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Archives: 5/1/2013 to 4/20/2014

Lindsey Dehlin NMU Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
April 19, 2014
Lindsey (Weier) Dehlin will be inducted into the Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame Saturday, April 26, in the Great Lakes Room of the University Center. Dehlin was a National Champion, a five-time All-American and a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Team in Nordic skiing. She also earned four letters competing in cross country.

CXC Midwest Competition Committee Meeting Saturday
April 17, 2014
The CXC Midwest Competition Committee will be holding their annual spring meeting this Saturday, April 19th, in Eau Claire. Topics on the agenda include draft JNQ schedule, timing, review of last season, and election of a new head coach. The meeting is open to all.

Mt. Borah Epic Prepares for a Big Year Two
April 15, 2014
The second annual Epic is being held Saturday, May 31st. The 30 mile point-to-point race through the singletrack of the CAMBA trail system will feature an expanded race field of 500 this year. And perhaps best of all, the profits benefit the CAMBA trail system.
Related:
Minnesota High School Cycling League Spring Informational Meeting Schedule

Tuesday Night Worlds Coverage
April 15, 2014
The Minnesota criterium scene started up under some brisk conditions at the State Fairgrounds for the Tuesday Night Worlds competition. Temperatures in the mid 30s were tapered by clean streets and light winds. Photos from the womens and mens 1/2/3 races.
Related:
Photoset: Womens Race - 50 photos, Mens 1/2/3 Race - 59 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Minnesota Coaches Association Spring Meeting
April 14, 2014
The annual spring meeting for the Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association will be held Saturday, April 26th at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. The current state meet proposal will be review, along with the recap on the last state meet and a discussion on the state of skiing in Minnesota. RVSP to secure lunch numbers.

Minnesota College Skiing Meeting Thursday Evening
April 14, 2014
For those interested in Minnesota collegiate skiing (especially racing), there will be a follow-up meeting this Thursday evening, April 17th at Finn Sisu. The meeting will pick up from last time, exploring the vision and developing a strategy, along with an update on Gustavus. The meeting is open to all.

Miesville Grinder Coverage
April 13, 2014
Marsh Jones recaps the Miesville Grinder, a fun spring cycling adventure through the mostly gravel roads south of the Twin Cities. Roughly 70 riders turned out on Sunday, successfully navigating a few obstacles (snow drifts?!) and many enjoyed a post-event meal at Kings Place in Miesville.
Related:
Photoset from Marsh Jones: Miesville Grinder
Results: Iola Trail Run Results, Trail Mix 25K, 50K Results

Recap on Minnesota Collegiate Skiing Meeting
April 4, 2014
A recap of the Minnesota Collegiate Skiing meeting held last Thursday evening at Finn Sisu has been posted. The group of roughly 20 has put together a framework to advance collegiate skiing opportunities, with another meeting scheduled in two weeks.

2014 Collegiate Tally Board
April 4, 2014
With just a few months of school left, many high school seniors are announcing their post-secondary plans. We'll keep updating the tally board throughout this spring.

Minnesota Collegiate Skiing Discussion Thursday, April 3rd
April 1, 2014
An open meeting will be held Thursday evening, April 3rd, at Finn Sisu to discuss Minnesota collegiate skiing, focusing on the Gustavus situation, as well as exploring opportunities for expanding college level skiing (especially racing). The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm, all interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Collegiate Club Skiing
April 1, 2014
Carleton Nordic ski captain Berit Goodge weighs in on college club skiing, focusing on the diversity of opportunities and growth they've experienced.

Birkie Bonus April 1-2
March 31, 2014
Birkie Bonus special runs Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1-2 only! The unique offer allows athletes to register for 3 or 4 Birkie events and save on registration costs.

Northland Urban Sprints 2014 Coverage
March 30, 2014
Henry French reports on the Northland Urban Sprints, an epic battle across the yards and streets of Duluth Sunday.

Rogers Farm Race Coverage
March 30, 2014
Phil Rogers short-notice, late season race down on his farm in Ekso drew over 20 skiers for a fun 10K classic race on a sticky Sunday. Jake Boyce and Alena Tofte took the top times in a tightly spaced finish. Results plus a couple of photosets posted.

Mich Tech Test Sprints Coverage
March 29, 2014
Michigan Tech hosted freestyle sprints Saturday morning on the candidate course for the 2015 US Nationals. Trails were well groomed and nicely designed for the sprints, with only the warmer temps slowing things down a bit. Sunday morning featured classical relays, team sprint format, pairing guys with gals. Slightly cooler temps made for a fast morning course, although kick waxing was a bit tricky.
Related:
Photoset: Freestyle - 249 photos, Classical Team Sprints - 193 photos
Photoset: Weekend Top Picks (high res)

Changing Role of Midwest Collegiate Skiing
March 28, 2014
Jonathan Miller offers an interesting new take on the upheaval in collegiate skiing with the Gustavus Nordic ski team cut, arguing club status might actually be an equally beneficial opportunity, especially if funded properly.
Related:
Gustavus Nordic Ski Programs Transition From Varsity To Club Status

SuperTour Finals: Classical 30K/50K
March 28, 2014
The SuperTour Finals in Anchorage, Alaska, wrapped up Friday with the big distance event -- womens classical 30K and mens 50K. Finland's Aku Nikander (New Mexico Univ) outsprinted Noah Hoffman to take the mens title with Reese Hanneman third (and Brian Gregg fourth!). Sadie Bjornsen topped Liz Stephen for the womens victory with Kikkan Randall taking third. Minnesota's own Jeese Diggins was 4th, and Caitlin Gregg notched 7th.
Related:
Results: Classical 30K, 50K

Victor C Dunder Award Nominations Deadline
March 27, 2014
The deadline for submitting candidates for the Victor C Dunder awards is Monday, March 31st. The award is designed to help promising first year skiers obtain needed equipment.

Gustavus Adolphus College Nordic Program Cut
March 26, 2014
Gustavus skiers are reporting they were informed Wednesday evening that their collegiate Nordic ski program has been cut. They are seeking letters of support, hopefully to get the decision reconsidered.
Related:
Petition to Save Gustavus Nordic Skiing

CXC Auction Closing Soon
March 26, 2014
Just a few days left to get in on the CXC online auction. Proceeds benefit CXC, with some great deals still available.

Birkie Bonus
March 26, 2014
Birkie Bonus is a new offering that allows athletes to sign up for multiple events and save a few dollars by doing so. Plus they are offering limited edition neck warmer. But this special deal will only be available April 1-2 (no fooling).

March 29-30 US Nationals Sprint Test Races
March 24, 2014
Michigan Tech will be hosting sprint races this weekend, March 29-30, in order to test courses for the 2015 US Nationals competition. Skier interested in participating should RSVP by Wednesday night!

CCSA: Athletes, Coaches of the Year Announced
March 24, 2014
Northern Michigan's Rosie Frankowski and Fredrik Schwencke have been voted the Central Region's Women's and Men's Athlete of the Year, respectively, by the CCSA coaches, the conference announced Monday. In addition, St. Olaf coach Tom Jorgenson collected the Women's Central Region Coach of the Year recognition, while NMU head coach Sten Fjeldheim earned the same honor on the men's side.

Short Notice Events
March 23, 2014
Not ready to give up on winter, especially with such good conditions, a couple of short-notice events have sprung up...
Mar 29 Giants Ridge Fat Bike Race - Giants Ridge opens their trails for a new fat bike race!
Mar 30 Rogers Farm Race - Fun 10K classic race on Phil Rogers farm near Duluth.
And not short-notice, but a just a reminder the 24 Hours of Lappe is next weekend!

SuperTour Finals: Classic Sprints
March 23, 2014
The SuperTour Finals continued Sunday with the classical sprint events in Anchorage. World Champion Kikkan Randall took home the womens title with Jessie Diggins posting 5th. Minnesota's own Ben Saxton had a strong showing, finishing second to Reese Hanneman.
Related:
Results: Qualifying, Heats

SuperTour Finals: 10K/15K Freestyle
March 22, 2014
The SuperTour Finals are being held this week in Anchorage, Alaska, as racing action kicked off Saturday with the 10K/15K freestyle races. Kikkan Randall, racing for the first time in her hometown since before the 2010 Olympics, won the womens 10K with Liz Stephen second and Caitlin Gregg third (just 20 seconds out of first!). In the mens 15K, Noah Hoffman toppped the field. Top Midwest results: Jessie Diggins 5th, Brian Gregg 9th, Kyle Bratrud 14th, Rosie Frankowski 17th.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America Coverage
March 22, 2014
The Midwest racing season closed out Saturday in Duluth with the 2nd annual Bjorn Bakken Ski Championships of America. The fun sprint event honors Bjorn Bakken, the first NCAA qualifier for the St. Scholastica team circa 2008. Racing on a tight, twisting and hilly singletrack just off campus, skiers raced a qualifier then competed in two-up sprint heats to crown the womens and mens champions. Sprint champions were Scott Johanik and Kelsey Dickinson. Results and photos posted.

Moose Nordic Urban Sprint Championships
March 21, 2014
Luke Brown reports in on the second annual Moose Nordic Urban Sprint Championships, held Wednesday is south Minneapolis. Over 20 top juniors competed over a brutal course, resulting in a number of spills and broken equipment.

24 Hours of Lappe
March 20, 2014
Wrapping up the season again this year, the 24 Hours of Lappe is one giant ski party, and is scheduled for March 29-30th. The event in Thunder Bay and offers 6, 12 and 24 hour relay team and individual options. The famous finnish pancakes Sunday morning are worth it alone!

Biathlon: Susan Dunklee Wins Bronze in Oslo Sprint
March 20, 2014
Susan Dunklee finished third in the women's World Cup 7.5-kilometer sprint in Oslo Thursday. With clean shooting and a time of 22:51.8, the performance marked Dunklee's first career podium and the third individual women's podium finish in US Biathlon history. Joan Smith finished second in the same event during the 1994 IBU World Cup season, and Anna Sonnerup had a World Cup silver in 1991.

Minnesotans Score Well in Biathlon Junior Nationals
March 17, 2014
The Biathlon Junior National competition wrapped up last weekend in Jericho, VT. A number of Minnesota juniors had some stellar results, including victories by Jakob Ellingson, Anna Kubek and Vasek Cervenka.

US Ski Team: Randall Tops for USA to Close Season
March 16, 2014
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall skied into 13th Sunday in the 10k freestyle pursuit, closing the three-day Falun mini-tour and putting a stamp on another successful World Cup season. In addition to her third-straight World Cup sprint title, Randall finished sixth in the overall standings behind overall champion Therese Johaug of Norway, who also won Sunday's pursuit. Noah Hoffman was tops for the USA in the men's 15k pursuit, where Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby skied away with the victory as well as both the distance and overall World Cup titles.

Slush Rush Coverage
March 16, 2014
With conditions more like mid-January, skiers put down some blazing times for the 2014 Slush Rush races at Elm Creek. Sunny skies, temps in the mid-teens, and transformed snow resulted in winning 10K times right around 20 minutes. Zak Ketterson and Matt Liebsch lead the mens field, with Liebsch taking the sprint finish. Mattie Watts topped the womens field, finishing 9th overall. Results and photos posted.
Related:
Rainbow Rendezvous Coverage

Biathlon: Bailey Wins Bronze in Kontiolahti Sprint
March 15, 2014
Lowell Bailey posted his first career podium performance Saturday, winning bronze in the men's 10-kilometer sprint with clean shooting and a time of 24:22.9. Bailey finished 19.4 seconds back from Johannes Thingnes Boe (NOR), winning his second sprint of the competition with a time of 24:03.5 and clean shooting. Alexander Loginov (RUS) finished second (24:22/+0).

Balsam Basher Results
March 15, 2014
Korkki Nordic hosted the Balsam Basher Fat Bike race on Saturday morning in Duluth. Scott Kylander-Johnson easily took the mens title as Diana Mcfadden posted the top womens time.
Related:
Photoset from Dave Johnson: Balsam Basher
Results: Balsam Basher

US Ski Team: Strong Skiathlon for Liz Stephen
March 15, 2014
Liz Stephen skied a strong freestyle leg to lead the USA at 15th in the Falun mini-tour skiathlon. Stephen moved up from 37th after the 7.5k classic with a strong 7.5k freestyle leg. Kikkan Randall was 20th, Sadie Bjornsen 21st. Noah Hoffman was 18th. Norway's Therese Johaug took a 33 second win over teammate Marit Bjoergen while Canada's Alex Harvey won for the men.
Related:
Alex Harvey Wins Skiathlon Gold at World Cup Finals in Sweden

US Ski Team: Randall Sprints to 4th in Falun Opener
March 14, 2014
Newly crowned World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall led the USA on Friday with a fourth-place finish in the classic sprint, the final World Cup sprint of the season as well as the opening of the three-day Stage World Cup mini-tour finale in Falun. Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) skied to sixth in the women's final, while Norway's Marit Bjoergen took the victory. The athletes are set to take on the men's and women's skiathlon Saturday.

CXC Team Application Open
March 14, 2014
CXC is seeking skiers to join their professional racing squad. Apply online.

CXC Midwest Competition Committee Spring Meeting
March 14, 2014
The CXC Midwest Competition Committee will be holding their annual Spring Meeting April 19th in Eau Claire, WI. A list of topics has been proposed, with a final agenda coming out later. The meeting is open to all, but need to be a registered club or team to vote.

Birkie DVD Now Available
March 13, 2014
The 2014 American Birkebeiner video is now available for purchase on the CXC store website.

US Nationals Test Sprints at MTU
March 13, 2014
Michigan Tech will be hosting a test event for their US Nationals sprint courses on March 29-30. Freestyle sprints on Saturday, classical team sprints Sunday. Must registration by Wed, Mar 26th.

2014 NENSA J2/U16 Championships Report
March 12, 2014
Ken Schoville provides a detailed report on the J2 Championships, also held in Vermont last weekend.

Junior Nationals Coverage
March 11, 2014
We wrap up our 2014 Junior Nationals experience with a recap of all over our coverage, as well as some notes from the week, including topics like the mass start leadout, lap timing, Midwest team awards, and more.
Related:
Loppet Nordic Racing Wins National Championship at Junior Nationals

Carleton Sprints Coverage
March 11, 2014
The Carleton Sprints, a collegiate 1.4k freestyle sprint invitational, was held at the Carleton College Arboretum on Saturday, March 8th. Nels Thompson and Megan Allen won the sprint finals.  Results and some photos posted.

Fat Bike Birkie Recap
March 10, 2014
Saturday's Fat Bike Birkie brought more than 500 riders to the Birkie trail, making it the largest Fat Bike race to date. World mountain bike champion and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame member Ned Overend took the victory and claimed the first U.S. National Fat Bike Championship. View results, photos and video.
Related:
Balsam Basher Fat Bike Race at Korkki Nordic Saturday, March 15th

Midwest Junior Championships Coverage
March 10, 2014
Allie Rykken reports: An incredibly pleasant and sunny weekend for the Midwest Junior Championships which featured age-class races in both classic and skate, as well as mixed team relays, sprint relays, an advanced skicross course that will set new standards in the midwest skicross history, and wrapped up with the skiball tournament. High level competition, a fun atmosphere, incredible volunteers, and the smiles coming off of over a 150 Midwest Juniors ages 15 and under made this weekend a hit.

Great Bear Chase Results
March 9, 2014
A field of roughly 500 skiers took to the Swedetown trails in the UP Saturday for the annual Great Bear Chase races. In the 50K skate, Jan Myrda and Erica O'Hearn posted the top times. Victories in the 50K classical went to Ben Cogger and Malin Eriksson. The 25K skate titles were won by Darrell Morse and Elizabeth Slaby, with 25K classical winners Allen Limberg and Mary Kozloski.
Related:
Black Loppet Loppet Coverage
Springloppet Coverage

US Ski Team: Randall 12th in Oslo 30k
March 9, 2014
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall put forth a solid race effort Sunday, earning a career-best 12th in the 30k classic World Cup at Holmenkollen. Sadie Bjornsen also posted a career-best 30k result in 14th. Norwegian Marit Bjoergen sped to victory with an astounding one minute, 41-second lead over second-place finisher Therese Johaug of Norway.
Related:
Biathlon: Burke 7th in Mass Start in Slovenia

US Ski Team: Hoffman Leads USA in Olso 50k
March 8, 2014
Noah Hoffman muscled through the Holmenkollen 50k classic World Cup race Saturday to earn the top result for the USA in 29th. Daniel Richardsson of Sweden skied to the victory with Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway in second and Alexander Legkov of Russia third.
Related:
Biathlon:10th Place for Bailey in Pokljuka Pursuit

NCAA: Olex, Frankowski Take Second; Six All-Americans
March 8, 2014
Second-place finishes for both Alaska's Max Olex and Northern Michigan's Rosie Frankowski in the mass start freestyle races wrapped up a banner week for the CCSA at the NCAA Championships at Soldier Hollow Resort in Utah. In addition to the pair of silver medals, the region's skiers also collected six more All-American places to bring its total to 11 for the championships.
Related:
NCAA Championships Results

Pepsi Challenge Coverage
March 8, 2014
Over 300 skiers turned out Saturday morning for the Pepsi Challenge races at Giants Ridge. In the 48K freestyle race, Adam Swank and Elaine Nelson took top honors. The 48K classic titles went to John Wessling and Josie Nelson. The 24K skate races were won by Reed Melicher and Ashley Herman, with 24K classic crowns for Christian Kvalseth and Ingrid Thyr. Results linked in, along with over 200 photos.
Related:
Buena Vista Snowjourn Results
Pole Pedal Pant Coverage

Junior Nationals: Relays Coverage
March 8, 2014
Junior Nationals in Stowe, VT, wrapped up on Saturday with the 3X3K freestyle relay events. The Midwest team finished the week strong, especially in the U18 division where the girls collected 2nd and 3rd and the boys 3rd and 6th. The U20 gals also snagged a podium spot with Kris Bourne anchoring the victory by a boot throw. Tom Bye nearly pulled his U20 team onto the podium as well, finishing 4th by less than a second. Other top results: U16 girls nail down 5th, boys 9th and Nicole Schneider racing up with the U20s helped secure an excellent 5th showing. Results linked in, video recaps of most of the races, and a few post-race photos added.

