Saturday, October 5 | 2024

The Swedish Mile

One Swedish Mile = 10 Kilometers and a whole lot of family fun!

Lace Up Your Running Shoes!

The annual Swedish Mile Trail Race and Family Fun Day is a 10K timed trail race, 5K fun run/race, kid’s race, and an afternoon of family-friendly activities to raise money for snow-making and operations at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center. The Swedish Mile features fun for the entire family. Our hope is that families and kids of all ages will come out to run or walk one of the races, enjoy a drink, grab lunch from a food truck, enjoy a self-guided tour around the Vasaloppet grounds, have a free smore at the Marshmallow Shack, 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.

Schedule of Events

  • 9:00-10:45 Racer Check-in and Late Registration

  • 10:40 am Kid’s Races (1/2 m or 1 m)

  • 11:00 am Swedish Mile 10k and 5k mass start

  • 11:00 – 1:30 Family Fun activities on Nordic Center Grounds

  • 12:30: Award Ceremony for Swedish Mile Race

Race Information & Details

The Course

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 lunch from Nila's Son Food Truck for all racers.   Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the male and female categories.

The 5K trail race/fun run has all of the features listed above, without the aid station at the mid-point.

The Kids Race includes a 1-mile race and a half-mile race for our younger runners.  This shorter trail run includes a snack at the finish and a medal for all participants.

The Cause

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, the Fast Tracks youth skiing program, nordic ski team practices, and for the Mora Vasaloppet to guarantee a race whether nature provides snow or not.

In previous years, generous donations and grant funding 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 spread snow. The goal for the Swedish Mile is to raise enough money to cover 100% of the fuel costs associated with Snow Farming in the 2023-24 skiing season. By running this race, you’re helping to serve this great cause.

The Cost

The Swedish Mile 10K

$50 for adults / $20 for age 17 and under – discounted at checkout ($60 on race day)

Proceeds go to support snowmaking and operations at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center.
Male and Female winners will each receive free admission to the 2023 Swedish Mile.
The top three male and female finishers will each receive a prize pack.

5K Fun Run 

$50 for adults ($20 for 17 and under) – discounted at checkout ($60 on race day)

Registration for 10K or 5K  includes post-race lunch, a well-marked racecourse with an aid station, and a commemorative Swedish Mile Trucker Cap (for the first 100 registered.)

Kid’s Race:

1M or 1/2M – $15 – Each racer receives a medal 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 if you would like to get involved.

Swedish Mile Contact Information

For more information about the Swedish Mile and Family Fun Day, or to volunteer to help organize the event, contact the Vasaloppet office at or call 320-679-2629

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