On Wednesday November 6 at 7:30 (yes, in the morning) local time, we’ll draw the lucky participants for Trans Scania 2020. To make it a bit more fun we’ll live stream the event on our Facebook page. Please tune in and say hi!
A week later, on Wednesday November 13, the registration for Trans Scania Winter will open. We’ll use the same procedure as for the regular race, meaning we’ll open the registration at 08:00 local time and resort to a lottery if the race fills up in the first 24 hours.
The race is now full. We’ll keep the registration open for a while longer, but registering now only ensures a place on the waiting list.
The registration for Trans Scania 2020 is now open! Please note that this is for the regular summertime race, not the newly announced Trans Scania Winter.
Should the race fill up in less than 24 hours, all registrations during that time period will be entered into a lottery. Once all participants have been drawn, any remaining registrations will be placed on the waiting list in random order. Subsequent registrations will be added to the waiting list as they come in. If the race isn’t full after 24 hours we’ll skip the lottery altogether and review registrations sequentially as they come in.
With that out of the way, please proceed to the registration form. Good luck!
As previously mentioned we were taken by surprise by the huge interest in this year’s Trans Scania. We’re now getting ready to open the registration for Trans Scania 2020, and to avoid making the registration into a race of its own, we’ve changed the setup a bit.
We’ll open the registration on Wednesday October 30 at 8:00 local (Swedish) time. If the race is full after 24 hours we’ll draw 20 participants from the pool of registrations and put the remaining ones on the waiting list in random order. Additional registrations will be placed on the waiting list as they come in. If the race isn’t full after 24 hours we’ll simply switch to a normal sequential registration. Either way our normal qualification process still applies.
Hopefully this gives everybody a fair chance to join the race. If you’re busy during the initial 24 hour window we suggest you ask a friend or family member to fill out the registration for you.
The registration for Trans Scania Winter will also open shortly, but this information only concerns the regular race.
Some hard-core Trans Scania runners, most notably Peter Bengtsson, have rather persistently let us know that they want another challenge along the Trans Scania route. After some time our initial hesitation turned into enthusiasm, and we’re now excited to announce Trans Scania Winter.
The race will run from Friday to Sunday, just like the regular race, on the weekend of January 31, 2020. The start will be at 8:00 at Långa bryggan, and the preliminary cutoff time is 52 hours.
The cold conditions bring new challenges. It will be more difficult to find water since many taps are turned off in the winter to prevent pipes from freezing. It will also be much darker and the nights will be much much longer. Because of this, we will require all runners to arrange a minimum level of support. We’re still discussing the exact requirements, but you will have to find somebody who you can depend on during the race. Start asking friends and family right away!
Since the conditions are much tougher and the total race time shorter than for the regular Trans Scania race, we have additional requirements on the participants:
- The race is only open to runners who have finished Trans Scania at least once.
- The participants need to organize support as mentioned above.
- Participants who haven’t reached the Haväng turning point within 24 hours will be eliminated from the race. Additional checkpoints may be added.
The race will only be open to ten participants. The registration will open soon, stay tuned for more information!
Another Trans Scania is behind us. This was the first Trans Scania in four years where we didn’t get a new course record. Martin Scharp’s 29:37:15 from last year is still standing. We did however break a number of other records worth mentioning.
It all started when we opened the registration last year, in just a few minutes we had enough applications to fill the race and after a day or so we had enough participants for two. Trans Scania has never filled up nearly as quickly. We’ll stubbornly continue to keep the race small, mainly for two reasons. First, it wouldn’t be the same with 50 participants. We wouldn’t be able to meet up for a cozy dinner on the night before the race, the preparation spot at the beach at Långa bryggan would be too small to fit everybody and their cars etc, but most importantly the feeling would be very different. We really like the friendly and familiar atmosphere of the race and it would be a shame if it was lost. Second, being only two organizers the current size is at the limit of what we can handle both in terms of logistics and being awake for all the finishes. We know we’re not the ones with the toughest job during the race, but we have to be able to make things work as smoothly as possible with respect to our families, jobs etc. to make the race sustainable.
This means there will probably be a number of disappointed people when we open the registration for Trans Scania 2020 as well, but that’s the way it has to be. One thing we think can be improved is the way we handle the registrations. We had a hunch there was a big interest last year, but it was bigger than we ever could have imagined. This of course meant you had to be super fast to secure a spot, and that goes against the nature of the race. We’re still discussing how to best do this, but we will most likely open the registration for a period of time and then use a lottery approach or something like that to select the participants. Please give us any feedback you might have.
There was another registration-related record broken, out of the 20 participants we accepted only two gave up their spots before the race. More people than previous years remained injury-free and good to go which is great (except for the people on the waiting list!) We also had the highest percentage of female runners this year, five out of 20, or 25%.
To our surprise, only one runner quit the race, which also is a new record. This in turn meant we had the highest number of finishers ever, as well as the highest number of male finishers (14) and the highest number of female finishers (5). 93% of the male runners and 100% of the females finished the race. Also all first time participants finished the race. Still, talking to runners right after they finished you could tell it didn’t come easy, so we shouldn’t be too worried Trans Scania is somehow turning into a walk in the park.
We’re planning on opening the registration in October or thereabout, but you won’t have to set an alarm clock or be a quick typist to get a spot next year. It might however involve a bit of luck.
Thank you so much for another fantastic race, we’re already looking forward to next year!
Yet another Trans Scania is over, and like every year we’re full of awe of the people who can take on a challenge like this and finish it with a smile. Thank you runners, supporters, friends, family and complete strangers (including a police patrol flashing their blue lights for one surprised finisher) for making this race such a fantastic experience! We’ll be back with some insights later this week.
Trans Scania 2019 is happening right now! The race started Friday August 9 at 8:00 at Långa bryggan in Bjärred, and ends at Hotel Lundia in Lund. Here are some of the ways can follow the race:
- Live GPS tracking, an absolute must if you want to keep up with the race. The trackers update their position roughly every five minutes.
- Our Facebook page, here we’ll share video updates (in Swedish) as well as finish photos and other news from the race.
- Our Twitter account, mostly mirrored content from the Facebook page.
- Our Instagram account, more behind the scenes type of photos as well as some of the Facebook content.
We’re looking forward to a good race and wish all runners the best of luck!
Trans Scania 2019 is now full. We are awaiting payment from the final three participants, and there is a pretty long waiting list. We’re sad to turn down so many people, but we strongly believe in not letting the concept of Trans Scania slide.
We’ve already started discussing better ways of distributing the start positions for next year, please provide any feedback you might have.
We knew there was a lot of interest in Trans Scania 2019, but we did not see this coming. Almost 40 registrations received in the first day, and most applicants seem to be well merited. We’ll start reviewing the registrations in the upcoming week, but the race is most likely full now.