Ultravasan will run for the third time on Saturday August 20, 2016. As in the first two successful years there will be many elite world-class runners making their way to Dalarna. Swedish 100 km world champion Jonas Buud, who won the men's competition in Ultravasan 90 in both 2014 and 2015, will return to show his mettle once more. The ladies side looks highly interesting, the biggest star being world champion Ellie Greenwood from the UK.
Right now there are over 1200 runners registered for Ultravasan. For those who want to participate there are still start positions available in both Ultravasan 90 and Ultravasan 45. Ultravasan 45 in particular looks to attract more participants in 2016 compared to previous years.
In 2015, local runner Jonas Buud broke the previous Ultravasan 90 track record from Sälen to Mora. On August 20 he will compete against British Steve Way again. Way was second in Ultravasan 2014 and he is aiming to win this year: "Ultravasan 2016 – The rematch!" as he called it on his blog.
Also registered are number six from Ultravasan 2015, Jarle Risa from Norway, and number seven, Matt Flaherty from the USA. Swedish Fritjof Fagerlund won Ultravasan 45 in 2015 and a few weeks later he was sixth in the 100 km World Championship – he will be running in Ultravasan 90. Number five from the World Championship, Wouter Decock from Belgium, will also be at the start in Sälen. Another two strong Americans to participate are Dylan Bowman and Geoff Burn. We also have Yan Longfei from China. In other words, we may expect a very interesting day "in forefathers' tracks" this August...
Ultravasan's female victor from 2015, Jasmin Nunige from Switzerland (who also broke the track record), will be starting this year as well. But another favourite must be Canada-resident Ellie Greenwood, UK. She won the 100 km World Championship gold in both 2011 and 2014, and has been the victor in other prestigious races such as Comrades Marathon in South Africa (2014), Western States 100 in the USA (2011) and Le Templiers in France (2015). Greenwood had some injury issues at the start of 2015 and did not participate in Ultravasan but she has now set it as a major goal for 2016.
Other strong female runners include Ultravasan's silver medalist from last year, Ida Nilsson, who crossed the finish line only three minutes behind the victor, Jasmin Nunige. Another promising Swede is, of course, Kajsa Berg, who was second in the 100 km World Championship in 2015. You may also count on American Cassie Scallon and Croatian Marija Vrajic (third in the World Championship 2015).
This weekend, on Sunday May 29, 2016, the world's oldest and largest ultramarathon race –Comrades Marathon in South Africa – will run on 89 km of road between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, with 20,000 runners. Swedish participants in this year's Comrades include Jonas Buud, Fritjof Fagerlund and Kajsa Berg.
Here are some of the highly qualified elite runners who are currently registered for Ultravasan 90 2016 – and their chief merits.
Jonas Buud, Sweden
1st Swiss Alpine, 2007–2014
2nd WC 100K (Torhout, BEL), 2009
2nd WC 100K (Gibraltar, GBR), 2010
4th Comrades Marathon, 2011
2nd WC 100K (Seregno, ITA), 2012
2nd UTMB, 2012
2nd Comrades Marathon, 2013
2nd WC 100K (Doha, QAT), 2014
1st Ultravasan 90, 2014
7th Comrades Marathon, 2014
1st Ultravasan 90, 2015
1st WC 100K (Winschoten, NED), 2015
Dylan Bowman, USA
2nd Leadville 100 miles, 2011
3rd Western States 100 miles, 2014
1st Tarawera (UTWT), 2015
1st TNF Australia (UTWT), 2015
Jarle Risa, Norway
3rd Ultravasan 90, 2014
4th Eco Trail Oslo 80, 2015
6th Ultravasan 90, 2015
Fritjof Fagerlund, Sweden
10th WC 100 K (Doha, QAT), 2014
1st Ultravasan 45, 2015
6th WC 100 K (Winschoten, NED), 2015
Steve Way, UK
10th Commonwealth Games Marathon (2.15), 2014
15th London Marathon (2.16), 2014
1st NC 100K, GBR (6.19), 2014
2nd Ultravasan 90, 2014
Yan Longfei, China
1st Hong Kong 100, 2015
4th TNF 100 Australia, 2015
2nd Hong Kong 100, 2016
Wouter Decock, Belgium
5th WC 100 K (Winschoten, NED), 2015
Matt Flaherty, USA
3rd UROC, 2011
2nd JFK 50 miles, 2013
7th Ultravasan 90, 2015
Geoff Burns, USA
10th WC 50 K, 2015
1st Mad City 100K (NC) 6.30, 2016
Jasmin Nunige, Switzerland
1st Swiss Alpine, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015
1st UltraVasan 90, 2015
2nd Les Templiers, 2015
Ida Nilsson, Sweden
1st TransVulcania, 2016
2nd Lidingöloppet 30, 2015
2nd Ultravasan 90, 2015
Former SWE-record holder 3000 m steeplechase
Multiple SWE-champion, XC, 3000 m steeplechase, 5000 m.
