When you hear “Norway”, do you immediately think obstacle course races?
Viking Race is wanting to change that. Race Director, and Boston resident Andreas Dietzel is looking to put on an event in August, in Scandinavia – and he’s got the backing of the local tourist board to support it too. Initially, a 5k low key affair, but he’s got plans for bigger things, more countries, winter events (beat *that*, winter death race!).
Check out their press release and website 🙂
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Oslo, Norway – April 4, 2013 – Viking Race brings Obstacle Course Racing to Norway this summer.
Inspired by the Viking Age and Norse mythology, Viking Race – the first ever Norwegian obstacle course race – will be held in Oslo this summer on Saturday, August 24th.
Viking Race will feature a variety of obstacles including OCR regulars such as 3 meter walls and climbing ropes, as well as Viking-specific obstacles involving tree trunks, fishnets, and more. Participants will have to use a combination of brute strength and cardio endurance to be able to excel in this roughly 5k long race.
“Even though some of the obstacles will be on the tougher side of the scale, this is still something that everyone can participate in,” says Viking Race Co-Founder Andreas Dietzel. Viking Race will be challenging for both weekend warriors and elite athletes, and will be an event where both of these groups can compete side by side. The organizers are inspired by the Viking Age and Norse mythology and are consequently creating a Scandinavian historical theme around the race in collaboration with the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (The Viking Ship Museum).
Viking Race has selected to support the international children’s Right to Play (www.righttoplay.com). Right To Play’s mission is to use sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict, and disease in disadvantaged communities. The Viking Race organisation will seek to raise money from the event to support Right To Play’s important work with children.
About Viking Race
Viking Race was founded in 2012 by Andreas Dietzel and Ena Babic. Inspired by the Viking Age, Norse mythology and the growing trend of obstacle racing, the Viking Race will test participants’ strength, endurance, mental toughness and general vikingness over a roughly 5 kilometer long course in the Norwegian forest. The first ever Viking Race will be held in Oslo, Norway on Saturday August 24th, 2013. For more information, please see the Viking Race website and Facebook-page.
Any questions or requests for additional information can be directed to Andreas Dietzel, firstname.lastname@example.org, or +1 (617) 717-9782.