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You need to plan far ahead for some events, Norseman Extreme Triathlon is one of those

Well, I’m afraid, if you haven’t already subscribed you’ve no chance of taking place in this event next August (2012) – registration is already closed.

” The race is different from all other races. It is harder than any other long-distance race.”

Take a look at this video and if you are inspired, then check out registration dates for 2013… you’ll need to be super-fit for this extreme challenge, but this should give you the time you need!

Participants come from around the world for this grueling competition and to give you an idea how popular this event is, registration opened Sunday, 16 October and closed a week later.  1,365 people signed up for 2012 for the 500 available places. A lottery will be held for the available places during the first week of November, with athletes notified during the weekend of 4 November.

The applicants for Norseman Extreme Triathlon 2012 represent 44 nationalities, with just 10 percent of the applicant pool made up of women. Forty-seven percent of the applicants come from outside Norway. Race organisers will use a quota system for gender and nationality when allocating places.

The race is held in Eidfjord, Norway and the point-to-point race takes competitors through some of the most beautiful parts of the country, starting in a fjord and finishing at the top of Gaustatoppen mountain for a total ascent of 5,000 metres.

If you’re thinking of getting your name on this elite list for 2013, it is worth knowing that you need your own support team to participate, preferably a team of 2. They need to be as focused and disciplined as you because it’s tough to give support all day and night.

So what does it entail, this extreme triathlon?

Swim leg:

  • 3,8 kilometers in the Hardangerfjord. The water temperature is expected to be between 15,5 to 17,5 degrees Celsius.
  • Wetsuit is mandatory.
  • Water-start after getting out of the boat.

Bike leg:

  • 180 kilometers from Eidfjord, up Måbudalen, highway 7 over Hardangervidda to Geilo, highway 40 down Numedalen and over to Tessungdalen.
  • Transition zone (T2) is in Austbygde.


  • 42,2 kilometers from Austbygde, via Rjukan and up to the top of Gaustatoppen. This means 25 kilometers fairly flat and 17,2 kilometers with an extreme climb up to 1.850 meters.

Total distance: 226 kilometers. (140.4 miles)

Profile of the Norseman Extreme Triathlon

Profile of the Norseman Extreme Triathlon

If this interests you I suggest you go directly to the Norseman website for more information.

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