2019-10-23 11:58

Kortvasan becomes Vasaloppet 30 and Halvvasan becomes Vasaloppet 45

Two ski races will change names before Vasaloppet's Winter Week 2020. From now on Kortvasan will be known as Vasaloppet 30 and Halvvasan becomes Vasaloppet 45.
"We see this as a natural step in our development; the new names fit well into our varied family of races," says Vasaloppet's Development Manager Johan Eriksson.

The idea behind the name change from Kortvasan and Halvvasan to Vasaloppet 30 and Vasaloppet 45 is also to create a closer connection with Vasaloppet’s strong brand.
“A ‘short’ distance or ‘half’ distance can be very subjective while the number of kilometres is more clear. Many care about participating in Vasaloppet, regardless of the distance they’re taking on,” says Johan Eriksson.

With these new names, Vasaloppet 30 and Vasaloppet 45, it will be easier to link these races with the increasingly popular Vasaloppstrippeln challenge where participants ski, bike and run Vasaloppet during one and the same calendar year. This challenge comes in three varieties, 90, 45 and 30 kilometres.
“Interest in Vasaloppstrippeln is steadily growing and there are already nearly 350 participants registered to ski, bike and run Vasaloppet in 2020. This is a fantastic development and it’s very fun to see so many people already dedicated to completing three challenges next year,” says Johan Eriksson.

History

Vasaloppet 30 (formerly Kortvasan) and Vasaloppet 45 (formerly Halvvasan) started in 1997 as more and more requests were coming in for Vasaloppet to hold races with shorter distances. The names have varied over the years from Kort-Vasan, when the race was only directed at those who had ICA-cards, to Kortvasan and now Vasaloppet 30, still with Vasaloppet’s collaborator ICA as host.

Vasaloppet 45 (formerly Halvvasan) was primarily aimed at men since there were requests for a race specifically for men after Tjejvasan’s premiere in 1988. The name started as 45:man but the race soon opened up for everyone and became 45:an, later taking the name Halvvasan in 1999.

From today, October 22, 2019, the new names Vasaloppet 30 and Vasaloppet 45 will apply, including for the 24th edition of both races in the Winter Week 2020. Over 173, 000 participants have completed these races since 1997!

Facts Vasaloppet 30 (formerly Kortvasan)

Distance: Oxberg – Mora, 30 km
Date: Friday, February 24, 2020
Start time: 09:00 (group starts)
Max number of participants: 10,000
Ski style: classic
Minimum age: 12 years old
First race: 1997
Trivia: Vasaloppet 30 is an exercise race for the whole family where no winner is crowned The first to finish is first across the finish line for the whole Vasaloppet Winter Week though.

Facts Vasaloppet 45 (formerly Halvvasan)

Distance: Oxberg – Mora, 45 km
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Start time: 09:00 (group starts)
Max number of participants: 8,000
Ski style: classic
Minimum age: 17 years old
First race: 1997
Trivia: Vasaloppet 45 is a seeding-based race for Vasaloppet.


Upcoming events in the Vasaloppet Arena

Vasaloppet Winter Week 2020

Fri 21 Feb: Vasaloppet 30 (formerly Kortvasan). 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sat 22 Feb: Tjejvasan. 30 km. Start Oxberg.
Sun 23 Feb: Ungdomsvasan. 9/19 km Start Eldris/Hökberg.
Sun 23 Feb: Öppet Spår Sunday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Mon 24 Feb: Öppet Spår Monday. 90 km. Start Sälen.
Tue 25 Feb: Vasaloppet 45 (formerly Halvvasan). 45 km. Start Oxberg.
Fri 28 Feb: Stafettvasan. 9–24 km. Five-person teams. Start Sälen.
Fri 28 Feb: Nattvasan 90. 90 km. Two-person teams. Start Sälen.
Fri 28 Feb: Nattvasan 45. 90 km. Two-person teams. Start Oxberg.
Sat 29 Feb: Blåbärsloppet. 9 km. Start Eldris.
Sun 1 Mar: Vasaloppet. 90 km. Start Sälen. (FULLY BOOKED)


Vasaloppet’s Summer Week 2020

Fri 14 Aug: Cykelvasan Öppet Spår. 94 km. Start Sälen
Fri 14 Aug: Cykelvasasprinten. 1 km. Lindvallen. Start Sälen
Sat 15 Aug: Cykelvasan 90. 94 km. Start Sälen
Sun 16 Aug: Cykelvasan 30. 32 km. Start Oxberg
Sun 16 Aug: Ungdomscykelvasan. 32 km. Start Oxberg
Sun 16 Aug: Cykelvasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg
Sat 22 Aug: Trailvasan 30. 30 km. Start Oxberg
Sat 22 Aug: Ultravasan 45. 45 km. Start Oxberg
Sat 22 Aug: Ultravasan 90. 90 km. Start Sälen
Sat 22 Aug: Vasastafetten. 90 km. Running relay for ten-person teams. Start Sälen
Sat 22 Aug: Vasakvartetten. 90 km. Running relay for four-person teams. Start Sälen

Vasaloppstrippeln 2020
Vasaloppstrippeln 30: Vasaloppet 30 (formerly Kortvasan) or Tjejvasan + Cykelvasan 30 + Trailvasan 30
Vasaloppstrippeln 45: Vasaloppet 45 (formerly Halvvasan) or Nattvasan 45 + Cykelvasan 45 + Ultravasan 45
Vasaloppstrippeln 90: Vasaloppet or Öppet Spår Sunday or Öppet Spår Monday or Nattvasan 90 + Cykelvasan 90 or Cykelvasan Öppet Spår + Ultravasan 90

 

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