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Sisu Ski Fest, Jan 5-7, 2018


Ashley Brasovan womens half marathon winner, Birkie Trail Run, September 30, 2017

Jeff Hall, Laddies Loppet, September 2, 2017

Kids Comp division, Laddies Loppet Short Track, September 3, 2017

Karma Cross, October 28, 2017

LNR Time Trial, October 8, 2017

Brian Gregg, Trail Loppet, September 23, 2017

Highlights

World Cup Ruka Series
November 22, 2017
The World Cup seasons opens this weekend in at Ruka Nordic in Kuusamo, Finland! Events include classical sprints Friday, classsical 10K/15K on Saturday, with an exciting freestyle pursuit 10K/15K format on Sunday. Most of the US squad is expected to complete, including Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins. Live streaming on NBC's Olympic Channel, starting with the heats Friday morning at 5:30 am CST.
Related:
Video: NBC Olympic Channel
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Ruka Facebook Page
World Cup Ruka Competition Program
World Cup Ruka Website
US Ski Team: Wall-to-Wall Nordic Coverage from NBC Sports Group

CXC Marathon Cup Ready for Third Season
November 22, 2017
The CXC Marathon Cup kicks off the series on January 13th with the Seeley Hills Classic in Hayward. The series offers a number of competitions, allowing for skiers of all ages to participate.

Minnesota State CX Championships Coverage
November 18, 2017
Sunny Saturday for the Minnesota State Cyclocross Championships at Bassett Creek in Crystal. Pro rider Bjorn Selander broke away early to easily capture the mens 1/2 division title. Racing action continues Sunday.
Related:
Photoset: Mens 1/2 - 143 photos, Womens 1/2/3 - 60 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Day 1

Biathlon: Roster Announced for Opening World Cups
November 14, 2017
The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee met today and named Paul Schommer to join Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Leif Nordgren and Sean Doherty on the men's World Cup Team for World Cups 1-3. Additionally, trials winner Kelsey Dickinson along with Emily Dreissigacker were named to join Susan Dunklee and Clare Egan for the women's World Cup Team for World Cups 1-3.

Midwest Racing Season Preview
November 12, 2017
With the ski season already underway for some and racing action starting up in less than a month, we present our annual Midwest Racing Season Preview. Find out about some of the new events and changes this season, as well as a few that will drop off, and start making your plans for the season!

Rivet Run Coverage
November 12, 2017
Eve Graves reports: Sunday morning's Rivet Run event went off without a hitch despite having icy, snowy conditions thanks to hard working volunteers who sanded, salted, shoveled and used an ice pick to make the trail safe for participants. We had 93 participants ranging in age from 11 to 76 who all finished safely. Paul Gucinski, 37, won this year's event in 25:50 and 11 year old Sofia Brandis, of Ashland, WI was 5th overall and the first female with a time of 27:18. Proceeds from benefit the trails at Pattison State Park.
Related:
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

Skiers Needed to Re-enact Historic Birkebeiner Journey at Birkie 2018
November 6, 2017
The American Birkebeiner is seeking a trio to portray Birkebeiner warriors, Torstein & Skervald, and Inga, mother of Prince Haakon - the three characters that played a pivotal role in Norwegian history. The three skiers reenact the historic flight on wooden skis and in full period costume along the entire 55K classic cross-country race course. Applications are due by Nov 30th.

Up Up and Away 10K Coverage
November 5, 2017
Chris Pappathopoulos reports: The Up Up and Away 10K 11K rollerski race Saturday had to move to plan C after the standard course was freshly chip sealed shortly before the race and plan B had road construction. Taking top honors in the high school division were Eli Gore of Madison Nordic Ski Team (Madnorski) and Abby Jarzin of Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team (ANST).

