SFTR 100K - Stranda fjord trail race

SFTR 100K, ascent 7140 vertical meters, descent 7140 vertical meters

This is probably one of the most scenic and challenging 100K´s out there. This course takes you on a wild loop from Stranda and Storfjorden, to the iconic mt. Slogen and it´s majestic view of Hjørundfjorden and back to Stranda for the finish. You will be running on flowy singel trail, technical off trail, and alpine ridges high above the fjord where you will have to do some easy scrambling at times.

This is also a UTMB qualifying race which will give you 5 points. Read more about it here

The Race

Start – Vasset. Distance: 14km.
The course starts on the town square in Stranda. From Stranda you will first be running a few km on a asphalt road until you hit the trailhead on Framhus. From Framhus you will be running on a nice trail up to Dregetua (693) and then off trail over to Vardnakken (878masl) and further to Blåhornsvatnet on trail. From Blåhornsvatnet you will be running on a nice trail down to Vasset, where you will find the first aid station of the course, here it´s served drinks and food.

Vasset – Duklidalen. Distance: 7km.
From Vasset you will be running a few km on a gravel road until you hit the trailhead for the trail towards Lievarden (799masl) and Duklidalen (820masl). In Duklidalen you will find the second aid station of the course, with drinks.

Duklidalen – Fjørstad. Distance: 12km.
From Duklidalen you will be running on and off trail up the Mønet. There are sections here that´s up to 45 degrees steep, you will have to use your hands at times on this section. From Mønet you will be on and off trail in scree up to Fremste Blåhornet (1478masl). From Blåhornet you will be running off trail along the ridge high above the fjord towards Åknesnibba (1296masl). This section is very technical as the ridge is narrow at some parts, but it´s also one of the coolest parts of the course with amazing views down into the fjord. There are parts with scrambling involved on this section. On Åknesnibba you will turn around and run down to Instevatnet and further to Rjupeskarvatnet off trail, technical running. And further out Fjørstaddalen past Heimfjørstadsætra and down to Fjørstad on a very nice trail. On Fjørstad you will find the third aid station of the course, here it is served drinks and a warm meal.

Fjørstad – Habostadsætra. 14km.
From Fjørstad you will be running on the road down the Strandavalley for 4km and then continue into Moldskreddalen on a gravel road for 3km to Mesætra. By Mesætra you will hit the trailhead to Storhornet, cross the river on a bridge, and start the climb up to Storhornet (1309masl) on and off trail. After summiting Storhornet you will turn around and follow the course back down for 1km, and then turn right and hit the trail down to Habostadsætra. Ths downhill section is very steep but the trail is nice. If you are good at running downhill you will love this section. On Habostadsætra you will find the fourth aid station of the course, here it is served drinks and food.

Habostadsætra – Patchellhytta. 6km.
From Habostadsætra you will be running on the marked hiking trail trough a lush birchforrest to Nysetvatnet with a great view towards Brekketind and the Brekketind glacier, and then further to Patcellhytta. At Patcehellhytta you will find the fifth aid station of the course, here it´served drinks and a warm meal.

Patchellhytta – Langsætra. 11km.
From Pathellhytta the climb to the iconic mt. Slogen (1564masl) starts. You will be running on the marked hiking trail up to Slogen. The last part up to Slogen is technical and very steep, it involves scrambling. From Slogen you have a majestic view over Hjørundfjorden. The summit is very narrow, so you have to be careful at the top. Here you will turn around and backtrack the way you came up for 1,5km. But instead of going back down to Patchellhytta, you will turn left and continue towards Isavatnet and further down Langseterdalen past Storevatnet on a nice trail. On Langsætra you will find the sixth aid station of the course, here it´s served drinks and with food. This is also the location for the first cut off time.

Langsætra – Velleseterhytta. 9km.
From Langsætra you will be running on a marked trail up to Gullmordalsvatnet passing by the Gullmorglacier along the trail (you will not be running on the glacier). This section is technical and you will be running on scree. After passing Gullmordalsvatnet you will be on the top of the Gullmorbrekka (979masl) pass, from here you will be running technical downhill to Velleseterhytta where you will find the seventh aid station of the course, here it´s served drinks and a warm meal.

