What is Worldloppet ?
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 16 races from Europe, America, Asia and Australia as full members. Since the summer of 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.
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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)
Completing a Worldloppet (WL) race is a remarkable achievement and worth 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 a WL race, the skier should ask for the official stamp of the event at the respective race office. A stamp in the WL Passport is the evidence of the completed race. Collecting WL stamps is an additional motivation to practice cross-country skiing and to travel to different countries, meeting likewise minded people and experiencing different cultures. To this day, more than 18 000 WL Passports had been issued to people from all around the world.
How to buy a Worldloppet Passport?
The price of a WL Passport is approximately 30 € (depending on local VAT). Passports are available at every WL race office, in the 20 member countries and at the WL General Secretariat in Italy. WL Passports can also be ordered via Internet at http://www.worldloppet.com
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 short and long 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 list 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 sending the order form together with 40 € to the WL General Secretariat. By the summer of 2014 over 4000 WL Masters were recognised.
Worldloppet General Secretariat
Since 2016 the race of Tartu Maraton is responsible for Worldloppet’s administration and the organization of its headquarter. During this period, it is situated in Tartu, Estonia.
For more information, please visit homepage: www.worldloppet.com