Junior Nationals: Freestyle Coverage
March 7, 2014
Friday's mass start freestyle races in Stowe for the 2014 Junior Nationals showed some great Midwest team results. Tom Bye skied up from 11th position to snag the 3rd U20 finish and the 2nd American in the 15k. Matt Nichols and Jan Ketterson finished 5th and 7th. Kris Bourne finished 4th in the girls U20 10k with teammates Nora Gilbertson, Sonja Hedblom and Maria Hauer claiming 7th, 8th and 9th. Ian Torchia represented the Midwest on the podium with 3rd in the boys U18 10k skate. Zak Ketterson claimed 7th. Midwest U18 women were dominant in the 10k skate, with Vivian Hett claiming 3rd place, and teammates Caroline Brisbois finishing 5th, Rocci Wohlk 6th, Alayna Sonnesyn 7th, and Mattie Watts 9th. Wrapping up the U16 classes, Anders Sonnesyn had the best Midwest boys 5k time in 15th place while Erin Moening finished 9th for the girls. Results linked in, along with big photosets from all the races.

NCAA Championships Classical Coverage
March 6, 2014
NCAA Championships featured classical technique races on Thursday at Soldier Hollow in Utah. Midwest posted some strong results, with Nichole Bathe finishing 4th and Rosie Frankowski 6th! Kyle Bratrud posted a strong result in 5th. Other top results: Mary Kate Cirelli 10th, Anne Hart 11th, and Paige Schember 15th; Adam Martin 13th. Results linked in, along with a full video replay.
Related:
NCAA: Bathe, Bratrud Lead CCSA as Region Collects Five All-American Spots at NCAAs

Junior Nationals: Freestyle Start List Posted
March 6, 2014
Friday's race at Junior Nationals is the last individual award event, a mass start freestyle race on the Trapp Family Lodge trails. It will feature the same course as the classical race on Monday. Start list reflects the ordering for the chevron mass start.

Cities Cup Banquet March 23rd
March 6, 2014
The Cities Cup Banquet, celebrating the winners of the Fast Wax Cities Cup as well as honoring MN Nordic Ski Association's Lifetime Achievement Award winners, will be held Sunday, March 23rd at the Theodore Wirth Chalet. Tickets can be purchased online.

US Ski Team: Randall Clinches Third Straight Title
March 5, 2014
Kikkan Randall clinched her third straight FIS World Cup sprint title Wednesday, finishing seventh in a classic sprint in Drammen. Randall missed out on a finals spot by a mere boot length in the semi-finals. Norway swept the wins in the city sprint with Ola Vigen Hattestad winning for men and Maiken Caspersen Falla for women.

Junior Nationals: Classical Sprint Coverage
March 5, 2014
It was an outstanding morning for Midwest athletes at Junior Nationals in Stowe as classic sprint qualifying heats wrapped up. The top 30 athletes from each age division advanced to afternoon quarterfinals and included a large contingent of Midwest team athletes (over 30 skiers). Noteworthy morning results: Zak Ketterson: 5th fastest MU18 qualifier, Luke Brown: 9th best MU20 time, Amanda Kautzer: 5th fastest FU16 qualifier, and Mattie Watts: top FU18 qualifying time of the morning. Skiing through quarterfinals and semis brought a select group to the top of the heap, including Amanda Kautzer 1st overall for FU16 girls, Zak Ketterson 5th overall MU18, and Kris Bourne 5th overall FU20. Mattie Watts and Vivian Hett went 2-3 in the FU18 final with Sarah Bezdicek bringing home another 5th place for the Midwest Team. Results linked in, along with big photosets of the Midwest skiers and video recaps of all the A finals.

Junior Nationals: Classical Sprints Start List Posted
March 4, 2014
Wednesday's Junior National competition is the classical sprint event. Morning qualifier start list is now posted. Heats will be in the afternoon.
Related:
Junior National Sprint Course Recon Report
Junior Nationals Detailed Classical Sprint Schedule

Racing Outlook
March 4, 2014
Updates on the weekend racing: Black Lake Loppet is on, PPP is ready, online registration closing soon for Midwest Jr Champs and Pepsi Challenge.

US Ski Team: Randall Leads USA in Lahti 10k
March 2, 2014
Kikkan Randall took the top spot for the USA Sunday with 21st in the 10k freestyle World Cup race, the final event of the Lahti Ski Games. Randall came off her Lahti sprint victory to finish 1:36 back from race-winner Marit Bjoergen of Norway. Noah Hoffman led the U.S. with 24th in the men's 15k race, where Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby took the win.

Biathlon: Back to Back Gold for Doherty
March 2, 2014
Sean Doherty won his second gold medal of the 2014 IBU Junior World Championships on Sunday in the youth men's 10-kilometer pursuit. Posting a time of 28:51.8/+3, Doherty finished 1:03.6 minutes ahead of Marco Gross (GER) in second (29:55.4/+3) with Dmitrii Shamaev (RUS) third (30:54.5/+4).

Minnesota Pursuit Championships Coverage
March 2, 2014
Denny Green reports: 92 racers braved the cold for a record number of skiers in the Minnesota State Pursuit Championships Sunday afternoon. Jon Miller pulled double duty by skiing the 10K pursuit as well as the first leg of the relay for Joe's Ski Shop, and was able to win the individual title as well as help Joe's Ski Shop take home the Shop Trophy for the first time. Bonnie Weiskopf-Albrecht had a solid day finishing in the top 10 overall while taking the female title. Henry Hall and Kasia Bednarski took home the U13 5K Pursuit titles as 11 U13 skiers took to the Back 40 Loop at Wirth in the second year of this portion of the Championships. Results and videos linked in.

Junior Nationals: Classical Start List Posted
March 2, 2014
Monday marks the first day of competition at Junior Nationals in Stowe, VT. The opening race is a 5K/10K classical, interval start, on a 5K loop at Trapp Family Lodge trails. Follow the race results online.

Sleeping Giant Loppet Results
March 1, 2014
Delayed and slightly shortened, skiers still turned out in good numbers for the Sleeping Giant Loppet races in Thunder Bay Saturday. In the 40K freestyle, Chris Hamilton and Daphne Haggarty took the titles. The 40K classical victories were earned by Matt Lee and Kayla Billett. In the 20K, Scott Hill and Jennifer Jackson were champions.
Related:
River View Loppet Results

Squirrel Hill Pursuit Results
March 1, 2014
Racing under some crisp temperatures, the Squirrel Hill Pursuit featured a continuous pursuit format over the scenic trails at Minocqua Winter Park on Saturday morning. Chris Pappathopoulos pulled away in the freestyle portion to sail in the for the mens victory. Paulette Niemi dominated the womens division.

US Ski Team: Randall-Caldwell Land Double Podium
March 1, 2014
Two-time World Cup champion Kikkan Randall made a statement Saturday with rookie teammate Sophie Caldwell as the two took first and third at the Lahti World Cup sprints, the first-ever double podium for U.S. women. It was a career-first podium for Caldwell, as well as the first time a woman other than Randall has landed on an individual World Cup podium in the modern era.

Pepsi Challenge Planning for Warmer Weather Ahead
February 28, 2014
Pepsi Challenge is looking forward to warmer weather along with great trail conditions for the races next weekend. Online registration will be open through Wednesday, March 5th and on-site through Friday.

Biathlon: Gold for Doherty in Junior World Championships
February 28, 2014
Fresh off his Olympic debut in Sochi last week, Sean Doherty won the youth men's 7.5-kilometer sprint Friday at the IBU Junior World Championships. Doherty posted a time of 19:35.0 with four penalties to finish 1.7 seconds ahead of Marco Gross (GER) in second with a time of 19:36.7/+2. Dmitrii Shamaev (RUS) was third (19:53.9/+3).

MTB Legend Ned Overend to Ride Fat Bike Birkie
February 28, 2014
Mountain biking legend Ned Overend is just one of the stars playing to ride the second annual Fat Bike Birkie next weekend in Hayward. Only a few openings are left in the event, this year branded the National Championship for Fat Biking.
Related:
Bookkeeping/Accountant Position Opening at Birkie Foundation

Cities Cup Concludes Sunday with the MN Pursuit Championships
February 28, 2014
The Cities Cup concludes this Sunday March 2nd with the Minnesota State Pursuit Championships at Wirth Park. Perfect mid-winter snow conditions await anyone that wants to try out this Olympic skiathalon format of a mass start 5km classic loop with a pit-stop to change equipment (or relay exchange) and then out for a 5km skating loop.

Junior Nationals Preview
February 26, 2014
Hard to believe, but Junior Nationals competition starts up next Monday at the Trappe Family Lodge in Stowe, VT. We've got a breakdown on the events and a look at the 2014 Midwest Junior National squad. Check back for on-site coverage all next week!

Price Hike: Fat Bike Birkie
February 25, 2014
The second running of the Fat Bike Birkie is coming up on March 8th, and this year it will crown National Fat Bike Champions! The field is filling rapidly, and you can save some money by registering before March 1st.
Related:
Fat Bike Birkie Race Field Nearly Full

Racing Outlook
February 24, 2014
With the continued cold weather this season seems to be prominently featuring in the Midwest, a number of weekend races are already making adjustments to their events. Sleeping Giant Loppet announces delay and shortened races, River View Loppet and Squirrel Hill races have a delayed starts, and Slush Rush, Midwest Junior Champs and Buena Vista Snowjourn events are rescheduled.

Field Announced for 2014 NCAA Championships
February 24, 2014
The 13 men and women that will represent the Central Region at next month's NCAA Championships at Soldier Hollow Resort in Utah have been announced, as the National Collegiate Athletic Association's skiing committee revealed the event's full field on Monday.

Cartwright, Ahmed Earn Skier of the Week Honors; Fjeldheim named CCSA Coach of the Year
February 23, 2014
For their contributions at the NCAA Central Region Championships last weekend, Northern Michigan's George Cartwright and the College of St. Scholastica's Sharmila Ahmed have taken home the season's final CCSA Skier of the Week honors, the conference announced Saturday. Northern Michigan head coach Sten Fjeldheim, meanwhile, collected the CCSA Coach of the Year honors for both the men's and women's side.

Minnesota Junior Cycling Kickoff Feb 28th
February 23, 2014
Minnesota Junior Cycling holding their annual kickoff event this Friday evening, Feb 28th. They welcome returning riders and anyone interested in learning more about their youth development through cycling program.

Olympics: Hoffman Skis Impressive 50k Finale
February 23, 2014
Noah Hoffman skied into 26th after an impressive performance Sunday at the warm and sunny 50k mass start freestyle cross country race, the final event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Hoffman stuck with the lead pack for much of the race, topping out in second before falling back in the last few kilometers and posting the top US result. Alexander Legkov led a historic Russian podium sweep.

Send Skinnyski to Stowe!
February 23, 2014
We are working on possible plans to cover Junior Nationals again this season, but its a big financial commitment for us. So we're turning to a little 'crowdfunding'... if you like to see us out at Junior Nationals with our usual photos and video from the events, please consider helping with the funding.

Olympics: Stephen Leads USA in Sochi Womens 30K
February 22, 2014
Liz Stephen led Team USA Saturday when she skied to 24th in the 30k mass start freestyle race, the final women's cross country event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Spring-like temperatures settled on the Laura Cross Country Ski Center, where Norway earned a commanding sweep and Marit Bjoergen took her third gold of the Sochi Games. Jessie Diggins finished 40th.

American Birkebeiner Coverage
February 22, 2014
A cold and blustery morning greeted Birkie skiers following a massive snowfall just 24 hours prior. Groomers pulled off a heroic effort to pack and track over 100k of trails in readiness for Saturday morning's start. The 50k men's freestyle race saw a very tight finish, with top podium spots going to Tom Reichert (Germany) followed less than one second later by Italians Simone Pauli and Sergio Bonaldi. Matt Gelso (Ketchum, ID) was the first US racer in 7th position. Caitlin Gregg returned to dominate the women's 50k skate field, winning with over a minute to spare over Italy's Antonella Confortola Wyatt. The 54k classical top honors went to Santiago Ocariz of Ely and CXC's Natalja Naryshkina. The Korteloppet skate was dominated by young guns, with Rochester's Ian Torchia besting the men's field and Alayna Sonnesyn repeated her 2013 performance, capturing the fastest women's time. Keaton Long posted the best Kortie classic time for the men, and Hilary Patzer topped the women's field. Results linked in and photos from the early waves posted.

Olympics: Team USA 7th in Womens Biathlon Relay
February 21, 2014
US Biathlon reports: Susan Dunklee, Hannah Dreissigacker, Sara Studebaker and Annelies Cook placed seventh in the women's 4x6-kilometer biathlon relay Friday, the best ever Olympic women's relay finish.

Birkie Event Updates
February 21, 2014
Heavy snowfall and high winds are causing some changes to the Birkie events and schedules. We'll be posting updates/links as the information comes out. Junior Birkie rescheduled to 1 pm as open ski event in Hayward! All other events still on, as planned.
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Minnesota Road Conditions
Wisconsin Road Conditions

Green Haven Ski Race Added
February 20, 2014
Green Haven golf course in Anoka is grooming new ski trails this season and will highlight them with a short 5K skate race on March 2nd.

Price Hike: Pepsi Challenge
February 20, 2014
The popular Pepsi Challenge ski race is March 8th and features the Giants Ridge trail system. Their next price hike is on Feb 23rd, so get your entry in today!

Olympics: Nordic Combined Team Event
February 20, 2014
Team USA left it all out on the course Thursday, finishing sixth in the team Gundersen large hill 4x5k competition, the final nordic combined event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. The four-man team, including six-time Olympian Todd Lodwick, jumped into eighth place on the large hill and then gained two spots during the cross country race, where Team Norway locked in the gold.

Jakob Ellingson: Sochi!
February 19, 2014
Jakob Ellingson has spent the last few weeks in Sochi, taking in the sights and sounds of the Winter Olympics as part of the TD Ameritrade's Olympic Hopeful program. He shares those experiences and reflections in his latest update.

Victor C Dunder Award Nominations
February 19, 2014
Minnesota high school coaches are encouraged to submit their candidates for the Victor C Dunder awards. The awards are designed to get quality equipment to first year skiers in financial need. Application deadline is March 31st.

Olympics: Slushy Classic Team Sprints
February 19, 2014
Erik Bjornsen anchored Team USA with Simi Hamilton to ski into sixth place Wednesday during the men's team sprint classic of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. The women's team, featuring rookie Sophie Caldwell and anchor Kikkan Randall, finished eighth in the sprint classic. Team Finland took the gold for the men while Norway notched the Olympic title for the women.

Minnesota State Meet Recap
February 18, 2014
The 2014 edition of the Minnesota State Meet exceeded expectations, providing some big surprises and remarkable achievements. We provide a look back at the races and some of the top performances, and review how our predictions turned out.

Michigan State Meet Recap
February 18, 2014
The Michigan High School Championships were held on the Vasa Ski Trail in Traverse City, Michigan this past Friday and Saturday, Feb 14-15th. Copper Country Ski Tigers won the combined (boys and girls) team title while Sarah Goble and Isaac Stone won the individual crowns.
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Michigan State Meet Results

Midwest Junior National Team Trip Information Site
February 18, 2014
The Midwest Junior National Committee has prepared a dedicated website for information on this year's Junior National Trip, including details on suit/warmup ordering, waivers, schedules/fees and gear drop-off.

Birkie Trail Race Preparations
February 18, 2014
The new Birkie race director Ben Popp has his hands full these days, as the Birkie is rapidly approaching. We checked in with him Friday morning to get the latest on their trail conditions and grooming plans for the week.
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Duluth Weather Story

Kyle Bratrud: Great Final Weekend
February 17, 2014
NMU's Kyle Bratrud recaps last weekend's Central Regional NCAA qualifying races, and prepares for the big dance in March back at Soldier Hollow!
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Regionals Highlight Video Posted

Birkie Wax Recs
February 17, 2014
Birkie week waxing recs are already going up...
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Waxing Recommendations

Olympics: Dunklee Historic 12th in Mass Start Biathlon
February 17, 2014
Susan Dunklee placed a historic 12th - the top individual finish for a U.S. woman in Olympic competition - in Monday evening's 12.5-kilometer mass start event. Dunklee's time of 36:57.9, with three penalties, was the sixth fastest skiing time in the field of 30 competitors. The race also marked the first time a U.S. woman has qualified for an Olympic mass start.

