The race was first held in 1972, and has since been an annual event except for 1973 and 1986. Classes for the half marathon distance were added in 1996 to help finance the event.
The race takes place in October, and is currently the third largest marathon in Sweden. The start and finish is in the old athletics arena Slottsskogsvallen in Slottskogen park. The course goes southwards to a turning point at the sea and returns the same way. The half marathoners run one lap, while the marathon race consists of two. The course is relatively flat, but winds along the sea can be significant.
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