Special Registration Issues

Special issues with races that may get fully booked. Register early.

RACENAME – Registration status for 2015 (and reg.closed for previous years)
Vasaloppet – Open&full 16.3.14
(open&full 17.3.13, full 15.3.12, 30.5.11 and 24.8.10)

Marcialonga – Opens&full July 1st 2014.
(open&full 5.6.2013, 15.10.12, full 18.5.11 and 7.9.10)

Birkebeinerrennet – Opened 23.4.14
(open 18.4.13, full 19.4.13, opens for foreigners early: 21.9.12. General opening & full 25.10.12, full 1.11.11 and 5.11.10)

US Birkie – Opens 2.06.14. Full 23.10.14.
(Opened 3.6.13, full 10.10.13, Full 15.10.12, full 21.11.11 and 18.12.10)

Jizerska – Opens 1.5.14
(Full 8.11.13, opened 1.7.12. Full 19.12.12, full 1.12.11 and 22.12.10)

Tartu Skimarathon – Opened
(full 7.1.11)

(All date formats are dd.mm.yy and indicates main race if multiple races in one event)

For Marcialonga: Book very early (before March 15th?) and get your startnumber via your hotel in the valley. Italians have their own early booking periode. Scandinavians can also get startnumbers in travelpackages from their major travel firms.

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Text by Alessandro Carcano

To do a Japanese race was always in our mind and this year my brother Silvio, my mother Maria Rita, myself Alessandro and our friend Lino we decided to go to Sapporo. After a long fly from Malpensa through Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific we arrived in the afternoon at the Chitose terminal. We took a train (chip and convenient) and in a few minutes we arrived in the city center. Only 2 minutes walk from central train station and we found our hotel, the Aspen; it’s a very nice hotel, I can recommend it.


We spent all Friday to visit Sapporo with a positive impression: clean and order everywhere. Even if Japanese people speak English very little, they are always smiling and available to help you. The most interesting things are the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, the Odori Park with the Snow Festival under construction, the TV tower, the Clock tower and a lot of malls.

On Saturday we took the underground (very easy to do a ticket at the automatic machine) to reach the Dome, headquarter of the race. Immediately we found a bib number pick up dedicated to foreign athletes with people speaking English, German and Russian language. They explain us everything we asked, they showed us the start/finish zone and all facilities inside the Dome. We never found a welcome like that! We were positive impressed! In the afternoon, at the Wordloppet party, we met Minoru a very passionate skier. The week before he received a special award to have finished 10 passports! And also his wife and son are on the good way due to the fact they finished their first passport.

On Sunday morning the underground is full of skiers. Inside the Dome is possible to leave a backpack and at the start line the plastic bag for last jacket. The start was very ordered and the Japanese skiers were very fair during the race. Unfortunately the weather was continually changing: from sunny to snowy with strong wind and vice versa. The ski track (one 50 kms lap) is not boring: up and down, left and right oblige to pay attention also due to kind of snow: powder and dry that on uphill amplifies the necessary effort.

At the finish, smiling girls (Natsuyo in primis) gave us the medal. All of us we were very happy for the reached target after a long journey. After the race we was able (after a little training) to eat the misoshiru soup with chopsticks!

In the evening we dined with Minoru’ family and his friend. It was a good occasion to eat traditional dishes in the traditional restaurant. Thanks Minoru! But the most important thing was to see 4 Italian and 4 Japanese people linked by a common passion: the cross country ski!


The Wordloppet should be also that: not only to do a race but also to know other people and share each other the interests and growth future friendships.

Unfortunately, the day after it was the time to leave and come back home.

Fantastic and memorable records it will remain in our mind forever.

The last comment is for who never did the Sapporo International Marathon but want to do it: don’t be scare about trip or language!

A greeting to everybody from Italian Team (Alessandro, Silvio, Lino and Maria Rita).

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Report on Bieg Piastów

By Boris Petroff

Warm temperature at the 39th Bieg Piastów

What should I say about the 2015 edition of Bieg Piastów? Lauds, as most often.

