The 25/26 March will mark the first FIM International Sustainability Commission event of 2017 as KiSS (Keep it Shiny and Sustainable) comes to Päijänne as part of the opening round of the FIM Enduro World Championship that will take place against the backdrop of Finland’s wintery landscape.
Päitsi - formally Päijänteen ympäriajo (race around Lake Päijänne) - is one of Finland´s oldest continuously organised sport events and traditionally takes place during early spring / late winter when weather conditions can still be quite chilly and challenging. Päitsi has been held almost every year since 1927, and 2017 will be its 82nd anniversary.
With such a long and illustrious history, the organisers at the Helsingfors Motorklubb (Helsingin moottorikerho), fully appreciate the fact that each and every event that is held in the local forests and across this unique and amazing terrain has an impact on the area.
With this very much in mind they are both pleased and proud to organise KiSS Päijänne to ensure that any impact is managed and offset in the correct way. As this is the first time ever that Päitsi has been part of the EnduroGP series, it is the perfect moment to communicate and create awareness of this environmentally focused initiative.
The locally organisers will involve the riders, teams, officials, volunteers and fans in KiSS Päijänne and will ask them to each play an important part in the execution of their plan that will include these key elements:
Speaking about KiSS Päijänne, Ms Kattia Juárez Hernandez, Director of the FIM International Sustainability Commission (CID) said: “This represents only the second ever KiSS programme inside Enduro after the first at the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Spain late last year. It is important to have this early opportunity in the new season to work in a discipline that really touches nature, albeit this time in a totally different type of terrain compared to what saw in Spain.”
“The white wintery landscape and this historic event provide us with the perfect stage to reinforce our messages and values that define each KiSS programme. It proves that even in the most challenging conditions sustainability can be brought to the fore, and thanks to the efforts of the organisers we are confident KiSS Päijänne will prove to be a great success.