For two months, from the middle of May to the middle of July, the sun doesn’t set at all in Tromsø, Norway, a city of 64,000 located at about 70° N latitude. That’s 24-hour daylight for about eight weeks. And this Sunday is June 21, the longest day of the year and the official first day of summer. So what does it all mean? It means it’s time for the annual Midnight Sun Marathon.
At midnight tomorrow, in broad daylight, competitors from all over the world will be off and running in Tromsø. There are marathons held all over the world at all times of year, but this has to be one of the most unique. And it’s not just a marathon. They also have a half-marathon, a 10k, a 4.2k, and even a children’s race. This begs the question, at midnight shouldn’t the children be in bed?
Anyway, this will be the 20th running of the Midnight Sun Marathon. With enough training, maybe you can make it to Tromsø next year to run in the 21st. At the very least, you could be a spectator.