The 50 km classic race on Saturday took place at a temperature around zero degrees but fortunately it didn’t snow and waxing was simple: violet or multigrade klister covered with stick to avoid freezing. That is valid for tourists, champions don’t wax any longer!

Indeed the course of Bieg Piastów is relatively flat: only two long but mild climbs at 9 km and a more difficult one at 40 km. A lot of double poling on tracks nicely frozen. To be noted: very beautiful tracks, with a flattened area each time this was preferable (descents, tight curves). Bravo!

A beautiful edition with more than 1500 participants from 27 countries, a start with some ten waves separated by one minute 50 seconds, just enough to avoid bottlenecks after the start. I don’t understand on which bases the start waves were attributed. Starting in wave 3 I don’t complain but faster skiers than me started far behind…

This year a few breaks in the clouds allowed admiring the scenery. At km 21 the course passes near the finish line where spectators and friends can encourage the skiers. Food stations were well equipped but maybe insufficient in number: nothing between kms 9 and 23 in spite of the first hard climb.

Only one regret: no waxing station at km 40 when the slope steepens and the wax gives less grip on a snow that had become warmer.

A question. Why announce 50 km when there is certainly one km more?

On Sunday, the two short races: 30 km FT and especially the 25 km CT attract more and more skiers. Bieg Piastów is a popular race, open for a wide public, participants are calm people and this is quite fine. Nothing to reproach on the 30 km skate event; a hillier course than on Saturday, excellent tracks… the fastest skiers (less than 3 hours) escaped the snowfall! It was worse for the slower skiers who had to confront a falling snow and an unpleasant head wind. Nothing to reproach, if not… why announce 30 km if it was only 27 km?

The 25 km classic race that started one hour after the skate event on a different course allowed less experienced skiers to finish a beautiful real competition. Everybody did not have a technique or a power of a champion, but everybody was however a real champion whose happiness at the finish was catching in spite of the continuing snowfall that the skaters more or less escaped.

To be noted that on Friday more than 1000 skiers participated in the classic 15 km race!

In summary, a race worthy of Worldloppet, with a very beautiful reception of Masters on Friday evening, nice gifts (cap, scarf, towel), a correct meal at the finish, the good idea to assemble everything in Jakuszyce, including the bib distribution, frequent shuttles between Szklarska Poreba and Jakuszyce.

But many skiers did not receive stickers in the bib package, the local sign-posting is insufficient and the empty clothing bags not given with the bibs and difficult to find. Details.

For information some good addresses in Szklarska Poreba:

-For accommodation: a B&B cordial, comfortable and cheap: Pawlowka: pawlowka@o2.pl

-For a celebration dinner: the restaurant of Hotel Kristal

– For a fantastic warm chocolate: the coffeehouse Fantasia

– And for tasty and cheap pastas and pizzas: Tomato,Pizza

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Some results:

51 km classique

Peeter Tarvis (FIN) 3h54, Airvi Tarvis (FIN) 4h36 ; Thomas Huber (GER) 2h57 ; Iwana et Joseph Kral (SWE) 5h00 : Corrado Ampezzan (ITA) 6h02 :Boris Petroff (FRA) 3h43 ; François Héroult (FRA) 4h04 ; Gérard Ménétrier (FRA) 4h05 ; Clémence Daloz (FRA) 4h55 ; Bernard Touffait (FRA) 5h49 ; Joseph Luce (FRA) 5h54 ; Stanislav Grabowski (POL) 4h08 ; Jerzy Sobiegraj (POL) 5h11 ; Leonid Golubkov (RUS) 3h13 ; Jay Wiener (USA) 4h52

30 km skate

Boris Petroff (FRA) 2h04 ; Bernard Touffait (FRA) 2h39 : Marie-Hélène Touffait (FRA) 3h47 ;  Jerzy Sobiegraj (POL) 2h36  ; Leonid Golubkov (RUS) 1h30.

