Okay, if you are reading RunBlogRun, you are an athletics geek, or, will soon be diagnosed as one. It is okay, there were many famous and functioning track geeks, although, I can not think of any. So, back from the digression. The Strawberry Party is one of the THE cool events on the European circuit. I remember reading the Runner Magazine in the 80s and reading about elite athletes gossiping over strawberries and such.
Stuart Weir, only as part of a journalistic endeavor, wrote this piece on the Strawberry Party, and provided gobs of pictures for us. Thanks Stuart for taking a tough one for us!
The Strawberry Party
One of the fine traditions of the Bislett Games is the Strawberry Party. The founder and former director of the meet, Arne Haukvik, used to invite athletes, sponsors and the press to his home for his traditional “strawberry party” the day before the event each year. He died some years ago but the tradition lives on.
Now hosted in the magnificent City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize is presented annually, the mayor of the city, Marianne Borgen, welcomed a representative number of athletes, dignitaries and media. The Bislett Games received an award for sustainability on its way to its declared aim of being: “the most sustainable international athletics meeting in the world”.