Frozen Thunder
November 1, 2017
Canmore Nordic Centre in Alberta, Canada, is hosting their annual Frozen Thunder event this week. The event uses manmade snow stored from last season to create an early season loop. Wednesday was classical sprints, Friday will be freestyle distance. Kevin Bolger and Brian Gregg are in Canmore, finishing 12th and 23rd in the sprint qualifiers, with Bolger making all the way to the finals, placing 4th. On Friday, Brian Gregg finished 7th, Kevin Bolger 8th, in the freestyle distance races.
Related:
Results: Qualifiers, Kings Court, Freestyle Distance
Classical Sprints Recap
Freestyle Distance Recap

Price Hike: Birkie!
October 31, 2017
The final price hike for the American Birkebeiner events is coming this Friday, Nov 3rd. If you want to avoid the price hike on the Korte, Birkie and Prince Haakon events, register before Friday.
Related:
Nov 9 Birksgiving - Phase 2 Capital Campaign (West Allis, WI)

Biathlon: Fall Festival Recap
October 31, 2017
Last weekend Minnesota Biathlon held their final rollerski event of the season on the trails at Elk River. The Ellingson siblings, Jakob and Siena, took the overall titles on a cold weekend, with snow still evident. Results and photos posted.

Karma Cross Coverage
October 28, 2017
Friday's snowstorm left an inch of wet snow, generating sloppy conditions on a cold Saturday for the Karma Cross races in New Brighton. Photos up from the morning events.
Related:
Photoset: Mens/Womens 3/4, Womens Singlespeed - 84 photos, Juniors, Womens 4/5 - 63 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Karma Cross

LNR MEA Weekend Sprints
October 21, 2017
Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) is holding their annual MEA break camp up in Cable area. One of the big highlights was a freestyle sprint competition, complete with qualifying, heats and finals. Torsten Brinkema and Sarah Olson took home the A titles.
Related:
Photoset: LNR MEA Sprints
Video: LNR MEA Sprints
Results: LNR MEA Sprints

Jackson Meadow CX Coverage
October 21, 2017
A dark and damp day of racing at Jackson Meadow development community on Saturday, as off-and-on showers softened up the course and made for some slick conditions. Photos from the afternoon races.
Related:
Photoset: Mens Cat 1/2/3, Masters 35+ - 124 photos, Womens Cat 1/2/3, Masters 45+,55+ - 106 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Jackson Meadow CX

Sisu Ski Fest Registration Open
October 17, 2017
Sisu Ski Fest, a full weekend of events in Ironwood, Michigan, Jan 5-7th, has announced their registration is open. The fest centers around the SISU 31K and Heikki Lunta 15K point-to-point ski races originating at ABR Trails and terminating in downtown Ironwood on SISU Saturday. First price hike comes at the end of this month!

Vasaloppet Unveils Two Race Plans, New Names
October 10, 2017
Vasaloppet organizers have moved to ensure the future of their event by developing two separate race plans, and matching names, for the annual ski races in February. The original Vasaloppet, running from Warman to downtown Mora will now be known as the Legacy course, while the newer roughly 14K loop course (with snowmaking option) will be known as The Mora. They've also coined new names for the race divisions.

Tour de Essex Trail Run Oct 21st
October 10, 2017
The Rochester Active Sports Club (RASC) is hosting a fall trail running event at Essex Park, Oct 21st. The day-of-race registration of $5 helps fund trail maintenance.

Masters World Cup Registration Opens!
October 9, 2017
Registration for the highly anticipated Masters World Cup races is now open! The world is coming to Theodore Wirth this January for a week of racing, and anyone ages 30 and above can compete. Sign up now.

LNR Time Trial Coverage
October 8, 2017
After a rain delay Saturday, Loppet Nordic Racing hosted a warm October Sunday afternoon rollerski time trial on the backroads north of Afton. Posting top times in the 7.5K freestyle race were Henry Hall and Sarah olson. Results posted along with photos.