Velleseterhytta – Svartevatnet. 10km.
From Velleseterhytta you will run to Brunstadsætra through a lush birch forrest and crossing the river on a bridge right before Brunstadsætra. On Brunstadsætra you will get on the nice but very steep trail up to Storevatnet. From Storevatnet you will be climbing off trail up to Ystevasshornet (1330masl). The view from Ystevasshornet back down to Storevatnet and further back to Slogen is just stunning. At the summit you will turn around and continue off trail with technical downhillrunning to Vassdalen where you will hit the trail down to Svartevatnet. By Svartevatnet you will find the eight aid station of the course. Here it´s served drinks and a warm meal.

Svartevatnet – Skuravatnet. 9km.
By Svartevatnet you will cross the road and get on a nice trail to Langevatnet and further to Roaldshornet (1230masl). From the summit of Roaldshornet you can enjoy the epic view over Storfjorden and down to Stranda. You will continue to Blåfjellet and downhill Trollvaregga with technical running down to Skuravatnet. At Skuravatnet you will find the ninth aid station of the course. Here it´s served food and drinks.

Skuravatnet – Stranda. 8km.
From Skuravatnet you will go off trail along Skuravatnet and then up the last climb of the course to Skurahornet (848masl). From Skurahornet you will be running on a nice trail all the way down to the outskirts of Stranda, and then on gravel and asphalt roads down to the finish line at the town square in Stranda.


Course and profile


Total amount of aidstations: 9

Practical info and race rules

All runners must register at Race office and sign a release of liability form and sign a form that states that you have attained all info about the course that SFTR has provided. Race bibs will be handed out at registration.

Race Meeting
In Norwegian at Storfjord Kulturhus Friday at 12.00
In English at Storfjord Kulturhus on Friday at 12.45
All runners must attend the race meeting prior to the race

Bag drop off
You can drop off your clothing bag for after the race at Race Office when you register.  You will get to race numbers at registration, use one of them to mark your bag.

Mandatory equipment
Here you have a list of items every runner got to have in the backpack during the whole race. You have to use the same backpack for the entire race.

  • Rain and windproof jacket & windproof pants
  • Warm hat
  • Buff
  • Gloves
  • 1 extra energybar
  • 1 extra shirt
  • First field dressing (bandage to stop bleeding with)
  • cup (We don´t use plastic cups at hydration stations, but every participant gets a SFTR fold cup at registration to bring on the race)
  • Cell phone
  • GPS that can read a gpx file for you to follow
  • Compass and map
  • Whistle
  • Emergency blanket
  • Headlamp with xtra batteries

Start SFTR 100K
The start is Saturday at 02.00am on the town square in Stranda.

Max time and cut off.
It´s a max time of 30 hours for the race. Thereby there´s a cut off time at Langsætra on at 18.00 (after 15hours since the start time) There will be transportation provided back to Stranda for the ones who don´t make cut off.

The race finishes in Stranda at the town square.

Hydration and energy
Runners are responsible to carry their own water/hydration and to bring enough energy in between the aid stations.

There is 8 aid stations along the course, 4 of them serves a warm meal. There are streams/creeks along the course where water can found.

Age limit
Age limit for Stranda Fjord Trail Race 100K is 18 years.

It´s allowed to use poles during the race.

Shoe change
It´s allowed to change shoes during the race. But only at aid stations and your crew has to provide the shoes.

It´s only allowed to receive help from your crew at the aid stations along the course.

It´s allowed to bring a pacer from Patchellhytta 53km into the race. You can have multiple pacers for the race, but only one at the time. Names and contact info to the pacers must be delivered to us by email, or to race office by the 6th of August at the latest. Pacers must provide their own drinks and energy as this wount be provided for them at aid stations.

Image and video rights
By participating in any SFTR race, you as a participant agree that SFTR have the right of images and video that our photographers and video crew are documenting you in before, during, and after ther race at our event locations.

Every runner has to have their own accident insurance to be allowed to enter the race.

Change of course or cancellation of the race
SFTR will always prioritize the saftey of our participants and voulenters. If the weather conditions puts the participants and volulenters in danger, the race organization will change the course. In extreme conditions the race can be cancelled.

By signing up to participate in any SFTR race the particiapant agrees to respect the race organizations decision. There is no refunds on the registration fee if the race is cancelled.

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