On Sunday the world’s longest ski race ended in Jokkmokk, 30 hours after it had started in the early hours of Saturday. Swedish Johan Lövgren took the men’s race while Frida Hallquist (SWE) managed to make it two victories in a row.
This year’s race was affected by unusually warm weather the last days leading up the race. As a consequence, the jury had to adapt the ordinary track to avoid flooded parts along the way. Hence, the race became 20 km shorter and was decided over 200 km instead of 220 km.
Nevertheless a record field of 512 skiers from more than 20 countries showed up at the starting line in Purkijaur just outside Jokkmokk. They we’re welcomed by a couple of degrees below zero and thin layer of fresh snow that made race conditions rather slow in the beginning.
The last participant crossed the finish line in Jokkmokk after 28 hours and 7 minutes.