Swedish Mile Results
October 8, 2017
Jon Larson reports: Sunday saw the inaugural running of the Swedish Mile, a fundraising event supporting the Vasalopppet Nordic Center complex, Snow making and Trail development. The course utilized many of the Vasaloppet traditional ski trail as well as some less traveled loops and included newly developed single track sections. With 5 inches of rain in the week prior to the race, there was a few water hazards and plenty of mud for everyone. Spencer Davis and Stephanie Sathre took the titles in the first year event.
Related:
Results: Swedish Mile

World Cup Returns to Quebec in 2019, 2020
October 6, 2017
With the annual FIS Technical Committee and FIS Cross-Country Committee meetings still underway in Zurich, it has been confirmed that the FIS Cross-Country World Cup Finals will be coming back to Canada in March 2019 and 2020.

Birkie Trail Run Coverage
September 30, 2017
A cold and dewy morning gave way to ideal running conditions for the Birkie Trail Run Festival events Saturday in Cable. Joseph Gray held off a persistent Justin Grunewald to take the USATF half marathon title with Tyler Sigl rounding out the podium. Ashley Brasovan cruised to the womens half marathon title, notably her first trail running event, with Dani Moreno second and Amber Kranz third. Andy Elvester and Michelle Pratt won the full marathon events.
Related:
Photoset: Marathon Start - 13 photos, Marathon Mile 3.75 - 131 photos, Half Marathon Start - 131 photos, Half Marathon Mile 3.75 - 49 photos, Half Marathon Mile 7 - 49 photos, Half Marathon Finish - 68 photos, Awards - 8 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Birkie Trail Run

Biathlon: Elk River Race Coverage
September 26, 2017
Last weekend Minnesota Biathlon held a race at the Woodland trails in Elk River. Bill Meyer reports: The Men's 11.4 km Pursuit Format race was dominated by Jakob Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon, who also had the best shooting of the day with only 2 misses. The Women's 9.3 km race was more closely contested with Siena Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon holding off Emma Stertz, also of Mt Itasca, but only by 27 sec. Results and photos posted.
Related:
Biathlon: Aug 24 Elk River Race Coverage

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 23, 2017
Temperatures in the 80s and high dewpoints made for some difficult running conditions Saturday for the annual Trail Loppet events at Theodore Wirth. Craig Cardinal took the half marathon title with Eric Giandelone second and Joel LaFrance closing for third. Josie Nelson collected another womens title, winning by over three minutes as Heather Hlavaty took second and Lindsay Annis rounded out the podium in third. Brian and Caitlin Gregg won the 13.1K race titles. Victories in the 5K went to James Zacchini and Brittani Lamb. Photos posted from the half marathon and 13.1K events, race results linked in.
Related:
Photoset: Half Marathon - Start - 67 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 3.25 - 100 photos, Half Marathon - Wirth Lake/Hwy 55 - 19 photos, 13.1K - Mile 2.75 - 79 photos, 13.1K - Quaking Bog - 82 photos, 13.1K - Finish - 29 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet

Midwest MTB Report
September 19, 2017
The Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards this week has extensive covered from the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, including a first-hand report (with some interesting training) from womens winner Kyia Anderson, and an interview with third place finisher Jeff Hall, and a look forward to a busy set of events.

LNR Time Trial Coverage
September 17, 2017
Loppet Nordic Racing held a fall time trial Saturday morning in a NW Twin Cities suburb. Primarily junior racers, with some elite invites as well. Matt Liebsch posted the fastest 10K time with Torsten Brinkema the top junior. In the 7.5K race, Victor Sparks and Kasia Bednarski tied for the winning time. Results and some video highlights posted.

