The SECOND YEAR ANNIVERSARY GOTLAND RUN 511K (6 – 15 JULY, 2024)

Visit Gotland and explore the island as a true vagabond

Gotland Run is not, in the strictest sense, a race. It should rather be seen as a running adventure or a mass journey run and an exploration of your inner space. Gotland Run is inspired by the “Last Annual Vol State 500k”. The race organization covers the essential elements of a journey run. All other arrangements for food and lodging are the responsibility of the runner.

The course starts 10:00 am at the smal cabin “Oskars” on Eksta kusten about 45 k south of Visby and then runs a complete lap clockwise around the island including a lap around Fårö. Total distance of the race is about 511 k (318 miles).

Most part of the course follow Gotlands leden. This is a road race and most of the running will be on asphalt. 

Participants will live on the bum in the beautiful landscape of Gotland. The island is known for its many churches so there should be plenty of places to seek shelter and fill up on water. The locals are friendly and you will probably find some “Angel Stations” along the course. At the Angel Stations you can load up on energy, drinks and find shelter. 

The entire journey must be made on foot within 10 days. This corresponds to an average speed of about 50k per day. Twice a day (10 am & 10 pm) the participants report their position along the course. Every morning at 10.00 am the participant must have traveled at least 50k on average per day to be allowed to continue the race. Participants will use Google maps to see where they are on the course and how many kilometers they have covered. Link to the check-in tool and map will be provided by the organizer. 

Someone will of course reach the finish line first and officially be declared as the winner, but everyone who manages to complete the journey will be a winner. 

The entry fee covers the most essential parts of your trip:
– Race dinner at registration the night before start (mandatory).
– A bed (night before start) at the hostel “Visby Fängelse” (the old prison hostel is located 100 meters from the ferry from the mainland).
– Breakfast at raceday 
– Transport from Visby Fängelse to the Start at Eksta kusten. The transport leaves out side the hostel at 8 am and will not wait for those who show up late.
– Number plate
– Pickup and transport for those who are forced to give up their attempt.
– Transport from the finish line back to the ferry terminal in Visby. The car leaves at least once a day. Option to sleep and recover in the small cabin while waiting for the transport. 
– Race souvenir

 

BASIC RULES

“Gotland Run” is not, in the strictest sense, a race. It is a mass journey run. The race organization covers the essential elements of a journey run. We provide a “last supper” and a bed at the Visby fängelse (Visby prison) the night before the race, breakfast at raceday and a bailout for anyone wishing to vacate their attempt. All other arrangements for food and lodging are the responsibility of the runner.

Below is a list of the basic rules covering the race. The race intentionally keeps rules to a minimum relying on common sense. These rules are not all inclusive and the RD is the final authority on any situation.

1) Safety is the first consideration. You are expected to take all reasonable precautions to avoid putting your health in jeopardy. If we believe that you have exceeded reasonable bounds, you may be required to leave the course.

Gotland Run is a challenging event for even the most experienced runner. The ultimate responsibility for your safety rests with you. 

–  If you have a serious and immediate emergency, call 112. 

–  Treat traffic hazards with respect. You are not going to win a fight of way contest with a car. 

On the parts of the course where there are cycle lanes and sidewalks, these must be used in the first place. Keep in mind that many cyclists drive fast and quietly.

Reflective vest or similar must be worn between 10.00 pm to 06.00 am. We recommend that you use a headlight while running at night but it’s not mandatory. 

–  Gotland Run can be the adventure of a lifetime, and it will push you to your utmost limits. Making a full lap is not something every runner will attain. 

“Know your limits. Showing the wisdom to stop before endangering yourself will not be penalized. You can always return for another attempt. You do not get another life.” -Lazarus Lake

2) All competitors must cover the complete course on foot.

If you make a wrong turn or otherwise leave the course you must return on foot to the point where you left the course before continuing. 

IE you must cover the complete course but you are allowed to leave the course to stay in a hotel, visit a restaurant, wellcome center, fill water etc. as long as you return to the same point where you left it. 

3) No pacers are allowed. Runners may only be accompanied by other entrants who are at the same point in the race.

4) Runners must report to race management twice per day at approximately 10 am and 10 pm or as soon as possible after. If you will be off the course at the check in time, you may report early.

5) Runners may not ride in a vehicle for any reason during the event. The only exception is if you are ordered into a vehicle by law enforcement. If this occurs, you may ride back to the point where you left the course.

6) Cutoff. Participants must at each check-in at 10:00 am. have traveled an average of 50k every 24 hours to be allowed to continue their journey. The maximum time to finish the race is 10 days. Participants can see in Google maps where they are on the course and how many kilometers they have covered. Link to the checkin tool and map will be provided by the organizer.

7) If you require any sort of emergency medical treatment, including an IV, you are required to vacate your attempt. Your health and safety are the first consideration. In some cases, the participant may be allowed back into the race after making a phone call to the RD.  

For example such a situation can occur; If the RD’s belief is that the reason for the interruption is not deemed to endanger and affect the participant’s health for the remaining part of the race. In such a situation, you may also ride back to the point where you left the course for medical treatment and continue. 

Other information:

1) Mandatory equipment:

-Backpack
-Liquid container
-Cellphone
-Safety blanket
-Reflective vest or similar
-Race tag attached on the backpack and the front side of your leg or in a race belt
-National flag attached to the backpack
-Headlamp

2) This is an unaided race. There might be one or more unofficial aid stops (Angel Stations) along the course organized by locals. Utilizing these stops is not considered as unauthorized support. 

However, accepting assistance from friends, or other people not locals is considered as unauthorized support. It is also not allowed to enter private homes.

3) The ferry across to Fårö takes 6 minutes and is free of charge. The ferry departs every hour and a half from Fårösund and returns directly from Fårö. Approximate departure time from Fårö can therefore be calculated “departure time from Fårösund +6-12 minutes”.

At night, the ferry might need to be called on by telephone (+46 771-65 65 65). 

The different waiting time for the ferry between participants is judged to be so small that it will not affect the outcome of the race.

4) Bailout can be chosen at any point, requiring only a telephone call to request removal from the course. An immediate pickup cannot be guaranteed.

HISTORY

The competition was organized for the first time in 2023. Of the 5 who started, 3 made it all the way to the finish line.

Gotland Run is heavily influenced by “Last Annual Vol State Race”.

Last Annual Vol State (LAVS) is directed by Lazarus Lake organized together with Carl Laniak. LAVS is such a fantastic race that I wanted its equivalent in Sweden to resemble its origin as much as possible. 

I have received Carl and Laz’s blessing to organize Gotland Run 511k. I am forever grateful to them for giving me the opportunity to run LAVS across Tennessee. If you get the chance to participate in the “Last Annual Vol State” don’t miss it!

Peter Schröder (Race Director)