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Urban Portage, October 13, 2018

Emily Covert repeating as girls AA champion, Minnesota State CC Meet, November 3, 2018

Womens podium, Merino Muster, September 1, 2018

Mens champ Payson McElveen, Chequamegon 40, September 15, 2018

Joseph Gray, men's half marathon champion, Birkie Trail Run, September 29, 2018

Morning start for the Maah Daah Hey 150, September 22, 2018

Highlights

US Ski Team: Cross-Country Team Named for 2018-19 Season
November 13, 2018
A 16-member 2018-19 U.S. Cross Country Team was announced Tuesday by U.S. Ski & Snowboard, with a strong focus on the 2019 World Cross Country Championships. The team kicks off the 2018-19 FIS World Cup Cross Country season in Ruka, Finland, Nov. 24-25. The Midwest has strong representation with Jessie Diggins (A team), Kevin Bolger (B team) and Ian Torchia (D team).

Elm Creek Series Evolves for 2018-19
November 13, 2018
The Elm Creek series, this year under the direction of RJ Ochmann, has announced a number of changes designed to improve the race experience. Cumulative points series, an optional full series entry, and field size limits are all part of the updates to this venerable series.

Fall Rivet Run Coverage
November 11, 2018
Eve Graves reports: We had record numbers Sunday for the Rivet Run/Walk which is held at Pattison State Park and supports the Nordic trails at the location. Almost 150 were registered and 114 participated. With 4 inches of fresh fluffy snow and temperatures in the 20's participants navigated a new course again due to the flood damage this past summer. Alex Kasperek age 21 won the event with a time of 19:48 and Keri Jensen was the first female with a time of 25:12.
Related:
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run Fall
Results: Rivet Run Fall

Mora Adds First Chance Race
November 8, 2018
Mora will harness their expanded snowmaking operations to host an opening ski race, First Chance Race, on Saturday, Jan 5th at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center. A ski expo is also planned.
Related:
Full Racing Calendar

Biathlon: Six Olympians Headline Opening World Cup Roster
November 6, 2018
Following the completion of the Rollerski Team Trials last week in Soldier Hollow, Utah, U.S. Biathlon has announced the roster for the opening IBU World Cup events in 2018. Midwest athletes make up a significant portion of the roster as veteran Leif Nordgren is joined by Paul Schommer for the opening races at the end of November, and then Deedra Irwin, Jake Brown, and 19 year old Vasek Cervenka will compete in the second Cup event in mid-December.

Up, Up and Away Rollerski Coverage
November 4, 2018
Madison area held their annual Up, Up and Away rollerski race on Saturday morning at Blue Mound State Park. Chris Pappathopoulos held off a field of tough field of juniors to take the classic 10K title, Jack Jones skated to the mens 10K freestyle victory. Mia Case won the womens 10K classic, with Anna Engel posting the womens fastest 10K skate time. The race was part of the new CXC Rollerski Cup which will conclude next weekend with two races at the Grinding Up Granite event. Results and photos posted.
Related:
CXC Rollerski Cup Series

Birkie Warriors Contest Opens
October 31, 2018
Each year the ABSF selects three skiers to portray the original Birkebeiner Warriors and Inga, mother of Prince Haakon. The trio serves as Birkie Ambassadors throughout event week and skis the 55K Birkebeiner classic from Cable to Hayward on traditional wooden skis and in full period costume. Submit your application today!

Biathlon: World Cup Coming to Soldier Hollow
October 29, 2018
The International Biathlon Union, Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and U.S. Biathlon will partner to host the world's top biathletes at the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon February 14-17 on the Olympic venue at Soldier Hollow, Utah. The event will showcase top athletes from over 30 nations in the final World Cup before the World Championships in Sweden. Plus details on TV and streaming coverage has been announced.

Midwest MTB Report
October 23, 2018
Jay Richards winds up his season of Midwest MTB reporting with a recap from the Black's Grove River Crossing, highlights from the Wisconsin State High School Championships, notes on Collegiate Nationals, and a look ahead to the final big point to point in the race, the Iceman Cometh.

