October 9, 2021 – 10:30-2:30
Schedule of Events:
9:00-10:45 Racer Check-in and Late Registration
10:40 am Kid’s Races (1/2 K or 1K)
11:00 am Swedish Mile 10k and 5k mass start
Noon: Award Ceremony for Swedish Mile Race
11:00 – 2:30 Family Fun activities on Nordic Center Grounds,
The annual Swedish Mile Trail Race and Family Fun Day is a 10K timed trail race, 5K fun run, kid’s race and an afternoon of family-friendly activities to raise money for snow-making and operations at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center.
Family Fun Day (New to 2021)
This year’s event will feature fun for the entire family. Our hope is that families and kids of all ages will come out for a cup of coffee, lunch or a drink, enjoy a self-guided tour around the Vasaloppet grounds, learn about our youth ski program “Fast Tracks,” have a free smore 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. We hope you’ll join us for this inaugural event.
The “Swedish Mile” is a 10K trail race on a well-marked course through the woodlands surrounding the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, Minnesota. The course starts and finishes at the Nordic Center and utilizes the Vasaloppet Ski Trails (wide & grassy) and the Fat Bike single track trails (narrow & rugged.) Plan for roots and rocks, hills and turns, and plenty of mud. This is an adventure race with some rugged parts, please be prepared.
The 10K race is supported by one aid station near the midway point, refreshments at the finish, and a lunch for racers. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the male and female categories.
The 5K fun run has all of the features listed above, without the aid station at the mid-point. 5K racers are not timed. Three prize packs will be awarded to finishers of the 5K fun run based on a drawing.
Each winter, the Snow Farmers of Mora, Minnesota volunteer their time and equipment to extend the nordic ski season by spreading man-made snow over the Vasaloppet Nordic Center trails. This allows for high school meets to be hosted, Fast Tracks youth skiing program to take place, nordic ski teams to practice, and for the Mora Vasaloppet to guarantee a race whether nature provides snow or not.
In previous years, generous donations and grant funding have provided for the procurement of two snow guns, and the required infrastructure to produce snow. Each year, a team of volunteers uses their farm equipment to cover the trails with man-made snow. The 2021 goal for the Swedish Mile is to raise enough money to cover 100% of the fuel costs associated with Snow Farming in the 2021-2022 skiing season. By running this race, you’re helping to serve this great cause.
The Swedish Mile 10K: $50 for ($60 on race day) Register
All proceeds go to support the snowmaking and operations at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center.
Male and Female winners will each receive free admission to the 2022 Swedish Mile.
The top three male and female finishers will each receive a prize pack.
5K Fun Run – $50 ($60 on race day) Register
A drawing with three prizes will be held for all finishers of the 5K Fun Run.
Registration for 10K or 5K includes post-race lunch, a well-marked racecourse with an aid station, and a memorable piece of Merch (T-shirt or item of similar value.)
Kid’s Race: 1K or 1/2K – $15 – Each racer receives a prize and a post-race snack. Register
If your child/children would like to participate and the cost is an issue, please inquire.
This race can only happen with an army of amazing volunteers. If you would be interested in volunteering, we would love to put you to work. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved.
Swedish Mile Event Sponsors
We are presently seeking additional sponsors. Please contact us if you would like to learn more.
Is the race timed?
The 2021 race will be timed by local volunteers (not chip-timed).
Can I register the day of the race?
Yes, but we prefer that you do so online. Simply use your mobile phone either before or after you arrive at the Nordic Center. But remember, the registration price goes up on the day of the race. Registration closes at 10:45am so register here.
What about the weather?
We can’t predict the weather, but we can predict that as a “Rain-or-Shine” event, The Swedish Mile will be an adventure, whether it is sunny or storming.