History

Åpningsseremoni for Holmenkollstafetten 1946. Foto: Leif Ørnelund / Oslo Museum

Opening ceremony for Holmenkollen relay 1946. Photo: Leif Ørnelund / Oslo Museum.


 

1923

IK Tjalve arranges Holmenkollen relay for the first time. 10 legs. From Bislett, to Besserud and back to Bislett. 10 teams participate. IK Tjalve wins.


 

1928

Relay extended to 15 legs and the course – with some modifications – has been followed since. 39 teams participate. IK Tjalve takes their 4th victory


 

1937

The relay is not held due to construction work at Bislett Stadium.


 

1940-1945

Relay not held due to WWII.


 

1948

The course is somewhat changed on the request of the Traffic Police. The course now goes down to Skøyen, Drammensveien and up Niels Juellsgate. 158 teams participate. Orgryte takes their third win in a row – and also win the next four years.


 

1965

IL i BUL, Oslo, copy Orgryte record with seven consecutive wins in the elite class.


 

1971

Bislett is closed and the relay will not be arranged.


 

1973

More than 200 teams complete the Holmenkollen relay.


 

1975

Women are allowed to participate for the first time. IL Tyrving wins the first year and the next four. Business Class for men for the first time.


 

1982

Business Class for women for the first time.


 

1984

More than 1,000 teams finish the relay. BUL sets course record with 46.24.


 

1988

The course has a minor change. The long leg goes from Holmendammen to Frognerparken. The course continues through the park, the Nobel Street., In Eckersberg Street., Up to Gyldenløvesgate and forward to the exchange in Colbjørnsen Gate. Gular wins the men’s elite class at 45.39. BFG Fana wins the women’s elite class at 55.11.


 

1990

Oslo Politis IL wins business class for men on a new record: 49.57.


 

1991

For the first time more than 2,000 teams finish the relay.


 

1993

Relay biggest participation: 2289 teams, totaling 34,335 runners complete the relay.


 

1994

Bayer Leverkusen wins elite men with a new course record, 45.14. In the elite class for women wins BUL on a new record, 54.51.


 

1995

Mix classes for the first time.


 

2003

Tjalve wins the women’s elite class for the first time. Approximately 42.700 teams with about 630,800 runners have now completed the Holmenkollen relay.


 

2004

Bislett be demolished. The relay starts at St.Hanshaugen and admission Town Square. Holmenkollen relay organized for the first time on a Saturday.


 

2006

Back at the new Bislett. For the first time an individual class.


 

2010

For the first time a class of disabled. Relay arranged for 80. time.


 

2011

The longest leg was slightly changed at Smestad. Relay overall length is now 18 425m starting at Bislett and 18 355m starting at St. Hanshaugen. More than 2,000 teams completed the relay. More than 50 000 teams with a total of more than 750,000 runners have now participated in Holmenkollen relay.


 

2012

It set new participant record in the relay with more than 2,700 registered teams.


 

2013

Relay gets new title sponsor and renames the YT Holmenkollen relay. It will be some small changes on 4th leg, while Stage 5 is brand new.