The Worldloppet Ski Federation (known as “Worldloppet”) is an international sports federation of cross-country skiing marathons, founded in 1978. The aim of Worldloppet is to promote the sport of cross-country skiing through its various member ski races around the world. Only one and therefore the best race from a country can be a member of Worldloppet. Worldloppet currently unites 20 races (16 full members + 4 associate members) from Europe, America, Asia and Australia as full members. Since summer 2014 four more races were accepted into Worldloppet as Associate Members who do not have any voting right at the Annual General Assembly, the yearly meeting of all member races.
Europe: Jizerská Padesátka (CZE), Dolomitenlauf (AUT), Marcialonga (ITA), König Ludwig Lauf (GER), Tartu Maraton (EST), La Transjurassienne (FRA), Finlandia-hiihto (FIN), Vasaloppet (SWE), Bieg Piastow (POL), Engadin Skimarathon (SUI), Birkebeinerrennet (NOR), Demino Skimarathon (RUS), Fossavatn Ski Marathon (ISL)
America: American Birkebeiner (USA), Gatineau Loppet (CAN) , Ushuaialoppet / Marchablanca (ARG)
Asia: Sapporo International Ski Marathon (JPN), Vasaloppet China (CHN)
Australia: Kangaroo Hoppet (AUS), Merino Muster (NZL)
Read more: http://www.worldloppet.com
Completing of a Worldloppet (WL) race is a remarkable achievement and worth of recording! Worldloppet Passport (WL Passport) is a personal document, in which every completed WL race should be registered. The official WL Passport contains a special page for each event in the Worldloppet series. After completing of a WL race, the skier should ask for the official stamp of this event at the race office. A stamp in the WL Passport is the evidence of the completed race. Collecting of WL stamps is an additional motivation to practice cross-country skiing and to travel to WL countries.
How to buy a Worldloppet Passport?
The price of a WL passport is 33 € and they are available in every WL race office in 20 countries and in WL General Secretariat. WL Passport can also be ordered by via Internet http://www.worldloppet.com By the standing of autumn 2016, more than 18 000 WL Passports have been issued to people from all around the world.
Everyone can become a Worldloppet Master!
After completing 10 different WL races with at least one of them outside of Europe (situated overseas), the skier will be recognised as a Worldloppet Master (WL Master) - as WL Gold Master, if completed 10 WL main races, and WL Silver Master if completed 10 WL short races (possible to combine with main races).
In order to apply for the title of a WL Master, the WL Passport should be mailed to the WL General Secretariat. The validity of all stamps will be checked there, based on the result lists of each applicable race. A WL Master diploma and a gold/silver-plated pin will be mailed to the new WL Master and his/her name will be published on the Worldloppet web page and in the Worldloppet online magazine.
In addition, each WL Master has the opportunity to order a personal WL gold/silver-plated medal. This can be done by filling the online order form on the Worldloppet website. The cost of a medal is 48 €. To this day (autumn 2016) over 4300 WL Masters were recognised.
Global Worldloppet Skier
Completion of all 16 WL races existing at the moment of the creation of the GWLS recognition are required to become a Global Worldloppet Skier. If new races are introduced in the future, they will be added to the required races. Thus a skier who had not finished all 16 races before the entry a new race must ski also the new race before becoming a GWLS.
FIS Worldloppet Cup (previously FIS Marathon Cup)
Known as the World Cup in long distance cross country skiing, founded by the Cross Country Committee of the FIS, in co-operation with the Worldloppet organisation in season 1999/2000. The objectives of the Cup are to improve the status of long distance competitions by attracting elite racers and to increase media and spectator interest in long distance racing.
Worldloppet General Secretariat:
From July 2016 the race office of Tartu Maraton is responsible for Worldloppet's administration and for the organization of its headquarter. It is situated in Tartu, Estonia.
For more information, please visit homepage: http://www.worldloppet.com/