CXC Rollerski Cup Series
October 22, 2018
CXC has announced a new rollerski series incorporating some of the popular rollerski events in Wisconsin into a season series. The inaugural season will feature three races: Up, Up, and Away on Nov 3rd and Grinding Up Granite on Nov 10th (two races). Matched rollerskis will be provided at the events.
Related:
The Current State of the Nordic Rocks Program

Birkie Tusen Takk Tour
October 18, 2018
Thanks to the generosity of thousands, Phase 2 of the ABSF's Honoring the legacy – Ensuring the Future Capital Campaign is complete! To celebrate, the ABSF invites you to join Ben Popp and team at one of the Birkie's Tusen Takk Tour gatherings as a way of saying a "thousand thanks" (Tusen Takk in Norge) to all for helping to make Birkie dreams a reality! Plus get up-to-date on all the latest Birkie news. Check out dates/locations near you.

LNR Time Trial Coverage
October 13, 2018
LNR Juniors along with some guests from up north, as well as Jake Brown back from out East, participated in a brisk rollerski time trial on Saturday on the roads near Afton. Jake Brown bested the mens field with the only sub-20 minute time on the 8K course, Alex Nemeth led the junior men with Sarah Olson topping the womens field.
Related:
Photoset from Chris Harvey: 7 photos
Results: 8K Freestyle

Urban Portage Coverage
October 13, 2018
A unique event debuted Saturday with the Urban Portage, a padding and long distance portaging event from Cedar Lake all the way up to the Trailhead at Theodore Wirth. Participants had to haul their boats along some long trail segments including south Wirth and a long golf course climb on the north end, as well as navigating winding Bassett Creek segments.
Related:
Photoset: 167 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Urban Portage

Midwest MTB Report
October 10, 2018
This weeks Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards includes an in-depth recap from the Oz Trails Festival, highlights from the Wisconsin Cycling Season, a couple of interesting mountain bike related items and a look ahead to a few events near the end of the month.

MTU Hall of Fame Rollerski Time Trial
October 4, 2018
In honor of Kristen Owens induction into the Michigan Tech sports Hall of Fame, the team will be hosting a free rollerski time trial next Saturday, Oct 13th. Freestyle or classic, 7K with interval starts.

Birkie Trail Run Coverage
September 29, 2018
A frosty start to the Birkie Trail Run on Saturday as hundreds of runners poured over the famous trails and singletrack in the annual fall run. In the National Championship half marathon event, Joseph Gray held off Andy Wacker to repeat as mens champion with Tyler Sigl just a short distance back for third. The womens title went to Megan Roche, Samantha Lewis second and Megan Lacy third. Marathon winners by a wide margin were Zach Rickenbach and Erin Mullan-Towns. Taking the 5K victories, Joshua Halverson and Barbara Swenson. And finishing off the 100K ultramarathon late on Saturday, Jeff Cook and Linda Kobilarcsi collected the titles.
Related:
Photoset: Marathon Start - 21 photos, Marathon Mile 3 - 111 photos, Marathon Mile 9 - 65 photos, Marathon Relay Mile 3 - 23 photos, Half Marathon Mile 3 - 87 photos, Half Marathon Mile 7 - 64 photos, Half Marathon Finish - 81 photos, Marathon Finish - 22 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Birkie Trail Run
Press Release: Runners From Across the Nation Podium at the 17th Birkie Trail Run Festival

Loppet: Minneapolis to Host World Cup Event in 2020
September 28, 2018
The International Ski Federation (FIS) today officially confirmed that Minnesota will host a World Cup cross-country ski event in Minneapolis in March, 2020. U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the Loppet Foundation will serve as hosts of the World Cup event, taking place at the new 'Trailhead' facility in Theodore Wirth Park.
Related:
MPR: Minneapolis to host World Cup cross-country skiing event

Midwest MTB Report
September 25, 2018
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week covers two Midwest epics: the Marji Gesick 100 and the Maah Daah Hey 150, with firsthand recaps and highlights, as well as a look at some of the upcoming events.

