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Border Crossing, July 9, 2017

New Brighton Tri, June 3, 2017

Snake River canoe Race, May 6, 2017

Caitlin Gregg out front in the 5K, Go Spring Trail Run, May 13, 2017

Trail Mix Race, April 22, 2017

Caitlin Gregg pulling away in the womens elite heat, Canada 150 Rollerski Race, July 1, 2017

Highlights

Midwest MTB Report
July 18, 2017
In this week's Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards find first-hand reports from Lake Rebecca Classic and Miners Revenge, updates on Welch Village's new trails, and great motivation video on girls MTB, and a look ahead to a number of fun races.

River Run Summer Coverage
July 16, 2017
Eve Graves reports: An awesome lake breeze provided temps in the low 60's with no humidity, a slight breeze and sunny skies for the 5k Trail Rivet Run/Walk at Pattison State Park in Superior, Wisconsin Sunday. All the funds from the event go towards the trails in the park. Our "official" limit is 100, but we had 104 who finished the event. Today's overall winner was 15 year old Kieren Johnson whose time of 21:46 edged out previous 2 time champion 23 year old Seth Korhonen by a second. Seth ran the 26 mile Curnow trail race Saturday too! Our female winner capturing her second overall win, was 31 year old Laura Gubelman with a time of 26:06 with Andrea Carroll, 60 in second place almost 3 minutes back. The next event will be November 12th.
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Photoset: River Run Summer
Results: River Run Summer

Loppet: Age Gap Relays
July 13, 2017
Tuesday evening at Theodore Wirth the Loppet Foundation had a great turnout roughly 100 youth and adults for the Age Gap Relay mountain bike race. The final event of the summer will be August 3rd at Elm Creek.
Related:
Results: July 11th, Age Groups
Age Gap Relays

Midwest MTB Report
July 11, 2017
The Midwest MTB Report this week covers the WORS Cup and Border Crossing events with first-hand accounts, as well as the usual look ahead.

Border Crossing Coverage
July 9, 2017
Avoiding most of the rain, the MN MTB Series held their sixth event on Sunday at White Trail Ridge Corporate park in River Falls, Wisconsin. Photos from the morning races: Kids Comp, Citizen and Sport races.
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Photoset: Kids Comp - 42 photos, Citizen - 212 photos, Sport - 182 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Border Crossing

Ringer Roll Coming August 11th
July 8, 2017
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race is scheduled for Friday, August 11th, at Baker Park. The 10K race draws many of the top metro juniors, as well speedy seniors and master skiers. Registration is now open.

Tofte Trek Results
July 4, 2017
Racing over a wet course on a beautiful sunny morning on the Northshore, Adam Swank and Kaelyn Williams took the titles in the annual Tofte Trek 10K race Tuesday. Over 170 athletes participated in the annual Fourth of July event.
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Results: Tofte Trek

Canada 150 Rollerski Race Coverage
July 1, 2017
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada Day, the National Team Development Centre of Thunder Bay hosted a unique rollerski race in the heart of downtown on Saturday afternoon. Using a set of more than 50 matched skate rollerskis, the event started with every skier completing two laps of a roughly 750 meter course which was then used to seed skiers into race groups. Caitlin Gregg notched the top qualifying time for the women. Evan Palmer-Charrette had the fastest time for the men with Brian Gregg taking 4th. In the womens elite race, Caitlin Gregg pushed the pace early and never let up, eventually eliminating half the field as she lapped them, collecting all the primes and cruising to the womens title. The mens race was much closer, and after 15 laps the event came down to a sprint finish with Brian Gregg getting narrowly edged out by Evan Palmer-Charrette. Results linked in, along with a number of photosets.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Mid-Series Results
June 30, 2017
Reaching the mid-point of the Hoigaard's Paddle Derby season, there are now five races down, with five to go. The series is averaging a good turnout of 40+ boats on the starting line each week and they welcome any new paddlers to the races remaining, from rookie to pro.
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Results: Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Results

