Antti Korpi and Suvi Rajander were the winners of this memorable race

The first Winter Warrior Finland was a big success. We had an absolutely thrilling race and we want to thank every participant for showing fantastic #warriorspirit throughout the race. But like in all competitions, there is always a winner.

Race results

This year the top ranks in the Warrior squad were claimed by Antti Korpi (2:09) and Suvi Rajander (2:15). With these amazing performances they won gorgeous Warrior Knifes that will have individually shaped titanium handles. They also earned free participation to the Elite squad of Toughest Finland Vörå 2018.

Warrior-squad winners Antti Korpi and Suvi Rajander
Warrior-squad winners Antti Korpi and Suvi Rajander

In the Fitness squad the first two were Janne Väisänen (2:50) and Tanja Korhonen (2:54). They received unique Finnish handicraft necklaces by Damastikoru, made out of Damascus steel, a material used in viking and samurai swords.

Fitness squad winners Janne Väisänen and Tanja Korhonen
Fitness squad winners Janne Väisänen and Tanja Korhonen

In the team competition the first place was taken by IPA Suomen osasto – IPA Section Finland (3:26). They received beanies and free participation to Extremerun.

Team competition winners IPA Section Finland
Team competition winners IPA Section Finland

We also awarded the 3rd and 4th warriors of both individual squads. In the Warrior squad, these places were claimed by Marjo Saari (2:52) and Tapio Hautala (3:10) and they received powerful headlamps. In the Fitness squad, at shared third place came Henriikka Puolitaival and Henna Tyni (3:14). They won high-quality Finnish Husky Oy beanies.

We had the pleasure to have racers from five different countries and we awarded the flag-bearers (the first of each country). The flag-bearers were: Antti Korpi (Finland), Dexter Redman McQueen (Great Britain), Regine Müller (Germany), Jacq Oak (Ireland) and Andreas Koch (Austria). They received beautiful Kuksas (traditional wooden cup) given by Mailan Putiikki.

Flag-bearers Matt Healy GBR, Jacqueline Crane IRL, Regine Müller GER, Antti Korpi FI, Andreas Koch AUT
Flag-bearers Matt Healy GBR, Jacqueline Crane IRL, Regine Müller GER, Antti Korpi FI, Andreas Koch AUT

We want to promote positive, true Warrior spirit so we gave special prizes to two incredible shows of character. We awarded Tapio Hautala and Önne Mustakallio with Kuksas hand designed by Lapinkettu, inspired by the nature and animals of Lapland.

#warriorsprit -prize winners Tapio Hautala and Önne Mustakallio
#warriorsprit -prize winners Tapio Hautala and Önne Mustakallio

Last but not least, we want to give recognition to the brave Challange squad ladies who voluntary went through the feared I Scream Tunnels: Sofia Palmu, Jenni Alatolonen and Kirsi Kesälahti.

Finally, a BIG thanks to every racer: we didn’t find any trash from the race track in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park !!

Tips for the audience of Winter Warrior Finland

Competition is also fun for the audience. Here are the best locations to follow the race

1. Start at 10am – Visitor Center Kellokas
Race starts behind Visitor Center Kellokas. In front of the Visitor Center you can ask for viewing tips and grab the map.

2. 45min – 2 hours from the start – Crawling in a snowmaze
Snow maze can be seen from the skiing track.

3. 1 – 2,5 from the start – The east end of lake Kesänkijärvi
In front of cafe Kesänkikeidas there is the “I Scream tunnel”. Racers will jump into the icy water. By the fireplace the school parents association is selling refreshments.

4. Crossing the lake Kesänkijärvi
There are several obstacles on the way. Remember to stay on the marked track because there are very dangerous holes under the snow!

5. Crossing of skiing track and winter trail behind Kellokas
On the trail from the lake to the Visitor Center there are obstacles made of ropes. Come to see how the racers manage to traverse on ropes.

1. 2 – 6 pm – The goal
The weather conditions affect the race time a lot. Come to see the last obstacles at race center and cheers the brave racers.

After-Party and Prize Ceremony

After the Race, there will be an After-Party held at the restaurant Pirtukirkko at hotel Äkäshotelli. We will have a nice evening celebrating all the outstanding Warriors!
All participants get free entrance to the party (entrance fee for others 15€).

