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NO SKI MARATHON, BUT A MARATHON SKI (FOR FREE): 36km course w/ prizes and other activities offered during weekend ski festival


The Svalbard Ski Marathon, the area’s biggest local annual event, has been cancelled for the second straight year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But for those able to appreciate the experience in a non-competitive way (and appreciate not paying the usual race fees), a near-marathon ski course will be offered Saturday and Sunday as part of an “alternative” Longyearbyen Ski Festival.

SMALL FOLKS BIGGEST ‘WINNERS’ OF SMALL CULTURE FUNDS: Svalbard Turn gets more than recommended as others see cuts due to big COVID-19 hit to available annual Korkpenger funds


(Editor’s note: Because Icepeople applied for a grant – and saw a huge reduction from amounts awarded in past years – the story below relies on quotes/explanations published today by Svalbardposten in order to maintain neutrality.)

During a year when most applicants for Korkpenger grants from the city got less than they asked for – and the city itself withdrew five of its applications so as not to “compete” – Svalbard Turn emerged as the one big winner as it received an extra 55,000 kroner in addition to the 500,000 recommended in a preliminary report for its variety of recreational programs.

Feeling rundown: Locals try to outrun chasing car as long as possible before it finishes them as part of global charity race


You’re being chased by a car while running on a road. You cannot leave the road. And the car will keep getting faster until it inevitably catches up and finishes you.

Two brash balls: First-ever Svalbard Spacerun, locals vs. Drillos football match heat up chilly end of summer


For the athletes, it’s kind of a decision about playing stars or seeing them.

Local football players will test their skills against a team of retired Norwegian all-stars on Thursday and runners of all abilities will be the biggest ballers of all during the Svalbard Spacerun on Saturday. Both events are taking place for the first time.