Midwest MTB Report
June 27, 2017
In this week's jam packed Midwest MTB report, Jay Richards covers WORS and MNMBS series events, Duluth Enduro, Lutsen 99er, NICA Conference, an interview with Rebecca Sauber, toast to Steve Tilford event, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

USSA: SuperTour Schedule Announced
June 27, 2017
Top U.S. cross country athletes will race in seven cities across North America in the 2017-18 iteration of the SuperTour. The tour is a series of International Ski Federation (FIS)-sanctioned cross country events across America produced by U.S. Ski & Snowboard together with its divisions and clubs. The Midwest stops are Ishpeming, Feb 15-18th, and Hayward (Birkie), Feb 24th.

Price Hike: American Birkebeiner, Kortie, Prince Haakon
June 25, 2017
The first price hike for the Birkie week events is coming this Friday! Plus this will be your final chance to guarantee one of the cool new Birkie backpacks.
Related:
Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest Deadline July 1st

Midwest MTB Report
June 20, 2017
In Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week: Coverage on the Menacing 40, Red Wing Classic, and Mt. Morris Challenge events, and a look ahead to MN, WI series and Lutsen events.

Midwest MTB Report
June 13, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers a wide range of gravity events, Welch trail development and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Chippewa Triathlon Results
June 10, 2017
Sweltering conditions Saturday in Cass Lake for the annual Chippewa Triathlon race. Top solo participants were Jonah Lidberg and Deanne Kivi. Fastest doubles times went to Chuck Lindner, Maria Schilling and Kerrie Berg. Team relay title went to Wolfpack and Pup.
Related:
Photoset from John Arenz: 89 photos, 23 photos
Photoset from Allan Olson: Chippewa Triathlon
Results: Chippewa Triathlon, Smiling Joes Canoe Race

Midwest MTB Report
June 6, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week is full of race recaps, coverings MNMBS and WORS series, as well as the Borah Epic, and also highlights on the major Ride the Divide event, a review of the new Afton Alps MTB trails, and riding Strawberry Mountain.

The 2017 Borah Epic is in the books
June 4, 2017
A record field traversed the Borah Epic point-to-point course Saturday on ideal trail conditions to finish in Hayward. Top spots for the Full Epic included women's champ, Kyia Anderson, posting a time of 3:08.48, while Jesse Lalonde sealed the men's title once again, at 2:38.47.

New Bri Tri Coverage
June 3, 2017
Warm conditions for the 12th annual New Bri Tri at Long Lake Park in the north metro Saturday morning. One of the season's early events, the triathlon consisted of a 1/2 mile swim, 14 mile bike and 3 mile run.
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Photoset: Swim - 16 photos, Bike - 156 photos, Run - 83 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: New Bri Tri

Vasaloppet Seeking Race Coordinator
June 2, 2017
The Vasaloppet USA organizers in Mora are seeking candidates to help the organization with race coordination. Position is part-time, with full-time hours in January/February.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Results
June 2, 2017
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby kickoff on Thursday night drew more than 60 participants for a warm evening of racing on the chain of lakes in Minneapolis. In the racing division, the mixed team of Kate Ellis and Devin Arenz just edged out the mens pairing of Chris Broderson and Joe Manns by a single second for the win.
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Results: Hoigaards Paddle Derby

Chippewa Triathlon One Week Out
June 1, 2017
The popular Chippewa Triathlon in Cass Lake is coming up next weekend, June 10th. In addition to the usual paddling, mountain bike and trail run triathlon, this year they are offering paddling races on Sunday.

Midwest MTB Report
May 30, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers the Ride the Keweenaw event, trail building in Fargo-Moorhead, upgrades coming for Cuyuna, teaching MTB skills in Duluth (help wanted), incredible MTB action in Peru, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts Thursday
May 30, 2017
Hoigaard's annual Paddle Derby series fires up this Thursday, June 1st at Lake Calhoun. Registration begins at 5:45 pm, the starting gun goes off at 6:45 pm. Organizers are expecting gorgeous weather for the first of ten paddlesport races. Canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are all welcome.

