JIZERSKÁ PADESÁTKA - TRUE FOLKFEST IN THE HONOR OF FALLEN HEROES
Jizerská Padesátka is one of the biggest cross-country ski events in Central Europe and the third oldest race in Visma Ski Classics after Vasaloppet and Birkebeinerrennet. The idea for the race came about when a team of mountain climbers decided to organize a race in the Jizera Mountains. The first race in 1968 had only 52 participants, but the event grew quickly, and in 1978 almost 7,000 skiers took part in Jizerská Padesátka.
The event honors 15 Czechoslovak mountain climbers who participated in the race in 1970 and four months later met their doom in the mountains of Peru when an avalanche hit their expedition.
The start and finish are both in Bedrichov, a mountain village with a unique atmosphere enhanced by local delicatessen and beer. The organizers want to emphasize the fact that Jizerská Padesátka is a true “folk-fest” where pro and recreational skiers are standing side by side ready to experience an unforgettable journey in the wilderness of the Jizera Mountains. Besides the global audience that Visma Ski Classics brings to the table, the race is followed by millions of Czech viewers making it one of the most popular sport events in the country.