Tjejmilen 2017

TJEJMILEN

Tjejmilen 2017

The 34th edition of Tjejmilen took place on Gärdet and Djurgården in Stockholm on Saturday 2 September. 30,000 participants ran or walked Tjejmilen, Sweden’s largest sports event for women. 

Tjejmilen 2017

I participated in the Fun Run in 2013, 2015 and again this year.

Tjejmilen 2017

Two sisters came in from the US to participate. One is a former Stockholm resident.

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An Ethiopian sister took 2nd place in the elite race category.

Tjejmilen also provides an opportunity for participants to support education for girls.

I’ve already signed up for next year.

Isabellah Andersson wins the Tjejmilen 10k in Stockholm

This year marked the 30th Anniversary of the Tjejmilen 10k, the biggest sporting event for women in Sweden. It is a beautiful run/walk through the royal park ”Djurgården” in Stockholm.

Isabellah Andersson
Isabellah Andersson wins with a time of 33:42.

Isabellah Andersson’s average pace was 03.22 min/km.

Top finishers
Top finishers.

Six women were recognized for their achievement.

I did it.
This sister felt a sense of accomplishment.

This sister did her best and enjoyed it.

I did it too.
I did it too.

But this race wasn’t just for elite runners. It is a celebration of womanhood and open to women of all abilities. So I walked it. My very first 10k and completed it at a pace of 15 miles a minute.

Nice things happen to me in Sweden – My first Tjejmilen

On the 30th Anniversary of the Tjejmilen, I decided to participate. It is the biggest sporting event for women in Sweden.

Ready to walk
Ready to walk.

I signed up in the walking category so we were the last two groups to start the race.

Her canine babies.
Her canine babies.

This was the category for women with baby strollers, walking sticks, and newbies like me.

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Me and Germaine.

I walked up on Germaine, we hugged, took a photo and I kept on moving. She was in a zone.

My Swede popped up to take my pic.
My Swede popped up to take my pic.

This may be around the 3 km mark, in the park and just by the restaurant where we took my mother on her most recent visit. So I thought of her as I walked by.

Beautiful course.
Beautiful course.

We walked a beautiful 10k course that took us through some of Stockholm’s prettiest paths.

My and my bottle.
My and my bottle.

One bottle of water lasted me the entire time. I only needed half of it. I did consumer half of a banana and a small power bar too. I got hungry.

Some of the dozens of volunteers.
Some of the dozens of volunteers.

Of course there were water stations along the route. Toilets too and at one point, we could take an energy tablet, that was chewable, from the hands of the dozens and dozens of volunteers.

Some of the live entertainment on the course.
Some of the live entertainment on the course.

My Swede described the event as a follkfest. There was live music at different stages along the course. How fun!

The second spot where my Swede popped up.
The second spot where my Swede popped up.

My Swede had the course map so I never knew where he may pop up. Can you imagine how much fun it was for him to surprise me?

Yay! I did it.
Yay! I did it.

What a great feeling to cross the finish line, pick up a medal and celebrate. And I didn’t event break a sweat. How cool is that? Ha ha!

My Swede had a congratulatory rose for me.
My Swede had a congratulatory rose for me.

I got the medal, the rose, and the Swede. It was a good, no GREAT day.

Tjejmilen journey
Tjejmilen journey with my time.

Nice things happen to me in Sweden.