BUFF® Trail Tour program 2016 contains the same seven events as in 2015. The events also include races of the Partioaitta Ultra Trail Tour. For more information about the individual events, please have a look at the event websites. Other trail running events in Finland can be found in the event calendar of the whole season.
1. Bodom Trail 5.5.
BUFF® Trail Tour starts with Bodom Trail in Pirttimäki recreational area in Espoo near Helsinki. Up to 1100 runners will get a place in this event that is among the most popular trail runs in Finland. In 2015, the race sold out in a week. With 6, 12 and 21km distances, Bodom Trail is a great opportunity to try trail running for the first time. However, the long course is challenging even for the most seasoned outdoor athletes and there will be top names from other sports on the starting list. The specialty of the event is that 12km and 21km runners will start together. You can decide during the run whether to finish after the first 12km loop or to go for Trail Tour rankings on the full course. Kids and juniors have their own start on the 6km course. Registration starts on 31.1.2016.
2. NUTS Karhunkierros 27.5.
NUTS Karhunkierros follows the most famous hiking trails in Finland, Karhunkierros in Kuusamo, near Russian border. The 2014 event became a legendary fight in knee-deep snow due to late spring and early race date. In 2015, Oulanka river provided some excitement by flushing the trails week before in spring flood. Distances include 31km from Juuma to Ruka, 53km from Oulanka Nature Center to Ruka with BUFF® Trail Tour points, 80km ultra of full Karhunkierros and the opening event of Ultra Trail Tour Finland, 160km/100miles with Karhunkierros trail back and forth. Maximum amount of participants is 400 for the 53-160km distances and 600 for 31km. Registration opens 6.10.2015. The event is currently full but as the spring gets closer, some slots may become free.
3. Vierumäki Trail Marathon 3.7.
The 2nd edition of Vierumäki Trail Marathon showcases the beautiful lakes and moraines arounf Vierumäki sports institute and Heinola town. Parts of the course include an old market trail that Vuolenkoski farmers used to carry cheese to trade it in Heinola until the 19th century. Lahti Trail Running Club’s enthusiasts and Vierumäki sports institute premises ensure an excellent event. Vierumäki hosts also a triathlon race a day before, making it a real super weekend for endurance athletes. Two distances, 42km of BUFF® Trail Tour and a slightly easier 27km that is part of the Inov-8 All Terrain Trail Cup. Registration opens in December 2015.
4. NUTS Pallas 16.7.
Since its first edition in 2013 NUTS Pallas is Finland’s biggest ultra. In 2015, it gathered more than 300 runners to ultra distances and the 2016 event may more than double its participants. Three distances ensure that all trail lovers will find a suitable challenge for their level. BUFF® Trail Tour distance is one of the most traditional hiking trails in Finland, 55km/1600m+ from Pallas to Hetta. Ultra Trail Tour runners start from Ylläs and finish in Hetta 134km later. A 23km loop in Äkäslompolo on Ylläs and Kesänki fells caters to those who want a highly technical but a bit shorter challenge. Even a combo of 23+55km is available. The event center is located in the village of Hetta in Enontekiö, far beyond the Arctic Circle. Registration opens in December 2015.
5. PYHÄ tunturimaraton 13.8.
Tunturimaraton takes place for the 3rd time in the oldest national park in Finland, Pyhätunturi, about 100km North of Rovaniemi and the Arctic Circle. Wonderful landscapes, rocky ravines, open taiga forest and great trails are a trail runner’s dream come true. In some places, rocky ground slows down the pace and the final climb to Kultakero and the downhill to the finish line ensure that you will feel the run in your legs a day later. Distances 10km, 21,5km and 43km/1150m+, the longest one being part of BUFF® Trail Tour. All kinds of outdoor activities and trail running program for both kids and adults is available during the whole weekend, making the event is especially suitable for families. Registration starts in December 2015. 400 start places.
6. Nuuksio Classic Trail Marathon 3.9.
The 5th edition of Nuuksio Classic is one of the classics of Finnish trail running. Full marathon, no other distances, tens of lakes and smooth rock surfaces and open pine forests make it a unique experience near Helsinki. The undulating terrain and technical trails along lakesides make a tough course with about 1000m of ascent. The event has been praised for its inspiring atmosphere and smooth organisation. Registration starts on 20.3.2016. 600 start places.
7. Vaarojen Maraton 1.10.
Koli national park is the home for the hall mark of Finnish trail runs, Vaarojen Maraton / Marathon of Dangers. From the first trial of just a handful of runners in 2006, it has grown to a unique event that is on the to-do-list of Finnish trail runners year after year. The course follows a hiking trail around Herajärvi. It offers North Carelian lake and hill landscapes at their best. The trails are slow and technical. The infamous Ryläys descent and the last climb from Pielinen shore to the top of Koli are making many runners restless in advance. The weather in October can be anything from a golden autumn day to a snow storm. The 43 km distance is the final of BUFF® Trail Tour Finland with 25% higher points compared to other races. 131 km ultra distance rounds up the Ultra Trail Tour Finland. The winners of both tours will be recognised in the race party. Other distances are 14km and 87km. Registration is open 10.-24.5. Maximum amount of starting places is 950 with a fixed allocation by distance. If there are more registered runners than available bibs, the participation rights will be drawn.