Marathon Racing and Ski Touring Gains Traction

With 750 new Worldloppet passports sold last season alone, there is no doubt that marathon racing and touring is gaining traction all over the world. Over the course of the 2011-12 season, 125,588 racers completed one or more Worldloppet events. That is the largest number of Worldloppet racers since the Worldloppet organization was founded in 1978.

The recent Worldloppet annual meeting in Tartu (EST) shows incredible momentum in the cross-country community. For 2012-13, one new marathon was included in the Worldloppet family, and one new country group was established. The Demino Ski Marathon in Russia becomes the 16th Worldloppet marathon, and becomes the first Russian race on the Worldloppet schedule. The new country group consists of the Czech race Jizerska Padesatka, the Polish race Bieg Piastow and the new Russian race Demino Ski Marathon.

There are also a number of changes and improvements to the existing Worldloppet events, making the race series even more attractive.

La Transjurassienne (FRA) has announced that its 54km event will become 57km due to some minor course adjustments. The Bieg Piastow (POL) has announced its interest in becoming a FIS Marathon Cup for the 2013/14 season. The same goes for the Kangaroo Hoppet (AUS), which expressed interest in becoming a FIS Marathon Cup event, and is also exploring the possibilities of organizing a race series with the Merino Muster in New Zealand. The Merino Muster is not yet a formal Worldloppet event. The Gatineau Loppet (CAN) is also interested in joining the FIS Marathon Cup series, and will present a new course for the classic race this winter. The new course will run from one municipality to the next, making the race even more interesting to the participants.

 

Worldloppet 2012-13 Gold/main event schedule:

25.08.12 KANGAROO HOPPET 42 km FT AUS
13.01.13 JIZERSKÁ PADESATKA 50 km CT CZE
19.01.13 AMERICAN BIRKEBEINER: Open Track 51 km CT USA
19.01.13 AMERICAN BIRKEBEINER: Open Track 51 km FT USA
19.01.13 DOLOMITENLAUF: Classic Race 42 km CT AUT
20.01.13 DOLOMITENLAUF 60 km FT AUT
27.01.13 MARCIALONGA 70 km CT ITA
02.02.13 KÖNIG LUDWIG LAUF 50 km FT GER
03.02.13 KÖNIG LUDWIG LAUF 50 km CT GER
03.02.13 SAPPORO INT. SKI MARATHON 50 km FT JPN
09.02.13 LA TRANSJURASSIENNE: La Transjurassienne 50 50 km CT FRA
10.02.13 LA TRANSJURASSIENNE: La Transjurassienne 76 76 km FT FRA
10.02.13 LA TRANSJURASSIENNE: La Transjurassienne 57 57 km FT FRA
10.02.13 TARTU MARATON: Open Track 63 km FT EST
16.02.13 GATINEAU LOPPET 51 km CT CAN
17.02.13 GATINEAU LOPPET 54 km FT CAN
17.02.13 TARTU MARATON 63 km CT EST
23.02.13 AMERICAN BIRKEBEINER 54 km CT USA
23.02.13 AMERICAN BIRKEBEINER 50 km FT USA
23.02.13 FINLANDIA- HIIHTO 50 km CT FIN
24.02.13 FINLANDIA- HIIHTO 50 km FT FIN
24.02.13 VASALOPPET: Öppet Spår 90 km CT SWE
25.02.13 VASALOPPET: Öppet Spår 90 km CT SWE
02.03.13 BIEG PIASTOW 50 km CT POL
03.03.13 VASALOPPET 90 km CT SWE
10.03.13 ENGADIN SKIMARATHON 42 km FT SUI
15.03.13 BIRKEBEINERRENNET: FredagsBirken 54 km CT NOR
16.03.13 BIRKEBEINERRENNET 54 km CT NOR
16.03.13 DEMINO SKI MARATHON 50 km FT RUS
24.08.13 KANGAROO HOPPET 42 km FT AUS

FT – Free technique

CT – Classic technique

More information about Worldloppet HERE

The Norwegian Birkebeiner is one of the 2012-13 Worldloppet event. Photo: Inge Scheve