25 classique

Stanislav Grabowski (POL)  2h11 ; Thomas Huber (GER) 1h29 ; Corrado Ampezzan (ITA) 2h55 ; Nathalie Courtine (FRA) 3h23 ; Nathalie Héroult (FRA) 2h54

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Report on Gatineau Loppet 2015

By Boris Petroff

Sunday February 15

“This is the 37th Gatineau Loppet and I believe it is the coldest ever experienced!” Yann Michaud, the new Gatineau President is categorical: “especially with the cold wind that penetrates the bones”. The limit for the start is here -25°C. The temperature was -23°C at the Mont Bleu School on this Sunday, but with this strong wind some people talked about a felt temperature of -35°C.

And with this cold snow that sticks to the skis (it was snowing the whole previous day), the glide is rather bad. Claude Laramee, the race Director, stayed during two hours at mid-race: ”You can’t imagine the number of skiers that I stopped when I saw the slightest trace  of freezing on cheeks, ears, the nose… I warmed them with my hand and when they were OK I let the go…” Thank you Claude: you have saved many: in the race one does not notice freezing and later it is too late.

The previous day the organizers had made (the good) decision to reduce the skating race to 42 km instead of 51, 22instead of 27 and 8.5 instead of 10.

Andrey Chetnev, a Russian from Moscow, although accustomed with cold finishes like a machine in 3.30 , his beard covered by an icy layer, only the eyes are still sparkling in spite of the fatigue: “Trudno!”. Hard, in Russian, is the only word he utters at the finish.”Trudno”, especially as he had already skied on the previous day the 51 km classic race with -18°C but with the continuously falling snow that stung the face in descents. And fortunately the return was easier with a tail wind.

210 skiers finished this memorable race, some 50 pulled out in the race and more that 100 did not start, DNS. Including me, having not recovered from the Saturday race. Same for two other French skiers, Michel and Jean, though tough men (Jean Quillot is a senator of La Transjurassienne, which means that he has skied all TJs since its creation in 1980) having skied the Ultra Trans the previous week (the two long distance races of TJ) and wanting to keep energy for the Birkie in Hayward the following Saturday. Competitors of our friend Hannes Larsson whose book “Cross-Country Skiing Around the World” is available at the ski show and thus reminds about his presence, since he is temporarily deprived of Worldloppet races.

Ivana and Josef Kral who also are Worldloppet chain skiers are more courageous than we, and finish the two races, as always, hand in hand.

Saturday February 14

For the classic race the new course started at Parking P17, more comfortable because of a wider start area: the buses could park and keep the skiers in the warm. A SWIX board dating from the previous century announces the temperature of air and snow and recommends POLAR. For many years I haven’t used this black stick.

The grip is average and the glide bad: I have never skied as much diagonal as on this course where the snow did not favor double-poling. The times show it: 3.30 for the winner Ian Murray (who won on both days), almost an hour more than last year’s winner:

The snow continues falling and covers the tracks, all except one, on which all skiers are lined up and leave it only for a short instant for overtaking an even slower skier. In spite of the ski-glasses and the mask the tears are freezing on the eyelashes and dim the eyes.  I carry warmers in the boots and in the gloves, a mask and layers and layers of clothing. I am fine, not cold, but feel a little stiff.

These 51km are grand: across the Gatineau Park, but tiring this year. After 10 easy kms almost fast on a narrow forest road (difficult to overtake in classic) we reach the “Promenade”, sort of a highway on snow very wide but not easy to use with the powdery snow that leaves only one groomed track. Then comes again the forest and its narrow path with a succession of climbs and descents. How pleasant it must be with a fast snow and beautiful weather…

Distance posters are set every km, and they do not pass rapidly.. Fortunately the food stations are frequent (every 10 km) and well furnished: that chicken soup, what a treat! They say that we are passing lakes with swimming and picnic areas: I really don’t long for that this morning! I’ll return in Summer;;;here a poster informs that canoeing is forbidden. No worries, I will wait, for the moment being I keep my mask tight on my face in spite of the steam that freezes, to avoid snow vortexes. The kms on the “promenade” seem endless to me, especially that long hill at 30 km swept by the wind, and I wait impatiently for the forest and the steep climbs that are herringboned. Even the last 5 km, supposed to descend seem endless: at last the sound of loudspeakers wakes us up. I thank and admire the volunteers who stay almost motionless in the cold to guide us or to give us a cup of warm drink. “I am experienced says Louise, a charming dynamic blonde, Gatineau always happens on the coldest week-end of the winter!”. During more than two hours she stays stoically on the finish line to congratulate every finisher naming her/him by the name.

