Aarhus, Denmark, March 29, 2019 Your RG photojournalists spent the day inspecting the course, photographing the athletes, attending a press conference, and generally preparing to cover the event, which will be tomorrow.
The course, by any standards, is stunning – the most difficult these athletes have ever encountered. The 2K loop is run 3, 4 or 5 times, depending on the event. The senior men and women run 10K. Each loop will run through a long beer tent (Runner’s Valhalla) lined with cheering fans, a mud pit, a water splash, a sand pit, a Viking gauntlet, and up and down the steep roof of Moesgaard Museum. The event is referred to as the search for the world’s toughest runner. Athletes like the course and acknowledge that it’s going to be tough. They are ready for the challenge.
We walked the course several times to find the best photo spots and plan our strategy.
The people of Denmark are warm and friendly, and Denmark is routinely rated among the top three happiest countries in the world. Everyone wants to help a visitor. Aarhus is the 2nd largest city in Denmark, a university town, aesthetically pleasing, young and vibrant.
We, too, are excited and look forward to the challenge of covering the event.