What’s the best thing to do when you’ve just arrived in a new city? If you ask Cohort 4, the answer would be, “Run in the city marathon!” Hours after landing in Nuuk, we had signed up to run the 10 km race in the Nuuk marathon.
We were lucky enough to arrive in Nuuk just one day before the marathon. We were even luckier to know Ivalu, our Greenlandic friend who studied at Dartmouth this past spring. Ivalu didn’t need to do much to convince us all to join her in the 10 km race. With a 7 km training run two days beforehand, we were ready for race day!
The morning of the race, we pumped up our energy with good tunes while gearing up in true IGERT style.
The race itself was magical. We ran under crystal clear skies, with breathtaking views of small icebergs bobbing in the fjord. At each turn, a new part of the city unfolded – what a way to get a tour of an unfamiliar place! With the cool breeze off the ocean and new sights at every step, the race itself flew by.
The best part, however, was running with the entire cohort. Our IGERT spirit carried us from the start to the finish line – what a joy to be cheered across the finish line by fellow IGERTs!
After a delicious lunch complete with smoothies and milkshakes, we headed home with tired legs, wide grins, and Nuuk marathon medals!
But the best ending was still to come – a few days later, we got to see news coverage of the race. There we were! A few seconds of glory on Greenlandic National Television!! (If you want to check it out, visit http://sermitsiaq.ag/stemningsbilleder-sund-folkefest and scroll down through the photos). What a start to our stay in Nuuk!