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Worldloppet Ski Federation

Worldloppet Ski Federation
Formation 10 June 1978 (1978-06-10)
Type sports governing body
Headquarters Predazzo
Location
English, Swedish

The Worldloppet Ski Federation is a federation of long distance cross-country skiing events whose aim is to promote cross-country skiing through various ski races. 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.

Contents

  • Locations 1
  • Racing distances 2
  • Worldloppet Master 3
  • External links 4

Locations

Only one and the best race from a country can be a member of Worldloppet. There are currently 20 races, spread amongst Europe, America, Asia and Australia:

Event Distance Classic Style Distance Free Style Location
Kangaroo Hoppet 42 / 21 km Falls Creek, Victoria, Australia
Jizerská Padesátka 50 50 / 25 km 30 km Bedřichov, Czech Republic
Dolomitenlauf 42 / 21 km 60 km Obertilliach / Lienz, Austria
Marcialonga 70 / 45 km Moena - Cavalese, Italy
König Ludwig Lauf 50 / 23 km 50 / 23 km Oberammergau, Germany
Transjurassienne 50 / 25 km 76 / 54 km Les Rousses / Lamoura - Mouthe, France
Sapporo International Ski Marathon 50 / 25 km Sapporo, Japan
Tartu Maraton 63 / 31 km 63 / 31 km Otepää - Elva, Estonia
Gatineau Loppet 53 / 29 km 53 / 29 km Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
American Birkebeiner 54 / 23 km 50 / 23 km Cable - Hayward, Wisconsin, United States
Finlandia Hiihto 62 / 32 km 50 km Lahti, Finland
Vasaloppet 90 / 45 / 30 km Sälen - Mora, Sweden
Engadin Skimarathon 42 / 21 / 17 km Maloja - S-chanf, Switzerland
Birkebeinerrennet 54 km Rena - Lillehammer, Norway
Demino Ski Marathon 25 km 50 km Rybinsk, Russia
Bieg Piastów 50 /26 km 30 km Szklarska Poręba, Poland
Fossavatn Ski Marathon 50 km Ísafjörður, Iceland
Vasaloppet China 50 km Changchun, China
Merino Muster 42 / 21 km Wanaka, New Zealand
Ushuaia Loppet 42 km Ushuaia, Argentina

Racing distances

Actual racing distances may vary from year to year according local snow conditions, but usually, there are different categories: full distance (at least 42 km, the length of a non-skiing marathon (26 miles)) and shorter ones for children and less experienced skiers. For Vasaloppet, the oldest of the races, the full distance is about 90 km (56 mi). Some races are freestyle (both skating and classic are allowed), but others only permit classic style.

Worldloppet Master

Those who complete Worldloppet races in 10 different countries, at least one of which is from another continent, qualify as a Worldloppet Master. They qualify for Worldloppet Gold Master if they have completed 10 main races, or a Silver Master if they have competed 10 races where some or all of them are short races. By standing of May 2013 there are more than 3700 master titles issued so far.

External links

  • Worldloppet website
  • International Association of Worldloppet Skiers
  • Gatineau Loppet
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