardal reached the finish line at the summit!

“It was a really hard experience, but my mountaineering background gave me an advantage. I really enjoyed the scenery and remote feeling out there. Combined with the sunrise at the plateau at the end, I felt at one with nature,” says a happy winner Åslaug Golf Kaardal.

Navigation and wild reindeer
All participants running this event need to navigate with a GPS to find their way from start to finish. The race cross Hardangervidda National Park and the regulations for both runners and organizers are strict.

“We cannot mark the route, as they do in traditional running events,” says Race Director Fredrik Mandt. “This regulation adds more to the experience for sure! In addition to covering the distance, the runners need to navigate and stay focused for the entire 128 k.”

The Hardangervidda plateau is also home to the largest population of wild reindeer in Northern Europe and if the runners are interrupting the reindeer the route will be changed. “We believe this is a great part of our race. We are not crossing the plateau unless the wild reindeer are out of sight, and if we interrupt them, we simply have to extend our race,” says Mandt.

It is a sentiment that says it all. Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda is more than just a race, it is an experience: a chance to immerse yourself in nature and get lost in the majesty that is the heart of the iconic Norwegian wilderness!

Download the results from Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda 2015 here: Results SXH 2015

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Be supported

June 27 2015

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If your plan for Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda include family and friends as support, this article might help you plan the logistics. If you bring family or friends as support we will advice you to drive and check-in directly at Ustaoset.

Make sure your support crew have read the following information:
- Friendly spots with access to roads along the route: Kalhovd and Vemork.
- If family or friends support you at checkpoint Kalhovd and Vemork they are allowed to take care of your special need bags.
- It is allowed to be supported from Chechpoint Vemork to Mt. Gaustatoppen. Please note that all supports, family or friends will have to pay for the transport with the lift. The final climb from Rjukan to Mt. Gaustatoppen is demanding and if your support smokes heavily or are in bad physical health they will be a safety problem. You should only bring support if you are sure they will do these 14 km causing no problems.

Kalhovd:
The drive from Ustaoset to Kalhovd is estimated to 3 hours. While the participants head further into the plateau, support crews will have to drive around the plateau. The route from Ustaoset to Kalhovd can be downloaded here. Kalhovd is one of the busiest checkpoints and there will be lots of tourists if the weather is nice. The first participants will arrive this checkpoint approx 9 hours after the start at Ustaoset. Kalhovd is on the edge of the plateau and if you are arriving early you can tie your laces and go for a hike in the area around Kalhovd and spot some participants. Our checkpoint crew will guide you in the right direction. Listen to their advices, they are experienced mountaineers.

While the participants strive on their way to Vemork you can eat local food and stay at Kalhovd, this cabin offers high quality food and comfy beds for tired support crews

Vemork:
Kalhovd to Vemork is a 1 hour 20 minutes drive, take a look at the roadmap of this section here. Please note that you will have to walk across the bridge and up a few hairpins to reach the Checkpoint. Vemork is location for the second special need bag The first participants is expected to arrive Saturday July 4th 03:00 (3 am) and the last participants Saturday July 4th 16:00 (4 pm)


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It is allowed to support and follow your athlete from Vemork to Gaustatoppen. This section is steep and rocky. Do not plan to follow your athlete if you`re not fit. Only the athletes have a free ticket for the elevator down from the mountain. We would recommend support, family and friends to take the lift both up and down to Gaustatoppen, unless you will follow your athlete from Vemork to Gaustatoppen. Follow this roadmap from Vemork to the lift. The lift costs 350 NOK per person for a return ticket and 250 NOK for a one-way ticket. Children (under 15 years) 50% of adult price. Children (under 4 years) will not be charged. The lift will be in regular traffic from approx 07:00 - 21:45, but please remember that all participants and crew will be prioritized in this hours.

We will have a shuttle transport at this section the entire day.

Sharing this experience with family and friends will add great value for both athletes and support. You will cry together, laugh together and smile together. To wait for your athlete at the finish line will be a special memory for the rest of your life.

Please do not drive far after Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda! Both athletes and supports need to rest after this experience.

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Race Info Vol. 2

June 26 2015

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Snow at the plateau:
We have collected information from autorities and locals the last weeks and we will stick to the original route. But if it`s a conflict with the wild reindeer population, the route will be changed.

Many of you had problems downloading the gpx file to your GPS, please try this one (it should work properly): GPX File

Since the conditions will be harder than expected this year we will strongly recommend you to get a handheld GPS device, the navigation will be a lot easier with handheld GPS in the conditions we are facing right now.

NB: The printed map will not be a part of the mandatory and not given out by us.

There is not much snow left and the melting process is going according to our plan, but there will be sections in the route with more cold water and snow than usual. We would recommend (it`s not mandatory) neoprene socks and gaiters from Ustaoset to Checkpoint 2; Kalhovd. The section from Ustaoset will definetely be wet and cold if you decide to skip those items.

The late winter at the plateau and the upcoming sudden summer next week will also result a lot of mosquitos, please bring mosquito repellent with you.

On the last section from Vemork to Gaustatoppen we would recommend shoes with spikes or nordic grips. Almost all sporting goods stores in Norway have this items in stock, even in July.

