The Largest International Events Annually Held in Sweden
Gothia-Cup in Gothenburg
The largest junior tournament in the world, open for all FIFA associations. The teams are grouped in 4-5 round robins, where all the teams meet each other. The two first teams qualify for A series. The teams that end up 3rd, meet each other in a B-series. For the teams that do not qualify, coaching matches will be arranged. Both the girls the boys teams are ordered in age groups from 12 to 17 years of age. This is a very well organised event for youngsters and they can also bring family and friends. There are contestant from all over the world, the languages are many, but still, most will find friends for life from another country. The basic message of this event is friendship across all barriers. It is easy to find lodging, as the Gothia associations are very helpful. Some broadcasting occurs on the national television, and a lot on local television.
Lidingö-loppet, LidingöThe 30 kilometre Lidingö-loppet is the largest cross-country race in the world, attracting some of the best runners of the world, both men and women. It is also a very large recreational race for the public. The record of participants is, in 1982 when there were 11 763 participants, of which 10 810 completed the whole race. The course is known to be very hilly for the last 10km. The nature along the track is beautifully dressed in all kinds of colours, the aroma of the nature is also very specific at that time of the year when the autumn is at its peak.
The Lidingö-loppet complies of the following choices of races:
Stockholm. The streets will be crowded with spectators cheering and applauding the vigour of the participants, and as an encouragement for the rest of the race. The finish is in the Stockholm Olympic Stadium. As it is such a prestigious race most of it will be broadcasted on National Television, along with our most important national as well as international news. The local television will also show most of it directly.
Course record is 2.11.37 by Hugh Hughes. In 1981 the race was visited by the "king of marathon" Bill Rodgers shortly before he retired he won a great race against Dick Beardsley.
Tjej-milen, StockholmAnnually held on the last sunday in August. A long distance running race of 10 kilometres for ladies only. It is very popular among international and national racing women. In addition, the exercise jogger is welcome, and the participants are numerous. The arrangers are the same for Tjejmilen as for the Stockholm marathon.
Vasaloppet, MoraThis is the most famous sports event of all of the international sports events held in Sweden. It is a cross country skiing race of 90 km from Sälen to Mora. The first race was held in 1922, in remembrance of Gustav Vasa's escape in 1521. Men from Dalarna followed in his tracks persuading him to be future king, helping them to drive out the Danes. This race is so popular that there are more than double the applications, than there are places allowed. The latest report is that 12 000 contestants, no more, are allowed to start. The elite, as well as the exerciser is equally interested to join in, and is equally welcome.
midsummer (June 20th '03). This is a Bicycle race of 300 kilometres for men as well as women (from eighteen years of age and older), rounding the second largest lake in Sweden. The nature varies greatly, providing the contestants with a beautiful scenery. The contestants a plenty, as is the nations competing. The elite, as well as the ordinary exerciser is equally welcome, but one should preferably have spent a great amount of time on a bicycle previously. There is also the possibility for women to take the female race, Tjej-Vättern, a race of 150 kilometres. This race is held one week before the big race.
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