Per Lind

Photo: Ole Arne Schlytter

Per Lind: A Trailblazer in Norwegian Ultrarunning

Per Lind, affectionately known as "Mr. Ultrarunning," has been a pivotal figure in the world of sports in Norway. In 2013, his unwavering dedication and immense contributions were acknowledged when he was bestowed with the "Ultrarunning Committee's Honorary Award" by the Norwegian Athletics Federation's ultrarunning committee. This prestigious accolade is reserved for individuals who have made exceptional administrative or performance contributions, falling outside the criteria for "Ultrarunner of the Year." Lind, a former leader of the committee and a current member, was honored for his exceptional commitment and tireless efforts.

His impact on the ultrarunning community is profound. Lind, a highly skilled ultrarunner himself, has left an indelible mark on the history of Norwegian ultrarunning through his enduring leadership as head of the ultrarunning committee and national team coach. His efforts have not only gained recognition for the sport within the Norwegian sports hierarchy but have also garnered him high regard within the international ultrarunning community.

Lind's influential and inclusive approach has drawn numerous individuals to ultrarunning. Many have benefited from his extensive experience in training methods and race strategy. His emphasis on dialogue and recognizing the person behind the sport has propelled numerous ultrarunners from promising talents to the elite level.

Beyond his administrative and coaching roles, Lind's hands-on involvement in the sport is equally commendable. His contributions are far-reaching, from organizing the first ultra races in Norway with the 24-hour race in Hønefoss in 1986 and 1987 to creating and leading the Norwegian Association of Ultrarunning from 2005 to 2013. His efforts in securing sponsorship for the national teams, a commitment that endures to this day, have been instrumental.

Notably, Lind's dedication extends to his active participation in ultrarunning events throughout Norway. His presence at races, such as the Rallar Veg race, where he has been observed dropping bags at the 21km point, cheering on runners, and offering advice, underscores his unwavering commitment to the sport.

In 2013, Lind's lifetime of hard work was honored with an Honorary Award from the Norwegian Association of Ultrarunning. His efforts in recruiting Norwegian ultrarunners and developing ultrarunning in Norway into the popular sport it is today have been recognized and celebrated.

Per Lind's remarkable journey as an athlete, coach, team manager, and editor has made an indelible impact on the ultrarunning community. His multifaceted expertise and unwavering dedication have been instrumental in shaping the sport, both in Norway and on the international stage. As a true master of many fields, Per Lind's legacy in ultrarunning is one of enduring influence, dedication, and unwavering commitment.

Per is recipient of IAU Career Award. Unfortunately he passed away back in 2021. 

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