Jessie Diggins celebrates with the crowd, Rollerski Loppet, November 2, 2019
Women's half marathon finish, Birkie Trail Run, September 28, 2019
Irondale Meet, December 5, 2019
Josie Nelson, Trail Loppet, September 21, 2019
Skadi's Chase, December 7, 2019
Chequamegon 40, September 14, 2019
Frankowski: Behind the Scenes of the World Cup
December 11, 2019
Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski checks in while racing on the World Cup this month to give us a behind the scenes look at how the series rolls through Europe from week to week. Read about Christmas celebrations in Lillehammer, visiting Santa's homeland, and favorite desserts of some World Cup stars!
Canmore NorAm: Midwest Skiers Shine
December 9, 2019
Canmore Nordic Center in Alberta, Canada, hosted three days of racing over the weekend with Midwest skiers posting some excellent results. On Friday, Alayna Sonnesyn made it to the sprint heats semifinals. Saturday saw Zak Ketterson taking the victory in the 10K classic event with Adam Martin 4th and Ian Torchia 7th. Caitlin Gregg showed her skate format is sharp as ever as she won the women's 10K freestyle race with Alayna Sonnesyn taking 6th. In the men's 15K freestyle, Ian Torchia missed the podium by 10 seconds to finish 4th, Zak Ketterson just 4 seconds behind in 6th.
Results: Canmore NorAm
US Ski Team: Diggins Second, Maubet Bjornsen Eighth in Lillehammer Skiathlon
December 7, 2019
Jessie Diggins finished second in the 15k skiathlon, tying a career-best World Cup result, to lead the U.S. Cross Country National Team Program in Lillehammer, Norway, Sunday. Sadie Maubet Bjornsen was eighth, Rosie Brennan 16th, and Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski 33rd. For the US men, David Norris led they way in 34th, while Midwest's Kyle Bratrud was 47th.
Skadi's Chase Coverage
December 7, 2019
Skadi's Chase 8K race at Elm Creek on Saturday morning kicked off the start of the big Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener event, hosted by Three Rivers Park District. Matt Liebsch coasted in the men's lead pack until the final 300 meters, when he pressed the gas pedal and took the victory with McEwan Rodefeld taking the best of the rest and U of M student Tony Mathie collecting third. In the women's race, Jenna Ruzich skied off the front to win with Cheryl Dubois second, Greta Koppy third. High school victories went to Declan Rodefeld and Naomi Ohman. Results and photos posted.
Korteloppet Race Closing by Friday
December 3, 2019
Birkie officials have announced that registration for the Kortelopet ski race will close on Friday, December 6th. Anyone still hoping to get to the start line for the race needs to register by Thursday night!
Vasaloppet USA Doubles Snowmaking, Adds Ninth Ski Race
December 1, 2019
Vasaloppet organizers have announced the completion of a second snowmaking operation center to help speed the process of covering the course. And new for this season, a 20K classic race has been added to the Sunday of Vasaloppet weekend.
Vasaloppet: Black Friday, Cyber Monday Special
November 27, 2019
Get something for yourself this Black Friday weekend -- save some cash on a 2020 Vasaloppet entry! Use their special promotion code now through next Monday, Dec 2nd to get this special rate.
Elm Creek XC Race Series Starts Dec 4th
November 24, 2019
The popular Elm Creek weekly race series fires up on Wednesday, Dec 4th. Due to some holiday schedules this season, make sure you check their full list of dates. And the Fulton Team Night returns on Dec 18th.
Frankowski: On the Road
November 22, 2019
Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski is over in Europe, racing this weekend in the season opening events in Beitostoelen, Norway in preparation for the first period of the World Cup. Before she hit the start line, Frankowski shared some of her secrets to preparing for a successful road trip.
World Cup Report: Season Preview
November 17, 2019
Rex Wax's Chris Hecker will be reporting on the World Cup this season as excitement continues to build for the Minneapolis event in March. Check out Hecker's season preview, with US skiers expected to get in their first racing events of the season this weekend!
Vasaloppet First Chance Race Coming Jan 4th
November 16, 2019
Vasaloppet fires up the racing season in the New Year with their First Chance 5K and 15K races at the Vasaloppet Center on Saturday, Jan 4th. And a bargin at just $20 up through Jan 3rd!
2020 Birkie Poster Unveiled
November 15, 2019
The 2020 American Birkebeiner poster has been announced and is now available for sale in the Birkie store! The design is a beautiful old-style look, an instant classic.