In summary

Made difficult this year by the adverse conditions, this Gatineau merits however lauds. Through its course: a beautiful crossing in classic on Saturday, an animated loop on Sunday.

Through the reactivity of the organizers who had to change the courses on Saturday night and mark the new ones. Through the beautiful ski show open from Friday to Sunday which allows meeting people and making buys. Through the pompom hat offered at the finish, nice and well cut. Through the warm tasty meal served at the finish and the nice reception of  Worldloppet skiers on Saturday evening, placed this year under the sign of Beijing that made the promotion of the 2024 Olympic Winter Games!

Just two minor points:

-no stickers for the skis, too expensive for the tight race budget,

-Bibs of running race type to be pinned on the bib, not comfortable in winter on clothing that does not like pins.

All this does not lessen the charm of Gatineau, the biggest ski event in Canada… and no doubt the only WL race (with Marcialonga and the La Ciaspolata ) hat features snow shoe races ( on 5 and 10 km).

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Dolomitenlauf 2015 : Saturday Purgatory, Sunday Paradise

Saturday morning, at the Lienz railway station we jump in the shuttle buses for Obertilliach under a dismal drizzle. Yesterday the tracks were grand; what will remain of them to-day? Thirty km later the rain becomes snow.


In Obertilliach it really snows, but a snow at zero degrees: the worst for a classic race. The SWIX stall suggests VR75… intended for very warm fresh snow (+2 or +3 °C!). The most safety-minded take their no-wax skis, the best roughen their skis.

And off it goes. A splendid course that I didn’t yet know, without those former zig-zags on the meadows, but a very clever triple loop which takes us up to the highest point of the valley and allows that the first never overtake the slow skiers. Bravo! in spite of two short but severe climbs at around 30 km. Fortunately, a TOKO stall rewaxes the skis in a matter of seconds: it sticks a little but allows me to ski uphill without slipping backwards, although it gives a reduced glide on the return track.

In conclusion a very beautiful course but with a wet snow that continues falling and freezes fingers and bones. The tracks remain correct… until a snowmobile of the press destroys them, filling our lungs with exhaust gas with an ear-splitting noise. I suggest that in case of difficult track conditions snowmobiles be forbidden if they don’t serve for the safety.

In short: the Purgatory. But: at the finish an excellent goulasch soup, a piece of tart and beer, all in a cosy warm tent. Thanks to Dolomitenlauf for pampering us.


Sunday morning, at the Lienz railway station, we jump in the shuttle buses for Obertilliach (no snow in Lienz as in many previous years, thus no regular 65 km skating race, a pity) under a splendid sun and a negative temperature.

The same course as the previous day (with more champions in the first line) but with a well groomed, good glide snow, and we wear sun glasses instead of rain shields. This changes everything. 42 km of happiness (in reality 39 km, why not announce it officially?). We have even the time to admire the scenery.


In short: the Paradise. And nevertheless the same pleasure to find soup, goulasch, a tart or youghurt and beer. Many thanks to Dolomitenlauf, cheers for the perfect organization in spite of adverse conditions. A splendid course that makes us forget the awful zig-zags of earlier events: don’t change it!

Add to this a hearty reception of Masters on Friday in Lienz, with a small gift to everyone.

In conclusion, don’t miss Dolomitenlauf which merits much more participants than they have.

In the Saturday classic race there was a majority of skiers from Nordic countries (Norwegian was more often heard than German) and on Sunday there were more than 20 nationalities. Amongst them a strong delegation of French skiers belonging to the meteorological club Unasacem (28 Worldloppet passport holders) that celebrated a new Master on Sunday: Yannick Bochatay.

