The Arctic Triple is a spinoff from the successful event company XXLofoten. The owners had thought about establishing unique races in the Lofoten Islands for years until they in 2015 decided to kick it off. They hired a project manager from spring 2015, fully funded by the company, and began the journey to establish a regional adventure in Lofoten. It soon became clear that The Arctic Triple needed space to develop it’s true potential and from Jan 2016 it is part of AB Arctic AS. Ready to rock on!
In August 2015 the first test race was held for Lofoten Triathlon. The Arctic Triple organized an extreme distance triathlon in extreme weather conditions – with great success! 14 athletes finished a 3,5 km swim (shortened from 4 km due to strong winds and high waves), 196 km bike ride and 45 km run. The last 18 km of the run leg crosses two mountains and the weather conditions made the challenge “insane” according to athlete Magnus Minde. -But they all loved it and the entire route was decided to be the official Lofoten Triathlon route. The race will be held annually in week 33 from 2016.
Lofoten Ultra-Trail was the next race to be developed and in October 2015 an exclusive team of runners tested the route. The whole idea about a test run came from Svein Vestøl, who was eager to come up and run the 100 miles +. Just for fun. We were of course happy to do a test, and a couple of runners got along to do the 50 miles distance with us. Great weekend! Amazing race.. Lofoten UltraTrail will be held annually in week 22 from 2016.
Lofoten Skimo is the third and final race in The Arctic Triple. In March 2017 the first edition of the Lofoten Skimo was arranged. The race has two distances: 1000+ and 4000+ height meters. The extreme version is 36 km and goes across 8 mountains. The 1000+ crosses two mountains. Lofoten Skimo will take place annually in week 11 from 2017.
Are you ready for the challenge?