36th Edition of Japan's Oldest Ski Race Starts Tomorrow

Sapporo welcomes more than 2000 participants from all over the world with perfect winter weather.

Contributed bySapporo Ski Marathon

In 1981, the 1st Sapporo International Ski Marathon was held as Japan's first official cross-country skiing race supported by the Ski Association of Japan and Sapporo City wit 114 skiers entered. Tomorrow morning it is time for 36th edition at the venue of the Winter Olympic Games in 1972.

Since the 2nd Sapporo International Ski Marathon, the race has drawn attention as an officially recognized international race and became as first asian race a Worldloppet member in 1986. The starting point of the Sapporo race is located in the ground of the Sapporo Dome where either 50 km or 25 km ski marathon events lead through a hilly course making use of the wilderness in Sapporo giving satisfaction to cross-country enthusiasts as well as full-fledged competitors.

More than 2000 skiers from Japan, Australia, Canada, Israel, Norway, USA, Sweden and many other countries. They are awaiting perfect winter conditions with a little less snow then usual in this parts but is no problem to enjoy the race. According to the weather forecast, on the race day, the lowest temperature will be -7°C, the highest temperature around -1°C. It will be cloudy in the morning then it will be snowy around noon.

"We believe the Sapporo International Ski Marathon is a great opportunity for participants to form friendships with skiers across the border and through the generations who may strongly motivate skiers to try out other Worldloppet races.", welcomes Haneda Hiroki from Sapporo International Ski Marathon. 

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