This was the 5th Nuuksio Classic Trail Marathon, but my first time there - although I live only an hour away. Better late than never I guess. This is my race report. And here's my Strava and Movescount.
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Previous participants have raved about how great this event is. It didn't disappoint me. The organisers, volunteers and spectators were all super mega awesome.
This event rocks, and not only because it runs over granite boulders formed by Ice Age.
|NCTM course map.|
|Awesomeness in Nuuksio National Park. (Photo: Poppis Suomela)|
|My 2nd start group ready to go at 10:05am! (Photo: Poppis Suomela)|
|The start of the first group at 10am.|
- To have fun, relax and maybe chat a little with runners and volunteers.
- To finish before the rainstorm starts and in any case under 6 hours.
- To keep my eyes peeled for good berry/mushroom spots for revisits.
|3km from start following a long queue of runners. (Photo: Sari Heerman)|
|Focusing on not hitting roots and rocks. (Photo: Anne Dahlgren)|
The first water station was on the top, at 11km point. In this race there were only three aid stations, and they served only water. I carried one 0.5L softflask with water and another one filled with various PowerGels I found in the morning. I also carried three PowerBar Smoothies and a ClifBar.
|Loudest cheers and cowbells at steep Solvalla Swinghill 11km from start.|
|Almost halfway through at 19.5km - scenic shores of Lake Suolikas. (Photo : Samuli Pahkala)|
|Trailrunning in wet shorts, socks and shoes at 21km - this is taken after my involuntary swim. (Photo: Antti Kuikka)|
|This is what makes Nuuksio Classic slower but also more fun than a road marathon. (Photo: Lassi Pekkarinen)|
|I slowed down a bit after falling in waist-deep swamp water. (Photo: Onevisionfi)|
|Technical terrain forced me to use my imaginary trekking poles. (Photo: Poppis Suomela)|
|A true trailrunning gentleman allows ladies first - almost there! (Photo: Aapo Laiho)|
|Nice typical Finnish forest trails 2km before the finish. (Photo: Tomi Kallio-Könnö)|
|Crossing the 42.2km finish line just before the rain starts around 4pm. (Photo:Jussi Kaasinen)|