Finlandia-Hiihto

Country:  Latitude: 60.9851 N, Longitude: 25.6441 W
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Finlandia Hiito Loppet

Finlandia-Hiihto After several unsuccsessful attempts, Erik Pihkala, one of the leader of Suomen Latu, the organisation promoting recreational sports in Finland, turned to Lahti Ski Club, as they already had the structure and experience to organise big sport events such as the Salpausselkä Games. The first Finlandia-hiihto, coordinated by Risto Rytökoski, was skied from Hämeenlinna to Lahti in 1974. Hämeenlinna was chosen as the start place because of its accommodation possibilities. The organisation was carried out by Suomen Latu, Lahti Ski Club, Hämeenlinna Ski Club and the Finnish Ski Association. The patron of the event was the President of Finland Urho Kekkonen, who was known as an enthusiastic skier. The number of participants surprised everyone except Risto Rytökoski, who was the only one who expected more than 1000 skiers and was convinced that soon the participation numbers would grow to 10000. His aim was to make not the biggest skimarathon of the world but the best one. The strategy was to offer participants a better service that they were used to get anywhere else, with the help of experienced local volunteers. Before the event there was discussion about the entry fee but after the race everyone praised the service stations, medical aid, free transportation and finishers’ medal, designed by Raimo Heino, an artist from Hämeenlinna. Among the racers were Olympic winners Franco Nones of Italy and Ole Ellefsäter of Norway, as well as multiple Holmenkollen winner (1959, 1961, 1962) Sverre Stensheim.

Finlandia-Hiihto After several unsuccsessful attempts, Erik Pihkala, one of the leader of Suomen Latu, the organisation promoting recreational sports in Finland, turned to Lahti Ski Club, as they already had the structure and experience to organise big sport events such as the Salpausselkä Games. The first Finlandia-hiihto, coordinated by Risto Rytökoski, was skied from Hämeenlinna to Lahti in 1974. Hämeenlinna was chosen as the start place because of its accommodation possibilities. The organisation was carried out by Suomen Latu, Lahti Ski Club, Hämeenlinna Ski Club and the Finnish Ski Association. The... » Full Description

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