IRF President, Richard Robinson, said that this will be the first time that Finland has hosted the World Rogaining Championships and their success in securing this event was testament to the strength of the development of the sport there. Rogaining started in Finland in 2007 with the first 24-hour race held in Jämi followed by the second one in Seitseminen in 2008. In 2009 Finnish rogainers and Kalke Ry, under the leadership of Jari Kaaja successfully organized the 6th European Rogaining Championships near Ylläs, north of the Arctic Circle.
IRF WRC Manager Jan Tojnar, who leads the selection process for World Rogaining Championships, said that the award to Finland is recognition of appreciable role of Finnish rogainers in the field of international rogaining, and their involvement at previous international rogaines. Rogaining athletes from Finland belong to keen participants of major rogaining events around the world. Finland’s Iiro Kakko, who will be a key member of the organising team in 2015, teamed with the late Nigel Aylott of Australia to win the 3rd World Rogaining Championships in Canada in 1998.