2023-08-16 11:47

Ahead of Ultravasan, Trailvasan and Vasastafetten 2023

Over 5,300 runners will take to the Vasaloppet Arena this weekend as Vasaloppet's Summer Week 2023 concludes with five running races. Participants include both elite and recreational runners from 28 nations, registered for the four individual races and the relay race Vasastafetten. Many of the individual runners also aim to complete this year's Vasaloppstrippeln. Ultravasan 90 and Vasastafetten will have a new route at the start in Sälen this year. Here are facts, favourites, statistics, and trivia ahead of the upcoming races.

Registration can still be completed at vasaloppet.se up until Thursday, August 17. Late registration (with a slightly higher fee) opens on Friday, August 18 at 10:00 at the race office in Mora and 12:00 at the race office in Sälen. On the day of the races, you can register on location at the start areas.

There are five different running races. It all starts on Friday evening at 18:00 with Trailvasan 10, a 10 km leisure race starting and finishing at the Vasaloppet finish line in Mora. On Saturday, August 19, Ultravasan 90, Ultravasan 45, Trailvasan 30, and Vasastafetten will take place. A total of nine classes (of which eight are competitive) will run on Saturday:

Ultravasan 90. 92 km. Starts in Sälen at 05:00.
Ultravasan 90 km, like the traditional Vasaloppet, starts in Sälen and follows the route east towards Mora. Two classes: Women and Men.

Ultravasan 45. 45 km. Starts in Oxberg at 09:00.
Ultravasan 45 km starts in Oxberg and largely follows the winter route of Vasaloppet 45 along the Oxbergssjön lake to Vasslan, before joining the Ultravasan 90 course. Two classes: Women and Men.

– Trailvasan 30. 30 km. Starts in Oxberg at 11:30.
Trailvasan 30 km starts in Oxberg and runs on forest roads and trails, through summer pastures and pine forests, passing checkpoints in Oxberg, Hökberg, and Eldris before reaching Mora. Two classes: Women and Men.

– Vasastafetten. Relay race for teams of ten. Starts in Sälen at 09:00.
92 km from Sälen to Mora, divided into ten sections ranging from 4.5 to 15 km. (Vasastafetten has three classes: Women, Men, and Leisure. In the women’s and men’s classes, cash prizes are awarded. Men = Women are allowed. Women = Women only. Leisure = Any number of women and men. In the leisure class, participants are allowed to run multiple sections.)

This year, both Ultravasan 90 and Vasastafetten are going to be two kilometres longer, thanks to the new route at the start which takes participants up the first hill, just like skiers in winter and cyclists in Cykelvasan. After the start, the route follows a scenic forest road along the Västerdalälven river, crosses a main road, and continues on a forest road with gravel, climbing about three kilometres up to Vasaloppet’s highest point 528 metres above sea level. From there, it winds an occasionally rocky path along the Vasaloppet trail for a few kilometres. The final two kilometres before the checkpoint in Smågan, reached after 11.2 kilometres, are on a gravel road.
More information about sections and terrain >

”Ultra” denotes races longer than the marathon distance of 42,195 metres, and ”trail” or ”terrain” signifies that most of the race takes place on surfaces other than asphalt.

In addition to the above races, on Friday, August 18, in Mora (16:00) and Sälen (18:00), ”Barnens Vasalopp running” will be held for the very youngest runners up to about 10 years of age. It’s a fun and challenging course where children can experience both movement and joy.

Registration statistics Monday, August 14, 2023
Ultravasan 90: 1,284 (including 903 men and 381 women) from 21 nations, aged 19–73 years.
Ultravasan 45: 651 (including 318 men and 333 women) from 17 nations, aged 17–78 years.
Trailvasan 30: 633 (including 231 men and 402 women) from 15 nations, aged 17–82 years.
Trailvasan 10: 260 (including 109 men and 151 women) from 6 nations, aged 11–76 years.
Vasastafetten: 2,250 runners in 225 teams.

NOTE: Teams (team leaders) in Vasastafetten should fill in their team line-up on ”My Pages” via vasaloppet.se, and changes can be made until the start of the race.

Breakfast run with as warm-up

On Friday, August 18, from 08:00 to 09:45, Vasaloppet invites everyone to a shared breakfast run in the Vasaloppet Arena, along with a briefing with elite runners before Ultravasan at the Vasaloppet finish line in Mora.

Victory Prizes
Winners of Ultravasan 90, in addition to a medal and victory garland, will receive 60,000 SEK. Victory in Ultravasan 45 carries a prize of 15,000 SEK, and victory in Trailvasan 30 awards 10,000 SEK. Ultravasan 90 has sprint prizes in Mångsbodarna (5000 SEK) and Hökberg (5000 SEK), as well as a hill prize in Evertsberg (10,000 SEK). Vasastafetten winners will receive 15,000 SEK. The total prize sum for the runners on Saturday is 401,000 SEK.