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Some results :

Classique 42 km :

Australie : Graham Leary 6.02 ; Canada : Jacques Wrong  4.07 ; Espagne : Alfons Martinez Valls 4.07 ; Italie : Corrado Ampezzan 5.51 ; Maurizio Franzolin 4.36 ; Suède : Iwana and Joseph Kral 4.45 ; Slovaquie : Pavel Stanicek 4.39 ; Usa : Jay Wiener 4.39 et France : Boris Petroff 3.35 ; Olivier Traulle 3.41 ; Pierre Charon 3.47 ; René Vercaigne 4.14 ; Laurent Merindol 4.15 ; Jean-Marc Le Gallic 4.31 ; Geneviève Pelletier 4.42 ; Vincent Ducastin, François Giroux et Frédéric Miens 4.44 ; Lionel Coltel 4.50 ; Isabelle Charon 4.53 ; Joseph Luce 5.23 ; André Viry 5.46 ;  Patrick Thomas et Michel Boulanger 5.59

Classique 20 km :

Italie : Franco Milanese 3.20 ; Russie : Ludmilia Kolobanova 2.00 ; France : Brunilde Girardet 1.36 ;  Jean Pierre Girardet 1.49 ; Jean Pierre Magdinier 2.33 ; Chantal Flick 2.37 ; Gérard Maurice : 2.39

Free 42 km :

Pologne : Kamil Zatonski 2.15 ; Suède : Iwana et Joseph Kral 3.26 ; Usa : Jay Wiener 3.48 ; France : Brunilde et Jean Pierre Girardet 2.26 ; Olivier Traulle 2.30 ; Jean Luc Magdinier 2.33 ; Yannick Bochatay et Samuel Vincent  2.39 ; Didier Boutonnet 2.56 ; Boris Petroff 3.10 ; Jean Marc Le Gallic 3.15 ; Diane Osinski 3.17 ; Laurent Merindol 3.29 ; Gérard Maurice 3.32 ; François Giroux 3.34 ; Jean-Pierre Mazard 3.36 ; Chantal Flick 3.56.

Free 20 km :

Canada : Jacques Wrong 1.15 ; Russie : Ludmilia Kolobanova 1.29 ; Slovaquie : Pavol Stanicek 1.56 ; France : Bénédicte et René Vercaigne 1.54 ;  Isabelle Petroff 1.59 ; Joseph Luce 2.10.

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Jizerskà Padesàtka 2015 : wet but successful

Report by Boris Petroff (English text first, then followed by french version below)

The organizers were right in believing in their good luck: the 2015 edition was a success.

Very beautiful 30 km skate race on Friday with a variable but good quality snow. On Saturday the rain made the race more unpleasant: a few ponds but a snow easy to wax and a cordial food service. Temperature +9°C in Bedřichov!

On Sunday the weather cooled down as predicted. -2°C at the start and zero at the finish. Fortunately it did not snow too much and the organizers had done a big effort during the night to groom the tracks damaged the previous day.

Skiers who had opted for scaled, hairies or zero base skis were overtaken in climbs and in descents by those who used klister wax. Mostly great tracks and snow especially in the Jizerska area… that we avoided. In all a course shortened by 5 km: everybody enjoyed seeing the 25 km poster just after the 20th km.

Perfect start of the Marcialonga type (the Ideal start!) skis in hands by waves with 5 min intervals: practically no bottlenecks in spite of a narrow course but some difficulties to overtake along the total 45 km.

Excellent food stations, homely atmosphere. About 4000 skiers finished the race.

A moved thought for Hannes who is recovering from a heavy operation and should join us on skis in the spring.

Many French skiers had a small sticker I AM CHARLIE.

I was quite shocked by the blessing of the race in three languages at the start. In a moment when 17 innocent people were killed and the freedom to think was attacked in the name of God, I feel it out of place to call God (the same or another) to bless this race. Secularity is the only way to live together  in the respect of all beliefs. Therefore all Worldloppet races should abstain from evoking one particular religion in the public ceremonies.

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Jizerska 2015 : humide mais réussie

Les organisateurs de la J50 ont eu raison de croire en leur bonne étoile : la cuvée 2015 a été une réussite.

Très beau skate de 30 km le vendredi,  avec une neige variable mais de qualité.

Samedi la pluie a rendu la course plus désagréable mais sans trop abimer les traces : de-ci de-là quelques piscines mais une neige facile à farter et des ravitaillements chaleureux. Au thermomètre +9°C à Bedrichov !