Bangin in the Brush Coverage
September 17, 2017
Nearly 70 runners turned out Saturday for the Bangin in the Brush 10K trail run at Korkki Nordic in Duluth. Danny Whipple took the mens victory with a time of 46:46 while Anna Lathi topped the womens field, as well as finishing 7th overall.
Related:
Photoset from Dave Johnson: Bangin in the Brush
Results: Bangin in the Brush

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Results
September 16, 2017
First-time Chequamegon rider, but top pro, Payson McElveen won the mens Chequamegon 40 on Saturday in Cable, crossing the line just eight seconds in front of former champs Brian Matter and Jeff Hall, with last year's winner Corey Stelljes coming in 4th, just four seconds back. Minnesotan Kyia Anderson captured the womens title by a three minute margin, marking her second Cheq 40 victory. Jill Cederholm and Lindsey Kriete rounded out the womens podium. Over 1700 riders finished the 40 mile course. Short and Fat victories were earned by teenagers Daxton Mock and Anna Christian.
Related:
Photoset from Chequamegon: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Results: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Press Release: First-timer takes the top of the podium at 35th Annual Chequamegon Fat Tire

Northshore Inline Marathon Results
September 16, 2017
Just under 40 participants raced in the rollerski division of the Northshore Inline Marathon, Saturday morning in Duluth. Zach Nelson edged out Chris Hecker and Gary Johnson take the victory. Jenna Ruzich was the womens champion.

Trails Kids Adventure Race Coverage
September 14, 2017
On a hot Thursday evening, the Loppet Foundation's Trail Kids program took to some of the new singletrack near the Wirth Chalet for one of the Adventure Race series events.
Related:
Photoset: Warm Up - 12 photos, U10/U12 - 74 photos, U14/U16 - 72 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Kids Adventure Race
Loppet: Trail Kids Program

Midwest MTB Report
September 12, 2017
In this week's Midwest MTB report Jay Richards has recaps from the epic 150 mile Maah Daah Hey MTB race in the Dakotas, the Copper Peak Trails Fest events, and Kappel's Challenge up in Detroit Lakes, as well as a short preview of the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival 40.

Yellowstone Ski Festival Registration Now Open
September 11, 2017
The Yellowstone Ski Festival in November has rolled out their schedule of clinics for this season. A wide range of offerings are available, from learning to skate ski to improving your technique and even coaching certification.

US Ski Team: Podiums Abound in Winter Games NZ Cross Country Races
September 11, 2017
The U.S. Ski Team collected podium spot after podium spot through two solid days of cross country racing at New Zealand's Snow Farm as a part of the Winter Games NZ. Minnesotans lead the way for the team with Jessie Diggins taking the womens 5K freestyle and 10K classical, Ben Saxton winning the mens classical sprints, Adam Martin 2nd in the mens 15K classical and Brian Gregg 3rd in the mens 10K free.
Related:
Winter Games NZ: Freestyle Race Recap
Winter Games NZ: Classical Sprints Recap
Winter Games NZ: Classical Mass Start Recap

Vasaloppet: The Swedish Mile October Run
September 8, 2017
Vasaloppet USA has announced their newest event, a fall running race called The Swedish Mile! Scheduled for Oct 7th, it will feature 5K and 10K divisions with proceeds benefiting their snowmaking and trail development efforts.

Midwest MTB Report
September 5, 2017
The Midwest MTB Report this week from Jay Richards covers racing action at Copper Harbor, Giants Ridge, South Dakota and Maplelag Resort plus a look ahead including World Championships highlights.

Laddies Loppet Short Track Coverage
September 3, 2017
Maplelag wrapped up a weekend of racing with short track format events on Sunday for Laddies Loppet. The popular racing style produced a number of close finishes, especially in the mens comp division.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 46 photos, Citizen - 42 photos, Sport - 99 photos, Expert Women/Comp Men - 93 photos, Expert Men - 83 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Laddies Loppet ST

Diggins Wins Merino Muster Worldloppet Race
September 2, 2017
With many of the US Ski Team members and Olympic hopefuls in New Zealand getting some on-snow training, they did a little "pick up" on Saturday racing in the Merino Muster Worldloppet races. Jessie Diggins was the top female in the 42K, and fourth overall (behind two Olympian men), for another strong showing. Brian Gregg was second only to Simi Hamilton, and by a single second, in the 42K. Caitlin Gregg had a matching performance in the 21K race, finishing second to Sophie Caldwell, as the girls went 1-2 overall!
Related:
Results: Merino Muster