Frankowski: Time Travel Advice
November 10, 2019
Olympian and Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski is back with another article just before her departure for the World Cup season. In this round, Frankowski reflects on what advice she might give to her junior self if she could travel back in time.
Rivet Run Fall Coverage
November 10, 2019
Eve Grave reports: Sunday's Rivet Run had record cold temperatures, record high numbers for the Fall event, along with a record fast winning time! With temps in the low 20's and increasing winds along with cloudy skies made for a chilly November event. The course was frozen ground, a few frozen puddles and fast. Ninth grader from Cloquet Miles Fischer won the event in 18:57, setting a new Fall course record! The first female was repeat winner Laura Gubelman, in 25:31.
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run Fall
Results: Rivet Run Fall
Frozen Thunder Event
November 8, 2019
Canmore Nordic Center kicks off the North American racing season with two days of events. Classic sprints are on Wed, Nov 13th with freestyle distance races on Thurs, Nov 14th.
Registered Athletes List
Rollerski Loppet Coverage
November 2, 2019
The road to the Minneapolis World Cup in March kicked off on Saturday with a set of chilly rollerski races on the streets of downtown Minneapolis. After juniors started off the racing, things heated up with the elite mens race as crowds witnessed a true photo finish between Twin Cities native Kyle Bratrud and sprinter Andy Newell, Newell taking the win by millimeters! Jessie Diggins blasted away in the womens top field and celebrated with the crowd on her final lap. After awards, a huge crowd lined up for autographed posters from Diggins.
Photoset: U14/16 Kids - 49 photos, U18/U20 Boys - 48 photos, U18/U20 Girls - 43 photos, Masters Men - 49 photos, Open Men - 83 photos, Open Women - 83 photos, Awards/Post-race - 42 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Rollerski Loppet
Rollerski Loppet in Downtown Minneapolis This Saturday
October 30, 2019
Register by October 31st (tonight) for the unique opportunity to race through the blocked off streets of downtown Minneapolis in the Juniors, Citizen, or Masters rollerski races this Saturday, Nov 2nd. Stick around after your race and cheer for the Elite Race skiers, like Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins, World Championship medalist Caitlin Gregg, 4-time Olympian Andy Newell, and US National Champion Kyle Bratrud, and collect some autographs and pictures after the event.
Loppet Games Coverage
October 28, 2019
Kim Rudd reports: Around one hundred youth came out Saturday on a beautiful fall October morning for the Loppet Games event at the Trailhead! Competition included an obstacle course race, SkiErg double pole challenge, bike skills course, orienteering, tug of war, capture the flag -O and two person adventure race.
Photoset: Loppet Games
Biathlon: Nominations for Opening World Cup, IBU Cup
October 28, 2019
Following the completion of the U.S. Biathlon Fall Festival and IBU Cup Trials held over the weekend in Soldier Hollow, Utah, 15 athletes have been nominated to the U.S. Biathlon teams competing at the opening events of the 2019-20 season. From the Midwest, Jake Brown and Paul Schommer have earned IBU Cup starts along with Scholastica alumni Kelsey Dickinson.
CXC Rollerski Cup Returns
October 18, 2019
The second annual CXC Rollerski Cup will roll off this November as a prelude to the 2019-20 ski season. New this season, the Rollerski Loppet held in downtown Minneapolis in early November joins the calendar.
SISU Ski Fest 2020 Is Rolling
October 15, 2019
The SISU Ski Festival, set for Jan 10-12th, is rolling out new updates for the event as they open registration. Read about course improvements and new timing company details. Save some cash, register by Oct 31st to avoid the price hike!
Snow Pass Returns for World Cup Coverage
October 13, 2019
US Ski and Snowboard has announced NBC Sports Gold will be offering full coverage of the World Cup season again this year under their Snow Pass subscription package. The package tentatively has all the stops, including Ruka, Tour de Ski, the Minneapolis stop, and Canmore finale.
Kenyan Posts First Sub Two Hour Marathon
October 12, 2019
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge became the first marathon runner to break the 2-hour barrier on Saturday morning in a special format event in Vienna, Austria.
Frankowski: Alaska and Beyond
October 6, 2019
Rosie Frankowski is a Twin Cities native, training and racing with APU, and skied for the US at the 2018 Winter Olympics. She is working to compete this season on the World Cup. This introduction article brings us up to speed with Frankowski and how she manages her life balance.
