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Athlete Profile: Elvar Karlsson - European Regional
Representing Iceland with a first place at Sectionals.
Elvar Karlsson is heading to the European Regional by way of a 1st place finish at the Iceland Sectional which took place March 27-28th.
Name: Elvar Karlsson
Height: 6' 3"
Affiliate: Trains Independently, BootCamp Iceland
What is your athletic background?
I started training at BootCamp at 15 (currently 19) in absolutely no athletic shape, couldn’t even finish a 2k run, and my max push-ups were 17. At BootCamp we train mostly with bodyweights, but I have added weight training to my programming for about 2 years.
What is your history with CrossFit?
I’ve been familiar with CrossFit for two years, but didn’t really apply it that much to my training until I took a Level 1 Certification in September ’09.
What is unique and/or interesting about you as an individual or athlete?
Compared to other CrossFitters it is pretty unique that I have run 100k races, marathons, and other ultra-distances all while maintaining a deadlift of 475lbs.
At the first 100k race in Iceland I finished in just under 12 hours, which is mediocre time compared to everyone else. I have also run three times in the famous Icelandic off-road ultra marathon, Laugavegurinn, last year I finished 46th place out of 313 finishers. My best marathon time is 3:40, ran my first marathon at 15 (4:01) 8 months after I started training at BootCamp. I guess the reason why I can maintain my running capabilities while doing strength stuff is that most of my run training is short hill runs (less than an hour) and shorter sprints in metcons. I never go out for a 2-3hour run (I did it 3 times while training for my 100k)
Video 1 (YouTube): 100k Race in Iceland
Video 2 (YouTube): Laugavegurinn Ultra Marathon