Schedule and Rules

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The Rift 200k - 2023

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The Rift 100k - 2023

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The Rift 200k - 2022

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The Rift 100k - 2022

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The Rift 45k - 2022

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July 17th


  • 18:00-20:00

    Registration/Packet pick-up - TBA


July 18th


  • 7:00

    Official Start Time Announcement*

*The highlands of Iceland can be unpredictable. When a storm comes through it can be violent – but usually short. It is for this reason that we will institute a floating start time which will be announced 48 hours prior to the race. This time could vary by up to 12 hours. If the start time is moved all cut-off and finish times will be moved accordingly.


July 19th


  • 11:00 - 13:00

    Group Ride, TBA

  • 12:00 - 20:00

    Registration/Packet pick-up at Valhalla Restaurant, Hlíðarvegur 14, Hvolsvöllur,

  • 19:00 - 22:00

    Fun Fun Fun at Hvolsvöllur


July 20th


  • 6:00-8:00

    Registration/Packet pick-up at Valhalla Restaurant, Hlíðarvegur 14, Hvolsvöllur,

  • 6:40

    200k - Race line-up and mandatory meeting at the start/finish line outside of Valhalla Restaurant, Hlíðarvegur 14, Hvolsvöllur

  • 6:50

    200k - Pro Call-up maybe

  • 7:00

    Race Start*
    200 km Line-Up: Pro Men, Pro Women, Open.

  • 7:40

    100k - Race line-up and mandatory meetings at the start/finish line outside Valhalla Restaurant, Hlíðarvegur 14, Hvolsvöllur

  • 8:00

    100k - Race start

  • 9:40

    45k - Group ride meeting. Everyone welcome to join!

  • 10:00

    45k - Group ride starts. Everyone welcome to join on the day, no registration needed!

  • 12:00 - 21:00

    Finish line party opens with music, food and games. Enjoy your aprés drink and fuel up while watching the other riders roll in at Valhalla Restaurant, Hlíðarvegur 14, Hvolsvöllur

  • 18:30 TBA

    Award Ceremony at Valhalla Restaurant, Hlíðarvegur 14, Hvolsvöllur

  • 19:00 - late

    After-Party into the sunrise with war stories.

  • 12:00 - 22:00

    The swimming pool will be open until 22:00 instead of 19:00 - Vallarbraut 18, 860 Hvolsvöllur.


The race director has the final authority on any disputes. Volunteers are not staff. They may not have information about the course or your time beyond their job to hand you food and water. Do not rely on their information. Plan ahead of time. 

With the exception of the youth restrictions, your race age is the age you will be turning in the present year. ie. if you are 44 on race day, but will turn 45 in August, you will race in the 45+ category. Minimum age to race the RIFT is 18 and the Minimum age to race the Crevasse is 16. You must be the minimum age on race day. 

We use a gun start, and if you jump the gun you can be dnf’d or penalized the difference + 2 min. Jumping the gun is cheating. 

Cut-off times will be established for reaching and for departing each checkpoint. Any participant not reaching a checkpoint before the established arrival cut-off time will be pulled from the event. Arrival cut-off times are based on an average speed of 9 mph and are established for the purpose of rider safety. Therefore, these times will be strictly enforced. 

Outside support is not allowed on course.

Participants may help other participants with mechanical support, navigational assistance, or by any other means. 


  1. Be responsible for your belongings and don’t throw trash on the trail. 
  2. Be nice to your fellow racers, always announce when you are passing and make sure they have a safe place to pull over, especially in the technical parts. 
  3. No short-cutting the course 
  4. Remember Iceland is a fragile place, respect the landscape and stay on the route. 
  5. If you need to stop and take a break make sure you are well off course in a hardened area. 
  6. All riders will be asked to sign an environmental waiver at packet pick-up.
  7. Throwing trash on course will result in an immediate disqualification.
  8. Aero bars are not allowed on course.

Timing is provided in real time and participants can check via mobile app to confirm their finish. No recorded finishes should be reported immediately. 

Only the Top 10 finishers will be posted and there will be an hour protest period before they are considered final. The Race Director has the final determination on protest. STRAVA is not considered official timing and will only be used to confirm completion of the course, not official time. 

Additional Challenges to results must be submitted within 5 days of the event via e-mail or in person to Lilja Birgisdottir