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Marathon of the Rocks, Bornholm, Denmark

Date: 25 June, 2022

Run through Viking trails Run along the coastal cliffs of Denmark’s best kept secret! Marathon on the Rocks is a splendid but challenging coastal trail run on the northern part of Bornholm. The race features both a marathon and a half marathon. Bornholm is a Danish Island known as the pearl of the Baltic Sea. Also known as the Sunshine Island or the Rocky Island, Bornholm is an intriguing combination of forest, coastal cliffs and small beaches, with a twist of Medieval ca…

Run through Viking trails

Run along the coastal cliffs of Denmark’s best kept secret!

Marathon on the Rocks is a splendid but challenging coastal trail run on the northern part of Bornholm.

The race features both a marathon and a half marathon.

Bornholm is a Danish Island known as the pearl of the Baltic Sea. Also known as the Sunshine Island or the Rocky Island, Bornholm is an intriguing combination of forest, coastal cliffs and small beaches, with a twist of Medieval castle ruins and small fishing towns with harbors and smokehouses. 

Traces of the Vikings are plentiful on the island, from menhirs and runestones to burial sites. Bornholm boasts over 1,000 menhirs scattered around the island, more than any other part of Denmark. Bornholm is also home to numerous burial sites.

It's no surprise that Bornholm has been voted as Europe's second best island in 2019 (Conde Nast). To truly appreciate the enchanting atmosphere this island has to offer, one must be ready to adapt to their laid-back island lifestyle. 

Route Description

With a start close to a traditional smokehouse in Gudhjem, one of Bornholm’s most popular summer spots nestling on the rocky coast of the Baltic Sea shore, the route will take you north to Helligdomsklipperne, passing sights like Våde Ovn and Sorte Gryde, continuing up the coast to the beaches of Sandkås and Sandvigen. After a short tour in the streets of Allinge-Sandvig you will find yourself  back on the tracks, just north of Hammerknuden and Salomons Chapel. With the Lion’s Heads rock formation on one side and the dramatic Hammershus ruins on the other, the track will take you towards Hammers Harbor, where the Marathon and the Half Marathon routes will converge.

Half Marathon will start at the Hammershus Visitor Center. After 1 km the route will converge with the full marathon route close to Hammer Harbor.

The route takes you on a tough path through the Vang quarry and continues down the coast to Hasle harbor. On the last part of the race, you will pass through the forests and beaches located just north of Rønne. In this area, you will find a few of Bornholm's pristine jewels such as the Emerald Lake, Pyrite Lake and Sapphire Lake. The Finish Line will be in the forest just outside Hotel Skovly.

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