Our eleventh Solidarity Half Marathon was held at the College on February 28th. From the start 21.1 km away on the road to Rysjedalsvika, twenty-five participants made their way from snowy roads in the higher ground down into bright sunshine and firmer footing in the latter stages.
Nik Schelling of Italy ran the fastest time ever recorded by a student from the College, crossing the finish line in 83 minutes and 53 seconds. Franco Byaruhanga of Uganda placed second in 93 minutes flat, followed by Vemund Baltzer of Norway in 98:18. The first female finisher was Marit Bick of Denmark.
The event takes place every year around the same time as the Sahara Marathon in the refugee camps in Western Algeria. Haja and Sumaya, who have grown up in those camps, helped with the arrangements, and were there at the finish to welcome all of the participants, which included one socially-conscious dog.
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