This year I signed up for the Stockholm Urban Trail, a fun run with a difference, covering 10km of Stockholm’s best sights and streets. I wanted to do something a bit different but still aim for a goal, and I wasn’t disappointed!
I’m not a great morning person but for some reason I leapt out of bed at 6am and was raring to go, I had a sense of purpose and energy to match. The run was well organised with clear communication beforehand and instructions on where to go, what time we started (7.30am!) and with a bit of a warm up to get the crowd buzzing, we were off!
The run started in sections so that there weren’t too many people running through the beautiful old buildings at once, kicking off with the interesting Vikingaliv Museum (I hadn’t been in there before!) and then down past the water up to the gates of the outdoor museum of Skansen where we came across the first brutal steps up the escalators (which were obviously not switched on) and up round the beautiful park, meeting folk dressed in historical costumes and taking selfies along the way. The run then progressed through the beautiful avenue of trees passed through Djurgården and over Djurgårdsbron and towards the regal Army Museum, up more steps and back through the back streets of well-heeled Östermalm. It was a deadly quiet and serene Sunday, with just a few dog walkers and early morning tourists staring in wonderment about what the heck we were doing!
Our next port of call was the fun Rigoletto Cinema which had Mamma Mia 2’s trailer showing and a cheeky stop for popcorn and then back up the steps to MOOD Stockholm, a classy, high-end shopping mall. The run was so interesting and fun, with selfie stops, dressing up and things to see that it really didn’t feel like we were running a race at all! Our next stop was through to the centre of town and running through Scandic’s Downtown Camper Hotel, surprising guests having breakfast with high fives and then round through the pretty gardens of Kungsträdgåden and onto the Musikaliska a music hall with musicians playing for our entertainment.
The home straight down the beautiful street towards the Nordiska Museum: the penultimate stop with more steps up and running through the exhibition space was great. The end was nigh now and a final run through Josefina’s bar and onto the finish line meant that this was definitely a 10k run with a difference!
Here’s a taster of this year’s race:
It’s 3rd in the 4th race of the STHLM Challenge so if you’re living in Sweden or like to visit (often!) then this will be for you, where you can run all or just one race. I loved every minute of it and this is coming from someone who didn’t run in these races at all until the Midnattsloppet last year. It’s surprising how much adrenalin and a buzz you get from it, and I’d definitely reached my step goal by 9am.
What a brilliant start to the day!