Deeply rooted in history (think future king of independent Sweden escaping on skis 500 years ago), the Vasaloppet is the world’s oldest and largest Nordic ski race, with more than 15,000 participants. Last year, the Vasaloppet organization introduced UltraVasan, a 90-kilometer (56-mile) footrace on the same historic route followed by the ski race.
The mostly dirt- and gravel-road course is flat and fast with local resident Jonas Buud covering the course in a hair over 6 hours in 2014.
Last year, Swiftwick athlete and ultrarunner Max King beat out Jonas Buud in the 2014 100k World Championships. Tonight, King will face Buud again, this time on Buud’s home turf.
iRunFar set down with Max to talk about his training, fitness and plan for the race. Check it out here: