When Vasaloppet opened registration for eight of the ten ski races in Vasaloppet’s Winter Week 2017, two of the races were fully booked immediately. The new couples race Nattvasan was fully booked in 1.5 minutes while Vasaloppet was full after 4 minutes. Over 33,000 participants had registered for the Winter Week 2017 after one hour.
The Vasaloppet is held on the first Sunday in March in northwestern Dalarna between Sälen and Mora (Lake Siljan).
Already during the week before the official registration, participants included in Vasaloppet’s loyalty programme had been able to register for Vasaloppet 2017. This loyalty programme, now in its second year, is used to safeguard repeat participants. About 5,000 people have made use of this opportunity.
15,800 participants in Vasaloppet
The two races that are fully booked are Vasaloppet with 15,800 participants and Nattvasan with 1,500 participants (in 750 two-person teams). There are start positions still available in all other races. Registration for Öppet Spår 9 km and Ungdomsvasan will open at a later date.
“Of course it’s marvellous that the interest in skiing and in Vasaloppet continues to stay strong. A few people have experienced technical problems in connection with the onslaught of web visitors, but overall everything has worked well this morning,” says Vasaloppet’s CEO Eva-Lena Frick.
The 13,000 spots in this summer’s Cykelvasan 90 have been fully booked for some time, but there are still start positions available in all other summer races, and registration can be made as usual via www.vasaloppet.se. In total over 19,000 people have registered for Vasaloppet’s Summer Week 2016.
Upcoming events in the Vasalopps 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)
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 attracts 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!
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Source: Vasaloppet, photo: Vasaloppet/Nisse Schmidt