Laddies Loppet XC Coverage
September 2, 2017
A heavy rainfall on Friday provided some greasy conditions for Saturday's cross-country races in the Laddies Loppet event at Maplelag. Veterans Jeff Hall and Sara Kylander-Johnson took the titles in the expert race.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 47 photos, Citizen - 69 photos, Sport - 146 photos, Expert/Comp - 125 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Laddies Loppet XC

Fat Tire Tri Coverage
August 26, 2017
Cloudy and damp conditions Saturday in Hayward for the Fat Tire Triathlon event. In the Olympic division Chris Pappathopoulos and Dawn Kittleson took top honors. Sprint titles went to Scott Brown and Jenny Swift. Results linked in, along with photos from Kelly Randolph.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Fat Tire Tri
Results: Fat Tire Tri
Fat Tire Tri Press Release

Midwest MTB Report
August 22, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers the Seeley Pre-Fat, Great Deer Chase, Cuyuna Crusher and Reforestation Rambler races from last week and looks ahead to Laddies Loppet and WORS Treadfest events.

Mighty Miss Paddle Race Coverage
August 20, 2017
Race Director Roland Ring-Jarvi reported another successful Mighty Miss race as paddlers raced down the Mississippi River, from 55 miles down to 12 miles, to finish in Champlin. Read his full recap, view some photos and the results.

North American Rollerski Biathlon Championships Recap
August 16, 2017
Minnesota Biathlon's Bill Meyer has posted a recap of the recently completed North American Biathlon Rollereski Championships, held out in Vermont. Minnesota had a strong showing, especially among the junior/youth skiers. Check out a recap with results and a few photos.

Midwest MTB Report
August 15, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week features racing reports from Great Hawk Chase, Ore to Shore, and the infamous Leadville 100. And check out three events coming up this weekend.

Minnesota State Time Trial Championships Coverage
August 12, 2017
Postcard perfect weather again on Saturday as cyclists competed on the quiet roads west of St. Peter for the Minnesota State Time Trial titles. Photosets up, results linked in.
Related:
Photoset: 20K and under - 159 photos, 40K - 255 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Minnesota State Time Trial

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 11, 2017
Another perfect weather Ringer Roll event on Friday morning as the morning fog cleared for bright sunshine and temps in the 60s. Zak Ketterson topped the mens skate field, almost a minute ahead from Brian Gregg with Joel LaFrance third. Caitlin Gregg led the womens field with high school stars Sarah Olson second and Mara McCollor third. Erica Meyers and Tamer Mische-Richter had the fastest classical times. Full results along with photos.

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 5, 2017
John Kunert took the Firehouse 50 road race title in a photo finish over Dean Hodge in front of a field of more than 230 riders on Saturday morning. Jenny Youngwerth topped the womens field, along with the only sub two hour time in their field. Time trial victories went to Mike Johnson and Beth Emerson.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Road Race, Time Trial
Results: Firehouse 50

Midwest MTB Report
August 1, 2017
In this week's Midwest MTB report by Jay Richards: reports from Boston Pro XCT and Gamehaven, highlights on Spirit Mtn Divas, Tour Divide race, best trails in the world, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Minnesota State Road Race Coverage
July 29, 2017
It was a hot afternoon as temperatures climbed into the mid-80s for the Minnesota State Road Race events near Richmond on Saturday. In the top division mens Cat 1-2-3 race, Peter Olejniczak crested the finishing climb in first with Sam Fritz close in second and Levon Kalemkiarian taking third. Carlyn Jackson pulled away for the womens Cat 1-2-3 title with Anna Luckow and Sonia Pond rounding out the top of the podium. Results linked in along with photos from the afternoon races.
Related:
Photoset: Mens Cat 1-2-3 - 54 photos, Mens Cat 4-5 - 67 photos, Womens Cat 1-2-3 - 53 photos, Womens Cat 4-5/Jrs - 46 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Minnesota State Road Race


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