29.02.2020

Holmenkollmarsjen 1974-2017

 

Highs and lows with the Holmenkollmarsjen.

Holmenkollmarsjen was first organized in 1974. "Marsjen" (march) has had highs and lows. From the beginning of 1974 to 1994, the race was organized on Sunday during the World Cup arrangement for FIS World Cup Nordic in Holmenkollen. In the beginning, the participants had the shower facilities in large military tents in the Holmenkollen arena and could go straight to cheer the participants in the famous skijump competition afterwards. The term "marsj" was adequate for the product. All started on one starting shot, and the experience of the ski jumping competition in Holmenkollen was an important part of the experience.

Like a festivity
For the founder of the Holmenkollmarsjen, Rolf Nyhus, it was important that all participants should receive, and feel, the same service, either you spent the longest time to the finish or you were among the best in the race. Nyhus ensured that the last skiiers were served ‘’festivity food’’ when passing Kikut. The military has been, and still is, a good partner for Skiforeningen and events in Holmenkollen and they provided large shower tents and had large crews to support Holmenkollmarsjen. After a shower, the participants could use the starting number as entrance fee for the famous classic Holmenkollen Sunday.

Growing participation in cross country racing. 
In the late 70 's and early ' 80s there was a growth in many cross-country ski races. This growth resulted in a change from 10-year increments to 5-year intervals in the class division to get a better tracking of timing, which was mostly manual earlier, and for the organizers to cope with the increasing number of participants. Beyond the 80 ′s the participation dropped and in 1983-84, Birkebeinerrennet had only 3-4000 participants. While the participant number sank in the ski runs, the "shape wave" moved healthy people in the direction of running where several events had greatly growth in the participant's number. It was during this period the run for Grete Waitz had 40.000 female participants and Oslo Marathon had 1992 about 12000 participants.

Downturn.

Only 1380 skiers participated in Holmenkollmarsjen in 1993 after cancellations 1989, 1990 and 1992. During this period, there were several warm winters without enough snow to arrange cross country races and with poor conditions for cross country skiing in eastern part of Norway. This lead to dropping interest for cross-country competitions.

 

Climate challenges
Since 2006 the Holmenkollen ski Marathon has been arranged three times at Gåsebu, north of Oslo closed to Hamar. This was a bad timing for Holmekollmarsjen as growth in participation was a main aim for the race organizer. Gåsbu worked well as a reserve venue, but it is in Nordmarka our participants like to race and where Skiforeningen facilitates skiing through management of more than 2000 km of skitracks.

Holmenkollmarsjen
In 2011, Skiforeningen invited skiers to Holmenkollen Skimaraton in a new track. The new route was well received, and the participation increased in 2011 and 2012. Skiforeningen has chosen to take back the original name Holmenkollmarsjen. It is more than 40 years since the first race and many skiers are using "marsjen" when talking about the competition as this was the original name. Holmenkollmarsjen consists of two distances: 25 km and 54 km. In 2012, route changed slightly from 2011. This change was well received from skiers and the landowner was positive for the improvements in the new route as well. 

Year

Registrations

Started

Winner Men

Time

Winner Female

Time

1974-10.mars      

2424

2147

Ingval Halvorsen

02:12:20

Astri Skovdahl

2:48:14

1975-09.mars      

2519

2194

Narve Lønseth

02:10:11

Astrid Engebretsen

02:50:20

1976-14.mars      

3522

3154

O.I. Følling Hansen

02:12:23

Astrid Engebretsen

02:42:34

1977-13.mars      

5591

4861

Oddvar Nygaard

02:11:23

Nina M Søbye

02:48:24

1978-12.mars      

6504

5865

Arnt Kr Haug

02:18:05

Ingun Oftebru

02:47:17

1979-11.mars      

8117

6729

Arnt Kr Haug

02:20:34

Gørli Stav

02:53:00

1980-16.mars      

7688

6600

Gunnar Bentdal

02:14:04

Astrid Engebretsen

02:46:21

1981-08.mars      

7957

7000

Hans Chr Udnæs

02:15:33

Unn H Heggedal

02:44:07

1982-14.mars      

7016

6000

Hans Chr Udnæs

02:14:09

Camilla Meinich

02:40:00

1983-13.mars      

6300

5400

Oddvar Larsen

02:12:28

Bjørg Moen

02:43:29

1984-11.mars      

6075

5133

Rune Hindseth

02:14:33

Kristine Ødegaard

02:47:15

1985-10.mars      

5382

4069

Geir Simonsen

02:10:22

Bjørg Moen

02:43:29

1986-16.mars      

5635

4496

Jan Pedersen

02:05:35

Toril Bratli Wold

02:28:04

1987-22.mars      

6711

5462

Vetle Vinje 

02:17:46

Ingrid Fjøsne

02:43:24

1988-20.mars      

5844

5339

Hideo Okamoto, JAP  

02:25:51

Elin Bakk Antonsen 

02:50:28

1989-05.mars      

Avlyst

1990-18.mars      

Avlyst

1991-17.mars     

2900

2900

Jon Kåre Løvold

02:25:51

Bente Meisingseth

02:26:30

1992-15.mars      

Avlyst

1993-28.feb        

1380

1380

Bo Engdahl

02:03:38

Uilog Heilman

02:36:59 (38 km)

