Olympic Champions vs the Worldloppet Cup elite at the Demino Skimarathon
The registration center for the participants of the XI Traditional International Demino ski marathon is opened in the Ski sport Centre Demino in Russia’s Rybinsk. It is full of skiers from Russia and 20 countries all around the world, collecting their bibs & getting the last information before hitting the tracks tomorrow and on Sunday.
Olympic Champions & the FIS Worldloppet Cup elite
During two competition days tomorrow (3rd March) and on Sunday (4th March), approximately 2500 people, from professionals to amateurs of skiing will take part in the races. Among them the Russian Olympic Champions Alexander Legkov, Evgeniy Dementiev and Nikita Kriukov. Beside hundrets of Worldloppet masters & those who want to become one, the world’s elite of marathon skiing will stand at the starting line at tomorrow’s main race over 50 km in free technique. The FIS Worldloppet Cup is entering the final chapter for 2018 with the Demino Skimarathon as 6th & previous last stage.
In the men’s overall ranking only one single point devides the leader, Gerard Agnellet and 2nd placed Ivan Perrillat-Boiteux, both France, both Team Haute Savoie-Nordic. But also the athletes from Team Jobstation Rossignol want to fight for the last points for the overall ranking. This two teams are the European concurrence for the Russian red group.
The ladie’s ranking is also very tight! During the last two stages Maria Gräfnings, from Sweden, who is feeling very strong this times, reduced the difference between her and leader Aurelie Dabudyk, France, down to 10 points. Their strongest opponents will be Olga Rotcheva from Russia, who won the last two final stages of the FIS Worldloppet Cup.
Final preparations, 10.000 spectators & military thermoses
The preparations for the Traditional International Demino ski marathon, the Russian Worldloppet race, arr at the final stage: The sport center is prepared, the tracks are groomed, the Expo is built up & more than 2000 athletes are expected for the start of the main race tomorrow. This would be a record for the entire history of the Demino ski marathon. In just two competitive days 2500 people will pass different distances.
A special innovation of this year will be additional heating points. Especially to provide marathoners with warm drinks, the OC bought military thermoses. The weather promises to be frosty, but for ski races such a temperature regime is optimal. The plentiful snowfalls of February had a positive effect on the course.
In order to also keep the expecte 10.000 spectators warm, the OC prepared a rich entertainment program.
Event program & starting order
17:00 – Pasta party (Champion cafe, 1st floor)
18:00 – Meeting for Worldloppet Masters (Champion cafe, 2nd floor)
11:00 – “XI Traditional International Demino Ski Marathon FIS/ WORLDLOPPET 2018” 50 km FT (free technique) marathon, WAVE MASS START (3-minute interval between groups/waves)
14:30 – Awarding ceremony
10:00 – Demino Baby ski marathon 1 km CT (classic technique). Mass start
10:20 – 5 km CT race (classic technique) – junior men/ladies of 2004-2006 Mass start
10:40 – 10 km CT race (classic technique) – JM1 2002-2003, JL1 2000-2003 Mass start
11:00 – WORLDLOPPET 25 km CT (classic technique) – ladies and men of junior, main age groups, athletes of middle and senior age. Mass start.
So welcome to Demino/Rybinsk/Russia! Meet you outside at the tracks.