THE HISTORY OF VIKING DASH TRAIL RUN
Viking Dash Trail Run was born during an idea session with the America Multi-Sport operations staff in 2012. What could we do for fun using the assets we had and the course we knew? Ole Bohn, our native Norwegian, runner, triathlete, singer, and Assistant Race Director, and myself (Steve Tomboni), had a concept of a trail run.
So, what do we call it? Viking Dash. It stuck.
From 2013 to 2015, we saw steady growth in attendance, even in bitter cold weather, with some seriously happy runners. In 2014, Ole left us after a short bout with cancer, which was hard for not only his family, but America Multi-Sport as well. In the spring of 2016, Viking Dash Trail Run exploded, reaching nearly 500 athletes alongside the release of the Ulfberht sword finisher medal. By the end of 2016, the trail run series had expanded to Chicago.
In 2017, we had 8 Viking Dash Trail runs. Now in 2018, we have more than doubled, with 20 races including the first National Championship of the series. We also have the 2020 World Championships in the works, as well as 25 other races joining the partnership family.