Photos: Pippa Middleton Completes 56-Mile Vasaloppet [PHOTOS]
By Monami Thakur | Mar 05, 2012 02:45 PM EDT
Pippa Middleton has competed and crossed the finish line of the 56-Mile Vasaloppet cross-country ski race in 7hr, 13min, 36sec.
Around 16,000 competitors took part in the long skiing competition from Salen to Mora in Sweden. The Vasaloppet is one of the oldest, longest and biggest cross-country ski race in the world.
Held on the first Sunday of March every year, the event commemorates the founding of modern Sweden. During the 1520s, Sweden was ruled by Denmark but Swedish nobleman Gustav Vasa led his fellow countrymen in revolt.
Since 1922 the Swedish Vasaloppet has commemorated that event with the race.
In 1972, Sweden gave permission for a small race in Mora, Minnesota, to use the Vasaloppet name and in the 1980's a race in Asahikawa Japan took the Vasaloppet name. Then in 2002 a fourth Vasaloppet race was begun; this time in Changchun, China.
"My brother and I are raising money for Magic Breakfast, a small registered charity that fights child hunger through breakfast clubs and delivering free breakfasts to thousands of state primary school children in the UK particularly our inner cities," Pippa said on her fundraising page.
Pippa raised £7,602.00 from 119 donors.
Her brother, James, completed the race in 6:47:27.
Catch a glimpse of Pippa Middleton taking part in the Vasaloppet Cross-Country Ski Race below:
Pippa Middleton receives a welcome kiss from race steward Erik Smedhs after crossing the finish line of the 88th Vasaloppet cross country ski marathonSource: Reuters Date:03/05/2012
Pippa Middleton reaches the finish line in Mora, SwedenSource: Reuters Date:03/05/2012
Skiers set off early for the 56-miles run from Salen to Mora.Source: Reuters Date:03/05/2012
Packed pistes for the 88th VasaloppetSource: Reuters Date:03/05/2012