Monday June 29th we will reccon the route on the most challenging parts and we will share the latest information and pics on facebook and instagram.

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Prior to start:
Please store this number on your cell phone: +47 948 11 758

If you need assistance or help during the race, call this number. If you decide to withdraw from the race during the weekend, please also contact this number.

For emergency situations call this number: 113

Breakfast at Gaustablikk Friday July 3rd will be served from 06:00 - 07:15. The bus will leave 07:30. For those of you wan`t to return bags from Ustaoset to Gaustablikk before start, please drop these bags in our trailer.

Follow the weather forecast here: Long term forecast checkpoint Mårbu

Special Needs Bag (Updated information):
You will be given 3 special need bags, they will be driven to Kalhovd, Vemork and Mt. Gaustatoppen. Place your favorite food, new shoes and clothing or whatever you like in this bags. After the race the bags will be transported to Gaustablikk and you can pick them up sunday morning at the registration.

During the race:
We will time all individual participants and team leaders with a tag. This tag will be placed on your Yellowbrick tracker. The Yellowbrick tracker will send us your position, and if an emergency occure you can call for assistance. Please take a look at this video: Emergency situation - what to do

Instructions on timing and tracker will be given at registration.

On all checkpoints there will be served lactose- and gluten free food.

Support:
It is allowed to be supported from Vemork to Mt. Gausta, if your support easily can handle this distance.

The lift to Mt. Gausta will be open for support from 07:00 - 21:45 Saturday July 4th. Crew and athletes will have first priority in all cases, if there is no capacaty prepare for a walk down. The prices for the lift can be found here: Prices Gaustabanen

For support parked their cars at Vemork we will sort this out on site Saturday July 3rd.

After the race:
If you are not able to finish the race we will transport you out, if you decide do book a bed at one of the tourist cabins, you will have to cover this. We will try to get you to Gaustablikk as fast as possible, but please have some patient with us, the logistics at Hardangervidda is not straight forward.

If you have booked a room at Gaustablikk in advance, your room is most likely not ready if you arrive in the middle of the night.

For all participants reaching Mt. Gausta, we will give you transport from the lift to Gaustablikk (10 k).

If you are forced to withdraw from the race, please deliver your timing tag and Yellowbrick tracker to one of our crew members.

The bus transport from Gaustablikk to Kongsberg will leave Sunday July 5th 11:30. Pick up outside the entrance of Gaustablikk.

We look really forward to see youi at the plateau! Stay safe now!

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Pack with passion

April 26 2015

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Great experiences starts with great preperations. This article will provide you with useful information what you should and must pack in your backpack. The equipment will be inspected by our crew at registration and your backpack will also be checked at random checkpoints during your experience at Hardangervidda. Let`s go straight to the list.

Mandatory equipment for all participants – must be packed in backpack:

Wind and waterproof jacket
Wind and waterproof pant
Whistle
Wool underwear (upper and lower)
Windproof hat and gloves
Emergency blanket / shelter.
Grave light and matches (given by the organisers at registration)
Headlamp (expect darkness 5-6 hours per night)
Credit card or cash
200 NOK in safety cash (not for buying refreshments or food at the checkpoints).

Mandatory equipment for all team leaders and individual participants:

GPS with lithium batteries or Suunto Ambit3 Run/Peak.
2 extra lithium batteries for the GPS.
Map of the entire route (given by the organisers at registration)
Compass
Fully charged cell phone (turned OFF, placed in backpack) with the pre-stored emergency number that will be given to you by email in June.
Use this phone if an emergency situation occurs.
Basic first aid kit containing at least 1 roll of bandage and 1 sterile compress.

Our sponsors Salomon and Suunto have a great range of products, all very suitable for your experience at the plateau. The S-LAB series provide all your needs in such unpredictable nature as Hardangervidda and Mt. Gausta can be.

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Equipment Recommendations:

Wind and waterproof jacket: Salomon S-LAB Hybrid Jacket . This jacket is suitable for both men and womens, but if there are some female participants out there prefer a more feminim jacket we would recommend this one: Salomon Bonatti WP Jacket W

Wind and waterproof pant: Salomon Bonatti WP Pant

Hat: Salomon Active Beanie Gloves: Salomon S-LAB Gloves

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Premium choice backpack: Salomon S-LAB Advanced Skin3 12 This backpack is designed for long lasting journeys and runs. In this backpack there is also a whistle, two softflasks with capacity of 1 liter and emergency blanket. Runner up backpack: Salomon AGILE² 17 This backpack have slightly more volume than the premium choice backpack. This backpack is equipped with whistle, but no emergency blanket.

Handheld GPS: eTrex 20 with this Topo Premium map.

Outfit during this experience:
Top: You will find an assortment of tees and longsleeves for men here and a broad assortment for female runners can be bought here

Short tights/skirt:
This short provide compression and is like all other S-LAB articles produced in company with the greatest ultra trail runners in the world. The male version of this Salomon S-LAB short you will find here. Female version of this Twinskin short you will find here.

