At the 2019 American Birkebeiner this February, Craftsbury master skier Peter Harris became a different kind of master: a Worldloppet Master! Worldloppet Masters are the hardy and adventurous skiers who have completed 10 Worldloppet ski races in 10 different countries. The president of the Worldloppet Ski Association was in Hayward, Wisconsin for the Birkebeiner this year and presented Peter with his award.
What is a Worldloppet, you ask? From their website, “the Worldloppet Ski Federation is an international sports federation of cross-country skiing marathons, founded in 1978. The aim of Worldloppet is to promote the sport of cross-country skiing through its various member ski races around the world. Only one and therefore the best race from a country can be a member of Worldloppet. Worldloppet currently unites 16 races from Europe, America, Asia and Australia as full members.”
Peter began working on his Worldloppet Master in 2014 with the Konig Ludwig Lauf in Germany, and completed his tenth race in April of 2018 with the Fossavatnsgangan Marathon in Iceland. A link to his achievement on Worldloppet website is available here. Thanks to Peter for providing awesome photos from his travels. Currently, Peter is in Norway about to race the Birkebeinerrennet (again!), and he has plans to tackle more of the European loppets, including the Tartu in Estonia, the Finlandia, and the Swedish Vasaloppet.
The full list of races he has completed:
Koenig Ludwig Lauf, Germany
American Birkebeiner, USA
Jizerska Padesatka, Czech Republic
La Transjurassienne, France
Engagin Skimarathon, Switzerland
Gatineau Loppet, Canada
Congrats to Peter, and we hope his keeps skiing his way around the world!