Last chance to run the two-lap course

A new course for the 2018 ASICS Stockholm Marathon

This year’s edition of the marathon, on 3 June, is your last chance to experience the classic two-lap course. When ASICS Stockholm Marathon is run for the 40th time in 2018, it will be on a completely new course. Even more of a city feel and fewer repeats are a some of the new features. If you’re participating in 2017, you’ll have priority to register for the jubilee race which will take place on 2 June next year.

ASICS Stockholm Marathon was held for the first time in 1979. Then, almost 2,000 runners set off on the two-lap course around central Stockholm, which has since become the hallmark of the race. Minor changes have been implemented over the years but in 2018 the biggest change in the race’s history will be made to the course. To keep the best features but, at the same time, create a course which better reflects Stockholm today, has been the guiding principle throughout the work on the new sections.

Daniel Almgren

- A lot has happened since 1979 both to the centre of Stockholm and ASICS Stockholm Marathon. New districts have come of age and the race has developed into one of Europe’s largest marathons. That the race has run through so much of the centre of the city has made it unique, and this is the feature we wanted to strengthen with the new course. At the same time, we want to be able to show the runners even more of what is one of world’s most beautiful capitals, explained Daniel Almgren, managing director of Marathongruppen.

Västerbron remains
The exact course is still secret but runners’ favourite parts such as the waterfronts of Strandvägen, Norr Mälarstrand, past the City Hall, over Skeppsbron and Västerbron bridges will remain. Amongst other things, a longer stretch around Södermalm will be added and a new section on Kungsholmen. Possibly the least favourite part – the tour of Gärdet and out around Kaknästornet TV tower – will disappear.    The new course will not be two laps, which will give considerably more variation.

- It has been important for us to listen to runners’ requests around how we can improve the race and adding more inner city sections at the cost of the stretch out to Kaknäs is in line with the feedback we have received over the years. I’m really pleased with this new course which preserves what makes ASICS Stockholm Marathon unique and I can promise an even more spectacular running experience in 2018, said Ulf Saletti, project leader for ASICS Stockholm Marathon.

If you’re running this year’s marathon, you will have priority to register for the 40th anniversary race in 2018. You will also be first to get an exclusive sight of the exact details of the new course. More information will follow.