Trans Scania Winter

What

Trans Scania Winter is an unsupported 246 km trail run (with some road parts) in southern Sweden.

Who

Runners: For the safety of the participants, Trans Scania Winter is a race for runners who have finished Trans Scania at least once after 2010. This will ensure some knowledge of the current route and a good understanding of the challenge it poses.

Co-runners: A qualified participant may invite a co-runner who does not have to have finished (or even participated in) Trans Scania before. Co-runners are also participants in the race but need to stay with their “host” at all times. If the host quits the race the co-runner must also quit. See more under Mandatory support below. Co-runners still need to be qualified Trans Scania participants. This is judged on a case-by-case basis, but the organizers look for merits like 100-mile races, 24-hour races etc. in the last 12 months.

Where

The race follows the regular Trans Scania route. Please check the Race info page for the regular race for details.

When

Trans Scania Winter takes place on January 21-23 2022. The start is at 8:00 sharp, below is a detailed list of deadlines.

6:50 AM: Participants who want a ride from Lund to the start meet in front of the yellow train station building (transportation must be confirmed in advance).
7:00 AM: Cars leave Lund.
7:45 AM: All runners must be at the race start (at the very far end out on the Långa bryggan jetty) for a final brief. Walking the jetty takes at least 5 minutes.
8:00 AM: The race begins.

Runners who fail to reach the turning point at Haväng within 24 hours are disqualified and have to voluntarily stop running and arrange transportation back. The cutoff time at the finish line is 52 hours, which means the finish closes at noon on Sunday, February 2.

Price

The registration fee for Trans Scania Winter is 750 SEK. The registration includes a nice t-shirt for finishers, GPS tracker rental, and optional transportation from Lund to the start for the runner on the race day. No other transportation, food or accommodation is included. The registration is personal and cannot be refunded, transferred to another person, or kept for another year.

Included support

Unlike the regular Trans Scania race, no drop bags are handled by the organizers. It’s possible to hand in one finish bag that will be available upon finishing the race. The finish bags are handled in a reasonably secure way, i.e. in a locked car and in a hotel room, so storing wallets, keys, etc. in them should be fine. This is, however, done at your own risk.

Mandatory support

All runners are required to arrange support in one of the following ways:

  1. Running together with somebody at all times, for example another participant or a group of support runners taking turns.
  2. Having a friend or family member check on your map position at least every two hours throughout the race and ensure the map marker has moved a reasonable distance. If there seems to be a problem this person has to be able to go out into the forest, possibly in the middle of the night, to make sure everything is OK.

Please note: If you chose to go with option 1 and this fails, for example if your partner has to quit the race, you are required to be prepared for option 2 or quit the race along with them.

Optional support

Support cars, pacers, personal drop bags placed beforehand, and all other personal support is allowed.

Tracking

All participants are required to carry tracking equipment, which will be provided by the organizers. These are used to monitor and plan the race. A public live map will be provided for sharing with friends and family, but the accuracy is not guaranteed, and the reported position is only to be seen as an approximation. This is crucial to keep in mind if a runner seems to be in trouble and needs to be reached.

The tracking devices must be returned to the organizers after the race. If you plan to switch between different bags throughout the race, please make sure to take the tracker with you!

Electronics

The life of all batteries is shortened substantially in low temperatures. If you bring a mobile phone for safety its highly recommended to also bring a hefty power bank for it to ensure it lasts the whole race. The same goes for running watches to some extent, even though they are usually heated by the body of the runner. If you rely on a watch for navigation, it’s recommended that you pack a power bank or other means of charging it as well.