1994-12.mars     

2867

2444

Morten Aasebø

02:03:31

Elin Bakk Antonsen

2:21:05

1995-19.feb        

3294

2703

Dag Svege

02:12:07

Hege Reine

2:37:34

1996-18.feb        

3245

2610

Trond Lillebekk

02:10:50

Elin Bakk Antonsen

2:39:02

 

 

 

Morten Kløvstad

02:10:50

 

 

1997-16.feb        

2880

2152

Pål Chr Johnsen

01:46:12

Elin Bakk Antonsen

02:04:59 (38 km)

1998-22.feb        

2413

1623

Dag Svege

01:37:52

Ine Wigernæs

01:57:38 (Ringkollen)

1999-14.feb        

2448

2105

Bjørn Kristiansen

01:49:33

Elin Bakk Antonsen

2:21:05

2000-13.feb       

2020

1443

Kjartan Roland

02:03:41

Anette Skjolden

02:28:52 (Ringkollen)

2001-11.feb        

1910

1674

Kristen Aaby

02:11:36

Kristin Sem Thaggaard

2:38:03

2002-10.feb        

2089

1730

Espen Bjervig

01:59:54

Eva Kjerstadmo

02:25:29 (Ringkollen)

2003-09.feb              

2731

2265

Ola Sandholt

02:09:08

Åshild Storvik

2:29:54

2004-14.feb             

3110

2815

Rune Thorseth

02:00:41

Kristin Sem Thagaard

2:25:15

2005-13.feb   

2857

2353

Håvard Skorstad

01:50:14 (Gåsbu)  

Camilla Kristensen

02:19:03 (Gåsbu)

2006-11.feb              

3836

3585

Håvard Skorstad

01:58:57

Therese Engen

2:20:44

2007-09.feb

2816

2378

Rune Müller

01:59:21 (Gåsbu)

Therese Johaug

02:12:32 (Gåsbu)

2008-08.feb

3361

2749

Petter Eliassen

01:53:52

Tuva Toftdahl

2:12:29

2009-14.feb

2612

2153

Ole Christian Mork

01:57:37

Solfrid Braathen

2:16:28

2010-13.feb

4021

3495

Petter Eliassen

01:57:44

Solfrid Braathen

2:17:09

2011-05.feb 55km

4885

4190

Arne Post

02:41:04

Inger Liv B. Nilsen

3:05:41

2011-05.feb 23km

1301

1060

Tore Bjonviken

01:15:54

Celine Brun-Lie

1:20:01

2012-11.feb 54km

6065

4727

Arne Post

02:35:57

Solfrid Braathen

3:03:28

2012-11.feb 24km

1512

1148

Per-Christian L. Torgersrud

01:17:56

Sandra Hansson

1:26:54

2013- 9. feb. 54km

6735

5479

Eldar Rønning

2:32:35

Solfrid Braathen

3:05:42

2013- 9. feb. 25km

1534

1204

Ole Oldereid Andersen

1:15:26

Stine Haugen

1:35:31

2014- 8. feb. 53 km

4983

3654

Arne Post

2:37:42

Inger Liv Bjerkreim Nilsen

2:59:56

2014- 8. feb. 23 km

1554

1201

Ole-Henrik Kabbe

1:05:10

Betty Ann Bjerkreim

1:15:40

2015- 7. feb, 54 km 

3678

3178

Øystein Pettersen

2:28:34

Solfrid Braathen

2:56:05

2015- 7. feb. 25 km

1220

1049

Kasper Stadaas

1:12:57

Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen

1:20:28

2016 - 13. februar. 40 km

1780

1416

Arne Post

1:43:33

Kristin Antonsen

2:02:53

2016 - 13. februar. 20 km

872

676

Stian Grastveit

0:53:01

Kari Øvsthus

1:00:58

2017 - 4. mars. 48 km

1338

1917

Even Brøndbo Dahl

2:27:58

Ingeborg Dahl

2:50:15

2017 - 4 mars. 25 km

531

765

Pål Golberg

1:11:36

Ingrid Damgaard

1:27:53

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