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 22, 2018
A crisp, sunny fall morning on Saturday for the Trail Loppet races at Theodore Wirth. Heavy rains just days before the event forced some course changes, and the new Trailhead building start/finish added some extra challenges, including a nasty stairclimb, as over 1000 athletes participated in the races. In the half marathon, Brian Gregg won the sprint finish over Matt Liebsch with Jeff Lanners third. Alex Gits topped the womens field with Erica Wagner and Vivian Hett rounding out the podium. Seven mile championships were Shaheid Shamsudeen and Jennifer Carpenter. Samuel Swartzendruber and Angie Voight won the 5K division.
Related:
Photoset: Half Marathon Start - 34 photos, Half Marathon Mile 3.5 - 116 photos, Half Marathon Mile 8 - 49 photos, Half Marathon Top Finishers - 59 photos
Photoset from Karin Rea: Age Gap Relays - 24 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Recap
September 18, 2018
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week focuses on the epic 2018 Chequamegon 40! This week report includes first hand recaps from the big race, a quick highlight from the Wild Goose Chase in Moorhead and a look ahead.

Northshore Inline Marathon Rollerski Race Results
September 16, 2018
A field of nearly 50 athletes turned out Saturday for the rollerski division of the Northshore Inline Marathon. Alexander Vanias and Jenna Ruzich collected the titles.

Bangin In The Brush Coverage
September 15, 2018
Dan Delestry and Jillian Johnson took the titles in the Bangin in the Brush trail run Saturday at Korkki Nordic in Duluth. Nearly 100 runners turned out for the 10K event.
Related:
Photoset from Dave Johnson: Bangin In The Brush
Results: Bangin In The Brush

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Coverage
September 15, 2018
After a number of dry weeks, the skies opened up Saturday morning for a couple of heavy rainfalls including one that forced the delay of the Short and Fat race, for the annual Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival. The big 40 race was a tough, muddy affair that saw a number of lead changes in the mens field before Payson McElveen pulled away, repeating as Chequamegon 40 champion, winning by nearly four minutes. Cole House took second place, just ahead of Brian Matter. Jenna Rinehart dominated the women's race, taking the victory a full five minutes ahead of Sara Kylander-Johnson with Jenny Binkowski collecting third. Short and Fat titles went to Daxton Mock and Zoe Camp.
Related:
Photoset: Start - 62 photos, Mile 20 - 188 photos, Finish - 109 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Press Release: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Results

City of Lakes Loppet Reverses Course
September 12, 2018
Big news on the City of Lakes Loppet Festival for 2019 -- most of the events will be based around the new Trailhead building at Theodore Wirth, including reversing the course of the races. For the first time in the event history, the races will start on the Chain of Lakes and finish up at the Trailhead building. Registration is now open!

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Preview
September 12, 2018
Jay Richards MTB Midwest Report this week features the mighty Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, the final year with director Gary Crandall in charge, and highlights the favorites for men and women, plus epic results from the UCI World MTB Championships, recaps from Copper Peak, and a busy look ahead.

Bemidji Canoe Derby Coverage
September 10, 2018
A beautiful day Saturday for the Bemidji Canoe Derby. The race was held downstream from Lake Bemidji and back - one lap for solo and citizen boats, two laps for the pro boats.
Related:
Photoset from John Arenz: 76 photos
Results: Bemidji Canoe Derby

US Ski Team: Diggins, Saxton Win at Snowfarm
September 6, 2018
Minnesotans Jessie Diggins and Ben Saxton scored victories in the final event of the New Zealand Winter Games, taking the 5K and 10K classic titles respectively.
Related:
US Ski Team: L.L.Bean, Swix Announce Partnership
US Ski Team: Bolger, Caldwell Win Winter Games NZ Freestyle Sprint

NorthShore Rollerski Marathon Coming Up Sep 15th
September 6, 2018
The annual NorthShore Inline Marathon is coming up in mid-September and is one of the few events offering a marathon distance rollerski division.

