Monday, March 2, 2009

The World's Biggest, Longest and Oldest Ski Marathon

The 2009 version of the world's biggest, longest and oldest (since 1922) ski marathon is history. Sweden's Daniel Tynell wins the 2009 Vasaloppet cross-country ski race (90 kilometers/56 miles) from Sälen to Mora, Sweden for the third time. He finishes the race with a time of 4 hours, 10 minutes and 55 seconds, 23 seconds ahead of second place finisher Oskar Svärd, who won last year's event. Sweden's Sandra Hansson wins the women's race with a time of 4 hours, 43 minutes and 13 seconds. Just to put their finish times into perspective, it takes some skiers more than 10 hours to finish this race. Some 15-thousand adventure-seekers lined up at the start line on Sunday.

Here you'll see the video of the mad dash to the 2009 finish for Tynell (in Swedish)....


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Henrik said...

It's a magnificent race, both to watch and to ski. I sat in front of my TV the whole Sunday. The feeling when you reach the finish line impossible to describe. I actually shed a couple of tears last year.

The time for the average skier is heavily dependent on the conditions. About 10000 skiers perform the race the weekend before the main event, on the same course but with a bit less congestion and without the element of competition. Last weekend, when I skied, it fell more than 10 inches of snow during the race and it was very tough for a lot of skiers. The mean time that day was about ten hours... Without snow and with hard icey tracks the mean time would probably been around eight hours.

Lisa said...

I've never done a cross-country ski race, Henrik, but after watching the video, reading about it and hearing your story, I may have to train to do the more mellow, earlier version of the event you described someday. :)