New Marathon Course
22. July 2019

The 2019 Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon takes place on Saturday, August 24th. In the race you can choose between five different distances, with the shortest distance being 600 m FunRun and the longest a full marathon.

This year significant changes have been made to the full marathon course which should make the experience more enjoyable for both participants and those who want to cheer them on.

Previously the course was partially run twice but the new course is now one big circle and very diverse. Participants will be running more through resident areas. Like previous years, the course leads through resident areas in Vesturbær and Seltjarnarnes but also through Tún, Teigar, through Laugardalur valley, Vogar and a harbour neighbourhood called Bryggjuhverfið.

Instead of running by the coastline and continuing to Seltjarnarnes again, the last few kilometers participants will be going along Öskjuhlíð, though Þingholt, Skólavörðuholt, on to Sæbraut, passing Harpa Concert Hall and back in to Lækjargata where the race started.

It has been known to be a great experience to run the 10 km race because of all the people standing by the course cheering for the runners. By changing the full marathon course in this way we hope to bring more people out to the streets to cheer for the runners.

The full Marathon starts, just like other distances, in Lækjargata by the old school building housing Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík. For more detailed information about the full marathon course:

The changes made to the full marathon course where made in cooperation with the City of Reykjavik and the Police. Runners familiar with the race and regular participants where consulted in the process of this course change and we are all excited about the final outcome.

Marathon runners with church Hallgrímskirkja in the background

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The Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon is organized by Reykjavik Sports Union, a union of sports clubs in Reykjavik. Other events organized by the Reykjavik Sports Union are: Laugavegur Ultra Marathon in July, Suzuki Midnight Sun Run in June, Reykjavik International Games in January and the Northern Lights Run in February.