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New Brighton Triathlon, June 3, 2018

Men's lead pack, Brian Kraft 5K, May 28, 2018

Lederhosenlauf 5K, June 9, 2018

Mount Wirth Loppet, June 24, 2018

Highlights

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.

Hopkins Raspberry Run Coverage
July 15, 2018
A steamy Sunday morning for the annual Hopkins Raspberry Run through downtown Hopkins. Daniel Gerber won the men's 5 mile division, clocking 5:41 miles, with Sarah Klecker topping the women's field at 32:17 (and 9th overall!). Photos from photographer Cece Boyle.
Related:
Photoset from Cece Boyle: 109 photos
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Hopkins Raspberry Run

Summer Rivet Run Coverage
July 15, 2018
Eve Grave reports: Sunday was by far the warmest, most humid, buggiest Rivet Run/Walk of all! With 140 registered and 96 braving the elements on a modified course due to flood damage, everyone survived injury free! The top finisher in the men's category was Ben Schnoor, 19 years old, with a time of 19:21. Top female was Yoshika Woods, 50, in 26:17.
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Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

Midwest MTB Report
July 10, 2018
This weeks Midwest MTB report from Jay Richards includes a first hand report from the Border Crossing, highlights from the big WORS Cup, some interesting mountain bike articles to pass along and the usual look ahead.

Tofte Trek Results
July 4, 2018
Greg Fangel reports: The 39th Annual Tofte Trek 10K Wilderness Run/Walk was held Wedsnesday (July 4th) in cool conditions in Tofte, MN. Well over 200 runners participated in the 10K, One Mile Run, and Kid's Sprint races as a part of Tofte's annual 4th of July celebration. Most runners finished before a line of rain moved through the area. This race, organized by the Sugarbush Trail Association, is known for its muddy conditions, which presents both a challenge and a badge of honor for finishing the course.
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Results: Tofte Trek

Birkie T-Shirt Contest Voting Underway
July 2, 2018
Designs for the 2019 American Birkebeiner t-shirt have been unveiled and voting is now open. Cast your opinion by July 7th!

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Mid-Point Results
June 29, 2018
The weekly Hoigaards Paddle Derby held their 5th race of the season, with another five to go. Results from the first five events (four as one was cancelled due to weather) are now posted.
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Results: Hoigaards Paddle Derby
Hoigaards Paddle Derby

Midwest MTB Report
June 26, 2018
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week has first-hand reports from the Mount Wirth Loppet, Lutsen 99er, as well as a summary from the WORS Firecracker plus a number of news items including CAMBA and Hayward trail development, and youth stars.

Mount Wirth Loppet Coverage
June 24, 2018
The new singletrack trails at Theodore Wirth got a real workout Sunday with the Mount Wirth Loppet MTB races. Kids comp races started the day, followed by citizen and sport divisions. The afternoon comp and expert races avoided forecast rain to wrap up the day. Coverage from the citizen and sport races.
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Photoset: Citizen Race - 116 photos, Sport Race - 153 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Mount Wirth Loppet

What's Your Birkie Story?
June 21, 2018
Jessie Diggins shares her Korte story, love for the Birkie and how it helped develop her into an Olympic Gold Medal. Register for the Birkie events by June 28th to avoid the next price hike!
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Video: Jessie, the Korte and her Gold Medal Journey

Midwest MTB Report
June 19, 2018
Jay Richard's weekly Midwest MTB Report is up and includes a full report from race #4 in WORS, a report from the Chequamegon 100, the Duluth Enduro Series and the usual look ahead.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby - Solo Night
June 19, 2018
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby is celebrating the Summer Solstice with their third annual Solo Race Night - this Thursday, June 21st. Everyone is encouraged to find a solo canoe for this one night and since the sun won't set until after 9 pm, there's plenty of time to cross the finish line. New this year for Solo Night they are adding a stock solo boat division paddling the 6 mile Derby course in addition to the usual 7 mile race division.
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Tri-Loppet Training with Rice Creek Boat Club

Midwest MTB Report
June 12, 2018
Featured in Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week: Race reports from Borah Epic and Duluth Hard Enduro, highlights on Midwest stars at the Missoula Pro XCT, NICA partnership, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Hwy OO Outdoor Center
June 10, 2018
On Saturday, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center at the Hwy OO trailhead. The facility will include a gathering hall, heated restrooms, changing rooms, and a waxing and bike repair room and may be open as soon as this winter.

