Kvennahlaup (Women’s Run) was held in Gimli and Winnipeg on June 19, 2010.
This year the run/walk was also held in Toronto where it was organized by Phyllis (Sigmundson) Pollard, who was born and raised in Gimli, Manitoba
Kvennahlaup has been held in Iceland since 1990, and has been catching on year by year, especially in Iceland, but also by Icelanders and their friends around the globe.
In Iceland, June 19th is dedicated to women. On that day in 1915, women in Iceland achieved the right to vote.
The Women’s Run is Iceland’s most widespread annual sporting event with the highest number of participants. This year it was estimated that 15,500 women would participate in the 85 locations in Iceland and 16 locations abroad. Last year’s turnout was approximately 16,000 participants.
This multi-generational run/walk encourages participation by all age groups from a few months to 100 plus years old. It is not a race, it is not timed, it is simply to inspire women to gather for exercise and companionship. T-shirts are produced in Iceland and worn on the course. Each participant receives a medal from Iceland at the finish line. Generally, a group comes to Winnipeg from Iceland for Icelandic Independence Day activities (June 17th). They bring the T-shirts and medals to Winnipeg. This year Jonas Thor brought the T-shirts for the Winnipeg, Gimli and Toronto walks.
The walk is held on the Saturday which falls closest to June 19th.There is generally a short route (approx 2.5 km) and a long route (5 km). The cost is $25.00 per participant and with your registration you receive the T-shirt from Iceland, the medal, refreshments and snacks. If any proceeds remain, they are donated to charity.
If you are interested in walking next year, or would like to set up a walk in your community, please contact one of the following organizers:
Phyllis Pollard, to register to walk in Toronto next year –
First Icelandic women's run held in Canada
Seven years have passed. It was in Assiniboine park in Winnipeg and about 70 women and a dog ran or walked the three kilometer path. Many of you would enjoy seeing that footage of our beloved Lillian towards the end of the video.
Here it is, in case if you want to watch: