The daily Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1961-current, June 14, 2017, Page 9B, Image 23

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14 annual Running of the Trolls
The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer
Festival is pleased to announce the 14th
annual Running of the Trolls run/walk!
We invite you to join us for a walk or run
in the beautiful Olney countryside. Proceeds
from the race will benefit the Scandinavian
Midsummer Festival Association Scholarship
Submitted Photo
Pictured, the top male and female win-
ners of the Running of the Trolls during
the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer
Festival, Glen and Venus Fromwiller,
shown with Perry Browning, center, the
Festival Troll. The Fromwillers are the
first married couple top finishers of the
5.75 mile course.
Race day: Saturday, June 17,
2017. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. at
the fairgrounds parking lot.
Cost: $25 entry fee includes:
Option 1: Troll Run T-shirt
Option 2: Three-day admission
button to the 2017 Astoria Scan-
dinavian Midsummer Festival.
Also included is free parking for
Saturday, June 17, and a bottle of
Race day check-in: 7 a.m. to
8 a.m. at Clatsop County Fair-
grounds building entrance.
T-shirts or festival buttons, as well
as parking pass and water, are dis-
tributed at this time.
Awards: Overall top male, female,
teen and youth finisher/runner
in 5.75-mile run will be awarded
Course: Leave Clatsop County Fair-
grounds parking lot, follow Wal-
luski Loop Road to Labiske Lane
turn-off, turn around and follow
same route back to fairgrounds.
Mostly flat terrain with one grad-
ual hill on a scenic, country road.
Dogs: Sorry, no dogs on any of
the courses (except registered ser-
vice or guide dogs).
Distance choice: 1.5-mile run/
walk, 3-mile run/walk, or 5.75-
mile run.
Parking: parking is available at
the Clatsop County Fairgrounds.
Please let attendants know you
are participating in the Troll Run.
Saturday parking passes will be
handed out upon check-in.
How to register: Fill out regis-
tration form and mail with your
check to:
Running of the Trolls, P.O. Box 34,
Astoria, OR 97103.
Make checks payable to: S.M.F.A.
Late registration will be at the Fes-
tival Information Booth on Friday,
June 16, and on race day during
check-in from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
This year, there will be a
small Kubb tournament on Sat-
urday, June 17
The four Scandinavian coun-
tries that have local cultural clubs
will be pitted against each other on
the field. The concept is simple:
throwing pieces of wood at each
other and save the king for last.
There are a few more rules,
of course. People play around the
world, and there is a world cham-
pionship tournament in Sweden.
The first world champion-
ship tournament was in Gotland
in 1995, after the game became
more commercially available in
the 1980s.
Ten years ago, Eric Ander-
son started a tournament in Eau
Claire, Wisconsin, with 15 teams.
That tournament has been grow-
ing ever since and had 460 play-
ers last year.
Kubb is played by teams of
two to six players, two teams
per match. However, many play-
ers there are on a team, each
team will throw six batons at the
opposing team’s “kubbs,” small
rectangular pieces lined up at the
ends of the playing field. Each
team throws all of their batons
while their opponents watch, and
then the opponents pick up any
kubbs knocked over. These are
thrown back across to the side
they will throw at and they knock
those over first. (It makes sense
in person.)
Once a team is out of kubbs
to knock over, they may aim at
the king, a larger piece placed
in the middle of the field. When
the king is down, a winner is
declared! Knocking the king
down too early is an automatic
Come watch the tournament,
or try the game yourself at this
year’s festival!
Welcome to
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