The city of Lahti can be found 100km to the north of Helsinki.  Even today, it is considered a paradise for sports, in particular cross-country skiing and ski jumping.  Since 1926, Lahti has welcomed six world cross-country ski championships. 

It is exactly in its world famous stadium at the foot of the three legendary ski jumps that the start and the finish of the largest marathon in Finland occurs every winter.  In 2016 they Nordic skiiers will compete on the 4rd and 5th of February. 

The first part of the marathon course is the most difficult because the course is the same course used for the cross-country world championships.  The second part of the course is flatter (but of course this term is quite subjective), before the race finishes in the stadium surrounded by the three ski jumps. 

You have the possibility of either a 50km or 32km classic race on Saturday and a 50km and 20km skating race on Sunday.  Both of the 50km races count as part of the Worldloppet classification.  More than 6,000 skiers will participate in the two courses over the two days. 

Something very special for the 2017 edition of these great races:  For the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence, the organizers have added one more distance.  You guessed it—100 kilometers !  It will be classic style (in the tracks) and will take place on February 4, 2017.