Regulations of the Global Ski Marathon Ranking

1. The objectives of the Global Ski Marathon Ranking (hereinafter Global Ranking) are:

  • a. to motivate athletes of all abilities to participate in ski marathon all over the World;
  • b. to offer a merit-based method for seeding the participants at ski marathons;
  • c. to acknowledge the active participants of all age groups, who ski at least 3 events per season.

2. Global Ranking consists of the events listed in Global Ski Calendar available on Global Ski Calendar is open to all long-distance ski races of the World at least 15 km in length. All events in the Global Ranking shall respect the FIS ICR. Request to join the calendar should be submitted in free form to, at least 6 months prior to the event. After receiving an application the agreement will be concluded between a race organizer and Worldloppet Ski Federation.

3. A person, who has completed at least one of the given distances in any of the Global Calendar events, is considered a Participant. Each Participant of Global Ranking will get a score for the season (hereinafter season score) and an average score over the last 24 months when taking part in the Global Calendar events. Global Ranking season starts on August 1st and ends on May 31st.

4. The final season score is calculated by summing up the Participant’s top 3 Global Ranking Points of the season. Global Ranking Points for an event for the Participant are calculated according to the following formula:

Where F is a factor based on the total number of finishers in the event. The factor prioritizes participation in bigger events. The factors are as follows:

  • Races with length over 42 km:
    • Over 7001 finishers: F=1,2
    • 7 000 – 3001 finishers: F=1,1
    • 3000 – 1001-finishers: F=0,9
    • 1000 – 201-finishers: F=0,8
    • Up to 200 finishers: F=0,7
  • Races with length 41 – 15 km
    • Over 1000 finishers: F=0,6
    • 1000 – 201-finishers: F=0,5
    • Up to 200 finishers: F=0,4

The higher point score is the better the result. Global Ranking Points, season score and average score are published rounded to 2 decimal places but are kept with up to 5 decimals for computation and ranking purposes. Each participant shall receive at least one point for each finished event.

The Global Ranking is updated on the first day of every month (provided that all the results of the Global Ski Calendar events of the preceding months have been made available to Worldloppet) and published on

5. The top 6 participants of every Worldloppet member event at one long distance race shall receive bonus points, calculated as follows: 100, 50, 25, 15, 10, 5. Bonus distances are marked accordingly also in the Global Ski Calendar.

The final standing of the Global Ranking shall be determined after the last event of the season.

6. The average score shows the average number of points earned in the races completed during the last 24 months (sum of points earned/number of races completed, starting from August 1st 2019).

7. If two Participants have acquired an equal number of points over the season for the final season score, the higher rank shall be given to the athlete, who:

  • has participated in a higher number of events during the season,
  • if the number of completed races is the same, the advantage shall be given to the athlete with the highest point score in their best event,
  • in case the point scores of their best events are equal, the second-highest scores shall be taken into account, and so on for third-highest scores etc.,
  • if none of the conditions named above is sufficient, the Participants shall be ranked on the same rank.

8. Participants who request their results to be hidden from Worldloppet website will not be included in the Global Ranking.

9. Age groups in both genders.

  • U20 – 15 – 19 years of age
  • U25 – 20 – 24 years of age
  • U30 – 25 – 29 years of age
  • U35 – 30-34 years of age
  • U40 – 35-39 years of age
  • U45 – 40-44 years of age
  • U50 – 45-49 years of age
  • U55 – 50-54 years of age
  • U60 – 55-59 years of age
  • U65 – 60-64 years of age
  • U70 – 65-69 years of age
  • U75 – 70-74 years of age
  • U80 – 75-79 years of age
  • U90 – 80+ years of age

The age group of each person is determined mid-season (January 1st) for the final season score, and in the middle of the 24 months’ time window (12 months before the date of the average score list) for the average score. If only the year of birth is available for some person, then the month and the day are averaged to mid-year (July 1st) to compute his or her age group.

Winners of all age groups will be awarded by prizes from Worldloppet member races and/or sponsors.

10. Protests concerning the final season score must be brought in 3 days after publishing of the last event’s results.

11. All other cases not mentioned in the current regulations shall be solved by Executive Board of the Worldloppet Ski Federation.

updated on 12.05.2020 for season 2021