The Long Distance Qualification race took place in the hilly terrain of Bílá Voda near the border with Poland. The courses by course planner Filip Stárek were very physically demanding, and hot weather made it even harder.
The estimated winning time of the men’s race of 60 minutes was exceeded by approximately ten minutes. To get qualified required very good physical preparedness and mental strength, with a determination not giving up even if feeling totally exhausted.
The best runners from each heat were Daniel Hubmann (SUI), Magne Daehli (NOR) and Miloš Nykodým (CZE). The best times in the women’s race were achieved by Svetlana Mironova (RUS), Heidi Bagstevold (NOR) and Natalia Vinogradova (RUS). All of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Switzerland’s runners succeeded in the qualification race and they will each have 12 runners in tomorrow’s final.
In the Long Distance Final the first woman starts at 12.25 CET, and the start of men’s race is set for 12.35 CET.