The official Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 10th anniversary film was released yesterday. The 12 ½ minute clip takes in the sights of last year’s extreme multisport event. The opening lines of the movie sum up the atmosphere… ‘For 10 years athletes have taken to the mountains and fjords of Norway… [battling their way] ‘through what is considered the ultimate triathlon on the planet’.
By the time the 2013 Norseman Xtreme Triathlon closed its enrolment window last November, almost 1200 athletes from 44 countries had signed up for the 11th edition of the event. (Enrolment for Norseman 2013 opened at 07:00 CET on Saturday 27 October and closed a week later, at 07:00 CET on Saturday 3 November 2012.)
The athletes who enrolled all secured a ticket in the draw for one of the 250 much-coveted race slots. Hardangervidda Triatlon Klubb, which organizes Norseman, notified the expectant athletes with the results of the draw towards the end of last year. Participation at the ever-popular race is restricted in consideration of the athletes’ safety on the unique and extremely demanding course.
“We are both proud and humbled to be organizing a race that is considered bucket list by so many excellent and dedicated athletes around the world,” said Dag Oliver, General Manager of Norseman Xtreme Triathlon. “Norseman’s spectacular course and low-key atmosphere have lent us the reputation of a back-to-basics race that remains true to the core of triathlon. This is a legacy we are very proud of.”
Oliver continued, “While half of the enrollees are Norwegian, nations on all continents are represented; from Argentina to Australia, Belize to Belgium, South Africa to Singapore, and the Ukraine to the USA.”
Oliver noted that, in 2012, France represented the greatest increase in interest. Other major triathlon nations such as the UK and Germany also have a large number of athletes in the race. He added, “And we are happy to note that our Swedish neighbours have now really discovered Norseman.”