First race: 8th March 1981, 30 km, 114 participants
Highest number of participants in main race: 2048 participants in 50km (1987)
Worldloppet membership: since 1985
1981 – The first Sapporo International Ski Marathon took place on the Sapporo Olympic Winter Games tracks with distances of 30km, 20km and 10km. The inspiration for the race came from the Holmenkollen Games in Norway. In the winter of 1981 a delegation from Sapporo visited Germany to study the organisation of popular ski races. To ensure that the new race started successfully, the organisers invited all the Worldloppet winners of the season to Japan at the organisers’. In 1982 the distance of the long race was extended to 42km and after three more years to 50 km.
START / FINISH LOCATION OF THE RACE: next to Sapporo Dome
Location of the start area: elevation 75m, 43°00'29.5"N 141°24'35.2"E
Location of the finish area: elevation 70m, 43°00'49.0"N 141°24'33.7"E
The race office location: 1-5 Nakajima Park Chuo-ku Sapporo Hokkaido ( in Sapporo Nakajima Athletic Center)
The race is run over a scenic and demanding course, parts of which were used for the 50 km race during the Olympic Winter Games held in Sapporo in 1972. Although it does not have a ‚feature’ hill as do many of the Worldloppet races, its continually undulating nature makes it one of the more severe courses on the Worldloppet circuit.
INTERESTING TO KNOW ABOUT
In 2017 season we are going to post application form for a rental ski equipment service (for free technique) for foreign skiers through the Internet. It's available for foreign participants to apply for the rental service by sending the application form on our website.
|DATES IN 2016/2017:|
|08.02.2017||International skiers dashed through snowy fields in Sapporo|
|04.02.2017||Deep winter at the 37th Sapporo Ski Marathon|
|06.02.2016||36th Edition of Japan's Oldest Ski Race Starts Tomorrow|
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