Calfs: Salomon Exo Calfs

Sleeves: Salomon Trail Warm Sleeves

Ultra trail running shoes:
From Ustaoset (km 0) to Kalhovd (km 77) we will recommend a shoe that could provide you with cushioning and grip. This shoe from Salomon is a great choice: S-LAB Sense 4 Ultra SG. From Kalhovd (km 77) to Vemork (km 114) there is a mix of gravel/asphalt road (18 km) and trail (19 km). On this leg you should seek shoes with great cushioning and also add a few sizes to this pair of shoes, this one is a perfect shoe for this terrain Male version: Salomon Sense Mantra 3.Female version: Sense Mantra 3 From Vemork (114 km) to Mt. Gaustatoppen (128 km) there is steep sections all the way and shoes with great traction will be the right choice.

Review of the S-LAB Sense 4 Ultra SG can be found here.

Review of the Sense Mantra 3 can be found here.

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Watch:

Suunto Ambit3 Run or Suunto Ambit3 Peak have all the stuff integrated for such an experience. We allow you to use one of this watches instead of a traditional handheld GPS. Though, we strongly recommend you to have a handheld GPS in backup, if bad weather occurs it will be much more easy to follow the track on a larger screen.

You will find Suunto watches here: Suunto Ambit3 Peak or Suunto Ambit3 Run.

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Apply

January 28 2015

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Application process
Enrollment will open on Friday January 30th and will close on Friday February 13th at 18:00 CET. This is NOT a first come first serve event. All who enroll at any time during the days that enrollment is open, have a ticket in the lottery among the qualified individual participants or teams.

Please read all information carefully before you apply. If you decide to apply for a slot as an individual participant, please write down your previous merits in the "about" field in the application.
There are no demands from our side, but we will evaluate each individual participant based on following criteria:
- Experience with navigation in remote wilderness with GPS and map/compass.
- Experience with long distances.

The application process will be a two-step process. First you will fill out the application by following this link, then you will get an email from us. Follow our instructions in this email.

This email will give you the following instructions:
The participation fee for all individual participants is NOK 2500 and and for all team members NOK 2000. To register, you will need a valid credit card, either Visa or Mastercard (there are no exceptions to this).

Please note that when you register, we will request an authorization on your credit card for NOK 2500 for all individual participants and NOK 2000 for all participants in the team class. We will NOT charge your card unless you are awarded a slot in the 2015 race.

Due to our very limited capacity, we can only accept 100 slots in total. We expect to finalize the lottery by February 20th and all appliers will receive an email this day with the outcome..

Race manual
Prior to registration you will be required to carefully read and u n d e r s t a n d our Race Manual. The manual for the 2015 is available for preview and download here.

READY? APPLY HERE

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SXH 2015

July 28 2014

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There are strict regulations for organizing events and races in national parks. On Hardangervidda the main focus is to ensure that the unique environment is preserved for future generations and that endangered wildlife is not disturbed.

We are currently in the process of preparing a written report to the government officials regarding the SXH2014 experience.
Important topics are littering, feedback from participants and other stakeholders - but most importantly; our actions prior to and during the event, to ensure that we are not interfering with the endangered reindeer population at the plateau.

We take our responsibility as an organizer seriously, so this is an important part of creating an experience on the unique Hardangervidda.

We will proceed with the application for the Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda 2015 edition after this report is submitted and reviewed by the government and other stakeholders.

We know that you all are eager for information about next year, so we have created a tentative timeline. Obviously, these dates are all dependent on the required permissions, but we are committed to give you SXH2015.

Without further ado:
Important dates – Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda 2015:

January 25th 2015 - The route and dates will be announced.

January 25th 2015 – The granted number of participants will be published.

January 30th 2015 – Application process will open.

February 13th 2015 - Application process will close.

February 20th 2015 – Outcome of application process will be announced.


Oh, and one last thing..

We are working on a new route for 2015, keeping our promises to provide you with new experiences and try to make our experience better each year.

Sign up for our newsletter if you will not miss these dates. Sign up here: Newsletter SXH

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Arch-To-Arch

July 10 2014

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The final climb from checkpoint Rjukan to Mt. Gaustatoppen hit all our participants hard and Red Bull wanted to award the athlete with the fastest split time from Rjukan to Mt. Gaustatoppen with an awesome prize.

The winner of Arch-To-Arch is Thomas Andersen with the impressive split time 3 h 9 minutes on that final 13 k and 1600 D+

The performance is really impressive, since this hill hit all athletes after 110 k of running. Thomas Andersen will be awarded a slot in Red Bull 400 in Czech Republic September 13th 2014 with travel and accomodation.

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Thank You!

July 08 2014

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The second edition of Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda saw the runners start their 123 kilometre-long journey at Dyranut Mountain Lodge in Western Norway at 12.04 noon Friday 4th July.

Running in a national park
Taking the athletes over the mighty Hardangervidda National Park and through some of the most beautiful scenery in Norway, the Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda challenges even the most seasoned runner.

Following marked trails across the vast mountain plateau, the athletes had to navigate by GPS and check in at five checkpoints en route before ascending the majestic Mount Gaustatoppen (1 883 metres above sea level).

The winner
88 runners completed the gruelling race but there was one who outclassed them all. Having led the race right from the start, 40 year-old Thomas Andersen from Norway, crossed the finish line at 02.08 am Saturday morning with the impressive finishing time of 14 hours and 4 minutes.

