There are just three days until the Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon and 7,000 people are already registered to take part.
The participation figures are already slightly higher than last year and it is expected that a rush of latecomers will sign up today and Friday. More people have already signed up for the half and full marathons than took part in 2010. There are also more groups running for charity this year.
Visir.is reports that all profits of the marathon’s participation fees and sponsorship will go to good causes; as they always do. It is possible to sponsor individual runners and groups on the website hlaupastyrkur.is and organisers say the website is collecting even more than they hoped for. Over ISK 16 million has been collected so far on the website and the figure is only going up. By the same point last year the website had only collected ISK 11.2 million, meaning a 43 percent increase between years.
Around 2,800 of the registered runners have signed up for possible sponsorship on hlaupastyrkur.is — 800 more than last year.
All indications are that more money will go to charity from the Reykjavik marathon this year than last, when ISK 30 million was collected.
Registrations to the website must be complete before 16.00 this afternoon; but would-be runners can sign up for the marathon in person at Laugardalsholl on Friday.
(Photo: Andri Thorstensen // Islandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon)