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Running West Coast Rocks

September 5, 2014
Svante Lundgren, 3rd on the first stage, enjoys a relaxing run on the rocks. Photo: Fredrik Ölmqvist

Svante Lundgren, 3rd on the first stage, enjoys a relaxing run on the rocks. Photo: Fredrik Ölmqvist

I’m participating in the 3-day trail race Icebug Experience which takes place in the rocky archipelago on the Swedish west coast. It’s the first edition and still a small event with only 80 participants, runners and hikers. But I like these intimate races where you get to meet other runners. After each stage we get lunch, have something cold to drink, jump into the sea, which is quite refreshing this time of year, and heating it up with some sauna bathing before the dinner. Luckily we’re having a beautiful weather with cloudless sky and warm (+20°C) temperatures, so it’s definitely indian summer here in Ramsvik, Sotenäs, Bohuslän at the moment. Being off-season there is plenty of space and very relaxing. In the high season of summer it’s more crowded.

The race consists of three daily stages: Thursday Sept 4 we started with ‘Hunnebo Haut Route’: 22 km on forest trail and dirt road, crossing various bridges, before the finish on Ramsvikslandet, a pristine nature reserve. Tomas Johansson, Icebug’s marketing guy, and also a very strong runner, won this stage in 1H31min. My race went Ok until I had to stop and puke, 3 km before the finish, where I was 6th.

Running on the rocks next to the sea is a bliss. Swedish west coast at its best. Photo: Svante Lundgren

Running on the rocks next to the sea is a bliss. Swedish west coast at its best. Photo: Svante Lundgren

Today’s stage: Ramsvik Rocks is also approx 21-22 km and will take us from Ramsvik in the north to the finish in Smögen, a very popular tourist destination in summer. We will be following the walking trail and running on the granite rocks just next to the sea.

Last day: we will start in Kungshamn for a 16 K trail run on rock trail to the ferry point where timing is stopped and runners will be ferried to the beautiful island Bohus-Malmön. There the race will be resumed with a 10 K loop around the island. More participants are expected to join us this last day, which will end with a race closing dinner party.

Yesterday after the run me and fellow runner Svante Lundgren hit the rocks for a photo shoot. Here is a link to the race website: www.icebugx.com

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