The battle to secure a spot in the world’s largest kite endurance race on snow starts Thursday December 1st at 18:00 (CET).
Over 300 snowkiters will meet up on the plains of Hardangervidda to battle against the weather Gods and each other, when the seventh edition of the legendary snowkite marathon Red Bull Ragnarok kicks off again from March 30th to April 2nd 2017.
In the roughest snowkite challenge on the planet, the participants who overcome the harsh conditions on the vast mountain plateau, will battle it out to the bitter end (aka the finish line). As always, the chase to secure a spot is almost as challenging as the race itself. Registration for the 300 available spots opens Thursday December 1st 2016 at 18:00 CET.
– It’s a once in a lifetime snow kite race at one of the most wildly beautiful locations in this world. No matter how frustrating it gets, you always learn something new about kiting when you put yourself in these out of the ordinary situations, says Susi Mai, professional kiter, co-founder and president of MaiTai Global.
Another kiter who was put out of his comfort zone in the 2016 edition of the race was Alaa Al Dandachli from Lebanon:
– I want to take part again. It’s really exciting to fight the cold weather and push the limits to finish the race in less than five hours. Next year my goal is to finish amongst the top finals, since the 2016 edition was my first time kiting on snow, he says.
As in previous years, Haugastøl Hotel (1000m a.s.l.) offers the best place to relax, mingle, sleep, eat and recharge. The spots are tight here as well, so be sure to reserve a bed – after you have secured a place amongst the 300.
Participant registration opens December 1st 2016 18:00 CET on www.redbullragnarok.com
Red Bull Ragnarok was first held in 2010, and is not only the toughest, but also the biggest snowkite race in the world. 300 kiters from at least 30 countries are expected to fill the starting lists in no time, to compete in the cold and unforgiving conditions the Hardangervidda has to offer. The race course will be a lap of between 10 and 20 kilometers, and participants will have to complete five laps (up to 100 km) in 5 hours. Nevertheless, after the final round the king and the queen of Ragnarok will be crowned!