Borah Epic in the Books
June 10, 2018
The Borah Epic held its sixth annual event Saturday and welcomed a sold-out field for the combined half and full race distances. Cole House took the mens full Epic with Leia Schneeberger riding away with the women's title. Half distance trophies earned by Emmett Donohue (photo finish with Bennett Gargulak) and Emma Albrecht.

Chippewa Triathlon Results
June 10, 2018
Well over 100 athletes came out Saturday morning for the Chippewa Triathlon races in Cass Lake. Solo titles went to Mike Brumbaugh and Inga Roen, doubles male John Kallemeyn/Daniel Luoma, doubles female Maria Janowiak/Sara Wall and mixed doubles Samuel Olson/Hannah Bettendorf.
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Photoset from John Arenz: Triathlon - 30 photos, Canoe Race - 45 photos
Video: Canoe Race Photo Finish
Results: Chippewa Triathlon, Smilin' Joe's Mississippi Classic

Lederhosenlauf 5K Coverage
June 9, 2018
Avoiding thunderstorms in the area, runners took to the streets of St. Paul Saturday morning for the annual Lederhosenlauf 5K race. The course starts and finishes at the Germanic-American Institute on Summit Avenue and winds past the St. Paul Cathedral and races up Selby Ave to Victoria and back. Prizes are awarded to the best German costumes!
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Photoset: 83 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Lederhosenlauf 5K

Midwest MTB Report
June 5, 2018
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week features recaps and interviews from the Singletrack Escape and Battle of Camrock series races, a job opening at Chequamegon, and a look ahead to the Borah Epic and Duluth Hard Enduro events.

Machinery Hill Criterium Coverage
June 5, 2018
A beautiful evening Tuesday for bicycle racing on the grounds of the Minnesota State Fair for the Tuesday night Machinery Hill Criterium series. Photographer Cece Boyle was on the scene, capturing some great shots from the races.
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Photoset from Cece Boyle: 172 photos
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Machinery Hill Criterium

New Brighton Triathlon Coverage
June 3, 2018
A cool Sunday morning for the New Brighton Triathlon as temps were in the upper 50s for the start. The triathlon was based out of Long Lake Park with participants starting with a swim then biking the roads around the lake and finally finishing with a running leg on the trails at the park.
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Photoset: Swim - 32 photos, Bike - 117 photos, Run - 71 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Midwest MTB Report
May 29, 2018
In his Midwest MTB recap this week, Jay Richards hits on Keweenaw festival, ticks, high school racing, Chequamegon openings, and a look at the upcoming MNMBS and WORS races.

Brian Kraft Memorial 5K Coverage
May 28, 2018
Steamy hot conditions Monday morning for the annual Brian Kraft Memorial 5K run in south Minneapolis. Temperatures were pushing upper 70s with high dewpoints for the race around Lake Nokomis. Joel Reichow topped the men's finishing trio for the victory at 14:32, followed closely by Kevin Lewis and Aaron Easker. Katy Moen won the women's division handily with a time of 16:13, a full minute ahead of Meghan Peyton with Dakotah Lindwurm taking third. Nearly 500 runners completed the race.
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Photoset: 102 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Brian Kraft 5K

Birkie Announces Groundbreaking for Hwy OO Outdoor Center
May 25, 2018
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday, June 9th for the Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center. The new 4,000 square foot facility will be located at the halfway point of the Birkie trail at the Hwy OO Trailhead. When completed, the facility amenities will include a gathering hall, heated restrooms, changing rooms, and a waxing and bike repair room.

Nordic Combined: USA Nordic Sport Announces 2018/2019 National Teams
May 24, 2018
USA Nordic Sport has announced nominations to the National Teams in the disciplines of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined for the upcoming 2018/2019 season. Ben Loomis of Eau Claire, WI, headlines the Nordic Combined team as the sole A team representative. Nita Englund of Florence, WI was nominated to the Women's Ski Jumping B team.

US Ski Team: 2018-19 U.S. Ski Team Cross Country Nominations
May 24, 2018
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced its U.S. Ski Team cross country nominations for the 2018-19 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. Kevin Bolger earns a spot on the B team for his sprint performances last season, and of course, Jessie Diggins remains on the A team. Ian Torchia remains on the D team.
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Three CXC Athletes Named to U.S. Team

Midwest MTB Report
May 22, 2018
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers the MBMNS Woolly Race, WORS Englewood, midwest racers on the World Cup, and new IMBA Ride Centers.

MNMBS: Woolly Race Coverage
May 20, 2018
The Minnesota Mountain Bike Race Series kicked off on Sunday with the Woolly Race in St. Croix Falls, WI. Photographer Cece Boyle was out catching images from the afternoon races, Jay Richards will have a full report in his weekly MTB column later this week.
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Photoset from Cece Boyle: Afternoon Events - 146 photos
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Woolly Race

City Trail Loppet Results
May 20, 2018
Nearly ideal weather Sunday morning for the City Trail Loppet as runners linked a mixed of streets, trails and singletrack to go from downtown Robbinsdale to the Walker sculpture garden. Brian Gregg bested Matt Liebsch by 13 seconds to win the men's 10 mile race. Laura Mead was the top female, just 29 seconds ahead of Caitlin Gregg.
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Results: CityTrail Loppet
CityTrail Loppet Official Recap

Midwest MTB Report
May 15, 2018
Jay Richards MTB Report this week catches the first two big MTB races of the season -- Iola Bump and Jump and the start of the Thursday night races at Buck Hill. Plus some scenic riding in the Paul Bunyan State Forest and a look ahead to upcoming events.

NSC Velodrome’s Thursday Night Lights Returns May 17
May 12, 2018
The 2018 race season is almost here -- with an early start to the year on May 17, the NSC Velodrome is excited to have an extra week of racing. Racing starts each Thursday at 7 PM. Admission is $5 and kids 12 and under are free with food available at the Track Shack concession stand. There are only two seasons of racing left at the National Sports Center, so come up to watch the racing before it's gone! The Fixed Gear Classic will return on August 24-25.

Midwest MTB Report: Season Kickoff
May 8, 2018
Jay Richards of Maplelag is back again this season with his review of the Midwest mountain biking scene! Kicking off the season, Richards rolls out a big update with news on CAMBA, skills building, Hard Enduro, Buck Hill racing and the two big Midwest series, MNMBS and WORS.

Snake River Canoe Race Results
May 5, 2018
A beautiful Saturday morning in Mora for the annual Snake River Canoe Race with temps in the 70s, sunny and little wind. Nearly 150 paddlers turned out for the big race down the Snake River to Mora. Top Pro boat: Fred Kueffer/Dana Henry and Emily Broderson/Lilly Brick, mixed Jessica Kozarek/Ryan Peterson.
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Results: Snake River Canoe Race

Chippewa Triathlon Registration Open
May 4, 2018
The popular Chippewa Triathlon is scheduled for June 9th in Cass Lake and registration is now open. Event includes 14-mile canoe leg, 27-mile bike leg and finishes with 5-mile run (compete solo or as a team).

Lake Superior College Cycling Program
April 30, 2018
Lake Superior College in Duluth is an emerging USA Cycling collegiate varsity program. For ambitious student-athletes who want to compete in college, this program is the only one of its kind in the Midwest. They are seeking high school mountain bike riders that want to continue competing in the sport of mountain biking at the collegiate level.

Birkie Registration Opens Tuesday
April 29, 2018
The snow is just coming off the Birkie trail and now the registration for the 2019 American Birkebeiner events is opening this Tuesday, May 1st! And back again this season, in limited numbers, is the Birkie backpack. If you missed the backpack last season, jump on the registration pronto.
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Registration for 2019 Birkie Events

April Classic Loppet Coverage
April 16, 2018
Over 50 skiers turned out Monday morning at Theodore Wirth for the short-notice April Classic Loppet, hosted by the Loppet Foundation with support from Pioneer Midwest. A 3.3K loop was freshly groomed with two best of line classic tracks for the event as temperatures were in the mid 20s. Brian Gregg blasted off the front of the pack, doubling to victory with Matt Liebsch collecting second and Alex Reich third. Caitlin Gregg was fourth overall and the top female with Jenny Beckman second followed closely by Kasia Bednarski for third.

Jessie Diggins Welcome Home Celebration Coverage
April 14, 2018
A big day Saturday as historic snowfall fell across the state which didn't stop most people from turning out for a morning parade in Stillwater and then a record crowd for the Welcome Home Celebration in the afternoon. Chad Salmela was on hand to MC the event and recall his experience from the Olympics and high school coach and best friend Kris Hanson was there to introduce Diggins. Diggins gave an excellent recap on her season and shared her Olympic moments. The event wrapped up with a photo session and posters.
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Photoset: Stillwater Parade - 27 photos, Welcome Home Celebration - 62 photos

Jessie Diggins at the Capitol
April 12, 2018
Jessie Diggins was honored for her achievements this season by the Minnesota legislature on Thursday afternoon at the State Capitol. It also provided an opportunity to gather support for the Battle Creek Winter Recreation project, as well as a possible World Cup bib for 2020!
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Photoset: 19 photos

Borah Epic Registration Filling Fast
April 9, 2018
While the recent snowstorm blanketed the Midwest, race organizers at the Borah Epic are crossing the two-month to-go mark for the annual single track challenge through the Wisconsin northwoods and registration is filling fast.

Marit Bjoergen Announces Retirement
April 6, 2018
The legend Marit Bjoergen has decided to retire in an announcement on Friday.

Vasaloppet: Come and Ski or Race
April 5, 2018
The Vasaloppet USA folks are doing it again -- one more race, being held this Saturday, April 7th on the trails at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center. Or just come out and enjoy the incredible April conditions, as they continue to groom.

SuperTour Finals: Classic 50K
March 28, 2018
The spring SuperTour series wrapped up on Wednesday with the men's 50K classical event at Craftsbury, VT. Adam Martin, Craftsbury Green Racing, had a spectacular race, finishing second only to Erik Bjornsen, APU, by less than 2 seconds! Scott Patterson, APU, rounded out the podium in third. NMU's Ian Torchia scored 9th with teammate Zak Ketterson 12th.
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Results: 50K Classic

SuperTour Finals: Classic 30K
March 27, 2018
Tuesday at Craftsbury, VT, the SuperTour Finals featured some of the best women in the world racing for the 30K classic title. Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen eventually broke away from the rest, skiing the second half of the race together then taking it down to a hard sprint finish with Diggins holding off Bjornsen for the victory. Rosie Frankowski wrapped up her excellent season racing for the third place podium spot, finishing 6th.
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Results: 30K Classic

SuperTour Finals: Mixed Relays
March 25, 2018
US Ski and Snowboard reports: Stratton Mountain School skied to gold in the L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships relay Sunday at Craftsbury Common, Vt. Stratton successfully defended its 2017 title in a rematch with Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center, which took silver. Craftsbury Project Green Racing won bronze in the mixed gender, mixed technique event.

SuperTour Finals: Freestyle
March 24, 2018
A star studded field on Saturday for the women's 10K freestyle race in the SuperTour Finals at Craftsbury, VT. Jessie Diggins took the victory with Sadie Bjornsen and Kikkan Randall rounding out the podium. Erik Bjornsen topped the men's 15K field with Simi Hamilton second, with Tad Elliot taking third.

Last Chance Challenge Coverage
March 24, 2018
The Vasaloppet gang held a season-ending ski race on their remaining snow covered trails at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center on Saturday morning. A roughly 5K loop of the best conditions was used, with skiers doing either two or three laps. Artie Huber won the 15K race after what was shaping up to be a sprint finish was foiled when Matt Lynch fell one of the last hills. Sophia Lafond-Hudson for the women. 10K titles went to Matthew Clark and Beth Conway. Results linked in, photosets posted.

SuperTour Finals: Classic Sprints
March 23, 2018
US Ski and Snowboard reports: A star-studded field kicked off the U.S. Ski & Snowboard SuperTour Finals Friday at Craftsbury Common, Vt. Stratton dominated the day with Olympians Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, Vt.) and Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) taking wins in the opening classic sprint.
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Video: Livestreaming


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