Birkie Trail Run Festival Coverage
September 28, 2019
A beautiful fall day for the annual Birkie Trail Run Festival races at Birkie Ridge Saturday. The marathon race proved to be a blowout as Ben Vaske took the victory in 3:19, more than 25 minutes ahead of the next male. Josie Nelson had an impressive showing in her marathon victory at 3:40, not only winning by 25 minutes but finishing 2nd overall! The half marathon race featured a small pack early on that broke up by midway with Nicholas Tseffos taking the title for the men. The women's half was a much closer affair as Jessica Gravesen-Seis bested Emily Tseffos by 12 seconds for the victory.
Photoset: Marathon Start - 16 photos, Marathon 3.5 mile - 86 photos, Marathon Finish - 56 photos, Half Marathon Start - 29 photos, Half Marathon 3.5 Mile - 61 photos, Half Marathon 7.5 Mile - 49 photos, Half Marathon Finish - 81 photos, Kids Race - 26 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Birkie Trail Run
Vasaloppet Swedish Mile Recap
September 23, 2019
Thirty-six runners completed the five-and-10-kilometer races in the Third Annual Swedish Mile trail run held at the Vasaloppet Nordic Ski Center north of Mora on Sunday. Taking the titles were Phil Carlson and Amy Oberbroeckling. Read the full recap, view results and a few photos.
Rollerski Loppet Comes to Downtown Minneapolis Nov 2nd
September 18, 2019
Meet Jessie Diggins and catch high speed rollerski racing on the streets of downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, November 2nd in the Rollerski Loppet - a kickoff event for the World Cup 2020 in Minneapolis!
Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Recap
September 17, 2019
Jay Richards posts a big report this week with a full Chequamegon review, including first hand reports from women's champion and Richards himself, a report from Copper Peak Trails Fest, some cool events coming up, and a collegiate MTB report as well!
Bangin In The Brush Results
September 15, 2019
Jakob Wartman and Sarah Grenberg collected victories in the annual Bangin in the Brush trail running race at Korkki Nordic on Saturday.
Results: Bangin In The Brush Results
September 15, 2019
Featuring a number of changes, including a new finish, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival saw over 2,250 competitors on the trails Saturday. In the new pro/elite race (held separate from the main event), pro cyclist Alexey Vermeulen took the victory, more than two minutes ahead of Brian Matter with Jorden Wakeley third. Taking the pro/elite women's title was multi-time champion Jenna Rinehart with Leia Schneeberger second, Sara Kylander-Johnson third. In the "regular" Cheq 40, Josh Molnar and Tracy Paradise topped the field. The Short and Fat race came down to a tight four way sprint with Braeden Anderson taking the win. Zoe Camp easily topped the women's field, winning by over four minutes. Watch for a full report from Jay Richards later this week.
Results: Chequamegon Results
Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Preview
September 10, 2019
This week's Midwest MTB report,by Jay Richards, includes highlights from the World Cup final including a first hand recap from Caleb Swartz, a preview of the favorites for the Chequamegon 40, forest road riding in the White Earth State forest in NW Minnesota, excitement for Mpls World Cup ski races and a look ahead to some sweet grass roots events this fall.
Midwest MTB Report
September 3, 2019
Pulling double-duty this week, Jay Richards hosted the Laddies Loppet at Maplelag last weekend and then turned around for a full recap for the Midwest MTB report this week, along with updates on the Copper Harbor Fest, Dakota 5-0, World Championships, some e-bike news, and brief update on Chequamegon.
Worldloppet: Diggins Collects 4th Victory at Merino Muster
August 31, 2019
Jessie Diggins collected her fourth title in a row at New Zealand's Worldloppet race on Saturday, the Merino Muster. Diggins was 6th overall, less than three minutes from taking the overall victory in the 42K event held at Snowfarm. Julia Kern, another US Ski team member, won the women's 21K event, finishing 3rd overall!
Mighty Miss 2019 Results
August 26, 2019
Roland Ring-Jarvi reports: Saturday's Mighty Miss paddling race had roughly 60 paddlers participating in three races – 55 miler with 5 boats, 25 miler had 6 boats and 12 mile race/tour saw about 22 boats. Race summary, results, a few photos, and video highlight posted.
Midwest MTB Report
August 20, 2019
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week covers the Cuyuna Crusher, Reforestation Rambler, Seeley Pre-Fat races, and Giants Ridge Grind races and looks ahead to the Minnesota high school racing season, WORS finale, and Maplelag's own Laddies Loppet weekend.