Midwest MTB Report
September 4, 2018
Jay Richards cranks out another Midwest MTB Report, this week covering their own huge event at Maplelag over the Labor Day weekend, as well as a brief recap from Copper Harbor, some top 10 trails, a fun winter downhill video, and the usual look ahead.

Worldloppet: Diggins Wins Merino Muster
September 3, 2018
The Merino Muster Worldloppet race Saturday at Snowfarm in New Zealand had a very Midwestern vibe to it as the top of the results was full of local athletes. Jessie Diggins repeated as the 42K freestyle women's champion, with Alayna Sonnesyn 3rd and Mattie Watts 4th. The men's 42K was won by Simi Hamilton with midwest stars Adam Martin and Kyle Bratrud rounding out the men's podium, less than 30 seconds back.
Related:
Results: Merino Muster
US Ski Team: Diggins Earns Another Early-Season Victory

Laddies Loppet Short Track Coverage
September 2, 2018
Racing action wrapped up Sunday with the fast-paced short track events for Laddies Loppet at Maplelag. Heavy rain overnight provided a few slick spots on a course that weaved through the Maplelag grounds. In the expert race, Jeff Hall completed the weekend sweep, breaking away early and going on to win by nearly a minute. Sara Kylander-Johnson and Eleanor Bacso dueled for the women's expert title with Bacso pulling ahead in the final laps to take the victory.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 31 photos, Citizen - 42 photos, Sport - 49 photos, Comp/Expert Women - 98 photos, Expert Men - 95 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Short Track

Midwest MTB Report
August 28, 2018
The Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards this week features a wrapup on the WORS series, featured articles on the evolution of MTB equipment, Staci Nash (runner turned MTB champion), ski resort MTB scene, and the usual look ahead, including the famous Laddies Loppet this weekend at Maplelag!

Gitche Gumee GranFondo Coverage
August 26, 2018
A foggy start for an otherwise beautiful late summer ride on Saturday for the Gitche Gummee Gran Fondo events in the Cable area. Kelly Randolph was out on road catching images.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Gitche Gumee GranFondo

International Junior Camp Update
August 26, 2018
Abby Jarzin of the Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team was selected to participate in the elite International Juniors Camp in Sjusjøen, Norway earlier this month. Ann Jarzin provides a brief recap, along with a highlight video from NNF.

Midwest MTB Report
August 21, 2018
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week features Midwest racing action at Cuyuna Crusher, Flugly, and Pre-Fat, as well as Minnesota rider reports from legendary big field races out West! A highlight on the start to the Minnesota high school racing season, spotlight on Duluth and top peaks around the world, and the usual look ahead, round out a big report.

Mighty Miss Results
August 19, 2018
Rollie Ring-Jarvi reports: Mighty Miss had a beautiful Saturday to paddle on the Mississippi River for three race distances 55 miles from St. Cloud, 25 miles from Monticello, and 12 miles from Elk River all finishing at Mississippi Point Park in Champlin. Emily and Chris Boderson won the 55 mile paddle in 7:15.01 overall with Terrance Maglis and Elise Magalis France winning the kayak division. The 25 mile event was won by Ryan Peterson overall on a Surf Ski in 2:55.04 followed by Erik Hendrickson and Mike Brumbaugh also on Surf Skis. The first canoe was Devin Arenz and Kate Ellis 3:05:35 followed closely by Joe Manns and Lilly Brick. The 12 mile race was won by Rick Lorenzen and Jose Matuta in 1:35:36 with Ed Arenz and Jon Kilgore in second.
Related:
Results: Mighty Miss

Bluff Tuff Coverage
August 18, 2018
Hazy and humid conditions Saturday morning for the Bluff Tuff races at Battle Creek. The event featured a 17K loop that wound through ski, singletrack and some asphalt trails providing a challenging course.
Related:
Photoset: 35K - 15-18K - 121 photos, 24K - Start - 46 photos, Kids Race - 67 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Bluff Tuff

Biathlon: North American Roller Ski Biathlon Championships Recap
August 16, 2018
Last weekend the North American Rollerski Biathlon Championships were held at the Ethan Allen Firing Range Venue in Jericho Center, Vermont. For the Senior Men and Women, these were the first races in the series used for selection of the US teams to the IBU and World Cup races early winter. Nearly 20 Midwest athletes competed in the events and scored very well, including division victories by Sam Stertz, Kaisa Bosek, Leif Nordgren, and Emma Stertz.

