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Ice Race from Uppsala to Stockholm

Published måndag 15 februari 2010 kl 14.39

The Vikingarännet, an 80 kilometre ice skating race between Uppsala and Stockholm, took place on Sunday across thick ice covering Lake Mälaren.

The winner, Sonny Peterson, arrived in Kungsholmen in central Stockholm in just under 3 hours.

It was the ninth time the race was organized since the annual event first began in 1999 as some years it had been cancelled due to lack of ice. Following months of subzero temperatures this year however, ice was not a problem.

Skaters said that the final stretch of the race were particularly tough as the ice was more rugged and scarred than usual.

More than 3,000 long-distance skaters competed in the race, which is named after an old Viking roadway between Stockholm and the country's fourth largest city, Uppsala, north of the capital.

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