The participants in Vasaloppet 1967 had a small but important news attached to their number tag - a wrap-in card with their starting number. By today's measure, the IT solution was not very sophisticated, but it worked:
• When a skier arrived at the finish line in Mora, a functionary tore off the starter card and stamped the finish time on it. The cards were collected on skewers and transported to IBM in the assembly hall.
• Monitors were mostly featured in science fiction movies at this time and there were definitely none in Mora. Instead, volunteers from the IBM sports club punched in starting numbers and time on hole cards.
• Then the hole card machines extracted information about names and clubs from the directory with 6,857 cards - one per participant - which had been punched when the registrations were received. Result lists were compiled and printed on stencils.
• Like a modern computer network, both in the collection and distribution of data, fast-footed schoolchildren acted as runners between the finish line, the assembly house and the competition expedition.
• When the last skier had finished, IBM produced participant lists, in name order and club order, which impressed both the Vasaloppet management and the contemporary press. Those lists where created in just a few hours!
The hole card machines were heavy - only one so-called tab weighed 1.5 tons - so the assembly home´s parquet floor was covered with bits of laminated wood to protect against the pressure. Two large trucks were needed to transport the machines to Mora.