Le dimanche, le temps comme prévu a fraichi. -2°C au départ et zéro à l’arrivée. Heureusement  il n’a quasiment pas neigé et les organisateurs avaient fait de gros efforts dans la nuit pour redonner consistance aux traces abimées la veille.

Tous les skieurs qui avaient parié sur les écailles, les peluches ou le ski zéro… ont vu passer devant eux en montée comme en descente les skieurs en klister !

Traces et neige magnifiques dans l’ensemble, surtout vers Jizerska… que nous avons évité ! Au total une boucle raccourcie de 5 km : chacun se frottait les yeux à la vue du panneau 25 passé  juste après le 20ème km !

Parfait départ type Marcialonga, skis à la main, par vague toutes les 5 mn : quasiment pas de bouchon… malgré des pistes assez étroites ;  difficile de doubler sur l’ensemble des 45 km.

Ravitos excellents, ambiance bon enfant. Tout juste 4000 skieurs classés à l’arrivée…

Une pensée émue pour Hannes qui se remet bien de sa lourde opération et devrait nous rejoindre skis aux pieds cet été.

Bien des skieurs français portaient une marque discrète  rappelant JE SUIS CHARLIE.

A ce propos j’ai été très choqué par la bénédiction de la course en 3 langues sur la ligne de départ. A l’heure où au nom de Dieu 17 innocents ont été massacrés, où la liberté de penser est attaquée au nom de Dieu, IL EST INADMISSIBLE QU’UN DIEU (le même ou un autre) SOIT APPELE POUR BENIR CETTE COURSE.

La laïcité est la seule façon de vivre ensemble dans le respect de toutes les croyances (et incroyance) et si la J50 devait encore être placée sous le signe d’une religion, je n’y retournerai plus.

Surtout pour moi qui ne parle pas bien l’anglais : entendre God blesse you quand Dieu vient de blesser et tuer, c’est  terrible !

Quelques résultats :

France : Gilles Perrin 3.29, Boris Petroff 3.32, Antoine Gilot 3.43, Hervé Courtine 3.58, Patrice Turlan 4.34, Annie Ponsonnet 4.39, Daniel Montgermont 4.51, Joseph Luce 5.47…

Suisse : Eric Marecaille 4.50

Italie : Corrado Ampezzan 5.34

Russie : Valentin Borissov 4.42, Ludmilia Kolobanova 4.59

Luxembourg : Yonel Maniora 3.19

Tchéquie/Suède : Jarmo Laasko 2.40, Iwana et Joseph Kral 4.30,

Danemark : Henrick Kofoed Jacobsen 4.14

Belgique : André Hazard 3.49

Pologne : Piotr Szkarlat 3.31

Canada : Jacques Wong 3.54

USA : Jim Whalen 4.251,  Jay Wiener 4.47


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Biggest skimaraton race calendar 2015

As every year we present a list of circa four houndred skimarathon races. The longest we know of. The list is made by our executive member Thomas Huber.

Enjoy the list. It contains skiraces from so many nations. Happy travel and happy skiing to all! Download the PDF file here. xc_long_distance_calender_2015_iawls


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The French Worldloppet masters prepared for winter

away from the snow, but with enthusiasm.

December the 7th, 25 masters waited snow in the Jura … where it did not come. Or exactly didn’t stay.

But very nice atmosphere and very good meeting with the Technical Director of the Transjurassienne Pierre Vandel, who explained everything to them about the new route of the Transjurassienne 2015.


Only (?) 68 km on Sunday, freestyle, 8 km short of earlier years, to give more time to slow skiers and avoid being arrested before Mouthe.

The detour through Switzerland will be reserved for classic skiers on Saturday : the race will be a bit longer that earlier years :60 km.

During the week end, we …. drank a lot and walked on the montains.

Next meeting : the Sgambeda in Livigno and Jizerska 50 in January…

We have a very strong thought for our friend Hannes Larsson which emits a triple bypass, a month ago.

We hope to see our my friend Hannes on the slopes of the Worldloppet very soon.

Boris Petroff

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