Meet the Race Directors

Staffan Björklund

Staffan was born in Stockholm and grew up in Järpen just outside Åre. He is an entrepreneur and has almost finished his mountain guide exam.  But perhaps he is most known for taking the stray dog Arthur to the finish line of the AR World Championship 2014 in Ecuador and subsequently to Sweden. Staffan is active in the Adventure Racing scene with European Gold and Bronze medals, World Championship Gold and Silver in Swimrun and several podiums in the Adventure Racing World Series. In addition, he runs his own company focusing on group and company activities, lectures and consultants for other races such as the Race Director for ÖtillÖ, and conducts development programs for other companies. He also has a solid interest in history and is a partner for a newly started mountain guiding firm in the United States.

Christian Ekström

Christian was born and raised on Åland and can trace a direct line to the Vikings of Åland. He is best described as a multicolor entrepreneur and came to be famous for the finding of the underwater Champagne wreck in the Åland Archipelago. In his youth he drove a bus, but then through his passion for SCUBA diving created diving school on Åland.  Today he is the owner and manager of Pub Stallhagen together with his partner Johanna. Additionally he is a the co-owner of a number of companies including Åland Event, Stallhagens Bryggeri, Stalldalens pension and has assignments on various company boards.