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Annual Fundraiser – New Date, New Format

Saturday, October 16 Fish Lake Resort


The annual Vasaloppet Fundraiser has adopted a new date and format to celebrate 50 years of Vasaloppet. This year, the fundraiser is a week-long event. The fun begins with the Swedish Mile Trail Run and Family Fun Day on October 9th when the online auction opens up, and then concludes with the new social event on October 16th. Mark your calendars and plan to attend a fun evening with friends and Vasaloppet acquaintances and help provide critical funding for the race and snowmaking. The new social event format includes:

  • New 2 hour (or so) format
  • Ample time to socialize
  • Bountiful hors d’oeuvres & cash bar
  • Raffles (Of course! It’s a fundraiser)
  • Special 50th Celebration program

See details of Vasaloppet Online Auction and fundraiser week

Donations of items to be included are very much appreciated. If you would like to make a donation, or have questions about the upcoming events, just contact the office at or 320-679-2629.

Swedish Mile Trail Run & Family Fun Day

October 9, 10:30-2pm

We are changing things up this year, and adding a whole lot of other fun activities for the whole family.

Bring the whole family to the Nordic Center and join us for lunch or beverages, enjoy a self-guided tour around the Vasaloppet grounds, learn about our youth ski program “Fast Tracks,” have a free s’more at the Marshmallow Shack, take a hayride, and explore the Vasaloppet trails in the colors of fall.  We’re working to build this into a fantastic day to be outdoors in Minnesota’s fall weather.

In addition to the trail run event, this year, the Swedish Mile will be the kick-off event for our new, week-long annual fundraiser format. The online auction will begin and the winners will be announced at the October 16th fundraiser social event. 

The Swedish Mile Trail Race includes a 10k timed trail race, a 5k fun run, a kid’s 1k or .5k race, and everyone gets a finishers medal. See complete details and schedule of events here.

You can REGISTRATION HERE for all of the trail run events. We hope you and your family will join us for this inaugural event.

Vasaloppet Skier Development Fund established in honor of Tom Giese

A skier development fund has been established in honor of Tom Giese, a former Vasaloppet board member and president; Mora high school Nordic ski coach, and a long time advocate of cross country skiing. Tom passed away on August 9 at age 73.

“Be a skier!” is one of the often-remembered sayings that is associated with memories of Tom. He instilled a work ethic in everyone he coached over the years that allowed them to be the best in all aspects of life. His love of skiing and coaching was an important part of his life and he will leave a lasting memory with everyone that knew him that is much bigger than skiing alone.

Donate online:  Click here to the Vasaloppet Tom Giese  Skier Development Fund.

To donate with check:
Vasaloppet Inc. Memo: Tom Giese Development Fund
100 Union St. Mora, MN 55051

Don’t miss out on skiing the 2022 Vasaloppet USA when the race celebrates its 50th year!



All new format:
Skate races on Saturday Feb. 12.
Classic-only 42km and 21km races on Sunday Feb. 13. Course set up for classic-only with multiple tracks.

42km men and women winner earn choice of $1,000 cash or trip to Swedish Vasaloppet. Second place finishers win $500 & third place $250.

21km Race now offers Dala Horse age class awards, completion medals and top level race bibs!


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