Midwest MTB Report
August 14, 2018
Jay Richards weekly MTB report: Despite a scorcher of a weekend, riders took on the heat as a extra challenge in Midwest events including the Ore to Shore and Duluth Bike Festival. First hand report from the Duluth Bike Festival and highlights from the Powder Monkey. Also a look ahead to a busy third weekend in August as series racing starts to wind down and High School cycling cranks up!

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 10, 2018
The Ringer Roll rollerski race, a traditional end for the summer junior training in the Twin Cities, was held Friday morning at Baker Park. Fast conditions as the temps were in the upper 70s and the trail was dry. Matt Liebsch took top honors in the 10K race with State champion Mara McCollor rocketing to the front of the womens field. New this year, the Loppet Foundation hosted 4-person sprint races in the Baker Parking lot, with a little turf toss in. Photos from both events up now, along with full results.

Midwest MTB Report
August 7, 2018
A jam-packed issue this week as Jay Richards covers mountain bike action from Maah Daah Hey 100, Wausau 24, NICA Award winners, new trails at Giants Ridge and Pembina, new sprint/BMX event in Cottage Grove, going old school at Leadville 100, and the look ahead to a couple of big events.

Ringer Roll 2018
August 5, 2018
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race is set for this Friday, August 10th at Baker Park in the Twin Cities western suburbs. In addition to the traditional 10K rollerski race, there will be rollerski sprint races afterwards. Signup online, pay when you get there Friday!

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 5, 2018
The annual Firehouse 50 events in Grand View, WI, on Saturday were a bit damp but still showed a strong turnout. The big 50 mile race had over 200 participants with 18 year-old Dalton Collins the sprint victory, Brenna Gibbons the women's champion. Jon Lester won the 50 mile time trial with Sue Olson topping the womens field.
Related:
Photoset: Bike Race, Time Trial / Ride the Divide
Results: Firehouse 50

LNR Age Gap Relay Race Coverage
August 1, 2018
The Loppet Foundation held another of their famous age gap relay races on Tuesday evening, with youth paired with adults in a mountain bike race on the singletrack behind the new Trailhead building.
Related:
Photoset from TMB Images: LNR Age Gap Relay Race
Results: LNR Age Gap Relay Race

Midwest MTB Report
July 31, 2018
The Midwest MTB report this week by Jay Richards features racing reports from the Gamehaven MNMBS races in the Rochester and a look ahead at some of the big events to close out the summer.

Midwest MTB Report
July 24, 2018
The Midwest MTB report this weekend from Jay Richards features first hand recaps from some of the Midwest riders competing at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships out East, a report on new trail opening at Pine Valley Nordic center in Cloquet, MN, an ode to the 26" mountain bike and a look ahead at upcoming events.

Tri-Loppet Coverage
July 22, 2018
A fantastic day for the annual Tri-Loppet event, racing from the chain of lakes all the way up and around the trails of Theodore Wirth, finishing at the brand-new Trailhead building. With a shortened lake course, the race was tighter than usual with close racing throughout the paddling, trail running and mountain biking legs. Matt Liebsch posted the top time on the day, completing the triathlon in 1:23:03. Josie Nelson was the fastest female, clocking in at 1:33:38. Topping the relay teams was the mixed team 'The Victors'.
Related:
Photoset: Paddling - 120 photos, Running - 89 photos, Cycling - 91 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Tri-Loppet

Midwest MTB Report
July 17, 2018
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week hits action at BC Bike Bike, the MNMBS series at Lake Rebecca, and Miners Revenge, as well as an eBike race at Trollhaugen, epic coverage from the ANdorra Downhill World Cup, a high flyer over the Tour de France, and the look ahead to upcoming events.


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