- I opened hard and had decided before the race to make this a solo run. The final kilometres were extremely challenging. Gale force winds and reduced visibility in Southern Norway´s largest pile of rocks made Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda to a unique experience, says a proud Thomas.

- The climax of this race was outstanding. All other ultra races have finish lines involving asphalt and town centres, but Gaustatoppen has without doubt rocks as far as the eye can see.

In second place, 1 hour and 36 minutes after Thomas, came another Norwegian, Eirik Johannessen. Just a split second after him, came yet another Norwegian, Dag Olav Tho, and Paul Raistrick from Scotland.

First woman up
At 07.17 Saturday morning, Jenn Gaskell from the UK reached the finish line at the summit. Last year the 26-year-old was the first and only woman to accomplish the entire race.

- It was really hard this year as it was a shorter distance and I wanted to run faster. I really enjoyed the cold weather and head winds. Combined with the dark skies at the end, I felt at one with nature. I really gained energy from the challenging summit climb, says a happy Jenn.

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Be supported

June 05 2014

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If your plan for Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda include family and friends as support, this article might help you plan the logistics. If you bring family or friends as support we will advice you to drive and check-in directly at Dyranut.

Make sure your support crew have read the following information:
- Friendly spots with access to roads along the route: Kalhovd and Rjukan.
- If family or friends support you at checkpoint Kalhovd and Rjukan they are allowed to take care of your special need bags.
- It is allowed to be supported from Chechpoint Rjukan to Mt. Gaustatoppen. Please note that all supports, family or friends will have to pay for the transport with the lift. The final climb from Rjukan to Mt. Gaustatoppen is demanding and if your support smokes heavily or are in bad physical health they will be a safety problem. You should only bring support if you are sure they will do these 13 km causing no problems.

Kalhovd:
The drive from Dyranut to Kalhovd is estimated to 3 hours 30 minutes. While the participants head further into the plateau, support crews will have to drive around the plateau. The route from Dyranut to Kalhovd can be downloaded here. Kalhovd is one of the busiest checkpoints and there will be lots of tourists if the weather is nice. The first participants will arrive this checkpoint 9-10 hours after the start at Dyranut. Kalhovd is on the edge of the plateau and if you are arriving early you can tie your laces and go for a hike in the area around Kalhovd and spot some participants. Our checkpoint crew will guide you in the right direction. Listen to their advices, they are experienced mountaineers.

While the participants strive on their way to Rjukan you can eat local food and stay at Kalhovd, this cabin offers high quality food and comfy beds for tired support crews

Rjukan:
Kalhovd to Rjukan is a 1 hour 20 minutes drive, take a look at the roadmap of this section here. At checkpoint Rjukan participants will pass through and this will be a really nice place to see them. Rjukan is location for the last special need bag. Checkpoint Rjukan, in the midst of the city, will be the location where special need bags is to be handed out to the participants. The first participants is expected to arrive Saturday July 5th 03:00 (3 am) and the last participants Saturday July 5th 16:00 (4 pm)

There will be spectators, music, DJ and really good atmosphere all day long in Rjukan.

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It is allowed to support and follow your athlete from Rjukan to Gaustatoppen. This section is steep and rocky. Do not plan to follow your athlete if you`re not fit. Only the athletes have a free ticket for the elevator down from the mountain. We would recommend support, family and friends to take the lift both up and down to Gaustatoppen, unless you will follow your athlete from Rjukan to Gaustatoppen. Follow this roadmap from Rjukan to the lift. The lift costs 350 NOK per person for a return ticket and 250 NOK for a one-way ticket. Children (under 15 years) 50% of adult price. Children (under 4 years) will not be charged. The lift will be in regular traffic from 09:00 - 23:00, but please remember that all participants will be prioritized in this hours.

We will have a shuttle transport at this section the entire day.

Sharing this experience with family and friends will add great value for both athletes and support. You will cry together, laugh together and smile together. To wait for your athlete at the finish line will be a special memory for the rest of your life.

Please do not drive far after Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda! Both athletes and supports need to rest after this experience.

We look forward to see you cry, smile and laugh!

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Sunday Surprise

May 11 2014

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Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda's formal complain on the number of spots for the 2014 edition was supported by Norwegian Environment Agency. Therefore, we are now thrilled to announce that we have an additional 50 spots open for our 2014 race.
Norwegian Environment Agency's decission came highly unexpected, thus we needed a few days plan how to best attack the newly arised position we found ourselves in.

We have arrieved to a conclusion that we will open the registration again for a week starting from Monday the 12th of May. This should give everyone eager for a spot enough time to fill an application. If you want to secure one of the new spots, we want you to apply using the same entry form as in the December enrollment. This goes even if you applied for a spot in December enrollment.

The election of participants will be based on the same set of criteras as in December. Thus, It's not going to be a first come - first serve process, as we need to make sure you are ready to make a go at Hardangervidda and Gaustatoppen.

The time frame for the application process is as follows: Monday May 12th @12:00 Registration opens at http://www.xreid.com

Monday May 19th @12:00 Registration closes

Wednesday May 21th @12:00 We announce the results

Wednesday May 28th @12:00 Registration fee must be paid

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Join us!