Runners to watch in 2023
Here are several intriguing names to keep an eye on for Saturday:

Ultravasan 90

M1297 Jonas Buud www.instagram.com/jonasbuud/
M1302 Olle Meijer www.instagram.com/ollemeijer/
M1371 Erik Anfält www.instagram.com/runanfalt/
M1444 Marcus Nilsson www.instagram.com/marcusnile/
M1546 Viktor Stenqvist
M1576 Sébastien Spehler (FRA) www.instagram.com/sebastienspehler/
M1620 Joacim Lantz www.instagram.com/joacimlantz/
M1739 Andrzej Piotrowski (POL) www.instagram.com/meloniq/
M1760 Mikael Ekvall www.instagram.com/mickeekvall/
M1796 Elov Olsson www.instagram.com/elovolsson/
M1826 Erik Olofsson https://www.instagram.com/erik.olo/
M1860 Fritjof Fagerlund www.instagram.com/fritjoffagerlund/
M1863 Evgenii Glyva (UKR) www.instagram.com/evgenii_glyva/
Piet Wiersma (NED) www.instagram.com/pietwiersma/ (Will not start.)
Fredrik Eriksson
www.instagram.com/freddaeriksson/ (Will not start.)
Anton Gustafsson
www.instagram.com/antonblubb (Will not start.)

W1127 Liselotte Hellsten www.instagram.com/liselottehellsten/
W1140 Hilda Löf www.instagram.com/hildalof/
W1143 Sofia Byhlinder www.instagram.com/sofiabyhlinder/
W1157 Lina Karlsson https://www.instagram.com/linca77/
W1177 Malin Barrulf www.instagram.com/malinbarrulf/
W1192 Petra Klevmar
W1250 Frida Södermark www.instagram.com/fridasodermark/
W1267 Ebba Sigfridson
W1314 Anna Hellström www.instagram.com/anna.hellstrom1/
W1329 Maria Saxvall www.instagram.com/msaxvall/
W1334 Cajsa Berg
W1335 Zara Lundgren www.instagram.com/zaralundgren/
W1338 Ida Nilsson www.instagram.com/idanilssi/
W1340 Caitriona Jennings (IRL) www.instagram.com/jenningscaitriona/
W1366 Sophia Sundberg www.instagram.com/sophia_sundberg/
Dominika Stelmach (POL) www.instagram.com/dominika_stelmach_runner/ (Will not start.)
Elin Hartelius (Will not start.)

Ultravasan 45
M3050 Yavar Biranvand www.instagram.com/yavarbiranvand/
M3190 Kristofer Låås www.instagram.com/kristoferlaas/
M3235 Oscar Bergström
M3279 Jesper Lundberg www.instagram.com/jeppeluuundberg/

W3096 Ingvild Aurdal (NOR) www.instagram.com/ingvildaurdal/
W3306 Barbro Fjällstedt Oljans (f.d. Näsström) www.instagram.com/barbro.fjallstedt.oljans/

Trailvasan 30
M5067 Axel Svärdhagen www.instagram.com/teamsvardhagen/
M5069 Matthias Flade (GER) www.instagram.com/mohnkuchenmatti/
M5156 David Nilsson www.instagram.com/davidnilssons/
M5223 Rikki Frederiksen (DEN)

W5117 Marit Larsson
W5122 Petra Kindlund www.instagram.com/petrakindlund/

Other sporting profiles in Ultravasan 90
Emil Jönsson Haag, former elite skier www.instagram.com/emiljonssonhaag/
Daniel Sedin, former NHL pro
Birger Fält, former national team racewalker

Who is registered?
Start lists >

Number bibs for the nine Saturday classes

All runners in the individual races will, apart from their start number, also have their name printed on their number bib!

Ultravasan 90 – Orange number bib, M = Men, W = Women + course profile.
Number series: Men no M1001–M2999. Women no W1001–W2999.

Ultravasan 45 – Blue number bib, M = Men, W = Women + course profile.
Number series: Men no M3000–M4999. Women no W3000–W4999.

Trailvasan 30 – Green number bib, M = Men, W = Women + course profile.
Number series: Men no M5000–M6999. Women no W5000–W6999.

– Red colour, black numbers D = Women. Number series: 1–40
– Green colour, black numbers  H = Men. Number series: 100–169
– Blue colour, black numbers M = Leisure class. Number series: 200–449

Friday, August 18, 10:00–20:00 Barnens Vasalopp running and Trailvasan 10. Live broadcast from the start and finish. Follow participants at the start and at the finish line in Mora. The Trailvasan 10 start is at 18.00.

Saturday, August 19, 04:30–20:30 Ultravasan 90, Vasastafetten, Ultravasan 45, and Trailvasan 30. Live broadcasts from the start, checkpoints, and finish. Follow participants through the arena with our fixed cameras at the start point in Sälen, the checkpoints in Smågan, Mångsbodarna, Risberg, Evertsberg, Oxberg, Hökberg, and Eldris, as well as the finish line in Mora. Ultravasan 90 starts at 05:00 in Sälen. Vasastafetten starts at 09:00 in Sälen. Ultravasan 45 starts at 09:00 and Trailvasan 30 starts at 11:30 at the start point in Oxberg.

08:o0–20:30 Ultravasan 90 Live. 
Join us from the start of Ultravasan 90. From 08:00, the broadcast is commented by Martin Sellberg and expert Johnny Hällneby. From 08:45, reporter Viktoria Stärner is in Oxberg to talk to participants in Ultravasan 45. We then follow the participants’ journey through the Vasaloppet Arena with reporter Viktoria Stärner and our commentators at the finish line. Award ceremonies at 14:30 and 16:00. The last finish is expected around 20:30. The broadcast can also be viewed after the fact.

vasaloppet.tv – engLISH >

More generous cut-off and medal times in Ultravasan 90

Due to the new route of Ultravasan 90, the cut-off and medal times have been adjusted after number bibs were printed. The new cut-off times are: Mångsbodarna at 09:20, Risberg at 11:10, Evertsberg at 13:20, Oxberg at 15:50, Hökberg at 17:20, and Eldris at 19:00. The finish line closes at about 20:30.

All participants who finish Ultravasan 90, Ultravasan 45, Trailvasan 30, Trailvasan 10 and Vasastafetten receive a medal. A special achievement medal in Ultravasan 90 is awarded to those who finish within set medal times. The new medal times for 2023 are: For men, under 10 hours (9:59:59). For women, under 11 hours and 36 minutes (11:35:59).

Follow participants via live results and app
Live results are available as usual at vasaloppet.se. It’s also possible to track participants in the official free app ”Vasaloppet”.
Read more >

FACTS/Winners of Ultravasan 90, Ultravasan 45 and Trailvasan 30
Ultravasan 90, men
2014 Jonas Buud, IFK Mora FK (SWE), 6.02.03
2015 Jonas Buud, IFK Mora FK (SWE), 5.45.08 (Record time!)
2016 Jarle Risa, Undheim IL (NOR), 6.11.49
2017 Elov Olsson, Ockelbo SK (SWE), 6.07.37
2018 Fritjof Fagerlund, LK Roslagen (SWE), 6.01.56
2019 Jim Walmsley, Hoka One One (USA) 5.47.28
2020 Ultravasan was part of Hemmavasan, no winner was crowned
2021 Sébastien Spehler, Team Salomon (FRA), 6.09.45
2022 Viktor Stenqvist, Billingen X-trail Sports Club (SWE), 6.19.07

Ultravasan 90, women
2014 Holly Rush, Team Bath AC (GBR), 7.09.04
2015 Jasmin Nunige, Switzerland (SUI), 7.02.35
2016 Jasmin Nunige, Track Club Davos (SUI), 6.54.32
2017 Ida Nilsson, Högby IF (SWE), 6.51.26
2018 Alexandra Morozova, Russia (RUS), 6.43.55 (Record time!)
2019 Alexandra Morozova, Ural (RUS) 7.11.07
2020 Ultravasan was part of Hemmavasan, no winner was crowned
2021 Alexandra Morozova, Ural (RUS), 6.48.36
2022 Anna Hellström, Enebybergs IF (SWE), 7.40.51

Ultravasan 45, men
2014 Roman Ryapolov, IFK Mora FK (RUS), 2.49.47
2015 Fritjof Fagerlund, Rånäs 4H (SWE), 2.45.30
2016 Roman Ryapolov, IFK Mora OK (RUS), 2.41.47
2017 Erik Anfält, Örebro AIK (SWE), 2.40.28
2018 David Nilsson, Högby IF/MotionMetrix (SWE), 2.39.33 (Record time!)
2019 Fredrik Eriksson, IK Akele (SWE) 2.49.21
2020 Ultravasan was part of Hemmavasan, no winner was crowned
2021 Kristofer Låås, Keep Up RC (SWE), 2.41.04
2022 Kristofer Låås, Keep Up RC(SWE), 2.39.47

Ultravasan 45, women
2014 Gloria Vinstedt, Sweden (SWE), 3.28.13
2015 Caroline Dubois, France (FRA), 3.13.22
2016 Lisa Ring, IK Nocout.se (SWE), 3.04.18
2017 Joasia Zakrzewski, United Kingdom (GBR), 3.06.12
2018 Lisa Ring, IK nocout.se (SWE), 3.03.00
2019 Sofia Byhlinder, IFK Mora Friidrott (SWE), 3.09.40
2020 Ultravasan was part of Hemmavasan, no winner was crowned
2021 Liselotte Hellsten, Spårvägen (SWE), 3.05.38
2022 Barbro Näsström, Säter FIK (SWE), 3.02.47 (Record time!)

