World­lop­pet's 40th An­niver­sary

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In 1978, Amer­i­can Tony Wise pi­o­neered the first World­lop­pet sea­son, com­bin­ing nine of the world's most pop­u­lar races into a united cal­en­dar at a meet­ing in Upp­sala, Swe­den. Now 40 years old, the World­lop­pet Ski Fed­er­a­tion holds 20 races in 20 dif­fer­ent coun­tries over four dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents de­liv­er­ing qual­ity rac­ing for 110,000 an­nual par­tic­i­pants of all abil­i­ties from all over the globe. The FIS World­lop­pet Cup was cre­ated dur­ing the 1999/2000 sea­son as a plat­form for the top Nordic skiers to com­pete at the high­est level in marathon-like dis­tances. “For many peo­ple who have been in­volved in World­lop­pet races from the be­gin­ning, the time has passed in a glimpse," said Epp Paal, the CEO of World­lop­pet (WL). "Per­haps be­cause it has been so in­ter­est­ing. For WL Pres­i­dent Juha Vil­ja­maa, it took 37 years to be­come a Mas­ter, demon­strat­ing that there is room and time for ev­ery­one to ac­com­plish their goals.” To learn more, check out the hash­tag #world­lop­pet40 for unique and his­tor­i­cal con­tent on sev­eral so­cial-me­dia plat­forms or visit the World­lop­pet web­site at­lop­ – NS

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