The first team to enter to the Challenge was RaPi 4. Who are these guys and why did they decide to join this crazy event?

Rapi 4 – Oskari Summanen and Jani Ekqvist.  Photo: Lounacom / Juha Nappu

What made you to sign up for LWC?

We noticed a calendar entry for the event at and got interested. We’ve always felt that the longer the race the better suited it is for us, so signing up for five days was a no-brainer, especially since we love Lapland.

What do you expect from the race?

We expect to enjoy the fells, wilderness and memorable control points, and hopefully we will have some stories to tell afterwards.

Tell something about your team. What does the name stand for?

We are two computer nerds by day who have been hiking since we were kids. We got in to orienteering more seriously about five years ago, and started competing in rogaining a bit later.

RaPi stands for RastiPiikkiö, our local orienteering club. We always sign up as the team number 4 to set the expectations correctly.

What is the longest distance you have traveled in terrain (by foot) in 24 hours?

We’re still to cross 100 km. In this year’s Finnish Rogaining Championships we reached 95,6 km.

What’s your goal in LWC?

We are going to compete in earnest but not seriously. Optimistically we can sustain a speed of around 60 kilometers per day, let’s see how deep in to the wilderness that takes us.