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Short track racing, Laddies Loppet, August 30, 2014

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Cross-country race, Laddies Loppet, August 31, 2014

Short track racing, Laddies Loppet, August 30, 2014

Short track racing, Laddies Loppet, August 30, 2014

Time trial, Laddies Loppet, August 30, 2014

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Laddies Loppet Sunday Coverage
August 31, 2014
Overnight rain showers and another cloudy day generated some greasy sections on the Maplelag MTB trails, forcing the organizers to alter some of the courses and distances to avoid trouble spots. Brendan Moore and Sara Kylander-Johnson dominated the expert cross-oountry races, sealing up the overall stage victory for the weekend.
Photoset: Kids Comp - 72 photos, Citizen - 77 photos, Sport - 147 photos, Kids Race - 44 photos, Comp/Expert - 245 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Laddies Loppet Saturday Coverage
August 30, 2014
Light rain on Friday provided a nice tacky track for the events Saturday at the Laddies Loppet stage race. The morning featured a fast three mile time trial, with a mix of ski trail and singletrack. Short track racing around the Maplelag compound wrapped up the first two stages of the series.
Photoset: Time Trial - 192 photos, Short Track Kids Comp - 51 photos, Short Track Citizen - 41 photos, Short Track Sport - 46 photos, Short Track Comp/Elite Women - 69 photos, Short Track Elite Men - 61 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - Time Trial, Top Picks (high res) - Short Track

Madshus Announces Peter Hale Sponsorship Program
August 29, 2014
Madshus has launched the first annual Peter Hale Memorial Sponsorship Program. Madshus will be selecting one promising young male and female athlete this fall to receive a full Madshus set up of skis, bindings, boots and poles. Nominations are due by Sept 30th.

CCSA: Ternes, Hokanson Hope to Fill Big Ski Boots For Saints
August 29, 2014
With school starting up, the St. Schloastica Saints are looking forward to another strong season, and excited about their incoming freshman class, which includes top skiers Allison Ternes and Steve Hokanson.

Vakava Fall Training
August 29, 2014
Finn Sisu's Vakava fall training starts up next week with the juniors program and a conditioning program open to all. Masters training begins in October.

Borah Teamwear Launches Individual-Custom Ski Suit Platform
August 28, 2014
Borah Teamwear has announced a new design and build process that allows them to produce individual, custom designed ski suits. Check out the online system and try your hand at your own design.

Hoigaards Labor Day Weekend Sale
August 28, 2014
Hoigaards has a number of deals this Labor Day weekend, including the summer clearance offerings. This weekend summer clearance discounts climb to 50% of select apparel and footwear.

Nordic Sales Positions at Joes
August 28, 2014
Joe's Sporting Goods is seeking part-time sales associates for the Nordic ski department. Apply online.

Weekend Events
August 27, 2014
Aug 30-31 Laddies Loppet - Maplelag celebrates the MTB season with a big weekend stage race event.
Aug 30-31 Flambeau 40 - Road race on Saturday, time trial on Sunday - both Wisport events.
Aug 30 Badgerland FX - 6, 12 and 24 hour running events, all on a 400m track at Germantown HS.
Aug 30 Women Rock - Womens 5K, 10K or half marathon, with the course running along the St. Paul waterfront.
Sep 1 Victory 10K - Going on 32 years, this popular Labor Day tradition races on Victory Memorial Drive in Minneapolis.

Gear West Sales Opening
August 27, 2014
Gear West is looking for part-time sales help at their Run and Ski shop. Hours flexible, some evenings and weekends.

Volunteer Program for IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships
August 27, 2014
Organizers of the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships taking place in Cable, Wisconsin, USA, have launched their volunteer program aimed at recruiting the multitude of helpers needed to host such a prestigious international event.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
August 26, 2014
Fall is on the doorstep as Jay Richards recaps the latest MTB racing news including reports from the Pre-Fat, Flugly, and WORS, while looking ahead to weekend events, including Maplelag's own Laddies Loppet stage race!