Joy Memorial Criterium Coverage
May 29, 2017
Cool temperatures, breezy conditions with even a few sprinkles were on tap Monday for the Joy Memorial Criterium. The course consisted of an almost entirely flat loop around a quick industrial park in New Hope. Photos from the morning races.
Related:
Photoset: Womens 4/5, Junior Women - 40 photos, Mens Cat 4/5 - 58 photos, Masters 50/60 - 35 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Joy Memorial Criterium

Midwest MTB Report
May 23, 2017
Highlights from this week's Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards: Recaps on MNMBS and WORS series races, national praise for Duluth trails, and a look ahead to WEM series race this weekend.

Borah Epic Less Than Two Weeks Away
May 21, 2017
Less than two weeks to go until the 5th annual Borah Epic point-to-point MTB challenge. Race organizers are expecting a sellout field (750 riders), but spots are still available in both race distances, including discounted rates for juniors.

US Ski Team Nominations Announced
May 17, 2017
The 2017-18 season US Nordic Ski Team nominations have been posted. As expected, the strong women's team returns with Jessie Diggins leading the way. Ian Torchia is the other Midwest representative, as a member of the development squad.

Midwest MTB Report
May 16, 2017
Jay Richards's MTB report this week covers a wide range of topics from how MTB is helping small towns, to helibiking, health related issues, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Go Spring Trail Run Coverage
May 13, 2017
A warm morning Saturday for the Go Spring Trail running races at Battle Creek, as temperatures soared into the 70s. Photos up from the 10K and 5K races.
Related:
Photoset: 10K Race - 134 photos, 5K Race - 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Go Spring Trail Run

Midwest MTB Report
May 9, 2017
Jay Richards's Midwest MTB report this week catches the action for the WORS and MNMBS series last weekend, the dusty Tinker Classic, junior racer Josie Welch, Duluth trails, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Snake River Canoe River Coverage
May 6, 2017
A picture perfect morning Saturday for the Snake River Canoe Race as sunny skies, light winds, and temperatures rising to the 60s, along with good water levels, made for another great event in the Mora Classic Series.
Related:
Photoset: 194 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

New Marathon Time Just Misses Two Hour Mark
May 6, 2017
Eliud Kipchoge was 26 seconds from making history on Saturday but the Olympic champion finished just short of becoming the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours. The Nike sponsored event was run on a Formula One race track in Italy.

Midwest MTB Report
May 2, 2017
Jay Richards cranks up the Midwest MTB report for the season, covering a wide range of topics including the passing of Steve Tilford, Midwest race series, Decorah Time Trials, a number of related articles from the web, and the start of the Minnesota and Wisconsin series.

Machinery Hill Criterium Coverage
May 2, 2017
The Tuesday Night Worlds / Machinery Hill Criterium started up in mid-April on the State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. With the return to normal temperatures, big fields turned out Tuesday evening for the race series.
Related:
Photoset: Cat 4/5 Race - 74 photos, Womens Race - 49 photos, Mens Cat 1/2/3 Race - 69 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Birkie Registration Opens May 1st
April 27, 2017
Registration will open for the 2018 American Birkebeiner schedule of events on May 1, 2017. North America's largest cross-country ski race, the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2018, with the Kortelopet and Prince Haakon races slated for Friday, February 23, 2018.

Trail Mix Coverage
April 22, 2017
Temperatures soaring into the 60s made for warm conditions at the annual Trail Mix running races at Lake Rebecca on Saturday morning. A large field turned out to compete on the mostly turf 12.5K trail around the park, with a few sections rerouted due to the wet spring conditions. Photos up from the 25K and 50K solo races.
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Photoset: 50K Solo - 3K - 61 photos, 50K Solo - 9K - 105 photos, 25K Solo - 1K - 23 photos, 25K Solo - 3K - 99 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Mix

Biathlon: Senior and Development Teams Announced For 2017-18
April 6, 2017
U.S. Biathlon's International Competition Committee has announced nominations for the 2017-18 Senior High Performance Team and Development Teams to the U.S. Biathlon Board of Directors. The Midwest is well represented: Leif Nordgren, Paul Schommer, Jake Brown, Siena Ellingson, Amanda Kautzer and Vasek Cervenka.

Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America this Weekend!
April 4, 2017
The annual ski party known as the Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America will be held this Saturday in Duluth. Registration is now open! And a 2018 Birkie Entry is one of the prizes.

US Distance Nationals: Freestyle Races
April 2, 2017
Sunday was the crowning event at Fairbanks for US Distance Nationals, with mass start long distance freestyle races. Jessie Diggins left no doubt why she is the top US skier, pulling away from the entire 30K womens field to win by 1:37 over Kikkan Randall. Scott Patterson cruised to a 3:19 margin of victory in the mens 50K, with LNR's Brian Gregg skiing to 2nd place! In the junior race, NMU's Nicole Schneider took the womens victory, with U18 skier Gus Schumacher winning the mens division. Other top Midwest results: Caitlin Gregg 4th, Rosie Frankowski 5th, Annie Hart 6th - 30K; Adam Martin 5th - 50K; Zak Ketterson 4th - 20K.
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Results: 15K, 20K, 30K, 50K Freestyle

SuperTour Finals: Mixed Relay Results
March 31, 2017
On Friday evening at Birch Hill it was all teamwork as skiers formed four-person mixed gender relay teams to battle for the title of top club team. The race eventually came down to a battle betweek APU and SMS, with Jessie Diggins moving her SMS crew from third to first and then passing off to Simi Hamilton who held off Scott Patterson for the victory. An LNR squad featuring Caitlin and Brian Gregg scored 9th. Sunday is the final day of racing, with womens 30K and mens 50K mass start freestyle races.
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Results: Mixed Relays

SuperTour Finals: Freestyle Sprints
March 29, 2017
Racing toward dusk on Wednesday evening, Birch Hill hosted freestyle sprint races as part of the SuperTour Finals. An all-star line-up in the women's field as US Ski Team members Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall, Sophie Caldwell and Ida Sargent were joined by Erika Flowers and Kelsey Phinney in the final, Diggins the clear winner by over two seconds over Randall with Flowers taking third. The men's final was a different story, with a number of top men out sick, as Alaska native Logan Hanneman took the victory with Evan Palmer-Charrette second, Tyler Kornfield third. Junior victories went to Hunter Wonders and Midwest's own Hannah Rudd.
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Results: Freestyle Sprints

SuperTour Finals: Skiathlon Results
March 27, 2017
The SuperTour Finals/US Distance Nationals opened on Monday with skiathlon format events at Birch Hill in Fairbanks, Alaska. Jessie Diggins left no doubt she is the top US skier, besting the women's 15K field by nearly two minutes. Scott Patterson, APU, topped the men's 22.5K field by just under 25 seconds. Top Midwest results included: Adam Martin 5th, Brian Gregg 11th, Kyle Bratrud 14th; Caitlin Gregg 8th, Annie Hart 9th, Rosie Frankowski 10th. Wednesday will feature freestyle spints.
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Results: 15K, 22.5K skiathlon

SuperTour Finals and US Distance Nationals Start Monday
March 25, 2017
The US elite racing season comes down to a big final week of racing with the SuperTour Finals and US Distance Nationals in Fairbanks, Alaska. Monday will feature womens 15K and mens 22.5K skiathlon races, Wednesday are freestyle sprints, Friday 4x5K mixed relays, and then Sunday concludes the week with womens 30K and mens 50 freestyle races. While the field size will not be as large as US Nationals back in January, the competition will be very high caliber with many of the US Ski Team members expected, as well as top skiers like Caitlin Gregg and the Northern Michigan University ski team.
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Live Results

Chequamegon Almost Full
March 23, 2017
Believe it or not, there are still a few openings for the 2017 Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival events. Act soon, these will be gone shortly.


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