The Tom Waits Run

The Tom Waits Run

The Tom Waits Run

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Tom Waits-løpet (Eng. the Tom Waits Run), is a traditional Oslo, Norway pub crawl. It is held every spring at the beginning of May. Traditionally, the run was held on the same date as the "Grete Waitz Run", a fun run for women only. Since the Grete Waitz run was discontinued, the Tom Waits Run has been held on the same day as the world's largest road relay, Holmenkollstafetten.


The run starts in Old Oslo, at the Medieval Park ruins, at 14:00. The participants are not required to run, nor is there any time taken - the sheer scale of the undertaking is a challenge enough in itself (see Route below). The visited bars and pubs will often, either at their own vocation or at the loud urging of the participants, play Tom Waits records for the duration of the run.

Unlike its near namesake, the Tom Waits Run is open for participants of all genders. As with the actual run, the date is set to coincide with the first Saturday of May; however, the Tom Waits run is not organized in the traditional sense by any committee or association, although official T-shirts are usually available for sale.

A similar pub crawl of the same name is held annually in Kristiansand in the south of Norway.

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Aside from the obvious pun on the name of the famed Norwegian marathon runner Grete Waitz, who instigated a run in her own name for the sake of motivating physically unfit women to start exercising (perhaps similar to various so-called "Couch to 5K"...
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