Local Stars
August 25, 2014
It Takes a Team - The strength of training as a team is emphasized in Jessie Diggins latest post.
Friendships - Rosie Frankowski reflects on friendships and motivation.
Life - Tough family health issues has Caitlin Gregg blogging on pushing through those difficult times and leading by example.
Back in the Game - Brian Gregg enjoys some well earned recovery and working with local youth programs.

Gear West: Custom Race Ski Selection
August 23, 2014
Let Birkie champ Matt Liebsch select your new race skis! Next week Matt heads to the U.S. distribution centers for Rossignol, Atomic and Salomon to hand pick the best skis.

Urban Trail Marathon Coverage
August 23, 2014
While the clouds obscured the sun, the high dewpoint made for a warm and humid Urban Trail Marathon Saturday morning in Saint Paul. The sticky weather did little to slow down Gerad Mead, who took the marathon title in strong fashion. Kevin Johnson and Timothy Villaran rounded out the top three. Paula Marozas and Jan Guenther raced together for much of the marathon before Marozas pulled away in the final miles to take the womens title, with Megan Maiser collecting third.
Photoset: Indian Mounds Park - 83 photos, Battle Creek Woods - 39 photos, Battle Creek Prairie - 115 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Urban Trail Marathon

Hoigaards Summer Clearance
August 22, 2014
With fall just around the corner, Hoigaard's is running their Summer Clearance sale. Save up to 40% on apparel and footwear (with even deeper discounts after Labor Day). Plus discounts on some summer equipment like bikes, bike accessories, inline skates, etc.

Maplelag Scholarship Winning Entries
August 21, 2014
Maplelag Resort has published the winning entries from their Scholarship contest, which recognizes graduating high school skiers who attended a training camp at Maplelag. Winners were Angela Patel (Rochester) for her essay, and David Uvig (Champlin Park) for his poem.

Bike Dr: Once In A Lifetime Sale
August 21, 2014
The Bicycle Doctor is clearing out 100 road bikes to get ready for this Nordic season, and throwing in 12 month financing on top end bikes. Plus check out the Ride to the Barns and future CXC clinics.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
August 19, 2014
Jay Richards MTB report this week features series racing taking place in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota with first-hand reports from the Minnesota and North Dakota races, mountain bike related items to note and the look ahead as summer starts to wind down and kids get ready to go back to school!

Finn Sisu State Fair Newsletter
August 19, 2014
Finn Sisu's latest update features State Fair sauna deals, 50% off running gear, a lecture on Monday, Aug 25th on nutrition basics for athletes, and info on fall training programs.

MNJRC Season Wrap
August 19, 2014
Jakok Ellingson reports: MNJRC, Minnesota Junior Cycling, concluded their road-racing season on Saturday at the Minnesota State Road Championships. Photo albums from the season season are posted. MNJRC supports junior riders ages 10-21, primarily in "drop-bar" cycling; Road, Track and Cyclocross. The outdoor riding season starts in April with a weekend camp, continues with a week long summer camp, and meets twice weekly through the end of the season.

BNS August Newsletter
August 19, 2014
Boulder Nordic Sports August newsletter highlights the development of their new Twin Cities shop, updated stonegrinding service, Woodski rollerskis, and trail running shoes sale.

Local Stars
August 18, 2014
Home - Nordic combiner and Eau Claire native Adam Loomis blogs on his recent vacation back home.
Sprints - Ben Saxton and Jessie Diggins rollerski sprint photos from SMS.
Opening Day - Wayzata girls CC program was featured as part of the kickoff for cross-country season.
Ironwood - Big photoset from a combined LNR, CXC camp up in Ironwood, MI.
Little Things - Jessie Diggins writes about the small details: adjusting priorities and schedules. 

Trollhaugen Closes Down Nordic Trails
August 18, 2014
Trollhaugen has officially announced it will not be making snow for the Troll Hollow Nordic Center this season. The string of recent good snowfall seasons have made the Nordic operation unprofitable. They are planning to continue offering early morning Nordic on the downhills at the start of the season.

Midwest Mountaineering Customer Appreciation Party Aug 21st
August 18, 2014
Midwest Mountaineering is hosting their annual Customer Appreciation Party on Thursday, August 21st. Check out coupons for party specials, including free food and drink!

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