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The Leif Eriksson Marathon is named after the son of the fabled Viking, Erik the Red.
The race's start and finish is in the settlement Qassiarsuk which rests on the site of Erik the Red's and Leif Eriksson's 10th century farm, Brattahlid.
Now the entire area is deemed UNESCO world heritage.
Atlantic Music held an anniversary festival in 2008, and was encouraged by bands and musicians to make it an annual festival. Subsequently it became the Akisuanerit Festival. The festival is visited by 2500-3500 people every year.Find out more »
The Polar Circle Marathon is unique in that it is the only marathon in which you can run on Greenland’s IceCap itself. The majority of the course, however, is run on road, which is often covered in snow, due to the race taking place in late October.Find out more »