January 22 2014

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Friends and fans of Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda are invited to join this event May 4th. In Norway the event location is set to the beautiful western coast of Norway and the race will follow the coastline nearby Stavanger. – This run will be your most important run in 2014, says the two race directors of Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda, Jan-Sigurd Sørensen and Fredrik Mandt. – We will try to run as far as possible, before the ”Catcher Car” will overtake us, but its not important how far you go in this race. The most important is to be there and show your support for spinal cord injury, says Mandt and Sørensen.

The whole world is invited
Everything will be different with the ‘Wings for Life World Run’: the whole spectrum of athletes from part-time joggers and amateurs to professional athletes can take part; the race has no fixed distance and every runner around the world will start at precisely the same time. Never in sporting history has an event like this been undertaken. Thousands of runners will set off on May 4, 2014 at 10am UTC along routes in up to 40 different locations on five continents in varying light and weather conditions. Runners in California will start at 3am local time while competitors in Norway will set off at midday and people in Taiwan have a 6pm start.

This is all in aid of Wings for Life’s mission: to find a cure for spinal cord injury.

There has never been a race like it. There is no traditional static finish line, rather competitors will run in front of an advancing ‘catcher car’, every car governed by the single, global race schedule. Half an hour after the runners start, the catcher car at every race will begin behind them at a set speed. Once a catcher car overtakes a runner their race is over. This will continue until there’s one male and one female athlete in the world left running. Only they will be crowned Wings for Life World Run Champion.

It is estimated that 3,000,000 people worldwide are living with a spinal cord injury. Every year 130,000 more sustain a spinal cord injury, followed by paralysis – the main cause being traffic accidents. The advances in research are largely based on private initiatives. Being a non-profit organisation, Wings for Life relies on support and donations to help fund this research. Wings for Life is set-up to ensure that a guaranteed 100% of all donations it receives are used exclusively for promising research projects.

Those wanting to take part on May 4, 2014 have until midnight (UTC) on Sunday, April 20 to register for one of the runs via www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com. As the official international host of the Wings for Life World Run, the Red Bull Group can ensure all money collected by the run and via the European Merchant Services (EMS) payment systems goes to the Wings for Life foundation.

By running you will not only be part of a truly revolutionary global sporting event, but you will join the race to find a cure for spinal cord injury.

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Thank you!

December 22 2013

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The enrollment opened Sunday December 15th 12:00 pm local time. The government granted Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda premission with 100 participants for the 2014 race. We are amazed by the interest for our experience and are truly grateful for the applications you have sent to us! Thank you!

Facts about the appliers in 2014:
Total applications: 133
Nationalities: 12
Male applier: 112
Female appliers: 21
Pioneer appliers: 21
Team appliers: 56
Single appliers: 77

All appliers will receive an email Monday December 23rd 17:00 pm local time. This email will give you the outcome of the lottery. If you can`t find the email from us in your inbox, please check your spam.

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Enrollment 2014

December 11 2013

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If your ambition is to apply for a spot in Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda 2014 you should read this article carefully.

First of all, this is the second edition of Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda. In 2013 we had a successful test of the concept. 44 Pioneers started the journey at Dyranut, but only 17 of them made it to summit of Mt. Gausta. This experience would not be possible without the cooperation and goodwill of the government and authorities.

The enrollment will open Sunday December 15th 12:00 local time at www.xreid.com. The link will also be published at our facebook page.

The total number of allowed participants its not yet decided by the government. This will be announced when the enrollment opens

The enrollment is not based on a first come first serve basis. Each application will be assessed by the organisers. All team leaders and individual applicants should fill out the about field carefully in the application. This field will be important when the race directors do their assessments.

If the interest for Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda exceeds all expectations and race is fully booked within Sunday December 22th 12:00 pm local time there will be a lottery among the qualified applicants.

All applicants will receive an email from the organisers within 7 days about the outcome of their application. In this email we will also provide you with a link for payment. To secure your spot you will have to pay within January 15th 2014.

Who can participate?
• Men/ women over 18 years can participate.

Class
• Team
- Team consisting of 2-4 participants.
- The mix of men and women within the team are up to the team.
- The team needs to have a Team Leader, responsible for the team staying together at all times. Furthermore he/she must be able to navigate using map, compass and GPS.

• Single
- High standards of mountain running achievements and ability to navigate using map, compass and GPS.
- Applicants for the single class need to confirm that they have finished a 100 km ultra trail race within the last 2 years.

Entry Fee:
Until May 31st:
Team: 1500 NOK per participant.
The team must consist of 2 - 4 participants with one Team Manager.
Individual: 1500 NOK

From June 1st until July 1st:
Team: 1750 NOK per participant.
The team must consist of 2 - 4 participants with one Team Manager.
Individual: 1750 NOK

No applications will be accepted after July 1st.

Entry fee includes:
• Finisher prize
• Lift down from Mt. Gausta.
• Transport from the lift at Mt. Gausta to Gaustablikk.
• Food and drinks at all checkpoints.
• Special needs bags at 2 checkpoints and 1 bag to Mt. Gausta.
• Tracking service during the experience.
• Map with scale 1:100 000 covering the entire route.
• Gravelight and matches
• Great experiences, endorphins and memories for life.

