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Jade Belzberg Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00 TWEET COMMENTS 3

A 1,300-Km Solo Run Across Sweden - Page 2

Photo courtesy of Christine Hägglund

Hägglund's weekly training now includes cross country skiing, alpine skiing, telemarking, skating, trail running, mountain biking, road biking, yoga, strength training, swimming, horse back riding, and doing squats with her kids on her back. “They just love it,” she says, “and I think one reason why I’m seldom injured is because I mix my activity up so much.”

While her kids love to join in on her adventures, Hägglund is often asked how she can spend so much time away from her family. Writing her blog this past summer, she explains, let the kids keep track of where she was and what she was doing.  “We talked about how important the trip was for me and then we talked about what was important to them. I tried to fulfill some of their adventure dreams once I was back home,” Hägglund explains. Her children’s dreams include horseback riding across Iceland, biking in Sweden’s mountains and skiing, all of which the family plans on doing this year. “They just want to go on an adventure with Pär and me. I guess that’s what all children wish for now and then—to do something exciting with full attention and presence from their parents.”

In 2009, Hägglund led her family—including her kids—on a 24-country drive, spending more than 100 nights in tents. More recently, her adventurous nature has taken her running the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Gran Canaria, in Spain as vacation time with friends.

Following her 1,300-kilometer run across Sweden, Hägglund received the award for Swedish Adventurer of the Year, awarded by a jury of people in the outdoor industry, including editors, tourism representatives, doctors and athletes. Past winners have included Ola Skinnarmo, for sailing the northeast passage of Russia and Andreas Fransson, who climbed Denali and skied down its southern slope.  Her win, said jurors, was because of the way in which she had “built a bridge between a classic adventure and athleticism.”

“My husband says that I’m a precious bird that he doesn’t want to hold too hard,” Hägglund says. “I need to fly freely and he knows I always come home, usually much more happy.”


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