Will there be a draw of starting slots for Norseman 2022?
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, Norseman 2020 was postponed to August 7th, 2021. The 2021 event was held as a COVID adapted race with a limited number of starters, mostly residing in Norway. Read more here.
The majority of the 2020 athletes deferred their slots until 2022. We currently have no open slots for the 2022 race, so there will be no draw. We will do our best to make some available this winter.
We are crossing our fingers for a “normal” Norseman draw in fall 2022, for our 20th edition anniversary race in 2023.
What is the race date for Norseman
Norseman is always held on the first Saturday of August. Check the calendar for the year in question and you will find the date.
For 2022 it is August 6th.
2023 – August 5th. (20th edition)
2024 – August 3rd.
… and so on.
How do the extra chances in the draw work for 2023?
We have not touched your extra chances in 2020, 2021 and 2022. If you applied for 2020, had one (or more) chances, and did not get a slot, you will have two (or more) chances when you apply for the 2023 race. You can check the status of your extra chances on your profile on race.se
How do the extra chances in the draw work?
Since enrolment for the 2016 race we started giving extra chances for athletes not successful in the draw. Adding an extra chance for every consecutive unsuccessful year.
First-year 1 applying, gives chance in the draw.
Second-year, 2 chances
Third-year, 3 chances
Yes, exactly…. and so on
The extra chances can be tracked on the athlete profile on www.race.se.
If awarded a starting slot, or if not signing up consecutive years, the counter will be reset.
I want to race to raise money for my favorite charity. Do you have any slots allocated to this that I can have?
We do not have any charity slots. That said we donate significant amounts ourselves, and encourage our athletes to do so as well. For all practical purposes, the size of our race prohibits us from offering charity slots. To treat our thousands of applicants fairly we want as many of our slots as possible to go into the draw where everyone has a chance.
I have an extremely good reason to get a slot outside the draw.
All our athletes usually have very good reasons to race. Anniversaries, weight loss, recovery from illness, pluss an infinite number of other reasons are represented amongst our athletes as their personal reasons to race. This makes us very happy. But to treat our thousands of applicants fairly we want as many of our slots as possible to go into the draw where everyone has a chance and do not make exceptions for slots outside the draw outside the few slots allocated to our sponsors and elite. This is a tough call for us as organisers as we do get many good (and often sad) reasons to race.
I was lucky and got a slot for the race. Now I can´t race due to “XXXX”. May I defer my slot to next year?
Every year, through winter and spring we get around 60 withdrawals from the race for various reasons (mostly injuries) All of course wants to defer the race. With our limited capacity we simply can’t roll over so many slots. Not because of money, but because of capacity. This is also stated clearly in the Athlete Guide that everyone reads before enrolling.
I would like to sign up and race alongside my friend/wife/boyfriend/club/etc…
Due to our limited capacity we only accept individual entries into our lottery. We do not make any exceptions to this. This should not discourage you from trying your luck. We have had both friends and couples where both have drawn the “golden” ticket. And if only one of you get a slot. Coming as support is by many considered both harder and more fun than actually racing.
Do you have a waiting list?
When we do the draw for the race, we also have a draw for a “waiting list”. Meaning that if some of the lucky winners does not pay the entry fee within the deadline, a person from the “waiting list” list gets the slot. When we inform about the results of the draw. The mail we send will state explicitly your status. If it says that you did not get a slot, you did not get a slot. If it says you are on the waiting list, you have a second chance at a starting slot.