The Winter Week of 2016 sees the premiere edition of the new race Öppet Spår 9 km. A smaller Vasaloppet experience where anyone can participate. The goal is that those who otherwise would not take part should have a chance to discover cross-country skiing.
The day before Vasaloppet, Saturday March 5, the very first Öppet Spår 9 km will run on the final nine kilometres of the Vasaloppet course from the Eldris checkpoint to the finish line in Mora. The race is aimed at those who are not yet skiers or who might not even practice any outdoors exercise. Participants could be supporters of skiers in other races, newly arrived citizens, or our own Vasaloppet functionaries, who never have time to participate in any of the other races.
"We want to open the door to skiing by removing all obstacles that might come with extensive preparation. It will be a new kind of Öppet Spår that is more about daring to try than it is about competition, giving everyone the chance to experience a traditional sport and cross the finish line under the classic Vasaloppet archway," says Vasaloppet Sport Manager Tommy Höglund.
Participation is free and for those without skis there is a limited supply of equipment available for borrowing, thanks to Vasaloppet's official partner Madshus. Vasaloppet offers a free bus trip from Mora to the start in Eldris and will construct a temporary fluid checkpoint in Hemus.
The registration is now open. This premiere race will have a maximum of 450 participants.
Upcoming events in the Vasaloppet Arena
Vasaloppet Winter Week 2016
Fri 26 Feb: Kortvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 27 Feb: Tjejvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sun 28 Feb: Ungdomsvasan. 3, 5, 7 or 9 km. Start Mora Ski Stadium.
Sun 28 Feb: Öppet Spår Sunday. 90 km. Start Sälen. (10,000 entries, FULL 26/9/2015)
Mon 29 Feb: Öppet Spår Monday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Tue 1 Mar: Halvvasan. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 4 Mar: Stafettvasan. 9–24 km. Relay race. Start Sälen. (10,000 entries FULL 25/11/2015)
Sun 6 Mar: Vasaloppet. 90 km. Start Sälen. (15,800 entries. FULL 22/3/2015)
Vasaloppet Summer Week 2016
Fri 12 aug: Cykelvasan 30. 32 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 12 aug: Ungdomscykelvasan. 32 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 12 aug: Cykelvasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 12 aug: Cykelvasan Öppet Spår. 94 km. Start Sälen.
Sat 13 aug: Cykelvasan 90. 94 km. Start Sälen. (13,000 entries. FULL 18/12/2015)
Sat 20 aug: Ultravasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 20 aug: Ultravasan 90. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Sat 20 aug: Vasastafetten. 4.5–15 km. Running relay race for ten-person teams. Start Sälen.
For further information
Tommy Höglund, Sports Manager
Phone: +46 (0)250-392 65
Mobile: +46 (0)70 621 63 56
Ola Granfeldt, PR Manager
Phone: +46 (0)250-392 77
Mobile: +46 (0)733-550 620
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Vasaloppet is the world's biggest organizer of recreational races, all year round and a part of En Svensk Klassiker. Vasaloppet's Winter Week with its cross-country skiing and the Summer Week with mountain bike cycling and running attract a total of almost 100,000 registered participants every year. Since the beginning in 1922 over one million participants have passed under the classic finish portal in Mora. Vasaloppet is a non-profit making organization owned by IFK Mora and Sälens IF. An engine for public health and organizational activities, in the footsteps our forefathers for the victories of tomorrow!