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Stay tuned

November 20 2013

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We are constantly working with the government and all details are not ready yet. This article published in August will give you the reasons why our good cooperation with the government authorities is so important for this race.

Note this in your calendar:

#1 - Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda, will take place on July 2014, the exact date is to be confirmed December 10th 2013.
#2 - The enrollment will start December 15th 2013.
#3 - Dates and information will be published at our webpage and on our facebook page.

All future frender are welcome to subscribe for our newsletter, then we will send you a friendly notice by email when the enrollment is about to open.

Thank you for your patience!

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The 2014 race

August 06 2013

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In 2013 we held our first 'Pioneer' race. It was a very important accomplishment for both participants and crew, as it turned out to be far more challenging than any of us could have envisioned. Yet we believe the Pioneers' advice and feedback will be instrumental in expanding our quest and in getting future participants closer to Mt. Gaustatoppen (elevation 1,883 metres).

Importantly, the event proved so successful and the experience so inspiring that we are already planning our next running expedition.

While we don`t yet have all the details for the 2014 race, we can however assure you that it will be one of the greatest challenges you will ever undertake. For the moment, start preparing for the adventure of a lifetime and note the following facts in your calendar:

#1 - Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda, will take place on July 2014,
the exact date is to be confirmed, due to government approval.
#2 - The enrolment will start December 15th 2013.
#3 - Dates and information will be published at our webpage and on our facebook page.

Further, sInce the race takes place in one of Europe's last wild habitats, it needs a special permission from the county government at Hardangervidda. Our cooperation so far has been good. We want to make sure we don't fight nature, but that we enjoy the experience respectfully, while assisting to preserve the wilderness.We accomplished this in the Pioneer edition and we are happy to report that all our participants, now our frender, followed our guidelines and behaved so well, that after the race not even a small piece of paper could be found. This is crucial, as we all want this area to remain a pristine environment.

In addition, the wild reindeer population is currently under pressure, so we also have to cooperate with the local authorities on this. Therefore, should our race enter into conflict with the wild reindeer population, we would have to alter our route before the start of the race.

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Thank You!

July 15 2013

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The race started in perfect conditions at Dyranut Friday 12th July at 12:04pm. The athleteshad to face several trials during their path across the ruthless Hardangervidda, conquering countless mosquitos, crossing rivers and navigating in pitch darkness, before the final ascent of nearly 1600 meters from the last checkpoint at Rjukan (300 masl).

This years race was a pioneer edition. All 44 participants are true heroes for entering this pioneer edition. We led you into new contrasts and we beleive this edition was a great experience. We promise that your feedback will shape this event for the future.


Our crew were fantastic, they kept going with hard work and no sleep. We are so happy to have the best crew onboard at this event!

Also a big thanks to our sponsors and contributors. We could not have done this without you. In addition to beleive in this event you have shared knowledge and experience with us, this add so much value to Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda!

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Pioneer Edition

July 14 2013

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Sunday July 14th at 02:01am the final three athletes reached the summit of Mt. Gausta (1883 masl). A challenging route proved to be harder than expected, resulting in only 17 of the 44 starting being able to complete the full 155km course and receive the exclusive finisher t-shirt. The race started in perfect conditions at Dyranut Friday 12th July at 12:04pm. The athletes had to face several trials during their path across the ruthless Hardangervidda, conquering countless mosquitos, crossing rivers and navigating in pitch darkness, before the final ascent of nearly 1600 meters from the last checkpoint at Rjukan (300 masl). The winner Ove Viveli finished on the impressive time of 23 hours and 55 minutes, beating the first runner up Simen Vogt-Svendsen with 1 hour and 51 minutes. Ragnar Nygård finished third using 27 hours and 25 minutes. Jenn Gaskell, the first and only female finisher, conquered the summit on 33 hours and 15 minutes. - I`m a huntsman and would never believe that I could win this race, says Ove Viveli. –Viveli usually spend much time with his rifle in the mountains, but this time he was not hunting reindeer, but great moments and experiences, says the two organizers Jan-Sigurd Sørensen and Fredrik Mandt.

Find the complete results from Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda here: Results 2013

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Hints and tips

July 05 2013

With only days left, it`s time to share a few friendly hints and advice to make sure you are as prepared as possible for the Pioneer edition of Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda. This race is truly about survival and to finish the Pioneer Edition of Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda you have to be smart and listen to your body. At least you should listen to your body for a while, after 100 km you will have to ignore its "its-time-to-give-up-speach" to get yourself up to that finishline.

Navigation:
The course follow trails and some sections of gravel roads, but in all junctions, we recommend that you check your map, compass or GPS to make sure you are on the right path. If you are not familiar with the GPS, NOW is the time to befriend it and make sure you speak the same language. You will not be able to finish this experience if your navigation skills are poor. These GPS are perfectly suited for Hardangervidda and if you add lithium batteries, this unit will save you from a lot of potential trouble out there (especially during the night). Remember to install our .gpx file with the entire route to follow. We will give you a map of the entire route at registration, but if you want to familiarize yourself with the course onnline, take a look here.

