MarathonsRacingWhat is Worldloppet?

FasterSkier FasterSkierJanuary 6, 2006

Check this out if you are ready to tour the World and race the big mass-start races across the globe.

More info and links to all the races at Worldloppet's official web site at http://www.worldloppet.com/whatiswl.php

Worldloppet Ski Federation (Worldloppet) is an international sports federation of cross-country skiing marathons. The federation was founded in 1978 in Uppsala, Sweden. The aim of Worldloppet is to promote the sport of cross-country skiing through the various ski races around the world.

Worldloppet members
Only one and the best race from a country can be a member of Worldloppet. The youngest member is a Czech race, Jizerská padesatká, that was admitted by Worldloppet Annual General Meeting in Hayward, USA ,1999. Worldloppet currently unites 14 races from Europe, America, Asia and Australia.

Europe:

Jizerská padesátka (CZE), Dolomitenlauf (AUT), Marcialonga (ITA), König Ludwig Lauf (GER), Tartu Maraton (EST), La Transjurassienne (FRA), Finlandia-hiihto (FIN), Vasaloppet (SWE), Engadin Skimarathon (SUI), Birkebeinerrennet (NOR)

America:

American Birkebeiner (USA), Keskinada Loppet (CAN)

Asia:

Sapporo International Ski Marathon (JPN)

Australia:

Kangaroo Hoppet

Worldloppet strategy:

-High quality ski races around the World. Only one and the best race from a country can be a member of Worldloppet.

-Regularity and continuity. Each race, having its own history, traditions and programme, is held usually at the same time every year. After completing 10 different Worldloppet races, at least one of them overseas, a skier can apply for the Worldloppet Master title.

-Races for everybody. Races different by length, technique, landscape and target group attract 80 000 participants every year.

-Participation of elite skiers. In Worldloppet races elite skiers ski together with the ordinary people. FIS Marathon Cup, consisting of 5 Worldloppet races, is a Worldloppet series for top skiers.

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