Story behind the Walhalla Steps!
Strong Viking has been organizing its obstacle runs for more than six years. In the meantime, more than 235 different obstacles have been invented, developed and/or said goodbye to. Yet, there is only one Strong Viking obstacle that has been present since the very first edition and always will stay the central point of every run: Strong Viking's Walhalla Steps! But why this specific obstacle and what is the idea behind this unique start & finish obstacle?
The Vikings are traditionally known for the many conquests and thus battles all over the world. Dying during one of these fights was, according to the old Nordic Mythology, the highest possible honour for every Viking. When that happened 'Walhalla' was waiting for you. The Vikings thought Walhalla was the empire of Odin, where all the fallen Vikings went to, consisting of a gigantic hall with 540 gates and enormous quantities of meat, (honey)wine and beer.
Now, 1000 years later, every Strong Viking edition thousands of Vikings earn the highest possible honour by finishing on top of the Walhalla Steps. This after their personal challenge of Lightning 7km, Warrior 13km, Beast 19km, Iron 42km or Ultra 60km. For the experienced Strong Viking runner the Walhalla Steps is nothing new. However, it’s mostly the 'newcomers' who stare at the colossal structure with their mouth wide open asking themselves: "So, after the countdown that wall will fall down so we can start?" Uhmm, NO!
Strong Viking is a physical and mental challenge, where participants must help each other to reach the finish (Walhalla). By means, this is made clear at the start during a joint warming-up were Vikings are standing shoulder to shoulder repeating the words that no Viking stands and/or runs alone! There is no timekeeping! Reaching the finish together, that's what it's all about!
The high wall at the start immediately ensures the brotherhood of the participating Vikings. Vikings unknown to each other help others to overcome the first obstacle. This automatically ensures a good spread on the course, so no queues arise during the run. Because start waves are leaving every 20 minutes, finishers are welcomed as heroes by the starting runners all day long in Walhalla!
Just like 1000 years ago, your fellow (Strong) Vikings are waiting for you at the finish, with a delicious ICE-COLD beer, because: "Vikings Drink their beer in Walhalla!"
Do you want to experience the feeling on top of the Walhalla Steps together with your friends? Pick your challenge during one of the Strong Viking editions and always remember: Walhalla is waiting for you! OORAH!