history

"Good fortune with your pioneering event." - Gordon Ainsleigh, 2007

The idea of the gax formed during a race in the Czech Republic in 2005. It was on the second night and I wanted more running, more trail and more nature. Once home I started to develop the idea of organizing the first 100 mile trail run in Northern Europe.

I wanted it grand, the first race six participants showed up for a ride of a lifetime ... but eventually the race grew and to answer the question How far can one run I upped the ante. I believed that 246 km was the absolute maximum - it is not. the gax ultramarathons are based on adventure and trail, nature and self support.

During the 80:s Arcade Games made its entry to Sweden and that was the most exciting thing to do as a kid. If one was really good one could write ones name with three letters on the High Score list. I always wrote zyx and my brother wrote gax. When I was looking for a name for the race I took the coolest word I knew and at the same time I can honor my brother. It could have been an apronym for Great Adventure X-treme or one could make up an backronym, but this is not the case.

The race is directed by me: Stefan Samuelsson. I have run six day races, marathons in Iraq and Svalbard e.g. and visited ~140 countries. I teach Philosophy, Mathematics, Nature Guidance and Theology and am quite vegan.

Many individuals and companies have kindly sponsored the gax ultramarathons: Stefan Olsson, Halmstad SportEnergi, Power Heat, Mobile Books AB, Inga Samuelsson, Lennart Samuelsson, Tomas Olsson, Lars Andén, Helen Andersson, Gerd Roos, Greger Samuelsson, David Sandberg, Roger Olsson, Ivan Bretan, Staffan Åkerblom, Anne-Katrine Christiansen, Jan Andersson, Sara Wennerholm, Kerstin Andersson, Alexander Astermark, Simon Liao, Anders Jelander, Charlotte Brundin, Zingo Andersen, Julieta Zubillaga, Anders Löfgren, Alf Ek, Eva Ek, Charlotta Sjöberg, Anne Katrine Christiansen and Jim Sjöberg. Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, Föreningen Västsahara and the Chinko Project is in turn "sponsored" by the gax ultramarathons.

the gax • TEC Swedish Trail Challenge existed between 2009-2011. The runners were included in a List of Honor and were recognized with a distinguished diploma if: "These runners have proven both a strong mental and physical endurance. They are among the very few that have the ability to endure distance and solitude in unknown terrain, in cold and hot conditions, in daylight and at night and with sparsely located support points."
  • One should complete both gax and TEC. 
  • One should complete the longest distance at each race occasion. 
  • TEC and gax do not need to be completed the same year. 
  • One can conquer the challenge more than once.

 number

 name

 country

 date

 1

 Gunnar Faehn

 NO

 2009-03-22

 2

 Boel de Geer

 SE

 2009-08-16

 3

 Barbro Nilsson

 SE

 2010-04-11

 4

 Jan-Erik Ramström

 SE

 2010-04-11

 5

 Staffan Ring

 SE

 2010-04-11

 6

 Maria Thomsen

 SE

 2010-04-11

 7

 Christian Hottas

 DE

 2010-04-11

 8

 Andreas Falk

 SE

 2010-08-08

 9

 Jonas Davidsson

 SE

 2010-08-08

 10

 Bernt Hedlund

 SE

 2010-08-08

 11

 Emelie Andersson

 SE

 2011-04-10

 12

 Boel de Geer

 SE

 2011-04-10

 13

 Stefan Samuelsson

 SE

 2011-04-10

 14

 Björn Svensson

 SE

 2011-04-10

 15

 Stefan Olsson

 SE

 2011-04-10

 16

 Esa Rotinen

 SE

 2011-04-10

 17

 Jan Söderkvist

 SE

 2011-04-10