Weather:
The weather at the plateau is unpredictable. Hardangervidda is hard to predict and even the national weather forecast can not be trusted in this area. We do know that the weather could be harsh. Hardangervidda will probably offer you 10-11 C during the day and when night sets in the temperature could drop down to 2-3 C. There is waste of energy to do this experience in short tights and a t-shirt. Thus adding some warmer clothing in the special needs bag at Solheimstølen might be a good idea. Follow the weather at the following sites: Start at Dyranut, Checkpoint 2 Solheimstulen, Checkpoint 4 Kalhovd and Finish at Gaustatoppen.

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How to get to the finishline?
- Do not burn out the first few hours. This is not where the race i won, but you most certainly can lose it.
- You should aim to keep the pace at a level that you normally would consider embarrassing low. Experienced ultra runners will tell you that the true race starts after 12 hours.
- Pack your backpack smart. One kilo of warm clothes could be very useful when night sets in.
- Expect wind, so a windproof light jacket might become your best friend. - If you feel that something is wrong or you start to get a blister, stop and do something about it, waiting will make it only worse! (Based on own experience)
- The right pace is your own pace (do not try to be a hero and stay behind someone who runs faster than you!)
- Focus on all small victories along the route and do not watch the distance-to-go too early.
- Hardangervidda is currently very wet, thus you should consider carrying extra socks and other measures to take care of your feet. Perhaps even adding some fresh and dry shoes in the special needs bag could be a good idea. Based on our own experience, this might prove to be the main challenge to tackle this year. - You will have to cross a few rivers, both small and at least on pretty large. Please take extra caution in these situations. On a positive note, the water temperature is actually quite nice, at least it was last monday..

Smile and laugh, because you are crazy and fit enough to do this race. And last, but not least....if you have some tips and advice to share, please do not hesitate to send them to us and we will add them to the list.

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Be supported

June 05 2014

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If your plan for Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda include family and friends as support, this article might help you plan the logistics. If you bring family or friends as support we will advice you to drive and check-in directly at Dyranut.

Make sure your support crew have read the following information:
- Friendly spots with access to roads along the route: Kalhovd and Rjukan.
- If family or friends support you at checkpoint Kalhovd and Rjukan they are allowed to take care of your special need bags.
- It is allowed to be supported from Chechpoint Rjukan to Mt. Gaustatoppen. Please note that all supports, family or friends will have to pay for the transport with the lift. The final climb from Rjukan to Mt. Gaustatoppen is demanding and if your support smokes heavily or are in bad physical health they will be a safety problem. You should only bring support if you are sure they will do these 13 km causing no problems.

Kalhovd:
The drive from Dyranut to Kalhovd is estimated to 3 hours 30 minutes. While the participants head further into the plateau, support crews will have to drive around the plateau. The route from Dyranut to Kalhovd can be downloaded here. Kalhovd is one of the busiest checkpoints and there will be lots of tourists if the weather is nice. The first participants will arrive this checkpoint 9-10 hours after the start at Dyranut. Kalhovd is on the edge of the plateau and if you are arriving early you can tie your laces and go for a hike in the area around Kalhovd and spot some participants. Our checkpoint crew will guide you in the right direction. Listen to their advices, they are experienced mountaineers.

While the participants strive on their way to Rjukan you can eat local food and stay at Kalhovd, this cabin offers high quality food and comfy beds for tired support crews

Rjukan:
Kalhovd to Rjukan is a 1 hour 20 minutes drive, take a look at the roadmap of this section here. At checkpoint Rjukan participants will pass through and this will be a really nice place to see them. Rjukan is location for the last special need bag. Checkpoint Rjukan, in the midst of the city, will be the location where special need bags is to be handed out to the participants. The first participants is expected to arrive Saturday July 5th 03:00 (3 am) and the last participants Saturday July 5th 16:00 (4 pm)

There will be spectators, music, DJ and really good atmosphere all day long in Rjukan.

Photo: Kai-Otto Melau

It is allowed to support and follow your athlete from Rjukan to Gaustatoppen. This section is steep and rocky. Do not plan to follow your athlete if you`re not fit. Only the athletes have a free ticket for the elevator down from the mountain. We would recommend support, family and friends to take the lift both up and down to Gaustatoppen, unless you will follow your athlete from Rjukan to Gaustatoppen. Follow this roadmap from Rjukan to the lift. The lift costs 350 NOK per person for a return ticket and 250 NOK for a one-way ticket. Children (under 15 years) 50% of adult price. Children (under 4 years) will not be charged. The lift will be in regular traffic from 09:00 - 23:00, but please remember that all participants will be prioritized in this hours.

We will have a shuttle transport at this section
the entire day.
Sharing this experience with family and friends will add great value for both athletes and support. You will cry together, laugh together and smile together. To wait for your athlete at the finish line will be a special memory for the rest of your life.

Please do not drive far after Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda! Both athletes and supports need to rest after this experience.

We look forward to see you cry, smile and laugh!

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Accommodation - where to stay?

June 13 2013

Both Gaustablikk and Dyranut will provide accomodation for the participants and their family and friends. They both have a special offer for all Frender of Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda. If you plan to park your car at Gaustablikk we suggest you to book package 1. If you plan to bring family or friends with you we would recommend package 2 and 3. Please do not attemt to drive far after this experience, you will not be very fit after this experience.