Trailvasan 30, men
2022 Adhanom Abraha, Eritrea (ERI), 1.41.02

Trailvasan 30, women
2022 Maria Larsson, (SWE), 2.00.47

All top ten placements in Ultravasan 90, Ultravasan 45 and Trailvasan 30 since the start

All races
15 people have run Ultravasan 90 all years and 2 people have run Ultravasan 45 all years.

Vasastafetten no. 31
Vasastafetten has been held since 1991, arranged by Vasaloppet since 2008. Two competition classes, women and men, and a leisure class. Read the story of Vasastafetten and see all the winners listed:

407 are attempting Vasaloppstrippeln
2014 was the first year it was possible to complete Vasaloppstrippeln. This year, there are many people who have completed 90, 45 or 30 kilometres of both skiing and running. For this Saturday’s running section, 225 of these are registered for Ultravasan 90 so far, 72 for Ultravasan 45 and 110 for Trailvasan 30.

Those running for Vasaloppstrippeln 90 wear a red sticker, those running for Vasaloppstrippeln 45 wear a pink sticker and those running for Vasaloppstrippeln 30 wear a white sticker.

Kranskulla and Kransmas 2023
This year’s Kranskulla and Kransmas are Alice Larsson (Sälens IF) and Albin Gezelius (IFK Mora).

After the races, by the Vasaloppet finish in Mora
14:30 Award ceremony for Ultravasan 45 (first 3 women and men), Trailvasan 30 (first 3 women and men).
16:00 Award ceremony for Ultravasan 90 (six first women and men).

There is a lot happening in Sälen and Mora during Vasaloppet’s Summer Week 2023.
Take part in the whole programme >

Background – The story of Vasaloppet’s Summer Week and Ultravasan

Read and remember >

Next year
You can register for races in Vasaloppet’s Summer Week 2024 right now at Vasaloppet’s website.

Vasaloppet upcoming events

Vasaloppet’s Summer Week 2023 – biking and running
• Friday, August 11 Ungdomscykelvasan start Oxberg, 32 km
• Friday, August 11 Cykelvasan Öppet Spår start Sälen, 96 km
• Friday, August 11 Cykelvasan 45 start Oxberg, 45 km
• Friday, August 11 Cykelvasan 30 start Oxberg, 32 km
• Saturday, August 12 Cykelvasan 90 start Sälen, 96 km
• Friday, August 18 Trailvasan 10 start Mora, 10 km
• Saturday, August 19 Ultravasan 90 start Sälen, 92 km
• Saturday, August 19 Vasastafetten running relay, ten legs, start Sälen, 92 km
• Saturday, August 19 Ultravasan 45 start Oxberg, 45 km
• Saturday, August 19 Trailvasan 30 start Oxberg, 30 km

Register for 2023 now >

Hemmavasan – whenever you want
• August 11–19, 2023 – Hemmavasan cykel (bike)
• August 11–19, 2023 – Hemmavasan löpning (running)

Vasaloppet’s Winter Week 2024 – cross country skiing
• Friday, February 23 Vasaloppet 30 start Oxberg, 30 km
• Saturday, February 24 Tjejvasan start Oxberg, 30 km
• Sunday, February 25 Öppet Spår Sunday start Sälen, 90 km
• Sunday, February 25 Ungdomsvasan start Eldris, 9 km, start Hökberg, 19 km
• Monday, February 26 Öppet Spår Monday 90 freestyle, start Sälen, 90 km
• Monday, February 26 Öppet Spår Monday 45 freestyle, start Evertsberg, 43 km
• Monday, February 26 Öppet Spår Monday 30 freestyle, start Oxberg, 28 km
• Tuesday, February 27 Vasaloppet 45 start Oxberg, 45 km
• Friday, March 1 Stafettvasan ski relay, five sections start Sälen, 90 km
• Friday, March 1 Nattvasan 30 individually or two-person teams, freestyle, start Oxberg, 30 km
• Friday, March 1 Nattvasan 45 individually or two-person teams, freestyle, start Oxberg, 45 km
• Friday, March 1 Nattvasan 90 individually or two-person teams, freestyle, start Sälen, 90 km
• Saturday, March 2 Vasaloppet 10 freestyle, start Eldris, 9 km
• Sunday, March 3 The 100th Vasaloppet start Sälen, 90 km (Fully booked)

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