Recent and upcoming events
Jon Asphjell wins again!
Weather and trail conditions were challenging, but Jon Asphjell returned to defend his victory from last year - with success! He finished 12 loops, while the runner up, Kentaro Indo, quit after 11.
KBUTC 2020 - ready to rumble!
Last details are coming in order, and we are very excited to welcome 20+ participants to this years edition of Kruke's Backyard on Saturday 17th!
We are working to provide live results this year as well, and link will be provided on race day. We try to add some new improvements each and every year. Still, we follow the KISS principle - keeping it stupid simple - whenever we can, so don't expect too much luxury!
This year's motto is "Marching On Together" - appropriate for a very special pandemic-ridden year (as well as paying tribute to my fav English football team, Leeds United, finally back in the top league again!)
Steady growth for MVRF
The second Moon Valley Run Festival (MVRF) went down this weekend and was a great success. The ultra distance - 17 Lakes - had 15 finishers, and Kilian Jornet was of course the winner with a solid course record just below 8 hours.
The weather was great for running, with nice temperature, good visibility and only gentle and sporadic showers. The course is at times very technical, going up and down to cross steep ridges between the lakes of Måndalen. Wet surfaces, tricky boulders and off-track sections with only gps navigation takes down the speed considerably. The views are spectacular and the organizers do a splendid jobb at 17 checkpoints and three food stations.
Next year's event will take place on the 14th-15th of August, and I predict a solid growth in participation - at least if the pandemic is under control at that time. Congratulations to the organizers and all participants at both the vertical, 7 lakes and 17 lakes runs!
KBUTC 2020 - registration closed
Despite minimal PR and advertisements, registration for the 2020 KBUTC is now closed because we have reached the limit of participation - including a generous no-show buffer. The KBUTC startlist shows 32 names, including familiar ones like defending champion Jon Asphjell and local heroes Sindre Johannessen and Geir Jakobsen. We are also happy to welcome quite a few newcomers. Do they know what awaits? I wonder... :-)
KBUTC environmental footprint
As the KBUTC startlist keeps filling up with participants from all over the world - 21 runners from eight nations so far - the question is how this is possible with both corona travel restrictions and the race's aim to keep a low environmental footprint? As it happens, all participants are traveling by car, local public transport or even on bike or by walking from their nearby homes. Many foreign runners live in Norway, and most of our participants work or study in the Trondheim area.
Off to a good start
The 2020 KBUTC registration of applications has had a good start. A total of 18 have already been cleared for the competition. We see many familiar names from the previous years, but also some newcomers. The startlist is updated and available.
KBUTC 2020 - registration open
The 2020 KBUTC is now open for registration of applications!
Malvikingen Opp 2020
The 2020 edition of Malvikingen Opp has been cancelled due to corona.
Or has it?
The organizers has launched a new challenge; those who complete the race course any time between now and the 10th of May will be recognized as valid 2020 participants on the race's all-time list. This would count towards reaching the various Malvikingen Opp shields. Some may even reach the silver level this year by completing all 10 events since the inaugural 2011 edition. Others may reach for the bronze level, wich requires 5 participations.
More info on the web site (link in the menu above) and on facebook.
26-Dec-2019 - edited 26-Feb-2020
The 2020 edition of KBUTC will take place on the 17th of October. The race will be open for applications early April. (Please note the change of date, as early announcements said October 24th)
KBUTC 2019 is history
Jon Asphjell managed 14 rounds - a new course record. Congrats! For full details see the Live standings and results
Follow the KBUTC 2019 live!
This year we will try to make the standings available for followers on the internet! Click here for Live standings and results
KBUTC 2019 fully booked
The startlist now contains 24 names, and further registration has been closed for the 2019 edition of the KBUTC.
Five nations...! and counting?
18 participants are now on the startlist for the 2019 KBUTC, and would you believe it: they represent five different countries! With our two last entries we add Portugal and France to the list of Netherlands, Sweden and Norway. There is still time to fill up the last 6 spots, and maybe add even more international flavour to this years edition!
The main reason that KBUTC is profiled and marketed in English, is to open up the race to foreign runners who has relocated to, or has other business in, this region of Norway. I really want to keep the environmental impact at a minimum, so long distance travel just to participate in the KBUTC is not encouraged. However, no such long distance travel required for this years foreign participants. It will be a true joy to welcome you all to my backyard in just over six weeks!
Moon Valley Run Festival success!
The Moon Valley Run Festival took place on the 10th of August, and was a huge success. The participation was fairly thin - around 50 all in all - but I'm sure there will be more in years to come. Race reports can be found on Kondis (www.kondis.no).
Ultra Trail Running
Ultra Trail Running is a pretty new sport that is still in rapid development. I feel a need to sort out some terms and keep track on how the sport is organized both in Norway and internationally. I have created a menu item for Ultra Trail Running where I adress these and related matters. So far it is mainly in Norwegian, but I will probably convert to English as I don't have the resources to maintain a bi-lingual site.
Latest updates on MVRF
I have spent the last few days in Romsdal, and got to talk to the organizers of the Moon Valley Run Festival (MVRF). This is going to be a spectacular experience! I really hope the trail running community picks up on the news in time to mobilize a sizeable group of participants for the inaugural year.
KrUltra has helped to register the 17 Lakes Run with ITRA, and the approval came with the following comment: "This race looks sooooooo nice :=)"
(Registration is open: https://www.moonvalleyrunfestival.com)
Moon Valley Run Festival
A huge shout out to Måndalen Idrettslag who is launching a new running festival extending the established fell race Klauva Opp with two trail runs, including a +55 km ultra trail run named "Moon Valley 17 Lakes Rim". Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg are ambassadors for the festival. The two ultra running superstars have been living in Måndalen ("Moon Valley") for some years now, and this is truly their own backyard now.
Preparations are well on their way for the 2019 edition of KBUTC, scheduled to take place on the 19th of October and continuing into the 20th for those who persist! Applications are ticking in, and the startlist is now half full.
Meråker Mountain Challenge (MMC) hosted the Norwegian ultra trail championships of 2018. The event saw a new course record and record participation. Hope to see you at the 2019 edition!
Malvikingen Opp, 9th edition, is now history. In 2020 we will celebrate our 10th edition, and we are looking for a date that doesn't collide with big events like Holmenkollstafetten. We are currently looking at 2nd or 3rd of May. Hope to see you then!
Last Man Standing
Østmarka Backyard Ultra
First edition of Last Man Standing - Østmarka Backyard Ultra took place 23.-24. March. See our videos from our 'sister' event!
See results and read about KBUTC's first year