Gaustablikk

Package 1
Gaustablikk: Thursday July 11th – Friday July 12th including dinner Thursday and breakfast Friday.
Gaustablikk: Saturday July 13th – Sunday July 14th including dinner Saturday (optionally lunch Sunday) and breakfast Sunday.

Total price package 1: 1850 NOK per person.

Book your stay by sending an email to this address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (refer to Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda).

Package 2
Gaustablikk: Saturday July 13th – Sunday July 14th including dinner Saturday (optionally lunch Sunday) and breakfast Sunday.

Total price package 1: 925 NOK per person.

Book your stay by sending an email to this address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (refer to Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda).

Package 3
Dyranut: Thursday July 11th – Friday July 12th including a 3 course dinner Thursday and breakfast Friday.

Total price package 1: 900 NOK per person.

Book your stay by sending an email to this address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (refer to Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda).

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Pack with passion

June 05 2013

Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda will require willpower, the ability to enjoy the moment and the right kind of equipment. Hardangervidda is Northern Europe's largest mountain plateau and known for its unpredictable weather. Without the right equipment your chances to stretch your arms above your head will be rather poor. Your feet and legs are your tools, your mind will get them going.

Do not plan to inaugurate your new shoes at this experience. Our titlesponsor Salomon focuses heavily on trailrunning in the mountains and with its own product line S-Lab they have set the athletes needs in mind. The terrain at Hardangervidda is mostly trail from Dyranut to Kalhovd (101 km), interrupted only by a short section of gravel road between Dyranut and Rauhelleren. From Kalhovd to Rjukan there is gravel road the entire section, with a total of 35 km on gravel. The terrain from Rjukan and up to Gaustatoppen is rocky path and the most challenging section during this experince.

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Pack with passion

On your feet: From Dyranut to Kalhovd (101 km) we would recommend Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra. From Kalhovd to Rjukan we would recommend a shoe for gravel Salomon S-Lab XT 5. The last section with rocks and challenging terrain from Rjukan to Gaustatoppen will require stable shoes, we would recommend Salomon S-Lab Fellcross to be your celebrating shoes.

Backpack:This backpack from Salomon are a state-of-the-art backpack when it comes down to long time running in mountains. The most important for your backpack is that it fits tight to your body and gives you enough space for your gear.

Mandatory equipment for all participants, must be packed in backpack:

• Wind and waterproof jacket, like this one.
• Wind and waterproof pant, like this one.
• 0,5 liters of water out of each checkpoint.
• Whistle
• Food (slices of bread etc)
• Wool underwear (upper and lower)
• Windproof hat and gloves
• Emergency blanket/shelter, like this one.
• Grave light and matches (given by the organizers at registration)
• Headlamp (expect darkness 5-6 hours per night)
• Credit card or cash.
• 200 NOK in safety cash (not for buying refreshments or food at the checkpoints).

Mandatory equipment for all team leaders and individual participants:
• GPS.
• 2 extra lithiumbatteries to GPS.
• Map of the entire route (given by the organizers at registration)
• Compass
• Fully charged cell phone (turned OFF, placed in backpack) with prestored numbers given at pre-race meeting. Use this phone if an emergency situation occure.

Special Need Bags

Checkpoint Solheimstulen (after 63 km), Kalhovd (after 101 km) Rjukan (after 138 km) and Checkpoint Gaustatoppen (finish) will provide special needs bag for all participants. At registration all participant will be given 3 different bags marked with their startnumber. These bags can be filled with your favorite food and drinks, new running shoes, socks or whatever you want. Please note that all mandatory equipment must be in your backpack from start to finish. Also note that even though we will do our best to keep an eye on the bags, we cannot be liable for the content during the race.

Read more about Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda in our race manual.



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Our Titlesponsor - Salomon

February 15 2013

Salomon was born in the French Alps in 1947. The fascination of mountains, quality and product development has followed the company from birth. Salomon is a driving force for development and innovation of high quality products for active people with a passion for the mountains and active lifestyle.

- We are very proud to have Salomon as our title sponsor, they represent all the values ​​that are important to us. They set the customer experience in focus, with Salomon products we believe the path for great experiences will be comfy and fun, says the two organizers Fredrik Mandt and Jan Sigurd Sørensen.

- The S-Lab concept is perfect suited for Hardangervidda and we believe that the event could lift S-Lab to new heights both in Norway and internationally. - Together with Salomon, we think innovatively and the ambitions for Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda is to be set high.

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- We immediately embraced the idea of ​​crossing the mountain plateau Hardangervidda, then finish the whole experience at Mt.Gaustatoppen, says Kjetil Andre Haugland at Amer Sports Norway. - We strongly believe that Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda will take a position among the very finest mountain races in Europe.

- Our products are designed for this, and we think the participants will experience the products developed by Salomon based on feedback from the world's best mountain runners. - Our norwegian and international athletes will surely be on the starting line at Dyranut in 2014 to experience Norwegian nature and wilderness at its most beautiful.

- Without Salomon this project would not been possible. - We get the pioneer finisher shirts to participants, clothing for our crew and valuable inputs to drive Salomon Xreid Hardangervidda in the right direction.

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