Marcialonga is part of the FIS Marathon Cup a. Some of the strongest long-distance specialists will be present. Team Centric (former Xtra Personell) has been World’s leading cross-country ski team for the past few years and reads the Aukland brothers, Jerry Ahrlin and Jens Eriksson among the members. Team Coop of Oskar Svärd, Seraina Boner and Italian Nicola Morandini will be battling it out at the next Marcialonga, along with the Russia Marathon Team, Team Tynell and Team LeasePlan Go, which reads former Olympic champions Thomas Alsgaard and Anders Södergren among the team members plus three times winner of Vasaloppet Jörgen Brink.
On the eve of the race, next 25th January, the Marcialonga Story vintage event will get on track at the XC stadium in Lago di Tesero and will run along 11k course up to Predazzo city centre. The main goal, as Marcialonga Management Board claims, is to celebrate the golden era of XC skiing (skis, boots and clothes have to be manufactured before 1976) and the XC skiing discipline as a whole. Franco Nones, 1968 Grenoble gold medallist, will be wearing bib number 1. Entries are open on www.marcialonga.it.
Cavalese city centre will host 2014 Marcialonga opening ceremony on Saturday 25 January evening.