IL Runar

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IL Runar
Full name Idrettslaget Runar
Ground Haukerød idrettsplass (stadium)
Runarhallen (indoor arena)

Idrettslaget Runar is a Norwegian sports club from Haukerød in Sandefjord. It has sections for athletics, team handball, football and cross country skiing.

The men's handball team currently plays in the first league of Norwegian handball, and was relegated from the first league in 2006–07 season, but they soon returned to the first league again. Runar won the highest league in the seasons 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96 and 1999–00.[1] They also won the Limburgse Handbal Dagen in 1998, where they defeated Sporting Toulouse ’31 with 29-28 in the final.[2]

The men's football team currently plays in the 3. Divisjon, the fourth tier of Norwegian football league system. Its last stint in the Norwegian First Division was in 1997, with players like Morten Fevang who later became a significant player in Tippeligaen and captain of Odd Grenland. In late 1998 Runar formed the elite football team Sandefjord Fotball with local rivals Sandefjord BK, in an attempt to take Sandefjord back to the top level of football in Norway.[3] The plan succeeded, as Sandefjord Fotball have been playing in the Norwegian Premier League 4 out of the 6 last seasons.

Its athletics section is known for its prominent long-distance runners. Olympic competitors Gunhild Halle Haugen and Marius Bakken represented IL Runar, and so did Susanne Wigene for a limited period. Local rivals in both handball and athletics are Sandefjord TIF.


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