Thousands of people have applied to take part in the Puffin Run in May, a 20 km race around Heimaey.
Run loops around Heimaey, the largest in the Westman Islands. It occurs mainly in wild areas close to the sea.
Record number of runners despite pandemic.
In 2019, only 100 people took part in the race, but in 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, about 300 people took part.
The organizer of the event, Magnús Bragason, has managed the race since it first came out in 2018.
When talking to RÚV, Magnús said that the number of participants was something he had never dreamed of before.
COVID type of competition.
The competition will have a magical start so that individuals are less likely to get involved and a similar protocol will be followed.
Magnús told RÚV that the race would have to be postponed if the restrictions on COVID were tightened, but as things stand now the race is in line with current measurements.
If the competition is canceled, all participants will be refunded.
A big increase in the popularity of trail running since COVID broke through.
In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the popularity of off-road driving and an even greater increase since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Laugavegur Ultra marathon sold out within half an hour of the registration opening in January. This is in stark contrast to the same race four years ago where people could still apply for the race three weeks after registration opened.
The most popular distances in the Hengill Ultra Race sold out shortly after registration began in November. This race will take place in June.
The puffin race is to take place on May 8.
Source: The Nordic Page