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17. I’ve been so many places

20 May 2020

by Jay Wiener, 16 x Worldloppet Master – Leon Russell’s “A Song For You” starts, “I’ve been so many places in my life and time…” The accumulation of sixteen Worldloppet Masters has, similarly, seen me visiting plentiful places. After completing my second race — the final Finlandia from Hämeenlinna to Lahti — I met a…

ČEZ Jizerská 50 Opens Registration for 2021

Registrations opened right Fifty Years after the Peru 1970 Expedition, to commemorate the climbers “To commemorate the Peru expedition we launch registrations for the 54th edition of the Jizerská 50 race precisely fifty years after a group of climbers set out for Lima in Peru to travel under the summit of Huascarán” This is the…

16. The real New Year’s fairytale

18 May 2020

by Valentin Borisov, Russia – Changchun City January 2, 2015 conducted a ski marathon for 12 times, but for the first time this happened under the flag of the Worldloppet alliance. The track – 50 km, 2 laps of 25 km, classic style. The weather was sunny, air temperature at night was minus 21 degrees C, during…

15. Hey buddies, we will bring you those medals 😊

15 May 2020

by Josef Sklenar – It’s been a while since I finished this legendary race almost in the dark. Today, when I can finally hold my computer mouse, let’s take a look back on how did that go from my purely amateur perspective? First of all, I have to admit that this year’s Jizerská 50 turned…

14. Three mistakes on the way to La Transjurassienne 2010

13 May 2020

by Jim Whalen 2 x Worldloppet Gold Master – I registered for the February 13, 2010 La Transjurassienne classic race. This would be my fourth Worldloppet race, but only my second time travelling overseas for a race.  I still had a lot to learn.  I had travelled for a work meeting in Nashville on Monday…

Ushuaia Loppet 2020 cancelled

12 May 2020

News coming from the Southern Hemisphere, where the Worldloppet 2020/2021 season should have kicked off on August 16th, but the race was cancelled due to the pandemic covid-19. The message of the CEO Pablo Valchef, speaking for the Organizing Committee, the Club Andino Ushuaia: “Due to the difficult situation caused by the outbreak of COVID…

13. More than a medal

11 May 2020

by Margaret Batty – The expression ‘to earn a medal’ makes sense, this is a currency of sustained effort, sweat and risk. I was one of many skiers garlanded with a beautiful snowflake medal at the finish line of the Merino Muster Loppet races in New Zealand on 31 August 2019. A powerful symbol of…

12. The Race That Wasn’t

8 May 2020

by Bruce Wharrie – Australian 6 x Worldloppet Master – Five Australians, one memorial race, but where is the snow? 2014 was a slim snow year for the northern hemisphere.  Luckily our gracious Bedrichov accommodation host, Lubos, was duly concerned about the very limited snow conditions and leant us a vehicle to hunt out some…

11. The loneliest walk

6 May 2020

by Marg Hayes – Australian 7 x Worldloppet Gold Master The northern Winter of 2011 was to be an epic Worldloppet adventure for Bruce Wharrie and myself both hoping to complete our 4th Worldloppet Gold Master as well as become Global Worldloppet skiers.  An ambitious plan involving races in 3 different continents in one season.…

10. Worldloppet is life changing

4 May 2020

by Daniel Mitchell, Master #4518 – Growing up in the farmland of southern Michigan, United States, I desired to be an athlete but lacked the opportunity and discipline. After completing my training to be a family doctor, my wife Carol and I set up a clinic in an underserved small town in northern Michigan; a…

9. 180 heartbeats, days before Jizerská Padesátka

1 May 2020

by Michael Förster – I’m sweating like a pig, my breath is coming short, my heart rate’s close to 180. Nothing unusual during a ski-marathon. But maybe unusual a few days before the start? This year’s Jizerská Padesátka wasn’t the first time my pre-race anxiety driven heart rate has outreached the peak of heartbeats during…

Tartu Forest Marathon goes virtual

You can ride from wherever you are Already for the 38 years, the second weekend in May has marked a big running festival of Tartu Marathon. Around 10 000 participants enjoy the different tracks of Tartu Forest Marathon every spring. This time, due to the pandemic of Coronavirus, the race will be held as a virtual…