Pirtukirkko

The after party will start on Saturday at 8 p.m. with the price ceremony.

Prize sponsors

The live music will start at 9 p.m. Artist of the evening is Suvi Karjula & In The Mood.

1st prize in Warrior squad is Finnish design Warrior Knife

The best man and woman of Warrior squad get this gorgeous Warrior Knife with an individually shaped handle!

 

The Warrior Knife was designed for demanding outdoor, fishing and hunting purposes. The core principle of the design process was to ensure optimal functionality in extreme conditions and demanding use. The criteria were determined based on the requirements set by the military on the features of multi-purpose combat gear. A knife of this type must provide a firm and ergonomic grip, versatility and durability.

The Warrior Knife is made to withstand heavy-duty use: carving, cutting, shearing, twisting and skinning. The handle is ergonomically shaped to ensure a firm and comfortable hold. The knife is available in two sizes: M and L. The production method also enables the fabrication of a customised, individually shaped handle. It feels warm to the touch in cold weather and provides excellent grip regardless of humid conditions, snow, blood, fish slime or underwater use. The replaceable blades, attachment features and titanium handle ensure that the Warrior Knife is the tool you need to handle the most demanding situations.

The Warrior Knife – ultimate features without compromise

Winner gets a wildcard to elite start of Toughest Vörå 18.8.2018

Great news for all OCR-runners in Finland!

Toughest is heading for Finland for the first time. Toughest Vörå takes place 18.8.2018. Toughest is prize awarded as the best OCR event in Europe three years in a row.

Toughest and Winter Warrior Finland have agreed about co-operation.

1. The winners of Winter Warrior Finland get the chance to compete among world top OCR runners in the elite start of Toughest Vörå 18.8.2018. This prize is for the best man and woman of the Warrior squad.
2. Participants of Winter Warrior Finland get 10% discount for Toughest Vörå.
3. Winter Warrior Finland gives 15% discount of participation fee for those who have registered to Toughest Vörå.

Introducing Winter Warrior Challenge

Winter Warrior route
Winter Warrior route

Winter Warrior Finland is a very demanding OCR and the course is challenging also for experienced races. The race is intended for athletes who are serious about testing their physical and psychological limits. There are three race squads: Warrior squad, fitness squad and team competition. The race course is 13 km long and all obstacles or punishments defined per obstacle must be performed accurately. The time for each participant or team is measured and the best racers and the best team are rewarded. The fastest runner of each participating country is rewarded as flag-bearer. There will be a finisher medal for all runners that successfully complete the full race course.

In addition to the race squads we are introducing Winter Warrior Challenge. The challenge is intended for those who want to challenge themselves alone or as a group but are not interested in competing or else want to take it a bit less serious. Winter Warrior Challenge course is shorter skipping the weary conquering of the fell Kesänki. The course length is about 10 km. There will be no timing or prizes. Except for the Kesänki tour, the course and the obstacles are the same. The participants face the same demanding obstacles but in the challenge squead the completion is always optional. The participation fee for the Winter Warrior Challenge is 55 €. Registration to Winter Warrior Challenge opens 13.2.

If a racer who has registered before announcing the Winter Warrior Challenge decides to switch to the challenge squad by the end of February 2018, he / she is entitled to a refund of the difference in the fee.

A participant of a race squad can also move to challenge squad during the competition at lake Kesänki before starting the climb to fell Kesänki if the strength is not enough for the full course. In this case, the runner’s timing is suspended and he will be considered part of challenge squad.

All participants will receive Winter Warrior Finland t-shirt and free entry to the evening party!

Train tickets now available

You can reach Ylläs by train from Helsinki. Board the night train in the evening, and in the morning you are already in Ylläs. You can also board the train along the route. See the timetable and get your traintickets. Kolari railway station is 35 km from Ylläs and there is bus transportation from every train.

Winter Warrior Finland – flag-bearers

Will you be the one to carry your country flag? Will you get your name into the hall of fame of flag-bearers? Which country flag will cross the finish line first?

The first racer of each country to arrive to the final part of the course will get his country flag to carry. If you pass the bearer of your country flag before the finish line, you may grab the flag to yourself. The fastest racer of each country will thus arrive to the goal as a flag-bearer and will enter the Hall of Fame of flag-bearers.