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2013 LI-NING National 10km Runing League --Changchun Station

Notice from Organizing Committee Office:…

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2013 Lining China 10Km Running League Track and Arena Map

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Winners’ Talks

1. Men’s Open Class 30 km Winner – Li Zicheng

23-year-old Li Zicheng is a student from Shangdong Sport University. He won the 2013 Vasa running festival men’s 30 km open class with the time of 1:46:28.52. The retired marathon athlete placed second in the 2010 Shanghai International Marathon Competition. This year was Li’s first time attending Vasa Running Festival. He maintained his lead throughout…

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The 2013 6th Annual Jingyuetan, Changchun Vasa International Running Festival Comes to a Perfect End

On June 23, the 2013 6th annual Jingyuetan, Changchun Vasa International Running Festival in Jilin, Changchun’s Jingyuetan National Forest Park came to an end.



In this Vasa running competition, Chinese participants displayed marvelous results.



Li Zicheng of Shandong, China took first place in the men’s open class 30 km division. He continously maintained the lead and eventually took the gold with a…

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Focus on Runner: 64-years-old Yu Yonghe

The 64-year-old Yu Yonghe is a local resident from Changchun. He does not think his age is a factorwhen competing with participants from other countries. He said he simply enjoyed the competition. He hopes to join more Vasa events in the future.



Q: How do you feel now?

A: It’s fine. I don’t even feel tired. I have almost fully…

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International Superstars Gather at Jingyuetan, Changchun’s VASA International Forest Expedition Festival

Anders Hoegberg: “The memories with VASA are especially profound and beautiful.”



At the 2013 6th annual International Forest Expedition Festival’s opening ceremony in Jingyuetan, Changchun, a group of world class outdoor athletes gathered in the heart of Northeast China, in one Asia’s largest artificial forest parks located in Jingyuetan, Changchun’s development zone.

1215 athletes from 30…

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Focus on runner: Mari Riseth Guin

Ladies always draw much attention in the Vasa Running. The 27-year-old Mari Riseth Guin comes from Sweden is one of them.

As the third place winner of lady running in 2011, she is one of the top seeds for this year’s Vasa Running .



Q: For a female, what’s the most difficult part to join in running?

A: It’s a quite long distance, maybe that’s why there are not so many women in the running. But I think…

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Focus on runner: Anders Hogberg

2013 Vasa Cross Country Running Festival will kick off on June 23. 5,000 participants from home and abroad will then gather together in Jingyuetan, Changchun.



The 37-year-old Anders Hogberg from Sweden is not the only one with ambitions for the champion this year. But he is one of the most competitive runners. He took part in 2011 Vasa Running Festival and won the champion of 2012 Vasaloppet China. Wish his…

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Volunteer:Sun Xiaohan

The 2013 Vasa Cross Country Running Festival will kick off on June 23. 5,000 participants from home and abroad will gather together in Jingyuetan, Changchun. The organizing committee selected … volunteers from many walks of life to ensure that the festival can run smoothly.



Sun Xiaohan, a sophomore from Jilin Huaqiao Foreign Language Institute, expressed his enthusiasm in joining the volunteer team.…

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Volunteer: Qian Tong

The 2013 Vasa Cross Country Running Festival will kick off on June 23. 5,000 participants from home and abroad will gather together in Jingyuetan, Changchun. The organizing committee selected lots of volunteers from many walks of life to ensure that the festival can run smoothly.



Qian Tong, a sophomore from Jilin Huaqiao Foreign Language Institute, expressed her enthusiasm in joining the volunteer team.…

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Coca-Cola Believes Vasa

The 2013 Vasa Cross Country Running Festival will kick off on June 23. 5,000 participants from home and abroad will gather together in Jingyuetan, Changchun.



We are much honored to announce that Coca-Cola will sponsor the 2013 Vasa Cross Country Running Festival.



Originally intended as a patent medicine when it was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton, Coca-Cola was bought out by a businessman whose…

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Stoneham looking forward this successful cooperation with Vasa company

We are much honored to announce that STONEHAM will sponsor the 2013 Vasa Cross Country Running Festival.



STONEHAM was founded in 2009by two former members of the Swedish national team[S1] . Today STONEHAM manufactures more than just ski wear. Its products also include training clothes for the summer months, as well as clothes for running and cycling.



Currently, STONEHAM…

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From Mutala:The eldest Student Musician

The 20-year-old Lisa Eweman is the eldest musician among 38 outstanding students from Motala’s Koumra Music School. It’s the first time of the double bass player to be China. We wish she will enjoy her adventure in the country.



Q: What do you know about China before? And what the most attractive thing for you?

A: I think China is big and the culture is cool.…

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From Mutala:A Talented Swedish musician who rewrites Chinese songs



The 44-year-old Michael Roos is one of the four music teacher from Motala’s Koumra Music School who came to China with the invitation of Nordicways Vasa. He rewrote two traditional Chinese folk songs – Jasmine Flower and Kangding Qingge – for their special shows in China. The fresh old Chinese songs amazed all the Chinese audience. Congratulations to Michael!



Q: How do you rewrite the Chinese songs?

A:…

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From Mutala:The youngest musician’s virgin show in China

The big day for sports fans is coming! 2013 Vasa Running Festival will kick off on June 23 in Changchun, China. Vätternrundan China will again serve as a cultural bridge between Sweden and China.

Moreover, Motala’s Koumra Music School from Sweden sends 42 outstanding young musicians to China as part of the cultural exchange. They will visit the capital city Beijing, the Vasa headquarters in Changchun, the site of…

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Former Olympic Skiing Champion Joins 2013 Vasa Running Festival

2013 Vasa Cross Country Running Festival kicked off on Sunday. 5,000 participants from home and abroad are gathering together in Jingyuetan, Changchun.



The 35-year-old Bjorn Lind comes from Norway. He was the Olympic skiing champion in 2006. And it is his first time to participate in Vasa running festival this year. From skiing to running, he expressed his wish to enjoy the process well.



Q: What do you think that…

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2013 Vasa Running Prize Setting

The committee of 2013 Vasa Cross Running Festival has decided to set the same prize money as previous years to the first three runners in "Mass category" (both Men and Female)who finish the 30Km race.







Prizes:…

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Sign up now!

The signup for the 2013 Vasa Running Festival is now open. As an expression of gratitude to the great interest shown by runners in years past, Vasa Company will give a special signup offer: you only need to contact us by telephone or e-mail with your signup details before 2013-06-10 and you will enjoy a special discount price, as well as…

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2013 Vasa Cross Country Running Festival Arena Map

2013 Vasa Cross Country Running Festival Arena Map

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Lidingöloppet Sweden

 

History

The initiative to arrange Lidingöloppet came from…

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