The Long Distance Ski Championship


The Italian Marcialonga is a 70km race arranged annually on the last Sunday in January in the Province of Trento. The idea of the Marcialonga dates back to 1969, and is inspired by the brilliant performance of the Italian Franco Nones in Grenoble Olympic Games the year before, in which he took the gold medal in the Men´s 30km. As enthusiasm for cross country skiing mounted, the idea of creating something similar as the Swedish Vasaloppet developed, adding typical Italian warmth, seasoned with lots of imagination to match the exertion of covering such long distances.

The first problem was “where” to hold an event of this size and the two valleys of Fiemme and Fassa immediately sprang to mind. The first race was to be held in 1971, open to everyone, was better known for the 50.000 leaflets dropped by an airplane over the valley to publicize it among the inhabitants. In the end the name “Marcialonga”, Long March, was chosen.

The 70km course starts on the plain of Moena, Val di Fassa, and finishes in Cavalese, Val di Fiemme. After the start the course climbs 20km through the villages of Soraga, Vigo, Pozza, Campitello and Canazei, where competitors then turn around to head downhill to Moena and on towards Predazzo before starting the last part which goes through the villages of Ziano, Panchià, Lago di Tesero, Masi di Cavalese, Castello-Molina. After 67,5km the most famous and hardest part begins, the Cascata climb, where the athletes struggle up the serpentines to the finish in the centre of Cavalese.

“The next stop is not only a well-known event but also the reigning winner of last year´s Event of the Year Trophy, the famous Marcialonga! Marcialonga is not only an event it is a complete Italian journey, giving the 7700 participants both sport and culinary experience that perhaps only Italy can offer. The 70km course starts off from Moena with a long slightly uphill part until Canazei, where it turns around and go downhill for about 40km passing the sprint in Predazzo and the World Championship stadium in Lago di Tesero before turning once again in Molina, where the skiers prepare for the notorious last serpentine uphill the Cascata to the finish line in Cavalese. The event is unique in having the climb points being handed out not to the first athletes to pass a climb line but to the best climb times in the Cascata. For the recreational skiers lucky enough to get over a start bib to this early sold out event, it will for sure give a lifetime experience in close to always beautiful weather! Marcialonga is stage 3 of the Visma Alp Trophy Competition.”

Facts About Marcialonga

Live Center 2018/19

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Sunday January 27th 2019
70km Classic Technique
Trentino Italy

Start Time
Women CET 07.50
Men CET 08.00 

Visma Ski Classics Sprint
46km Predazzo

Visma Ski Classics Climb
70km Cavalese 

Record number of participants
6 900

Results 2017/18

1. Ilya Chernousov BST 02:48:08
2. Tore Bjørseth Berdal KOT 02:48:08
3. Morten Eide Pedersen BNB 02:48:10

1. Britta Johansson Norgren LAG 03:11:48
2. Katerina Smutna BST 03:11:48
3. Lina Korsgren ARE 03:13:10