Eleanor “Ellie” Greenwood, UK
1st WC 100K (Gibraltar, GBR), 2010
4th Comrades, 2011
1st Western States 100 miles, 2011
1st CCC, 2012
2nd Comrades, 2012
1st Comrades, 2014
1st WC 100 K (Doha, QAT), 2014
1st Les Templiers, 2015
Marija Vrajic, Croatia
6th EC 100K (Belves, FRA), 2013
1st Mozart 100, 2014, 2015
3rd WC 100K (Winschoten, NED), 2015
Cassie Scallon, USA
1st JFK 50 miles, 2011
2nd UROC, 2014
2nd Lake Sonoma, 2015
12th IAU UltraTrail WC (Annecy, FRA), 2015
4th Les Templiers, 2015
Kajsa Berg, Sweden
3rd Swiss Alpine, 2011
2nd WC 100K (Seregno, ITA), 2012
1st EC 100K (Belves, FRA), 2013
2nd WC 100K (Winschoten, NED), 2015
Sophia Sundberg, Sweden (running 45 or 90)
5th EC 100 K, 2013
13th WC 100 K, 2014
12th Comrades Marathon, 2014
4th UltraVasan 90, 2014
19th Comrades Marathon, 2015
15th Two Oceans Marathon, 2015
2nd Ultravasan 45, 2015
Ultra is the name of races longer than the marathon distance of 42,195 metres, and "trail" or "terrain" means that the main part of the race is not on asphalt. ASICS is hosting Ultravasan 90 and Ultravasan 45.
Previous victors and winning times in Ultravasan
Ultravasan 90 men
2014 Jonas Buud, IFK Mora FK, 6.02.03
2015 Jonas Buud, IFK Mora FK, 5.45.08*
Ultravasan 90 women
2014 Holly Rush, UK, 7.09.04
2015 Jasmin Nunige, Switzerland, 7.02.35*
Ultravasan 45 men
2014 Roman Ryapolov, IFK Mora FK (RUS), 2.49.47
2015 Fritjof Fagerlund, Rånäs 4H, 2.45.30*
Ultravasan 45 women
2014 Gloria Vinstedt, Sweden, 3.28.13
2015 Caroline Dubois, France, 3.13.22*
Upcoming events in the Vasaloppet Arena
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.
Vasaloppet Winter Week 2017
Fri 24 Feb: Kortvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 25 Feb: Tjejvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sun 26 Feb: Ungdomsvasan. 3, 5, 7 or 9 km. Start Mora Ski Stadium.
Sun 26 Feb: Öppet Spår Sunday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Mon 27 Feb: Öppet Spår Monday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Tue 28 Feb: Halvvasan. 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 3 Mar: Stafettvasan. 9–24 km. Five-person teams. Start Sälen.
Fri 3 Mar: Nattvasan. 90 km. Two-person teams. Start Sälen. (1,500 entries. FULL 20/03/2016)
Sat 4 Mar: Öppet Spår 9 km. 9 km. Start Eldris.
Sun 5 Mar: Vasaloppet. 90 km. Start Sälen. (15,800 entries. FULL 20/03/2016)
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