Press invitation August 19 2015
Welcome to Ultravasan and Vasastafetten 2015!
It's time to focus on the 7,000 runners registered to make for the finish line in Mora. Saturday, August 22, will see the classic Vasastafetten relay race, as well as the second ever Ultravasan 45 and Ultravasan 90. Vasaloppet welcomes the media to get involved and follow these arrangements – below you will find important information and times for this summer's major running event in our forefathers' tracks.
Last year's success has grown over 20 percent in its second year, and an even stronger starting field will gather this Saturday. Right now there are a total of 1819 ultrarunners registered for the two races, with 16 percent international guests from 29 different countries. 1329 are registered for Ultravasan 90 and 490 for Ultravasan 45 (2015-08-18).
Extreme runners from all over the world meet in Ultravasan to tackle the historic stretch between Sälen and Mora. Participants run at dawn over marshes, past streams and rivers, and greet the sunrise in the Swedish pine forests on the way to Mora. Ultravasan 90 is a cross-country race that starts, just like the traditional Vasaloppet, in Sälen and follows the course east towards Mora. The race has a gents' and ladies' class. Ultravasan 45 runs on the same day, has a gents' and ladies' class, and starts in Oxberg, following the same course.
Video: Race report Ultravasan 2014
Vasastafetten, which has existed since 1991 and been arranged by Vasaloppet since 2008, runs through the historic terrain between Sälen and Mora. The teams consist of ten participants, each running a stretch between 4.5 and 15.1 km, and there are three different classes; ladies', gents', and mixed. There are no age limits. Right now there are 500 teams registered.
IMPORTANT TIMES FOR MEDIA
21/8 Breakfast Run at 09:00
Meet the ultrarunning world elite during a morning jog from Eldris to Mora at 09:00. Limited places, advance registration only. Register your interest through email@example.com or +46 (0)733-550 620.
21/8 Press conference at 12:00
Representatives from Vasaloppet and race management will give information about the race and the track, and there will be interviews with Ultravasan 45 and Ultravasan 90 favourites in Vasaloppet's House in Mora, followed by lunch in the restaurant at the Mora Meeting Place at 12:30. Register your interest through firstname.lastname@example.org or +46 (0)733-550 620.
Elite runners at the podium:
Max King, US
Didrik Hermansen, NO
Jasmin Nunige, SUI
Emmanuel Gault, FRA
Jonas Buud, SWE
22/8 Press car during the race
It is possible to follow the Ultravasan 90 elite in a special press car. Limited places, advance registration only. Register your interest through email@example.com or +46 (0)733-550 620.
Times for start and finish (all races run on August 22)
Start Sälen at 05:00, first Oxberg passing circa 09:05, first finish circa 11:00.
Start Oxberg at 09:00, first Hökberg passing circa 10:35, first finish circa 11:50.
Start Sälen at 09:00, first Oxberg exchange circa 12:30, first finish circa 14.00.
Want to monitor specific participants? Download the app "Vasaloppet Sommar 2015" (iPhone or Android) or order our SMS service. It is also possible to follow certain elite runners via GPS. Read more at vasaloppet.se, where you can also see all participants finish through the all-day live stream of the finish line.
GOOD TO KNOW
No accreditation is required for the media. Accreditation is required, however, for those wishing to photograph the race. Photo vests can be checked out from Vasaloppet's House, Mora.
There will be no particular press centre for Ultravasan. On the competition day, Saturday August 22, there will be representatives from Vasaloppet on hand for assisting the media at the start in Sälen as well as the finish area in Mora. If in need of a writing space, contact Vasaloppet's PR Manager Ola Granfeldt.
Start and results lists
Find start and results lists at http://media.vasaloppet.se
Photos and press releases
Pictures and summaries of the races will be published in Vasaloppet's pressroom:
Accommodation for media
No special accommodation is arranged by Vasaloppet for the media. We recommend that you book accommodation in Sälen/Lindvallen. Book directly through SkiStar at www.skistar.com/cykelvasan. Accommodations in Mora can be booked via www.siljan.se.
Journalists participating in the races
For all races there are a few start places reserved for the media. Are you interested in participating and reporting directly from the track? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of your planned reporting. Those who are quickest to get in touch will get these spots. NOTE! Registration is personal and non-transferable.
Around the events
The whole programme for Vasaloppet's Summer Week is available at www.vasaloppet.se/program/vasakalendern
A warm welcome to Sälen and Mora!
Ola Granfeldt, PR Manager
Tel: +46 (0)250-392 77
Mobile: +46 (0)733-550 620
More on Vasaloppet?
Vasaloppet is the world's biggest organiser 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 organisation owned by IFK Mora and Sälens IF. An engine for public health and organisational activities, in the footsteps our forefathers for the victories of tomorrow!