For the eight years, the Leif Eriksson Marathon has been held, there has never been more than 55 registered runners. In other words, a tight crowd that takes off when the signal sounds.
It is recommended that you are in Qassiarsuk for the briefing and communal eating before the marathon. You will then have good time to greet the residents of the settlement who are usually quite inquisitive and love to follow the marathon.
If you participate in the Leif Eriksson Marathon, there is the option to stay overnight in a tent next to the school which has toilets and running water available for use. In the settlement’s service building, there are also toilets, showers and washing machines.
Leif Eriksson was the son of the fabled Viking, Erik the Red, and the first European in North America, which he discovered almost 500 years before Columbus.
In the settlement, Qassiarsuk, which is believed to be Leif Eriksson’s childhood home, a bronze statue has been erected in remembrance of his explorations. This was done in 2000 with the celebration of the 1000th year of his journey towards the west.