Our story begins in the winter of 1520–1521.
Vasaloppet started in 1922, but really it is much older than that. The first Vasalopp was carried out as early as 1521 by Gustav Eriksson. During his flight from the Danish king he stopped in Sälen and returned to Mora to lead the uprising against the occupation forces. Gustav Eriksson eventually united the realm and became Sweden’s first king, better known under the name Gustav Vasa. In other words, Sälen is not only the starting point for the world’s largest exercise race; it is also the starting point for the history of our whole country.
Here you can read more about the history of Vasaloppet, as well as exciting facts, records, lists and trivia. We see these pages as the start of ”Vasaloppet’s digital museum”. Enjoy!
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The work for more women on the track continues
Last year, Vasaloppet initiated the project "More women on the track" to increase gender equal participation. Things are trending positively, as can be seen in the summary of figures from the 2023 ski, cycling and running races. Compared to 2022, the proportion of participating women has increased by approximately two percentage points, and in Vasaloppet 2024, the 100th edition, there will be more women than ever before.
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November 2023 Vasaloppet Update in English
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Vasaloppet lowers age limits in several races
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Opportunity for all participants to wear a personalized number bib in the 100th Vasaloppet