Midwest Junior National Team Announced
February 16, 2014
The CXC Midwest Junior National Committee has announced the Midwest Division Junior National squad. Selection was based on performance in the qualifier race series, as well as some automatic bids. The list is preliminary, there may be some changes. Junior Nationals competition will be in Stowe, VT, the first week in March.
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Midwest Junior Nationals Point Standings
U16 (J2) Championships Team Announced

CCSA: NMU Sweeps Titles as Cartwright, Frankowski Win Freestyle NCAA Central Region Championships
February 16, 2014
Tom Myrick reports: It was a green and gold final day of the CCSA season, as Northern Michigan not only saw two of their skiers — George Cartwright and Rosie Frankowski — top the podium in both the men's 15K and women's 10K mass start freestyle events, but the Wildcats also swept the men's, women's and overall team titles at the NCAA Central Region Championships in Houghton, Mich.
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NCAA Regional Championships Freestyle Results

Olympics: Another Rough Day for Relay
February 16, 2014
The continued warm weather in Sochi played havoc with some relay teams, causing skiing superpower Norway to again miss the podium in the mens 4x10K event Sunday morning. Team USA finished 11th while Sweden appears to have figured out the winning wax combination, collecting the mens gold to go with the womens team victory yesterday.

Woodland Loppet Results
February 16, 2014
A field of just under 50 skiers raced up and down the hills in Elk River for the Woodland Loppet. John Kallemeyn and Emily Flynn were the 20K champions, 10K titles went to Nate Ley and Melissa Berman.
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Beaver Dam Classic Results

Battle Creek SuperTour/JNQ Freestyle Coverage
February 16, 2014
The Battle Creek SuperTour Sunday featured individual start freestyle under a bright blue sky. Caitlin Gregg asserted herself back at the top of the leaderboard with in 11 second victory over Rosie Brennan in the womens 5K. Sylvan Ellefson posted the fastest mens time in the 10K. Zak Ketterson was the top junior male, with Anna French besting the junior girls. Results linked in, along with photosets from all the morning races.

Snowflake/Inga-lami Races Results
February 15, 2014
Lucy Andrews reports: A costumed crowd of more than 80 people showed up for the Inga Lami and Snowflake races on Saturday at Baker. Drew Holbrook topped the men's field, while Sara Morse took the women's title. 40 high school racers also completed a 21K ski to finish their season and earn lettering points. A few costumes stood out as near works-of-art, like a penguin ski suit, a mysterious warrior princess, two Olympic torchbearers, and a prom queen, to name a few.

Book Across the Bay Results
February 15, 2014
Over 1800 skiers raced across frozen Chequamegon Bay in the annual Book Across the Bay event Saturday night. Anders Osthus edged out Craig Hertz and Nikolai Anikin for the victory with Johanna Winters leading the way for the women.

CCSA: Bathe, Bratrud Crowned NCAA Central Region Classic Champs
February 15, 2014
Tom Myrick reports: Alaska's Nichole Bathe and Northern Michigan's Kyle Bratrud captured the Central Region crowns in the women's 5K and men's 10K individual start classic events, respectively, to kick off the regional championships in Houghton, Mich. In near perfect skiing conditions, the Nanooks and Wildcats combined to occupy all six podium spots (three apiece) on the afternoon, meaning that Alaska heads into final day of the NCAA Central Region Championships with a three-point lead on the men's side, while the Northern Michigan women hold an eight-point edge heading into Sunday.
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NCAA Regional Championships Classic Results

Minnesota Finlandia Coverage
February 15, 2014
The mighty Minnesota Finlandia was held Saturday morning on some of the best trail conditions in event history. Wynn Roberts collected another 50K freestyle title, winning by over 15 minutes. Heather Hohenstein was the womens champ. In the 25K freestyle, Matt Lee held off Murray Carter for the mens title while Nicole Thorndal topped the womens field. A tight finish in the mens 25K classic as Ryan Wright took victory seconds ahead of Owen Baird, Steven Scoles and Travis Hinck. Elspeth Ronnander posted the top womens time. Pursuit titles went to Craig Cardinal and Kristin Madsen.
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HinderBinder Results

Olympics: Tough Day for Relay Teams
February 15, 2014
Another brutally warm day at the Sochi Olympics had relay teams struggling to stay in contention Saturday morning. The heavy favorite Norwegians could only pull off fifth place finish, with the US woman hanging on to take ninth. Team Sweden mounted a stunning comeback in the fourth leg to earn their first Olympic relay gold medal since 1960.

Battle Creek SuperTour/JNQ Classical Coverage
February 15, 2014
The SuperTour series rolled into Saint Paul for a two day run, starting with mass start classical races on Saturday. In the mens grueling 15K, Minnesota native Ben Saxton battled for the lead, coming in second to Matthew Gelso, with Michael Sinnott rounding out the top three. The womens race came down to a pack of 5-7 skiers, with Rosie Brennan taking the victory, Chelsea Holmes and Jennie Bender collecting second and third. Tom Bye and Mattie Watts posted the top junior times on the day. Preliminary results up, along with video recaps from the 15K and 10K classical races.

Midwest Junior Championships Set for March 1-2
February 15, 2014
The Loppet Foundation and MYSL are preparing to host the Midwest Junior Championships the weekend of March 1-2. Events are open to all kids under the age of 16 include classic and freestyle ski races and relays, as well as fun events like SkiCourse and Ski-ball.

Olympics: Spring Holds Strong For Men’s 15k Classic
February 14, 2014
Springtime temperatures ruled the course for a second day in a row Friday at the men's 15k classic of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, where Noah Hoffman took the top spot for the USA in 31st. The temperatures spiked to 50 degrees during the race, as Dario Cologna of Switzerland reigned in a gold medal despite the slushy track.

A Legend Is Born
February 13, 2014
Mattie Watts, Irondale high school, won the Minnesota State Meet on Thursday. But did you know she won the race on a last minute pair of replacement classic skis after her own race pair were misplaced? We've got the full scoop behind this unbelievable tale.

Vasaloppet moves to Saturday, Feb 7 in 2015
February 13, 2014
After 42 years, Vasaloppet USA is moving the race from Sunday to Saturday, beginning with the 2015 race. The date of the first Saturday race is February 7, 2015. [ Note: The date has been updated to reflect the correct weekend. ]

Minnesota State Meet Coverage
February 13, 2014
Roughly a half foot of fresh snow fell overnight and into Thursday morning, making for tough conditions at the Minnesota State Meet at Giants Ridge. In the morning races, Zak Ketterson, Bloomington Jefferson, posted the top time with a very tight field of boys chasing less than 30 seconds back. Irondale's Mattie Watts came out storming, dominating the girls field and taking a 23 second advantage over Vivian Hett, Burnsville, going into the afternoon classical pursuit. In the afternoon races, Ketterson held his lead to take the boys title. The girls race lived up to expectations as Hett came charging after Watts, but as unable to close the last gap as Watts took the girls title by a few seconds. In an unbelievable twist, Watts won the race on a borrowed pair of skis from Marshal Landrum when her own pair was mistakenly taken! Team titles went to the favorites, Wayzata girls and Forest Lake boys. Results linked in, over 500 photos posted and video recaps of the pursuit races now online.
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Olympics: Springtime for Womens 10K Classic
February 13, 2014
Temperatures topping 50 degrees made for soft conditions and tank top skiing as Sadie Bjornsen led the USA in the 10k classic at the Laura Cross Country Center. Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk won the race as athletes skied in short sleeves and hatless in the relentless sun.

What's New at the Birkie
February 12, 2014
The Birkie folks have issued their top 10 (11) list of new items/changes to be aware of for the 2014 event. Some of the highlights include fundraiser start area parking, new bibs, USASA drug testing, and a Fast and Female event with Caitlin Gregg.

MSHSNSCA Awards for the 2013-2014 Season
February 12, 2014
On Wednesday evening the Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association named the winners of the coach, assistant coach, and volunteer of the year.
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Charlie Banks Relay Results

CCSA Names 2014 All-Conference Teams
February 12, 2014
The Central Collegiate Ski Association announced its all-conference teams on Wednesday, with Northern Michigan leading all schools with seven total honorees.

Sawtooth Saturday
February 12, 2014
The Pincushion trail system, located high above Grand Marais, on the Gunflint trail, is hosting their annual Sawtooth races this Saturday. Events include 10K classical and 20K freestyle (and you can do both).

Olympics: Sochi Nordic Combined Opening
February 12, 2014
Nordic combined athletes converged on the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center Wednesday for the individual 10k Gundersen normal hill event, the first of three Nordic Combined events of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Billy Demong pulled out the strongest finish for Team USA in 24th after jumping into 31st, while Germany's Eric Fenzel won the gold medal.

Price Hike: Squirrel Hill Pursuit
February 12, 2014
Minocqua Winter Park is hosting their the Squirrel Hill Pursuit races on March 1st. The event features 10K and 24K continuous pursuit ski races, as well as snowshoe and skijor events. Register by Feb 15th to avoid the next price hike.

Minnesota State Meet Preview
February 11, 2014
The big Minnesota State Meet is this Thursday, Feb 13th, at Giants Ridge! This year's competition looks tough in a number of areas - we provide a breakdown on the favorites and make our own predictions.

Inga-lami and Snowflake Races this Weekend
February 11, 2014
Inga-lami for women and Snowflake for men races are this Saturday, Feb 15th, at Baker. And new this year, a 20k high school race.
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Skiing with the Stars this Thursday evening, Feb 13th

Kyle Bratrud: One Weekend to Go
February 11, 2014
Kyle Bratrud shares his racing experience from last weekend's CCSA Championships, and looks forward to the NCAA Regionals this weekend.

Start Meet Start Lists Posted
February 11, 2014
A preliminary start list for the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Championships, this Thursday, Feb 13th, as been posted. Check back for possible revised/final copy.

Olympics: Caldwell Posts Best Ever 6th
February 11, 2014
Sophie Caldwell's star shined brightest Tuesday in Sochi for the US squad as she advanced to the womens freestyle sprint final, getting tripped up in the race to finish sixth. It was the highest finish ever by an American woman. Tough, sloppy conditions with temps in the 50s had organizers salting the course in an attempt to firm the snow up. Kikkan Randall, Jessie Diggins and Ida Sargent all qualified but didn't advance from the quarterfinals. Andy Newell and Simi Hamilton also made the quarterfinals before bowing out.
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Biathlon: Dunklee 18th in Olympic 10k Pursuit

Stump Farm Race this Weekend
February 10, 2014
The Bay Nordic Stump Farm Cross Country Ski Race is coming up this Saturday, Feb 15th. The race features the Brown County Reforestation Camp trails with headquarters and race start at the main lodge. Race distances of 15K and 7K freestyle races and shorter races for the kids.

Frosty 5K Fun Run and Walk
February 10, 2014
The Univ of Minnesota Nordic Ski Club is hosting a running 5K race on the Univ of Minnesota campus this Saturday, Feb 15th. Prize drawings, plus proceeds benefit the ski club.

Minnesota Nordic Coaches Awards Voting
February 10, 2014
Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coach Association member coaches are encouraged to submit their votes for the Minnesota State Nordic Ski Coaches Association Awards for the 2013-2014 Season. Awards cover coach, assistant and volunteer of the year.

Wisconsin State Nordic Championship Recap
February 9, 2014
Ken Schoville provides a complete rundown on all the Wisconsin State High School Championships action last weekend on the Telemark Trails.

CCSA Championships Freestyle Recap
February 9, 2014
Tom Myrick reports: An impressive display of depth saw hosts Northern Michigan capture the men's, women's and overall team titles at the CCSA Championships in Ishpeming, Mich. The Wildcats' Rosie Frankowski and Mary Kate Cirelli teamed up to pull away from the rest of the field to capture the top two spots in the women's 15K mass start skate race, while Kyle Bratrud and Fredrik Schwencke took silver and bronze, respectively, in the men's 20K event. Alaska's Logan Hanneman captured his second individual title of the weekend, edging Bratrud in the men's race to boost the Nanooks to second in the men's and overall team standings.

Wisconsin State High School Championships Classical Results
February 9, 2014
The Wisconsin State Championships wrapped up Sunday with the classical pursuit events. Dan DeLestry held off Mac FitzPatrick to win the overall pursuit title, as FitzPatrick posted the top classical time. Erin Bolger minute lead proved to be too much for the girls field as Bolger took the pursuit title with Emma Barnes skiing the fastest classical time. Iola girls narrowly defeated Lakeland for the girls team title, with 4-H Canski the top boys team.

Vasaloppet Coverage
February 9, 2014
Bright sunshine and a northerly tailwind provided some nice compensation for the single digit temperatures at the Vasaloppet races Sunday morning. Matt Liebsch secured yet another Mora 58K title, easily pulling away from the mens field in the final kilometers to win by nearly three minutes. Natalja Naryshkina beat out Kim Rudd for the womens laurel wreath. Nathan Porath won the sprint in the final pack of four for the 35K victory. Elaine Nelson held off Bonnie Weiskopf-Albrecht for the womens title. The 42K classical titles went to David Chamberlain and Hilary Patzer. Results linked with photos and some start videos posted.
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North End Classic Results

Olympics: Hoffman Tops for USA in Skiathlon
February 9, 2014
Noah Hoffman skied into the top spot for the USA Sunday, finishing 35th in the Olympic skiathlon at the Laura Cross Country Ski Center. Swiss skier Dario Cologna earned gold in the 15k classic x 15k freestyle race with Marcus Hellner of Sweden and Martin Johnsrud Sundby taking silver and bronze.
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Video: Mens 30K Skiathlon
Biathlon: Dunklee Posts Top Olympic Sprint Finish Ever by a US Woman

Wisconsin Biathlon Open House Feb 15th
February 8, 2014
The fourth event of the 2014 Wisconsin Biathlon Cup will take place on Saturday, February 15 at the McMiller Sports Center in Eagle, WI. A novice event is included, no experience required. Come on out and give biathlon a try!

CCSA Championships Classical Recap
February 8, 2014
Hosts Northern Michigan heads into the final day of the CCSA championships with the team lead on both the men's and women's side following the first day of action at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming, Mich. Alaska's Logan Hanneman dominated the men's 10K interval start classic, but NMU took the next three spots to open up a four-point advantage over the Nanooks. The Wildcats then went 1-2 in the women's 5K event, with Mary Kate Cirelli and Hannah Boyer posting the top two times, to give them a comfortable 16-point advantage on the women's side.

Wisconsin State High School Championships Freestyle Results
February 8, 2014
The first day of the Wisconsin State Championships featured freestyle technique races on the Telemark trails Saturday. Erin Bolger, Lakeland, proved to be a class above besting the girls field by over a minute in the 6K race. The boys competition was much tighter, with Dan Delestry, Chippewa Valley, with Mac FitzPatrick, Lakeland, just 5 seconds back and Ian Liphart, 4-H Canski, third another 6 seconds behind. Sunday is the classical pursuit finale.
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Video: Wisconsin State High School Championships Live Coverage
Results: Live Results

Pre-Birkie Results
February 8, 2014
Starting out on Lake Hayward and racing up to Hwy OO on the Birkie trail, another huge field took part in the 2014 Pre-Birkie. In the 26K freestyle, Ian Torchia was again denied victory in the final meters, this year beaten out by Alex Reich. Megan Ping claimed the womens title. In the 42K freestyle marathon, Adam Swank and Niki Reker collected victories. The classical race titles for the 26K went to Jared Grootwasink and Emily Krulc, 42K champs were Jake Boyce and Alyson Chapman.

Olympics: Diggins Eighth in Opening Sochi Skiathlon
February 8, 2014
First-time Olympian Jessie Diggins skied to an impressive eighth and secured the top spot for Team USA in the women's skiathlon Saturday, the opening Sochi Olympic cross country event. Norwegian powerhouse Marit Bjoergen took her fourth career Olympic gold in the 7.5k classic x 7.5k freestyle race with Swede Charlotte Kalla winning silver and Heidi Weng of Norway bronze.
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Video: Womens 15K Skiathlon
Biathlon: Ole Einar Bjoerndalen Wins Record Matching Gold

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Final
February 7, 2014
With sections complete, we make our final pass at the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing rankings. While no changes at the top, we have made a number of fine tunings. We'll have our annual State Meet Preview next week.
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Video: Wisconsin State High School Championships Live Coverage

Birkie Volunteers Sought
February 6, 2014
Not skiing the Birkie this year? Or have family members involved? Be a part of the big event by becoming a Birkie volunteer! Get a unique volunteer hat and pin, plus a big party on Sunday.

Minnesota State Meet - Important Coaches Info
February 6, 2014
Reminder: Important information and deadlines for Minnesota high school coaches participating in the State Meet and/or Charlie Banks Relays.

Section 2 Coverage
February 6, 2014
Completing the fourth, and final, section race at Theodore Wirth, Section 2 titles were awarded Thursday. The top ranked Wayzata girls left absolutely no doubt in the results, posting a perfect team score of 394 (sweeping the first four positions), with Alayna Sonnesyn taking the girls individual title. Scott Harrison, Mounds Westonka, proved to be too much for the boys field, taking the individual title by over a minute. The Wayzata boys strung together the best foursome to take the team victory. Results and video recaps posted.
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Section 7 Coverage
February 6, 2014
Section 7, racing under some very cool temperatures, showcased some epic battles on the trails of Giants Ridge Thursday. The Mesabi East girls came within three points of pulling off the upset, losing to Duluth East for the team title. Duluth East boys completed the team sweep of the titles. Keaton Long, Duluth East, and Sam Johnson, Mesabi East, started virtually together in the afternoon pursuit with Long striding ahead to take the boys individual title. Sam's own sister, Anna Johnson, started third in the pursuit but rocketed forward with a scorching classic time to take the girls title. Results posted, plus a few photos.

Section 4 Coverage
February 6, 2014
Cold weather delayed all of the section meets on Thursday, however, Section 4 was burning up the track once action got underway at Battle Creek. Living up to the hype, Leo Hipp, Forest Lake, and Nick Gardner, MPA, put on a show for the crowds who braved the cold temps. The pair started together in the morning classical races with Gardner holding off Hipp by 2 seconds to take the lead in the pursuit, and then saw Hipp pull ahead around the mid-point of the skate pursuit to snare the victory by a handful of seconds. Rocci Wolhk put a pair of strong races together to sail in for the girls victory. The Forest Lake boys and Stillwater girls both put in dominating performances placing all of their scorers in the top ten to easily win the team titles. Results, photos and video recaps posted.

Jakob Ellingson: Nova Mesto
February 5, 2014
Jakob Ellingson, top junior biathlete from Minnesota, reports on his recent racing experiences in the Czech Republic of Nova Mesto.

National Nordic Foundation Auction in Final Days
February 5, 2014
There is still some time left to get in your bids on some great auction items, including a vacation in the Sawtooth mountains, US Ski Team apparel, and much more -- plus the proceeds benefit NNF!

Gear West Adds 20K High School Race
February 5, 2014
As part of the Snowflake/Inga-lami races on Feb 15th, Gear West has added a 20K high school race.

Section 5 Coverage
February 5, 2014
Another day of crisp temperatures as section 5 teams competed on the trails at Theodore Wirth. Irondale's Mattie Watts bested the girls field in the classic race by nearly a minute, then held off all challengers in the skate to take the individual title. Steve Hokanson, Mounds View, skied to best times in both events to collect the boys title. Roseville girls bumped off Irondale for the team title, with Andover boys topping Mounds and Osseo. Results, photos and video recap posted.

Return to Yellowstone: Rendezvous Race March 8th
February 4, 2014
West Yellowstone offers an attractive way to celebrate March skiing with their annual Rendezvous Race on March 8th. Race distances of 10K, 25K and even 50K, all running on the famed Rendezvous ski trails.

Section 8 Coverage
February 4, 2014
Crisp morning temperatures did little to slow down the action at the Section 8 championships held at Maplelag Resort on Tuesday. St. Cloud Tech edged out Little Falls by a single heart breaking point for the boys title. Tech's own Isaac Wieber took the boys individual title, with teammate Cory Rouw second and Brainerd's Noah Baker third. Little Falls girls held off a challenge from Mora to win the girls team title. Maria Hauer, Little Falls, dominated the individual race, winning by three minutes. Katie Williams, St. Cloud Tech, finished second and Jenna Truedson, Bemidji, was third. Full results posted and with photos (more coming later this week).

Section 1 Coverage
February 4, 2014
Brian Abery reports: Section 1 held its state qualifying meet at Valleywood G.C. Tuesday with favorites Margie Freed of Eastview and Josh Podpeskar of Eagan garnering individual honors. In the Girl’s race Freed took a 36 second lead in the classic portion of the competition and almost doubled that margin by the time the freestyle race was finished. Katylin Lindeman of Winona/Cotter took second with Maria Berg of New Prague skiing to a third place finish. In boys races, Podpeskar took a 17-second lead over Winona/Cotter’s Noah Poling in the classic event and added another 16-seconds in the freestyle to ski to a 33-second victory. Podpeskar’s Eagan teammate Jacob Edmond rounded out the podium with a strong 3rd place finish. The favored Eagan Boys and Eastview Girls won the team competition. Results, photos and video recap posted.

Section 3 Coverage
February 4, 2014
Section 3 teams battled for the right to advance to State in their championship event at Theodore Wirth Tuesday. Top ranked Vivian Hett, Burnsville, fresh from Finland, still hammered the girls field with a three minute margin of victory. Erin Moening, Highland Park, was second along with teammate Elowyn Pfeiffer in third. Tamer Mische-Richter, Bloomington Kennedy, overcame a broken pole in the morning classic race to collect the boys title. Marshal Landrum, Como Park, and Sam Myers, Minnehaha Academy rounded out the top three. The Burnsville girls won big (by nearly 30 points) with Minneapolis South taking the boys title. Results and video recaps posted.

Nicolet Norski Results
February 3, 2014
Steven Gromatka reports: The 2014 Nicolet Norski was exclaimed to be "the best skiing of the year" by participants. The citizens 36k skate fielded the largest number of competitors, in the end the title was captured by Ben Mogren and the women's champion was Johanna Winters. The citizens 36k classic winners were Carrie Kelm and Troy Kinnvnen. The citizens 7k skate titles went to Donna Hoelz and Jeff Bolwerk.

Wisconsin State High School Championships Predictions
February 3, 2014
Ken Schoville provides his annual breakdown on the Wisconsin High School Nordic Championships, scheduled for this weekend, Feb 8-9, on the Telemark trail system.

Vasaloppet Best Conditions Ever
February 3, 2014
With one of the best seasons on record, the Vasaloppet is fully expecting some great course conditions for the 42nd annual event. Vasaloppet champ Matt Liebsch will be competing for his fifth title, which would put him one shy of the record six held by Chad Giese. Registration open thru Saturday!

Section 6 Coverage
February 3, 2014
The Minnesota high school sectionals got underway Monday with Section 6 racing at Theodore Wirth. As expected, Zak Ketterson, Bloomington Jefferson, and Hannah Rudd, Robbinsdale-Armstrong, easily took the individual honors. In the team battle, St. Louis Park boys topped Minneapolis Southwest by eight points. Armstrong girls cruised to the title, placing six skiers in the top 11. Results, photos and video recaps all online now.

Racing Outlook
February 3, 2014
With Minnesota high school sections going on this week and cold weather coming in once again, stay tuned for possible changes to schedules for section meets. Section 7 has posted a revised schedule.

Baker Headlamp Race Thursday Evening
February 3, 2014
The first annual Baker Headlamp 10K is this Thursday night! Bring your headlamp and race around one lap on the smooth Baker trails. Update: Rescheduled for late February!

City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle Coverage
February 2, 2014
Racing in slightly crisper temperatures Sunday morning, a huge field of skiers participated in the 2014 City of Lakes freestyle races. With a sense of deja vu, the mens 42K race finished exactly the same as Saturday -- Matt Liebsch the winner, Mark Johnson and Chris Pappathopoulos rounding out the podium. Mary Beth Tuttle surprised the womens field, slipping away to solo to victory in front of Saturday's top skiers, Natalia Naryshkina and Jan Guenther. Results, photos and a video recap posted!
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Junior Nordic Competition (U18) Sprint Results
February 2, 2014
The freestyle sprints were held Sunday morning, after being rescheduled from Friday due to cold weather, at Rovaniemi, Finland, in the Junior Nordic Competition (U18). The US women came out smoking hot with Mattie Watts posting an incredible 5th place qualifier and Katharine Ogden 9th. Midwest's Vivian Hett was cruising as well, placing 14th. A tough start in the semis kept Watts out of the finals, but finished 10th overall. Jake Bassett was the top US male, finishing 11th overall after qualifying 14th best.
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WJC Classical Results
February 2, 2014
World Junior Championships Sunday featured the classical races at Val di Fiemme, Italy. It was a great day for the Midwest as Adam Martin posted the post US time, finishing 26th in the mens 10K and Nichole Bathe did the same in the 5K womens, also finishing 26th! Monday is the final day of competition, featuring the WJC relays.

Mt. Ashwabay Summit Race Results
February 1, 2014
Scott Nesvold reports: With above zero temps, but an inch of new snow falling right before the race, conditions were a little slow for the Mt. Ashwabay Summit race. The reviews from skiers was that overall conditions were good, and that they enjoyed the challenging courses. On the boy's/men's side: Jonathon Rulseh won the 19k pursuit, Paul Schommer won the 11k skate, Ian Liphart won the 8k classic, and Derik Kozak won the 3.5k race. On the girl's/women's side: Jackie Powers won the 19k pursuit, Chelsey Youngberg won the 11k skate, Erin Bolger won the 8k classic, and Kara Jackson won the 3.5k race.
Related:
Moraloppet Results
Badger State Winter Games Ski Race Results

City of Lakes Loppet Classical Coverage
February 1, 2014
A field of roughly 500 skiers hit the trails for the new Saturday classical races as part of the City of Lakes Loppet festival. Participants enjoyed some of the most perfect classical tracks ever seen at Wirth, and in many sections, up to four tracks were set! In the 42K marathon, Matt Liebsch broke away by the midway point to win in dominating fashion. Mark Johnson and Chris Pappathopoulos rounded out the top three. CXC's Natalia Naryshkina dueled for much of the race with Alison Crocker, eventually pulling away in the Minikahda section to take the womens title. Jason Kask and Allie Rykken were the 20K champions. Results, big photosets, and a video recap are all posted.

U23 Skiathlon Results
February 1, 2014
Val di Fiemme competition at the World Juniors/U23 Championships Saturday featured the U23 skiathlon races (classic switching to freestyle). Midwest's own Rosie Frankowski lead the way for the US women, finishing 26th. Scott Patterson was the top US male, posting 18th. Ben Saxton was 42nd.
Related:
US Ski Team: Stephen 11th in Toblach 10k

Junior Nordic Competition (U18) Classical Results
February 1, 2014
After cold weather forced a rescheduling of the Friday sprints events to Sunday, the Junior Nordic Competition (U18) in Rovaniemi, Finland got underway with the classical races on Saturday morning. Katharine Ogden posted top ten result for US womens in the 5K, finishing 8th! Midwest gals Vivian Hett 13th, Mattie Watts 22nd. In the mens 10K, Max Donaldson lead the way with another top ten, notching 9th overall.
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Photoset from U18 Nations Trip: U18 Trip Classic Races
Results: Womens 5K, Mens 10K

Minnesota Sections Preview
January 31, 2014
The Minnesota high school sectional races, which determine which teams and individuals advance to the State Meet, will be held next week. Eight section races in four days, beginning Monday, Feb 3rd. We post a spectator's guide on the favorite teams and individuals.
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Waxing Recommendations

Minnesota Section and State Meet Information
January 31, 2014
The Minnesota Coaches Association has cranked out last minute reminders on sections and the big Minnesota state meet. Time critical: If your team is in the running for the section title, you must have your team photo submitted by today, January 31st!

WJC Skiathlon Results
January 31, 2014
Racing continued Friday morning at the World Junior Championships with the womens 5K and mens 10K skiathlon event (classic switching to skate). Patrick Caldwell posted an excellent time, cracking the top 10 in 10th place. The Midwests own Adam Martin was 40th. Sloan Storey was the top womens finisher at 39th. Nichole Bathe was 47th.
Note: Junior Nordic Competition (U18) in Finland has rescheduled their events due to cold weather.
Related:
Midwest Juniors Take On the World

Fat Bike Birkie Named the U.S. National Fat Bike Championship
January 30, 2014
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Fat Bike Birkie on March 8th, has been named the U.S. National Fat Bike Championship race. Part of the Great Lakes Fat Bike Series and the Wisconsin State Fat-Bike Race Series, the Fat Bike Birkie is the final race of the season and offers the opportunity for America’s top fat bike athletes to compete in the U.S. National Fat Bike Championship race.

U23 Classical Results
January 30, 2014
Thursday featured the womens 10K and mens 15K at the U23 World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Top Americans were Erik Bjornsen 17th and Anne Pokorny 33rd. From the Midwest, Ben Saxton was 38th, Rosie Frankowski 38th.

Northstar Invite Results
January 29, 2014
Dan Josephson reports: For the Northstar Classic Invite, the temps were in the upper teens and the weather was very nice compared to what we have been dealing with the past few weeks. The Varsity and JV raced a 5.75km classic race and the Junior High skied a 3.5km classic course. The traveling wood ski trophies went to Detroit Lakes for the boys and Grand Rapids for the girls. Top skiers for the boys was Zach Foltz from Detroit Lakes with a time of 16:02 and for the girls it was Jenna Trudeson from Bemidji in 17:50.

Birkie Gift Bag Available Now
January 29, 2014
This year the American Birkebeiner is going green, making their gift bag virtual, and even better, available right now! Find more than 40 deals, discounts, contest prizes, and more.

Racing Outlook
January 29, 2014
Updates on this weekend events, including the Wolf Tracks Rendezvous and the City of Lakes Lopppet, plus more.

Midwest Junior Nationals Point Standings
January 29, 2014
After three JNQ series, the Midwest Junior National Qualifying appears to be firming up. The latest point totals thru the Mt. Itasca weekend are now posted. The final Midwest JNQ will be held Feb 15-16 at Battle Creek, St. Paul, MN.

WJC/U23 Freestyle Sprints Results
January 29, 2014
The World Junior/U23 Championships opened Wednesday afternoon with the freesprint sprints event. Jessie Diggins collected a silver medal, finishing second in the womens U23 sprint final. Diggins posted the top qualifying time. Annie Pokorny, Erik Bjornsen and Tyler Kornfield qualified for the sprint heats as well, but did not advance past the quarterfinals. Ben Saxton just missed the heats, qualifying 33rd. In the WJC sprints, Stephanie Kirk was the top US woman at 38th qualifying, while Cole Morgan had the best for the US in 14th to qualify for the heats (did not advance). Nichole Bathe qualified 58th.
Related:
US Ski Team: Silver for Diggins in Val di Fiemme
MYSL - I Ski Like Jessie Tribute Videos

Nicolet Norski Race this Weekend
January 28, 2014
Nicolet Norski, billed as Wisconsin's Other Great Race, will be held this Sunday on the Lakewood ski trails. The event offers 36K freestyle and classic races, as well as a 7K distance. Free food and live music too!

Birkie Race Changes Due by Friday Jan 31st
January 28, 2014
Looking to change your Birkie race of technique? All changes need to be called in (yup - phone call) by 6 pm Friday, January 31st!

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 6
January 27, 2014
Weekly rankings for the Minnesota High School Nordic skiing scene are posted. No major changes, the story remains the same at the top: Wayzata girls and Forest Lake boys, Vivian Hett and Zak Ketterson. Sections are next week!

Midwest Juniors Take On the World
January 27, 2014
The U23/World Junior Championships kick off on Wednesday, along with the Junior Nordic Competition this weekend, and Midwest skiers will be part of a strong US field. We break down the two competitions, including events, websites, and even webcams for some early morning hours viewing.

National Nordic Foundation Auction
January 27, 2014
National Nordic Foundation Master's Auction started on Monday. A fundraising initiative with a $100,000 matching grant attached, the master's auction aims to raise $20,000 with amazing gear, and exclusive services.

City of Lakes Loppet Course Preview
January 26, 2014
This season the City of Lakes Loppet expands to a full-fledged two day format, with classic on Saturday and freestyle on Sunday. Along with this change, they've upped the ante by boosting the course distances to 42K. We provide an in-depth look at a new feature to the 42K course, the exclusive Minikahda Club trails.

Kyle Bratrud: Long, Cold Weekend
January 26, 2014
Northern Michigan University's Kyle Bratrud recaps his race weekend at Mt Itasca, including a reflection on Igor Badamshin and positive vibes for fellow skiers competing in the World Juniors/U23s this week in Italy.

Minne-Loppet Big Cash, Small Field
January 26, 2014
One of the new features of the City of Lakes Loppet Festival is a three-event challenge with an unassuming name, the Minne-Tour. It's not a tour, it's not a short loppet race -- it is the combination of the Friday night sprints, the 42K classical and 42K freestyle races. The prize money is big, $1500 to the winner (payout goes five deep), and as of Sunday night, a tiny field of participants. Deadline for registration is Tuesday night, act quickly!

Mt. Itasca CCSA/JNQ Sprints Results
January 26, 2014
Mt Itasca wrapped up three days of racing with the JNQ classical sprints on Sunday. Zak Ketterson continued his strong season, taking the mens U20/U18 final. Ulrika Axelsson, Swedish skier for MTU, won the U20/U18 womens final over Caroline Brisbois. U16 titles went to Michael Jarzin and Amanda Kautzer.

Marine/O'Brien Race Coverage
January 26, 2014
Racing against the weather, participants in the Marine/O'Brien Race Sunday skied their one or two laps around the big William O'Brien State Park while hoping to beat the high winds and plummeting temperatures. A fresh 2-3" of snow was groomed out before race time, providing a mostly firm skate deck and tracks. Tyler Gilbert rocketed away from the mens 25K classical field to win by over four minutes. Bonnie Weiskopf Albrecht was the womens champ. In the 25K skate, Derek Wallen solo'd to victory with Mary Beth Tuttle taking the womens field by nearly five minutes. In the shorter 12.5K races, classic titles went to Jackson Sokolowski and Cheryl Dubois, freestyle victories for Nick Sokolowski and Rebecca Ireland. Results and photos posted.

Price Hike: City of Lakes Loppet
January 25, 2014
The City of Lakes Loppet registration is filling up fast as they prepare for a record field, in addition to an expand set of events this year. Register before Tuesday, January 28th, to avoid the next price hike!

Mt. Itasca CCSA/JNQ Freestyle Results
January 25, 2014
Cold temperatures brought a delayed start to the racing action at Mt Itasca on Saturday. Alice Flanders posted another incredible skate race, topping the womens field by 42 seconds in just 5K. Paul Schommer was the top mens finisher. U18 titles went to Rocci Wohlk and Ian Torchia, U16 victories for Erin Moening and Nathaniel Blichfeldt.
Related:
CCSA: Flanders, Schommer post big wins at Mt. Itasca freestyle events
CCSA: St. Scholastica’s Allen, Schommer named CCSA skiers of the week

Noquemanon Results
January 25, 2014
Epic conditions for the Noquemanon races Saturday morning with fresh snow overnight, resulting in near whiteout conditions during the race (and of course, cold temperatures). Karl Nygren stomped out a strong victory in the mens 50K classic, as Claire Luby made it a Twin Cities native sweep. Michael Brothers and Diana Finkel are listed as 50K freestyle champs. In the shorter 24K races, skate titles went to Logan Zueger and Jordyn Ross, classic victories for Erik Soderman and Kyia Anderson.
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Seeley Hills Classic Results
January 25, 2014
With crisp morning temperatures, skiers competed in a shortened Seeley Hills Classic event Saturday morning on the Birkie trails. Matt Liebsch, fresh from his Olympic run, captured the mens 32K classic title with Niki Reker leading the way for the women. In the 18K event, Henry Reich and Kelly Skillicorn collected top honors.

Rochester Invite Results
January 24, 2014
John Resman reports: The Rochester Nordic Ski Invitational was held at the Eastwood Golf Course on Friday. 172 skiers from Northfield, Red Wing, Rochester, and Winona skied a freestyle 5K on a trail wandering throughout the golf course. The weather was a balmy 30 degrees. Gusty west winds and soft snow conditions made it slow going for the skiers. Noah Poling, Winona, was the boys varsity champion and led his team to the title. Kaitlyn Lindaman, Winona, was the girls varsity champion. The Rochester and Winona girls battled it out for the team title with the Rochester team squeaking ahead of Winona by two points.

Mt. Itasca CCSA Classical Results
January 24, 2014
Opening a three day run of events at Mt Itasca, the CCSA held classical races on Friday. Kyle Bratrud picked up where he left off last weekend, winning the mens 10K by 14 seconds. Sarah Allen topped the womens field.
Related:
CCSA: St. Scholastica’s Allen, NMU’s Bratrud top podium at Mt. Itasca classic races
Allen and Kirvesniemi Go 1-2 for First Program CCSA Team Win

Nicolet Norski Coming Feb 2nd
January 23, 2014
The Nicolet Norski is scheduled for Sunday, Feb 2nd, on the trails at Lakewood XC. Along with chip timing for the 36K and 7K events, racers will be treated to free food afterwards!

CCSA: Alice Flanders, Kyle Bratrud Collect Conference Honors
January 22, 2014
For their performances at the Telemark Chase over the weekend, Michigan Tech's Alice Flanders and Northern Michigan's Kyle Bratrud have been named the CCSA skiers of the week, the conference announced Wednesday.

Fast Wax Cities Cup Series at Midway
January 22, 2014
The midway point of the Fast Wax Cities Cup will be the 6th race coming up this Saturday Jan 25th; the Baker Shaker at Baker Park in Medina. The 20k event will be the points event.

Nordic Jamboree Results
January 22, 2014
The first Nordic Jamboree was held Monday at Theodore Wirth park. The jamboree format packed in a full day of racing, starting with an 8K continuous pursuit (classic switching over to skate), sprint qualifiers and sprint heats/finals, and wrapping up a four person combined technique relay. Minneapolis Southwest boys and Eden Prairie girls won the overall titles.

43rd Annual Marine O'Brien Cross-Country Ski Race Sunday
January 22, 2014
The 43rd annual Marine O'Brien race is this Sunday. Addition incentives include a Birkie entry raffle, ski hats (limited quantity), and their usual assortment of great awards.

Racing Outlook
January 22, 2014
Lots of race updates this week with some major events on tap. Wednesday nights MYSL sprints rescheduled to Saturday, updates from Seeley Hills and more!

US Ski Team: Olympic Cross Country Athletes Announced
January 22, 2014
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced the nomination of 14 cross country athletes Wednesday morning. World Champions Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins will lead the team that includes seven athletes with Olympic experience. Twin Cities own Brian Gregg also made the team, but unfortunately Caitlin Gregg and Matt Liebsch missed out.
Related:
Nordic Combined: Olympic Nordic Combined Athletes Announced

Little Falls Camp Ripley Pursuits Results
January 21, 2014
Terry Wasland reports: With cool temps and great snow conditions, 12 teams battled it out in a 10 K pursuit on Camp Ripleys Biathlon range on Monday, Jan 20th. In the Boys race, St. Cloud Tech's Isaac Wieber dominated the field and with the help of teammate Cory Rouw in second led his team to the boys title. Close behind in the team competition was Brainerd edging Little Falls in a tiebreaker. The Boys race in Section 8 appears to be up for grabs as 5 teams are all within striking distance. In the Girls race, the Mora Mustangs put together a very solid effort to outdistance Little Falls in second and Mesabi East in third. Individually, Maria Hauer of Little Falls showed why she is considered one of the skiers to watch in the state as she crushed the field by a 3:22 margin of victory. A pair of Mesabi East gals, Emma Hafdahl and Emma Greenlee finished second and third respectively for the Section 7 contender.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 5
January 20, 2014
The season pushes on with the State Meet less than a month away. Some great results over the last week highlighted by a pair of phenoms in the boys field and relative stability in the girls. Forest Lake boys and Wayzata girls, along with Zak Ketterson and Vivian Hett, all solid number ones again this week.

Noquemanon Seeking Volunteers
January 20, 2014
Noquemanon is looking to have their best course conditions ever, but would love a helping hand from the skiing community to put on their best event!

Kyle Bratrud: Telemark Chase
January 20, 2014
Kyle Bratrud posts fantastic results at the Telemark Chase, putting in two hard efforts. Read his weekend report.

Boulder Lake Ski Race Results
January 19, 2014
Nearly 200 skiers turned out Sunday for the Boulder Lake ski races near Duluth. In the mens 31K freestyle, biathlete Mark Johnson nipped Adam Swank to take the victory by a half second. Elaine Nelson won the womens division. Jake Boyce and Leslie Hale were 31K classical champions. In the 11K division, Kyle Sagedahl and Janna Radtke won skate titles and Tom Urbanski and Kelly Rogers were the classical winners.

US Ski Team: Stephen Career Best Sixth
January 19, 2014
Liz Stephen skied to her career best FIS World Cup finish in sixth in the women’s 10k classic mass start Sunday in Szklarska Poreba, Poland. Ida Sargent also posted a career best finish in ninth, while Justyna Kowalczyk took the victory in her Polish hometown. Diggins was 24th, Caitlin Gregg listed as DNF.
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Cable CCSA/JNQ Classical Results
January 19, 2014
Perfect conditions Sunday at Telemark for the classical CCSA/JNQ races. In the mens 10K, Kyle Bratrud was kept from a weekend sweep by UAF's Michael Fehrenbach, who won by just two seconds over Bratrud in the interval start format. Juniors titles - U18 Zak Ketterson holds off Nick Gardner by 2 seconds, Tom Bye first for U20, Logan Zueger top U16. In the womens 5K, Natalia Naryshkina posted the top time. Junior titles - U18 Vivian Hett was tops, with Mattie Watts just 4 seconds back, Sonja first for the U20, Hannah Rudd completes her weekend sweep of the U16.
Related:
CCSA: Fehrenbach, Cirelli lead region at Telemark classic event

Lapham Loppet Results
January 18, 2014
Over 100 skiers turned out Saturday morning at Lapham Peak for the annual Lapham Loppet race. The mens 11K race came down to a sprint finish with Thomas Stuber edging out Chris Pappathopoulos for the win. Kim Hughes took the womens title.
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Cable CCSA/JNQ Freestyle Results
January 18, 2014
Top class racing returned to the Telemark Resort grounds on Saturday for a mass start freestyle race that featured a brutal climb up Mt. Telemark. In the 15K race, Kyle Bratrud edged out a top field of competitors to take the victory by six seconds. In the womens 10K, Alice Flanders bested the field field by 15 seconds. U20 titles went to Luke Brown and Sonja Hedblom. U18 claimed by Zak Ketterson and Alayna Sonnesyn (3rd overall!).
Related:
CCSA: Flanders, Bratrud top podium at Telemark Chase skate events

King Boreas Coverage
January 18, 2014
Fresh snow overnight was nicely groomed up by race time for the King Boreas events at Phalen Saturday morning. A familiar face at the front, Andrew Brown broke away from a lead pack on the second lap of the 15K race to solo in the mens victory. Eleanor Magnuson held off Jan Guenther and Lynne Cecil to win the womens division in a close finish. Results up, photos coming this evening.
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Balsam Vinterfest Results

US Ski Team: Randall Sweeps Szklarska Sprints
January 18, 2014
World Cup champion Kikkan Randall topped every one of her heats Saturday to take the victory in the Szlarska Poreba World Cup sprints. It was the second win in a week for Randall, moving her up from third to second in the World Cup sprint standings just behind Denise Herrmann of Germany, who took second. In the men’s sprints, Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) took the top finish for the USA in sixth. The men and women take on a 15k/10k classic mass start race on Sunday in Szklarska Poreba.

Biathlon: Historic 4th Place for Dunklee in 7.5km Sprint
January 16, 2014
With perfect shooting and a time of 20:40.9, Susan Dunklee finished 4th in Thursday's 7.5-kilometer sprint at World Cup 6 in Antholz, Italy. A personal best for Dunklee, just three weeks before the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, it marked the third time a US female biathlete has finished in the top 4 at a World Cup.

Birkie Under the Gun
January 15, 2014
One of the big changes at this year's Birkie, besides the new start times, is the switch from chip time back to gun time for the race timing. We provide a full breakdown on the change - what it means, and why they returned to the old format.
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CCSA Skiers of the Week: Jake Brown, Nichole Bathe
January 15, 2014
After enjoying breakout performances at U.S. Nationals, St. Olaf skier Jake Brown and Alaska's Nichole Bathe have been named the CCSA skiers of the week.

Racing Outlook
January 14, 2014
Updates on the races coming up this weekend, including the Cable JNQ events, Boulder Lake, Balsam Vinterfest, and much more.

SISU Ski Fest Results
January 14, 2014
Jonathon Rulseh reports: In the Men’s 42K classic, Doug DeBold took the victory in a photo finish over Santiago Ocariz. Chris Pappathopoulos was third, less than a second behind. The women’s 42 k classic, Kelly Skillicorn won in 2:43.55, Audrey Weber placed second, 16 minutes later. The freestyle mens marathon went to Adam Swank who finished nearly 2 minutes ahead of Anders Osthus, and Jacob Groethe, while on the women’s side, Claire Luby was victorious over Jan Guenther, and Christi Nowak.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 4
January 13, 2014
With Nationals wrapped up and the huge Mesabi East Invite in the books, we juggle up the boys individual rankings (again), introduce a few rising stars in the mix, and fine tune the team rankings. The top remains the same though: Forest Lake boys and Wayzata girls teams along with individuals Vivian Hett and Zak Ketterson.

Midwest Skiers Earn International Trips
January 13, 2014
With the completion of US Nationals last week, the selections were made for the U23 World Championships (U18 and World Juniors announced earlier). Midwest skiers earning their ticket with top performances include Rosie Frankowski, Ben Saxton, and Anne Hart, as well as Team Sprint World Champion Jessie Diggins.

Birkie Tour Prize Drawings
January 13, 2014
Are you registered for this weekend's Birkie Tour? As an added incentive, the Birkie has announced five prizes including VIP treatment, free race entries, and the big one: a Concept2 SkiErg machine!

Price Hikes: Loppet, Squirrel Hill
January 12, 2014
A couple of price hikes coming on January 15th...
City of Lakes Loppet - Featuring two days of racing this year.
Squirrel Hill Pursuit - Continuous pursuit race with 10K and 24K events.

Lake Superior Ski Club Waxing Service for JNQs
January 12, 2014
The Lake Superior Ski Club is to offering race waxing service for the upcoming Junior National Qualifier races.

Biathlon: 2014 Olympic Team Nominations Announced
January 12, 2014
US Biathlon’s International Competition Committee annnounced the nominations for the 2014 Olympic squad. Included in the list is Minnesota's own Leif Nordgren. All nominations are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

Nordic Spirit Results
January 12, 2014
Battling changing conditions, including some freezing rain, skiers participated in the Nordic Spirit races at Spirit Mountain Sunday morning. In the new 38K classical race, Adam Swank won by nearly two minutes, with Alena Tofte crusing to an 11 minute margin of victory. For the 25K race, biathlete Mark Johnson strided to the mens win with elite mountain bike Sara Kylander-Johnson taking the womens title. The 13K race was dominated by the Scholastica team with Ryan Wright edging out Jake Richards for the mens title and Sharmila Ahmed collecting the womens crown.

US Ski Team: USA Five-Six in Team Sprints
January 12, 2014
Andy Newell anchored an impressive team effort with Simi Hamilton to break into the top five in the FIS World Cup classic team sprint Sunday in Nove Mesto. The Russia 1 team took the team victory. Sophie Caldwell teamed up with Ida Sargent to take sixth in the women’s sprint behind the winning team, Norway 1.
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US Ski Team: Randall Takes Nove Mesto Sprint
January 11, 2014
World Cup champion Kikkan Randall sealed her 10th career FIS World Cup victory Saturday, winning the freestyle sprint at Nove Mesto. She edged ahead of Swiss skier Laurien Van Der Graaff in a close final heat. Andy Newell posted the top result for U.S. men in 17th, while Russian Sergey Ustiugov took the win.

Minnesota College Championships Coverage
January 11, 2014
Racing under beautiful blue skies on fast trails at Graystone in St. Cloud, Minnesota college ski teams and clubs faced off in the College Championships. In the womens relay, Marian Lund powered her Gustavus team to a victory ahead of top St. Scholastica pairings. The mens race featured a tight battle, as Scholastica and St. Olaf battled to the front on the final leg with Jake Richards pulling ahead for the Scholastica win. Results and photos posted.

Mesabi East Invite Coverage
January 11, 2014
Another great Mesabi East Invite was held with over 1200 athletes participating and using the full courses at Giant's Ridge. Nick Gardner cruised to a solid classic victory as did Allison Ternes. The afternoon freestyle races proved to be upsets as Leo Hipp rose to the top and Alayna Sonnesyn captured the girls field. Top ranked teams Forest Lake and Wayzata lived up to their top rankings to take home the team titles. Results and photos now posted.

Pre-Loppet Coverage
January 11, 2014
With the largest field ever, skiers enjoyed nearly balmy weather for the Pre-Loppet Saturday morning. A competitive men's field broke down to a lead pack of three, holding together for a final sprint across Wirth Lake. Andrew Brown collected the victory with Luke Brown second, Zach Handler third. Niki Reker broke away early and held off Bonnie Weiskopf for the women's title. Results and photos posted.

Kyle Bratrud: Learning Experience
January 10, 2014
Kyle Bratrud wraps up his US Nationals experience, posting his best result on Friday in the classic sprints, excited about his teammates qualifications for overseas, and looking forward to the next weekend of racing.

Nationals: Classical Sprints
January 10, 2014
The US Cross-Country National Championships wrapped up with classical sprints on Friday at Soldier Hollow. Nichole Bathe capped a very good week by taking a spot on the senior womens podium with a third place finish (collecting second place) as CXC's own Natalja Naryshkina won. Rosie Brennan collected the National title (Naryshkina is not eligible). Reese Hanneman took the victory for the men. In the juniors race, Adam Martin took first with Sam Elfstrom second, and Jan Ketterson taking 5th. While many of the Midwest skiers departed earlier in the week, there were some additional top performances today: Zach Goldberg 1st MJR B final, Anne Hart 3rd MSR B final, Ben Saxton 6th qualifier, Deedra Irwin 9th qualifier, Rosie Frankowski 11th qualifier, Felicia Gesior 12th qualifier.
Related:
Hanneman Takes First Ever U.S. Title

Pepsi Challenge Price Hike on January 11th
January 9, 2014
Pepsi Challenge issues a reminder on their first price hike, along with race goodies like free luncheon and door prizes.

USSA Final Points Standings for U18 and World Juniors Qualifiers
January 9, 2014
After Wednesday's races at US Nationals, the points where tallied up to determine the qualifiers for the U18 (Scando) and World Junior trips later this winter. For the Midwest, Mattie Watts and Vivian Hett both scored trips to Finland (U18), along with Nichole Bathe and Adam Martin earning a beautiful trip to Italy for World Juniors.

South Suburban Conference Hyland 5K Recap
January 9, 2014
Brian Abery reports: The SSC came back from the holiday break and cold with a 5 km freestyle freestyle event Wednesday afternoon on Hyland Park’s new course. In spite of the cold weather and increase in hills some great times were turned in. In the Boy’s race, Eagan’s Josh Podpeskar bested Bloomington’s Tamer Mische-Ritcher by 16 seconds with ISD 196’s Rhett Carlson taking 3rd another 5 seconds back. With Vivian Hett of Burnsville competing at Senior Nationals, Eastview’s Margie Freed showed she had few peers in the SSC taking the Girl’s race by 1:32 over teammate Kylie Kramer with Burnsville 8th grader Kelly Koch rounding out the podium another 8 seconds back. Eagan once again took the Boy’s race with Eastview winning the Girl’s.

Mesabi East Invite Preview
January 8, 2014
We take an in-depth look at the biggest single day Nordic ski meet in the nation, the Mesabi East Invite, reviewing the courses, listing the favorites and making our own set of predictions. Action kicks off Saturday morning at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, MN!

Weekend Racing
January 8, 2014
Plenty of great events on the calendar this weekend, including...
Jan 11 Snekkevik - Racing at Nine Mile, conditions look good.
Jan 11 Pre-Loppet - Point-to-point race the first half of the Loppet.
Jan 11 SISU Ski Fest - The season's first marathon, finishing on the streets of Ironwood.
Jan 11 Dammen Nordic Ski Race - One of the rare southern Minnesota races.
Jan 12 Fridtjof Nansen - Eau Claire features the excellent Tower Ridge trails.
Jan 12 Nordic Spirit - Multiple classic divisions, including a new marathon race.
Plus a fat bike vs skiers race, the Minnesota College Championships, and the huge Mesabi East Invite - check the calendar for full details.   And hit up the Racing Outlook for the latest race updates.
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Waxing Recommendations

IPC Nordic World Championships Coming Cable in 2015
January 8, 2014
CXC has announced that the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships will be held in Cable, WI, Jan 21-Feb 2, 2015. CXC, a Community Olympic Development Program and Paralympic Sport Club, will be the host organizer for the event.

Nationals: Freestyle 5K, 10K, 20K, 30K Results
January 8, 2014
The exciting mass start distance races were held Wednesday at Soldier Hollow for the US National Cross-Country Championships. It was a banner day for Team Gregg, as Brian Gregg took the mens 30K race down to a sprint finish, losing out Sylvan Ellefson to finish second overall. In the womens 20K, Caitlin Gregg stomped the field, taking off like a rocket to win by an incredible 3:36 margin! Top Midwest results: Matt Liebsch 7th, Jake Brown 11th, Paul Schommer 25th; Rosie Frankowski 6th, Anne Hart 18th, Jordyn Ross 20th, Alice Flanders 23rd. In the juniors races, Vivian Hett had a great race finishing 4th. Jan Ketterson was the top Midwest junior male, finishing 9th.
Related:
CCSA: Frankowski hits sixth, Brown 11th to lead CCSA at U.S. Nationals
Dominating Gold for Caitlin Gregg

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 3
January 7, 2014
Minnesota High School Nordic ski rankings for the first full week in January. No major shakeups, though Zak Ketterson resumes the mantle of number 1, with Vivian Hett solidifying her top spot. Forest Lake and Wayzata continue as the top ranked teams.
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USSA Poster Contest
January 7, 2014
USSA Nordic is running a contest featuring posters from ski teams and clubs from across the US. Vote on your favorite - contest wraps up Thursday, Jan 9th.

Mesabi East Invite Start Lists Posted
January 7, 2014
Start lists for Saturday's huge Mesabi East Invite at Giants Ridge have been posted. Over 1200 juniors are registered for this, the biggest one-day high school XC ski meet in the nation!

Price Hike: Pepsi Challenge
January 7, 2014
Sporting fantastic trail conditions, Giants Ridge will be hosting their annual Pepsi Challenge race March 8th. Save some money by registering before their next price hike, January 11th.

Pre-Loppet Going Full Course
January 6, 2014
The Pre-Loppet event will run full course this year, the first time since 2011. The event at Theodore Wirth begins at the Par 3 stadium area and races the trail system all the way down to Wirth Beach - around 17K. Online registration closes Thursday night.
Find more race updates in our Racing Outlook.

Belgium Adventure: Final Days
January 5, 2014
Corey Coogan Cisek puts the wraps on her European cyclocross tour with some final races in Belgium and the Netherlands, along with an unexpected day in Brussels.

Kyle Bratrud: Half Way
January 5, 2014
Kyle Bratrud reflects back on his first two races at US Nationals, and is already looking forward to Wednesday's mass start skate race.

Hodag Challenge Recap
January 5, 2014
Ken Schoville provides a detailed recap on the Hodag Challenge races, January 4th, in Rhinelander.

Nationals: Freestyle Sprints
January 5, 2014
Sunday featured the freestyle sprints at Soldier Hollow for US Nationals. The course was particularly tough, featuring a huge climb and descent. Jennie Bender claimed another sprint title, adding a freestyle crown to her classical title from last year. Caitlin Gregg took 2nd, with Rosie Brennan 3rd. In the men, "old man" Torin Koos still has it - sprinting to the mens victory, with Ben Saxton 2nd, and Reese Hanneman 3rd. Top Midwest qualifier results: Caitlin Gregg 1st FSR, Nichole Bathe 2nd FU20, Annie Hart 2nd FU23, Mattie Watts 2nd FU18, Vivian Hett 3rd FU18, Hannah Rudd 3rd FU16; Ben Saxton 2nd FU23.
Related:
Bridger Skiers Sweep Sprint Titles
World Junior/Scando Trip Points (after 2 races)

South Suburban Conference True Team Meet
January 5, 2014
Brian Abery reports: The South Suburban Conference heals its annual True Team Meet on Saturday at Valleywood G.C. with Winona-Cotter and Northfield also participating. Sydney Braemer of Bloomington and Rhett Carlson of ISD196 were victorious in 1.1 km individual Classic Sprint race with The Winona-Cotter Girls (Anneliese Braaten & Christine Young) and Eagan Boys (Patrick Acton & Jacob Edmonds) A-teams taking the honors. The mass start classic and freestyle pursuit races saw Eastview Sophomore Margie Freed taking top honors in both races with Eagan’s Josh Podpeskar doing the same in both races on the Boy’s side. Top overall honors for the combined True Team event went to the returning champion Burnsville Girls and Winona-Cotter Boys teams.

Waukesha County Ski Race Results
January 5, 2014
Over 100 skiers turned out Saturday morning at Nashotah Park for the annual Waukesha County ski races. Matthew Dugan won the sprint finish over Chris Pappathopoulos, Lindsey Kriete posted the top womens time, in the 12K skate race.

Tour de Ski: Stephen Best Ever USA Tour Finish
January 5, 2014
Liz Stephen posted the USA's best overall Tour de Ski finish in history with seventh, skiing the third-fastest time of the day as she battled rain, sleet and snow for 9k up Alpe Cermis on Sunday. World Champion Jessie Diggins finished a career best Tour 13th, while Therese Johaug led a Norwegian sweep.
Related:
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Fastest Again in Chaikovski
Biathlon: Burke 9th in Oberhof Mass Start

Tour de Ski: Diggins Career Best Classic
January 4, 2014
World Champion Jessie Diggins earned a career-best World Cup classic result Saturday, skiing into 10th in the Val di Fiemme 5k, the sixth stage of the Tour de Ski. The result makes Diggins the top U.S. athlete in the Tour standings in 11th, while teammate Liz Stephen is 14th. Stephen finished 21st while Norway’s Therese Johaug took the day’s victory. The Tour wraps up Sunday with the infamous 9k pursuit race up Alpe Cermis, where Stephen was second fastest a year ago.
Related:
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Fastest in Chaikovski Combined

Nationals: Classical 10K, 15K Results
January 4, 2014
US Nationals opened Saturday with the distance classical races at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. In the womens race, Caitlin Gregg had a smoking result, finishing 2nd overall, just 14 seconds back of the winner, Becca Rorabaugh. Caitlin Patterson was third. Top Midwest results: Anne Hart 17th, Nichole Bathe 19th, Jordyn Ross 21st, Mary Kate Cirelli 23rd. The men's 15k classic was won by Erik Bjornsen in the 3rd lap after chasing down the fastest 1st and 2nd legs posted by Kris Freeman, who finished 3rd overall. Brian Gregg finished a strong 5th overall to complete a great Team Gregg performance with wife Caitlin. Other top Midwest results: Ben Saxton 12th, Adam Martin 15th, Matt Liebsch 21st, Karl Nygren 22nd.
Related:
CCSA: Bathe, Martin lead region in CCSA season opener
APU Nordic Dominates U.S. Championships

Twin Cities Championships Coverage
January 4, 2014
A windy morning, but with almost mild temperatures and some fast snow, for the Twin Cities Championships mass start classical races at Battle Creek Saturday. The mens race came down to one sprint finish with Kyle Marshall edging out Doug Debold. In the womens race, Sharmila Ahmed and Niki Reker eventually broke free, with Ahmed pulling ahead for the victory. In the afternoon pursuit, Mark Johnson (top biathlete) stormed to the front, hooking up with Doug Debold and Luke Brown, then taking the sprint over Brown to collect the pursuit title. Niki Reker went unchallenged to win the womens overall. Results along with video recaps from the morning races and photosets from the afternoon races online now.

Nordic Spirit Fast Approaching
January 3, 2014
The Nordic Spirit races are coming up fast on the calendar -- Sunday, January 12th! There's still time to register and even save a little cash.

Tour de Ski: Stephen up to 12th in Tour de Ski
January 3, 2014
Liz Stephen posted the fifth-fastest time of the day Friday, starting from 22nd to finish 12th in the 15k pursuit stage of the grueling seven-stage Tour de Ski. Noah Hoffman also skied an impressive race, sealing the second-fastest time of the day in the men’s 35k pursuit and moving up from 69th to finish 27th. On Saturday the men and women move to Val di Fiemme, Italy to ski a 10k and 5k classic race.

Twin Cities Championships Switching to Single Day Event
January 2, 2014
Due to the forecasted cold weather for Sunday, Twin Cities Championships has been rescheduled as a single day event. The pursuit skate race will now happen Saturday afternoon, just a few hours after the classical race.
Related:
Hodag Nordic Challenge Rescheduling to Single Day Event

Kyle Bratrud: Final National's Training
January 2, 2014
Kyle Bratrud checks in one final time before the big show kicks off this weekend! Catch up on his training (and relaxation) in his latest update.

Weekend Racing
January 1, 2014
January is rolling with a number of events on tap...
Jan 4 Waukesha County Race - Held at Nashotah Park, looking good for SE Wisconsin!
Jan 4 Finding Rainbow - Low key, fun event at Rainbow Resort.
Jan 4 Twin Cities Championships - Rescheduled to single Saturday event. Racing in the Twin Cities at Battle Creek!
Jan 4 Hodag Challenge - Cancelled due to rescheduling. Along with high school races in Rhinelander, a citizen's 14K freestyle race.
Find the latest updates in our Racing Outlook.   And for those college club squads, this weekend marks the start of the Viral XC season -- register your club today!
Related:
Waxing Recommendations

Nationals: Midwest Skiers Preview
January 1, 2014
With US Nationals firing up this weekend, we take a brief look at the events and the Midwest skiers scheduled to compete. The races will start Jan 4th and wrap up Jan 10th.
Related:
National Nordic Foundation Announces Record Funding
Soldier Hollow Set for U.S. Championships
Start Lists for Jan 4th US Nationals Classical Race

Jakob Ellingson: World Junior Trials
December 31, 2013
Jakob Ellingson recaps his recent World Juniors Trials racing as he qualifies for the World Junior Championships, as well as the European Championships.

Belgium Adventure: Diegem
December 31, 2013
Continuing her Belgium cyclocross adventure, Corey Coogan Cisek reports on her second big race, as well as the big league, nearly Superbowl atmosphere, of the mens top class race.

Tour de Ski: Tour Stage Win for Simi Hamilton
December 31, 2013
Simi Hamilton led qualifying and powered his way through the freestyle sprint heats for an historic win, taking a World Cup stage victory in the Tour de Ski at Lenzerheide. It was the first win ever by an American man in the grueling Tour. In a strong day for the U.S. Ski Team, Sophie Caldwell made her first finals, finishing sixth.
Related:
Tour de Ski Video Recaps

Mesabi East Invite Registration Closing
December 31, 2013
The huge Mesabi East Invite registration closes on January 3rd! Register your team today, and don't forget the pasta feed RSVP.

Belgium Adventure: Trofee - Azencross
December 30, 2013
Corey Coogan Cisek gets a full-on cyclocross euro-style experience in her first C1 race in Belgium. Check out the lessons learned in her race recap.

Biathlon: US World Junior Biathlon Team Named
December 30, 2013
The US Biathlon Association has approved nomination of the World Junior Biathlon and European Championship Teams. Included in the ranks are Minnesotans Anna Kubek, Siena Ellingson, Jake Dahlberg, Jakob Ellingson and Tyler Gustafson.
Related:
Photoset from Jakob Ellingson: World Junior Trials

US Biathlon Jr World Team Trials: Day 2
December 29, 2013
Piotr Bednarski reports: Day 2 of the US Biathlon Jr World Team Trials in Presque Isle, Maine was a good one for Minnesota athletes! Anna Kubek of Duluth won the overall Junior/Youth competition, with Siena Ellingson, Minnetonka, placing 2nd. In the combined Junior/Youth men, Jake Dahlberg, Ely, and Jakob Ellingson, Minnetonka, along with Tyler Gustafson, Grand Rapids, placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. Racing concludes on Monday with the 7.5km and 6.0km sprint events. The Junior World Championships will take place Feb 28-March 8 in Presque Isle, Maine.
Related:
Results: Day 1, Day 2

Belgium Adventure: First Days
December 28, 2013
Corey Coogan Cisek recaps her first few days on European soil as hunts for food on Christmas day and gets in her first race (and victory) in Belgium!

Como Championships Coverage
December 28, 2013
Beautiful morning in St. Paul Saturday for the Como Championships as the temperatures rose into the low 30s under a sunny sky. The mens 10K race was a big pack event with a lead group of 12 on the first lap eventually winnowing down to just four for the final K, with Andrew Brown pulling ahead to take the victory. In the womens race, it was Sharmila Ahmed putting the pressure on early but high school senior Mattie Watts eventually moved ahead to sail in for the womens title. Results and photos posted.

Tour de Ski: Diggins Fifth in Tour de Ski 3k Prologue
December 28, 2013
World Champion Jessie Diggins issued a strong opening statement Saturday with a fifth-place finish at Tour de Ski 3k prologue. Norway’s Marit Bjoergen took the victory. The Tour continues Sunday with men’s and women’s sprints instead of the usual distance races due to warm temperatures and very limited snow.
Related:
Nordic Olympic Suits Unveiled
Canadians Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw Win Historic Gold and Silver in Tour de Ski Opener
Tour de Ski: Newell 10th in Oberhof Sprint

End of Year Price Hikes!
December 27, 2013
A number of event price hikes coming up for the end of the year...
- Sisu Ski Fest
- Noquemanon
- Nordic Spirit
- Wolf Tracks Rendezvous
- Vasaloppet USA
Register before January 1st to save some dollars!
Related:
Entire Vasaloppet Course Groomed and Ready for 2014 Race

Nordic Combined: Olympic Trials Begin Saturday
December 27, 2013
Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong and other U.S. Nordic combined athletes finished up their final training Friday on the cross country track in preparation of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined at Utah Olympic Park. Top U.S. athletes will compete Saturday for a single spot on the 2014 Nordic Combined Olympic team with a jump at Utah Olympic Park and a cross country race on the track nearby at Kimball Junction. NBC will have coverage on Sunday.
Related:
NBC Nordic Combined Olympic Trials Preview
Nordic Combined: Lodwick Headed to Historic Sixth Olympics

US Ski Team: Tour de Ski Opens in Oberhof
December 27, 2013
Cross country ski racin's most grueling nine days begins Saturday with the opening of the Tour de Ski starting in Oberhof, Germany. Athletes will ski seven stages in nine days across courses in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Midwest hero Jessie Diggins is scheduled to compete.

Twin Cities Evening Team Sprint Series
December 27, 2013
Hoigaards and MYSL are hosting two nights of team sprint racing in the Twin Cities this winter. The Wednesday night series at Theodore Wirth starts on January 1st, while a new Monday evening series at Hyland starts on January 6th.

Viral XC Race League
December 26, 2013
Viral XC racing season kicks off in January -- get your college group register now! The Viral XC Race League differs from most series by allowing teams to score against each other without actually having travel and compete head-to-head.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 2
December 25, 2013
A little late this holiday week, but we've factored in some good head-to-head racing from the Wausau JNQ races to shuffle up the individual rankings this week, including new number ones for the Minnesota high school Nordic scene!

Belgium Adventure
December 24, 2013
Corey Coogan Cisek is traveling to Europe to compete in top level cyclocross racing, in the hotbed of cyclocross - Belgium. She files her introductory article as she (finally) boards her flight across "the pond".

Kyle Bratrud: Pre-US National's Training
December 23, 2013
Kyle Bratrud reports in from Utah where he has spent the past week preparing for US Nationals, as well as honing his ping pong skills!

Meet The Birkie Warriors and Inga for 2014
December 23, 2013
Birkie Foundation has announced the winners of the 2014 American Birkebeiner Warriors & Inga Contest. Ryan Harden of Carlton, MN; Erik Julsrud, of Duluth, MN; and Jennifer Julsrud of Duluth, MN will re-enact the 800-year-old legend that inspired the creation of the American Birkebeiner.

Wausau JNQ Classical Results
December 22, 2013
The second day of racing at Greenwood Hills in Wausau featured the classical distance races. The college kids came out swinging Sunday, as they posted the top times overall with Rosie Frankowski and Chris Parr leading the way. In the U20, Niki Reker and Jan Ketterson topped the field. U18 titles went to Vivian Hett and Ian Torchia. Hannah Rudd completed the weekend sweep in the U16 girls, with Michael Jarzin first for the boys.

US Ski Team: USA 5th in Asiago Team Sprint
December 22, 2013
Kikkan Randall and Sadie Bjornsen teamed up to finish fifth in a FIS World Cup classic technique team sprint Sunday in Asiago. Finland took the women's win with Norway victorious for the men.
Related:
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Takes Top Ten in Schonach

Skinny Santa Solstice Coverage
December 21, 2013
Great conditions Saturday morning in Elk River for the Skinnyski Santa Solstice races on the Woodland trails. Temperatures in the mid-teens combined with a firm skate deck provided a reasonable fast course (albeit hilly!). Matt Liebsch was a rocket out of the gate, flying around two laps and finishing 5 minutes ahead of the field for the win! Ingrid Leask held off Christy Nowak to take the womens 20K. Results and photos posted.

Wausau JNQ Sprint Results
December 21, 2013
The Midwest JNQ series kicked off Saturday in Wausau with freestyle sprint races. In the qualifiers, Ben Hugus and Lisa Konig posted the fastest times to get things rolling. The U18 girls showed great speed as they dominated the U20/U18 A final, with Mattie Watts taking the victory. Sonja Hedblom was the U20 champ. It was the opposite case for the boys U20/U18 final as the U20 boys sealed all six slots with Matt Nichols collecting the win. Tamer Mische-Richter stood atop the U18 podium. U16 titles went to Henry Gore and Hannah Rudd.
Related:
Video from Harris Dirnberger: Sprint B/A Finals

US Ski Team: Sargent Top 10 in Asi
December 21, 2013
Ida Sargent led the USA Saturday with a strong 10th in a classic sprint in Asiago, Italy. Four American women and two men qualifed for finals including Andy Newell, who was fifth fastest. Only Sargent advanced past the quarterfinals. Russia's Nikita Kruikov took the men's win with Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk powering to victory for the women.

Nordic Combined: Demong Cruises to Continental Cup Victory
December 19, 2013
Olympic Champion Billy Demong finished strong on the final day of the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow with a commanding win over Austria’s Tomaz Druml. Demong started the day winning the jump with a massive 95.5 meter ride, giving him a 40 second lead going into the cross country race. Demong maintained his lead throughout the entire race. Because of Demong’s success over the weekend, the USA earned a fifth World Cup spot for the remainder of the season.

Biathlon: Nordgren Added to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team
December 19, 2013
As the first trimester of the IBU World Cup season comes to a close, US Biathlon has announced that Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, NY) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN) have been nominated to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team.

SEC Classic Sprints at Troll Hollow
December 18, 2013
Katie Anderson reports: The Suburban East Conference raced at Troll Hollow Tuesday night. The format was a two person classic sprint relay, with each athlete skiing three 1.5k laps for a total of six laps per relay team. In the boys race, the Mounds View duo of Dalton Pauly and Steve Hokanson led from start to finish to take the win with an impressive lead. The Forest Lake boys topped the team title. For the girls, the top relay teams from Forest Lake and White Bear Lake exchanged the lead until mid-way through the race when Kate Schaaf and Rocci Wohlk from Forest Lake took the lead to win. The Roseville girls edged out the Forest Lake girls by one point for the team title.

South Suburban Conference Classic at Baker Park
December 18, 2013
Brian Abery reports: The South Suburban Conference returned to racing on Tuesday afternoon with its first classic race of the season in wind-blown, blustery conditions at Baker Park. Bloomington Sophomore Zak Ketterson showed that a recent illness hasn’t slowed him down a bit as he dominated the Boys competition with a 55 second win over Eagan’s Josh Podpeskar. ISD 196 Senior Rhett Carlson rounded out the podium with a 3rd place finish with Eagan and ISD 196 finishing 1st and 2nd in the team competition. On the Girl’s side, Burnsville Senior Vivian Hett demonstrated why she is considered one of the top skiers in the state with a convincing 1:17 win over Eastview Sophomore Margie Freed. Burnsville’s Jordan Horner finished another 54-seconds back to take 3rd place. In the Girls team competition, Burnsville showed its depth placing 7 of its skiers in the top 15 with Eastview taking 2nd second place.

Cities Cup/Skiwerx Series Kickoff
December 18, 2013
The Cities Cup (previously the Twin Cities Ski Series) starts this Saturday with the Skinny Santa Solstice Race in Elk River. The Skiwerx Series, for racers 19 and younger, will begin in January with the Twin Cities Championships.

Nordic Combined: Demong Takes 2nd at Continental Cup
December 18, 2013
Olympic Champion Billy Demong finished second to Austria's Tomaz Druml on day two of the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Soldier Hollow. Demong jumped into seventh to start the cross country portion behind Druml and three of his Austrian teammates. Eau Claire native Adam Loomis had a strong showing, finishing 14th.
Related:
Nordic Combined: Demong Wins Continental Cup Opener

High School Coaches: Diggins Role Model
December 17, 2013
Jessie Diggins will be featured on KARE-11 news in the Twin Cities Wednesday night (repeated Saturday morning). Former Diggins coach Kris Hansen extols the team player and role model Diggins was at Stillwater.

Midwest Collegiate Racing Recap
December 17, 2013
Kyle Bratrud reports in from the road on Monday as he travels west for US Nationals. Catch his recap of the previous weekend collegiate racing, as well as his own race experience.
Related:
Video from Chris Parr: Michigan Tech Challenge - Classical Highlights

Price Hike: Boulder Lake Ski Race
December 17, 2013
WIth plenty of snow in Duluth, the Boulder Lake Ski Race is expecting one of their biggest race fields in event history. Save some cash, register by December 20th to avoid the next price hike.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Week 1
December 16, 2013
With the results finally starting to roll in, we post our first set of Minnesota High School high school Nordic ski rankings. No shakeups at the top, as Wayzata girls and Forest Lake boys still reign, and Irondale's Mattie Watts and Bloomington's Zak Ketterson remain #1, but there have been some movers.
Related:
Racing Outlook

Lodi Invitational Results
December 16, 2013
Dale Fanney reports: At the Lodi Invitational at Lapham Peak on Saturday we had a 100 racers. Skating conditions on the man-made snow were excellent. Madison won the boys division with a strong finish in the final from Madison's Gabe Forest and Henry Gore. Peak Nordic won the girls division although Madison's Victoria Trantow won the Final with an impressive time.

Ameritrade Future Hopeful: Jakob Ellingson
December 15, 2013
Minnesota State Meet championion and top junior biathlete, Jakob Ellingson, has been selected as one of only seven to be member of TD Ameritrade's Future Hopefuls program. By using the hashtag #itaddsup you can help contribute to Ellingson's future training funding and a possible Sochi trip.
Related:
TD Ameritrade Olympics: Jakob Ellingson Profile

Nordic Spirit Registration Open
December 15, 2013
Registration for the Nordic Spirit races, January 12th, at Spirit Mountain in Duluth is now open. The area already has mid-winter conditions will feature a 38K classic race, in addition to 25K and 13K events.

Biathlon: Day 1 IBU Cup Trials
December 15, 2013
The IBU Trials are being held this week up at Mt Itasca in Coleraine, MN. Piotr Bednarski reports in from Day 1, Saturday. Sunday's race has been postponed to Monday due to cold weather.
Related:
Biathlon: Day 2 IBU Cup Team Trials Continue in Mt. Itasca, MN
Biathlon: Day 3 IBU Cup Team Trials Continue in Mt. Itasca, MN

US Ski Team: Randall Close Second In Davos Photo Finish
December 15, 2013
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall finished second in the cross country skate sprint after a fierce head-to-head battle with Norway’s Marit Bjoergen in the last stretch and photo finish result. The 1.5k sprint came down to only an inch or two as Bjoergen timed a spectacular lunge to steal away the victory.
Related:
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Strides into Seventh in Ramsau Combined

Hoigaards Relays Coverage
December 14, 2013
Jason Dalebroux reports: With a new racing location at Elm Creek, and a new six-leg Olympic Sprint Relay style format, the 2013 edition of the annual Hoigaard's/Breadsmith Relays brought a large contingent of both masters, as well as high school racers out Saturday morning. Familiar names dominated the masters races with Matt Liebsch and Doug DeBold coming out on top for the men, and Cheryl DuBois and Mary Beth Tuttle taking women's honors. The mixed masters relay was topped by Tommy Carlson and Hilary Patzer. In the junior ranks, state-ranked pair Scott Harrison and Zak Ketterson dominated the boys race, winning by almost three minutes! The Robbinsdale Cooper duo of Cara and Anna Meyer took home the coveted Breadsmith loaves in the girls contest, and a mixed crew from Mound Westonka did the same in the mixed relay.

US Ski Team: Randall 18th in Davos Distance
December 14, 2013
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall skied into 18th place in the FIS World Cup 15k freestyle race Saturday in Davos, Switzerland, securing the top spot for the USA. In one of her best races in the high-altitude venue, Randall headed up a solid day with four top 30 results for the U.S. Cross Country Team. Norwegian powerhouse Marit Bjoergen won the women’s race.
Related:
Nordic Combined: USA Notches Fourth in Ramsau

Holiday Relays Coverage
December 14, 2013
Mark Stange reports: Irondale girls and Mounds View boys won the girls and boys classic events at the 34th annual Holiday Relays held at Trollhaugen, December 14th. Wayzata girls and Stillwater boys took the skate events. Wayzata girls and St. Louis Park boys won the combined awards, with Wayzata claiming the Bill Simpson Trophy for the fastest overall time over all four events. Individuals with the fastest split times were Mattie Watts (Irondale - girls classic), Steve Hokanson (Mounds View – boys classic), Alayna Sonnesyn (Wayzata – girls skate), and Sam Boardman (Park-Woodbury-East Ridge – boys skate).

South Suburban Conference Season Opener Results
December 13, 2013
Brian Abery reports: The South Suburban Conference kicked-off its season Thursday afternoon with a freestyle race at Baker Park. Senior, Vivian Hett from Burnsville dominated the Girls competition with a 52-second win over sophomore Margie Freed from Eastview. Sydney Braemer from Bloomington took the 3rd spot on the podium with Burnsville beating Eastview in the team competition. The Boys race, in the absence of Zak Ketterson (a scratch due to illness), was a much closer affair with Tamer Mische-Richter of Bloomington edging out Josh Podpeskar of Eagan by one second with Rhett Carlson of ISD 196 in 3rd. In the Boys team event Eagan bested ISD 196.

Racing Outlook
December 10, 2013
Racing action picks up this week with Elm Creek Wed night, Peter Westra Sprints Friday evening at Troll Hollow, Hoigaards Relays and Holiday Relays on Saturday morn. Updates are rolling in on these and more.

MSHSL Proposal Voting Results
December 10, 2013
President MSHSNSCA Dan Josephson provides a voting tally on the proposed changes to the Minnesota State Meet qualifications. Plus still room for the multi-event meet in Little Falls, and get those meet results rolling in!

Updated Mesabi East Invite Info
December 10, 2013
Full details on the Mesabi East Invite including coaches details, meet info, and pasta feed RSVP, has been posted.

Midwest Collegiate Racing Recap
December 9, 2013
Kyle Bratrud reports in on the first weekend of racing in the Midwest as northern teams squared off at Michigan Tech while St. Scholastica and St. Olaf battled in Duluth. Plus Bratrud's own race journal.

Midwest JNQ Scoring Clarification
December 9, 2013
The Midwest JNQ officials have issued a clarification on the U16 (J2) scoring for this season.

Wayzata Girls Win National CC Title!
December 8, 2013
The Wayzata high school girls cross-country running program capped an incredible season with a victory at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregan on Saturday! Many of these same girls will be back on skis this week, preparing to defend their Minnesota State Nordic title. The Edina boys team also competed, finishing 10th.
Related:
Video: Girls Race Replay, Boys Race Replay
Results: Nike Cross Nationals

Viral XC Race League
December 8, 2013
This season we introduce a new race series, designed to foster competition between the collegiate ski clubs. The Viral XC Race League differs from most series by allowing teams to score against each other without actually having travel and compete head-to-head. Team sign up is now and continues through December -- add your college club roster today!

Bozeman SuperTour: Classical
December 8, 2013
After cancelling Saturday's races, the Bozeman SuperTour organizers needed to delay Sunday's classical events due to the continued cold weather. However, Midwest skiers remained hot as Caitlin Gregg finished third in the womens 10K. And travelling on private flight from Vernon Canada overnight to Bozeman, Matt Liebsch and Brian Gregg picked up where they left off Saturday, finishing 4th and 5th in the mens 15K race, less than 12 seconds out of first! Karl Nygren picked up 7th.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K classical

Birkie: Prince Haakon 12K To Close Monday Afternoon
December 8, 2013
If you're still hoping to get in a race at the Birkie, the Prince Haakon 12K is open for registration until Monday (Dec 9th) at 4 pm.

US Ski Team: USA Matches Best-Ever Relay
December 8, 2013
World Champion Jessie Diggins anchored a strong U.S. team made up of Kikkan Randall, Sadie Bjornsen and Liz Stephen to take third in the 4x5k relay and match the best-ever World Cup result for any U.S. cross country relay team. Heavy snow hammered the 1994 Olympic course, but Randall was able to give the team a solid start in the podium hunt. Norway I took the relay. In the mens event, Russia posted a surprise upset over the top two Norwegian teams. US men were 17th.
Related:
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Top 10 in Lillehammer

Sovereign Lake NorAms: Freestyle Results
December 7, 2013
Brian Gregg and Matt Liebsch posted phenomenal races in British Columbia Saturday for the Sovereign Lake NorAm freestyle races, taking first and second overall!
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K freestyle

Minnesota State CX Championships Coverage
December 7, 2013
Racing in some of the coldest temperatures in event history, a solid turnout contested titles in the Minnesota State Cyclocross Championships at Bassett Creek Park Saturday. Temperatures below zero were only slightly tempered by bright sunshine and light winds for the afternoon races. In the womens race, Jennifer Nowlin pulled away from Carol Jeane Sansome to be crowned the Cat 1/2 champion. Eric Thompson capped his dominance of the mens Cat 1/2 cyclocross scene, adding State champion to his long list of victories this season. More titles will be decided on Sunday.
Related:
Photoset: Womens Cat 1/2 - 65 photos, Mens Cat 1/2 - 113 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from Jakob Ellingson: Juniors
Results: Day 1

Submitting Race Results and Photos
December 7, 2013
With the high school racing season underway, we're posting a refresher course on submitting race results (and hopefully some photos -- parents?).

US Ski Team: Bjornsen 7th Again in Lillehammer
December 7, 2013
Sadie Bjornsen delivered another breakout result Saturday in the Lillehammer 10k classic World Cup, where she skied into seventh and matched her career-best individual result set just a week ago in Kuusamo, Finland. Randall was 16th, Diggins 30th.

Mesabi East Registration Open
December 5, 2013
Registration is now open for the 2014 Mesabi East high school invite at Giants Ridge, scheduled for January 11, 2014. Registration must be completed online, and by the January 3rd deadline. And this year, there is a field limit of 1300.

Elm Creek Series Results
December 4, 2013
Enduring slippery roads, major traffic backups, and dropping temperatures, over 15 skiers turned out Wednesday night for the opening race of the Elm Creek series. Craig Stolen and Maddie McKeefry collected the top times.

Jakob Ellingson: Canmore
December 4, 2013
Jakob Ellingson, the Minnesota State Meet champion from last season as well as one of the up-and-coming biathlon junior stars, is taking a season off from post-secondary education to focus on training and competing full-time. Ellingson checks in on his last day in Canmore, Alberta, after spending nearly a month training and racing in Canada.

SEC Freestyle Relays Coverage
December 3, 2013
Scoring the first high school meet of the season, the SEC conference competed in a two-person freestyle sprint relay format at Troll Hollow on Tuesday evening. Top ranked Forest Lake edged out tough squads from Mounds View and Stillwater to take the boys victory. Stillwater girls topped the Roseville and Forest Lake teams in another tightly matched competition. Results and photos posted.

Kyle Bratrud: Thanksgiving Break and Upcoming Races
December 3, 2013
Kyle Bratrud enjoyed the Thanksgiving break skiing -- and not at West Yellowstone, but rather right here in the Midwest. Catch up on his training (and a little school work), plus get a tip for watching World Cup racing.

MSHSL Proposal Voting Update
December 3, 2013
Voting on the changes to Minnesota State Meet qualifying proposal shows roughly half the teams have weighed in. The remaining member teams have until Friday, Dec 6th to cast their ballots.

Local Stars
December 2, 2013
Ruka Recap - Diggins recaps her adventures in Finland for the Ruka Triple.
Yellowstone - Bill Pierce has a write up and loads of photos from the CXC group in Yellowstone.
Waxing On - Timelapse video of wax techs preparing for Yellowstone races.
Great Gregg - Fasterskier highlights Caitlin Gregg's sweep of the Yellowstone SuperTour.  And Gregg's photo collection.
Thanksgiving - Brian Gregg gives thanks to the support they've received.
And dipping back a little...
Champlin Roller - Fun rollerski video with the Champlin Park team.

Ben Saxton: First Races
December 2, 2013
Ben Saxton reports in from Montana, recapping his West Yellowstone racing experience as he prepares for the next SuperTour events in Bozeman.

US Ski Team: Randall 5th in Kuusamo 10k
December 1, 2013
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall fought hard to earn a fifth-place finish during Sunday’s 10k freestyle pursuit, the finale of the Ruka Triple mini-tour and cross country World Cup season opening weekend. Randall posted the best result for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team while Marit Bjoergen from Norway took the victory for the second-straight year. In the men’s 15k pursuit, Noah Hoffman posted the fastest race time of the day, emerging with an impressive ninth-place finish after starting 38th. Hoffman finished only 12.2-seconds behind winner Norwegian Martin Johnsrud Sundby.
Related:
Nordic Combined: Combined Team 7th in Kuusamo

Biathlon: Bronze for Burke in Ostersund 10km Sprint
November 30, 2013
Tim Burke raced to a third place finish in Saturday's 10K biathlon sprint race. Leading through the early stages of the race, Burke finished 31.3 seconds behind winner Martin Fourcade.

Yellowstone Supertour Freestyle Results
November 30, 2013
Capping another successful Yellowstone Ski Festival, the SuperTour freestyle races were held Saturday on the Rendezvous trails. Caitlin Gregg completed the series sweep, dominating the womens 10K race with a winning margin of nearly 1:30. And keeping it "in the family", Brian Gregg posted his own top result, finishing second in the mens 15K. Norwegian Mads Stroem (Univ of Colorado) won the mens race. Matt Liebsch missed the podium by 11 seconds, finishing fourth.
Related:
Results: Live Results

US Ski Team: Bjornsen Career Best World Cup
November 30, 2013
Sadie Bjornsen skied to a career-best seventh place in the women’s 5k classic Saturday, the second stage of the Ruka Triple mini-tour. Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk took the victory.
Related:
Photoset from Ahvo Taipale: Classical Race - 40 photos
Video from Ahvo Taipale: Andy Newell Post-Race Interview

Yellowstone Supertour Sprints Results
November 29, 2013
The season's first big racing action started Friday at West Yellowstone with freestyle sprint racing. Swedish skier Emil Johansson topped the mens A final, as old friends Caitlin Gregg and Jennie Bender finished 1-2 in the womens A final. Racing continues Saturday with freestyle distance races.
Related:
Results: Live Results

US Ski Team: Randall Takes Second in Kuusamo World Cup Sprint
November 29, 2013
An exciting start to the Kuusamo Triple event weekend Friday as the Kikkan Randall came in second place in the classic sprints, losing out to Justyna Kowalczyk in the final. Randall qualified 12th, but it was Sadie Bjornsen rocking the big qualifier result with third! Andy Newell was tops for the American men finishing 23rd in the qualifiers.
Related:
Photoset from Ahvo Taipale: Classic Sprints - 13 photos
Results: Kuusamo World Cup
Kussamo World Cup

West Yellowstone SuperTour Sprints
November 28, 2013
Start lists have been posted for the Yellowstone Ski Festival SuperTour classic sprints on Friday. Plus a link for live coverage.
Related:
Results: Live Results
Yellowstone SuperTour Sprints Start Lists

Minnesota HS Coaches State Meet Qualification Proposal Voting
November 26, 2013
The Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association has opened voting on a proposal to change the State Meet qualification to be the top two section teams, plus the top six individuals not on those teams. Voting is only allowed by high school coaches that are members of the association, and will conclude on December 6th.

US Ski Team: Randall Wins Beitostolen Sprint
November 25, 2013
World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall won a pre-season 1.2-kilometer freestyle sprint FIS race on Sunday during the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team’s first race series of the 2013-14 Olympic season.

Vakava TT Coverage
November 24, 2013
Pete Thurmes reports: The Vakava Ski Team held dual 5K rollerski (classic and skate) time trials in Afton on Sunday, Nov 17th. Over 20 skiers showed (mostly Vakava, but some guests as well). After the event everyone went for a rough 15K warmdown ski. Could be the last Afton rollerski of the year?

Kyle Bratrud: An Introduction
November 19, 2013
We're excited to announce Kyle Bratrud, former Eden Prairie skier and now top NMU star, will be posting updates on training and racing this season. To get rolling, we feature an introduction from Bratrud.

Skinnyski.com High School Rankings - Preseason
November 12, 2013
We fire up the Minnesota high school Nordic rankings with a 'preseason' set to get everyone talking. Check out our early favorites and then watch for the first official set to come out in early December.

Price Hike: Vasaloppet USA
November 12, 2013
The popular Vasaloppet USA, with its downtown finish on the streets of Mora, will be February 9th. Save some money by registering before the November 15th price hike!

Spotlight: Forest Lake Ski Team
November 11, 2013
With Monday's opening day for Minnesota high school Nordic season, we dropped in at Forest Lake for their first day of practice. After a short talk with head coach Deno Johnson, the team rolled out for a long distance run along the shores of Forest Lake. Post-run, the team came back inside for some core strength training. Forest Lake fields one of its biggest teams in many years, with just over 20 skiers, and is expected to make a serious run at some state titles this season.
Related:
Photoset: 36 photos

Start of the MN High School Nordic Season Update
November 11, 2013
As the Minnesota High School Nordic season is underway, the Coaches Association is reminding coaches to complete their required paperwork on the MSHSL website, news on a proposed change to the State Meet format, and test runs of a possible three event format.

Annual Birkie Warrior/Inga Contest Open for Applications
November 11, 2013
The annual Birkie Warrior & Inga Contest is now taking applications. The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) is searching for three cross country skiers to depict the two Birkebeiner Warriors and Inga, the mother of baby Prince Haakon, at this year's 41st annual American Birkebeiner ski race. Application deadline is Nov 30th!

National Champions Prep for Senior Year
November 10, 2013
One of the shining moments from Junior Nationals last March was the tandem set of J1 titles, won by Midwest skiers Alayna Sonnesyn and Ian Torchia. With the start of the Minnesota high school Nordic season today, November 11th, we check in with both champions as they prepare for their senior seasons:
Interview: Ian Torchia
Interview: Alayna Sonnesyn

Rivet Run Coverage
November 10, 2013
Eve Stein reports: Weather was perfect for the first fall Rivet Run today on the beautiful trails at Pattison State Park in Wisconsin. Both the men's and women's summer Rivet Run records were broken. Andy Holak recorded a time of 20:48 while Molly Pennings posted 23:23! Temperatures hovered in the 40's with sun as people traversed the technical trails, gazed at amazing waterfalls, and enjoyed hot chocolate while getting their Ship Rivets as awards, along with lots of door prizes!
Related:
Photoset from Eve Stein: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

Jackson Meadow CX Coverage
November 9, 2013
A cold and blustery morning greeted riders Saturday near Marine-on-the-St.Croix for the Jackson Meadow CX. The race course used most of the central green space, along with some hilly segments on the ski trails, to provide a scenic venue with good spectating.
Related:
Photoset: Men Cat 3/4, 35+ - 96 photos, Women 3/4, Juniors - 79 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Jackson Meadow CX

Twin Cities Cross Country Ski Coaches Invited for Level 100 Certification
November 7, 2013
CXC and the Loppet Foundation will host a CXC/USSA Level 100 Coaches Certification on Sunday, Nov 17th at Theodore Wirth. Level 100 certification is recommended for coaches working with all ages and levels of cross country skiing, from youth to adult and introductory level to world class.

Coaches Wanted
November 6, 2013
With the Minnesota High School Nordic season starting next week, some programs are still seeking head and assistant coaches. If you can spare some time, your talents are desperately needed!

Midwest MTB Racing Report
November 5, 2013
Jay Richards last big report of the MTB season, and as usual, its full of top-notch reporting! Check out the first-hand report from Iceman Cometh, an interview with an 80+ year old National MTB Champ(!), and a brief look ahead to the Fat Bike season. Thanks for Jay for the great reporting this season! -- Ed.

Midwest Junior National Wax Coaches Selected
November 5, 2013
Bill Pierce and Chris Harvey have been selected as the wax coaches for the 2014 Midwest Junior National team. Coaching applications are still being accepted for the remaining positions.
Related:
Midwest Head Wax Tech and Coaching Applications

LNR-SISU Rollerski Time Trial #3 Coverage
November 3, 2013
Loppet Nordic Racing and Sisu Foundation hooked up early Sunday morning for another rollerski time trial in the fall training season. The skate event featured the long climbs found on the backroads near Afton, including a final run to the top of Trading Post. Zak Ketterson showed great form, nearly hauling in a breakaway by Andrew Brown while posting the top junior time. Mattie Watts held off a tough crew of LNR challengers to lead the women's field. Results and a video recap posted.

Illinois Roller Ski Race Series #3 Results
November 2, 2013
Race #3 of the Illinois rollerski race series was held Saturday. Bob Jersey reports: Congratulations to Jan Myrda and Chris Pappathopoulos who tied as overall race winners today with race times of 26:07. First place juniors was won by 14 year old Casey Larson from NORGE Ski Jump with a race time of 34:57, and first place female was won by Kielo Sauvala whose time was 41:51. The final race is scheduled for December 7th.

Minnesota State CC Meet Coverage
November 2, 2013
An absolutely perfect day for cross-country running Saturday with cool temps, light winds, and bright sunshine for the Minnesota High School State Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. In the girls AA, the Alexandria sisters Bethany and Megan Hasz went first and second, with Bemidji's Jenna Truedson completing the northland sweep coming in third. Wayzata girls team placed all of their runners in the top 12 to win by a dominating 97 points. In the boys AA, Wayzata's Connor Olson made favorite Obsa Ali work for it, as Ali won the final sprint by just over two seconds. Wayzata boys made it a school sweep, edging out Edina by 13 points. The afternoon saw the class A runners hit the field, starting with the girls A. Emi Trost, Cannon Falls, ran a strong race to take the victory with Annandale girls scoring the team title. The boys A race was a dogfight for most of the first, breaking open in the final 500m as Perham's Keeghan Hurley sailed in for the win. Perham easily won the boys team title.
Related:
Photoset: Girls AA - 106 photos, Boys AA - 117 photos, Girls A - 80 photos, Boys A - 86 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Girls AA Recap, Boys AA Recap, Girls A Recap, Boys A Recap
Results: Girls AA, Boys AA, Girls A, Boys A

Midwest Racing Season Preview
October 29, 2013
The first races of the season are just over a month away and snow has already been seen across the Midwest -- so it must be time to roll out the Racing Calendar for the 2013-2014 season. We preview the season, and introduce some new features to the calendar system.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
October 29, 2013
Jay Richards' posts one of his biggest reports of the season: Recaps from Collegiate Nationals, MN HS League Champs, and Xterra World Champs, epic video from Red Bull Rampage, Giove recovery, interview on Wolf Tooth components, a look at the Cottage Grove Bike Park, commentary on wheel sizes, and a look ahead to the Iceman. Whew!

Stump Farm Trail Race Coverage
October 29, 2013
Steven Gromatka reports: On a beautiful Sunday morning at the Brown County Reforestation Camp just North of Green Bay, racers took to the trails for the 2013 Stump Farm Trail Race, the annual fall fundraiser for the Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team. The winner of the 1/2 Marathon for men was Abe Mendoza, while the women's event title was captured by Midwest skier Johanna Winters. The 5k titles went to Jesse Wesolowski and Trisha Feldhausen. In the 15 mile mtn. bike race winners were Nathan Guerra and Andrea Matter.
Related:
Photoset from Steven Gromatka: Stump Farm Trail Races
Results: Stump Farm Trail Races

Price Hike: Sisu Ski Fest
October 29, 2013
The Sisu Ski Fest provides the first major marathon of the season when skiers race from ABR to downtown Ironwood on January 11th. Register by Oct 31st to save upwards of $20 on your race entry!

Donkey CX Coverage
October 27, 2013
After a cool and cloudy week, Sunday the sun shined bright as temps soared into the low 50s as riders hit the course at Ham Lake for the Donkey CX. Photos from the afternoon races.
Related:
Photoset: Women Cat 1/2/3, Mens 35/35+. Singlespeed - 79 photos, Men Cat 1/2/3, Men 35+ open - 89 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Halloween Hustle Coverage
October 26, 2013
Roughly 100 runners turned out Saturday morning for the annual Halloween Hustle along the lakefront in Duluth. Top times went to Steven Maslo and Debbie Hultman.
Related:
Photoset from Eve Stein: Halloween Hustle
Results: Halloween Hustle

Telemark Land Will be Open for Birkebeiner, Chequamegon
October 23, 2013
Tom Held reports: The buyer of the shuttered Telemark Resort has provided assurances that the property would remain open for use by the American Birkebeiner and Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival.
Related:
City of Cable fighting to save Telemark Lodge after new ownership shows no intention of reopening

MN HS Coaches Fall Association Meeting Agenda
October 21, 2013
The MN High School Nordic Coaches Association annual fall meeting is this Saturday, October 26th, at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, MN. The full meeting agenda has been posted.

US Ski Team: Strong U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Named
October 21, 2013
World Champions Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins highlight a team of 11 athletes named to the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for the 2013-14 season.

LNR-SISU Rollerski Time Trial Results
October 19, 2013
LNR and Sisu Foundation faced off for the second time this fall, this time in Hayward with a 5K classical rollerski race on Friday. Zak Ketterson and Amanda Kautzer, both LNR skiers, topped the fields.

Coaches Wanted
October 16, 2013
The Minnesota High School Nordic season is less than a month away and there are still a lot of openings for head and assistant coaches this season. Check the growing list and find a local school where your help would be greatly appreciated!

Midwest MTB Racing Report
October 15, 2013
Jay Richards provides recaps on the MN HS Cycling League at Whitetail Ridge and Midwest Collegiate MTB Regionals, and previews the MN HS Season Championships and Stump Farm Trail races, all in his weekly MTB racing report.

Sisu Ski Fest Announces New Director
October 14, 2013
The point-to-point ski marathon, the Sisu Ski Fest in Ironwood, has announced Jonathon Rulseh as the new race director.

Nordic Combined: U.S. Title for Hometown Hero Demong in Lake Placid
October 14, 2013
Local favorite Billy Demong celebrated a weekend homecoming with his ninth national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships in Lake Placid. Third after the morning jump, Demong posted the third fastest 10k cross country roller ski time to hold off the hard charging Fletcher brothers, Taylor and Bryan (Steamboat Springs, CO), who took silver and bronze.

Wirth CX Coverage
October 13, 2013
A beautiful fall day at Theodore Wirth Sunday for the Wirth CX cyclocross races. This year's course brought the return of the infamous lakeside stair climb, which were preceded by a tricky beach strip. We dropped in for the morning races.
Related:
Photoset: Mens Cat 3/4 - 126 photos, Juniors - 57 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Midwest Head Wax Tech and Coaching Applications
October 12, 2013
The Midwest Junior National Team is seeking applicants for a number of positions including: head glide wax tech, head kick wax tech, and general coaching positions. Application deadline is Oct 20th.

LNR-SISU Rollerski Time Trial Coverage
October 12, 2013
Loppet Nordic Racing and Sisu came together Saturday morning for a rollerski time trial in the neighborhood streets near French Park. The figure eight course featured two climbs and a lot of rolling terrain. In the mens older group, Doug Debold, Nathan Foster and Tamer Mische-Richter broke away from the pack on the second lap to head into a sprint finish. Similarly in the older girls race, Niki Reker and Mattie Watts moved to the front and split away half way through the 10K to cruise into the finish together.

Price Hike: Noquemanon
October 11, 2013
If you register by October 15th, you'll get in on the ground floor for pricing on the 2014 Noquemanon. The popular point-to-point race in the UP will be held Saturday, January 25th.

Loppet Adventure Race Coverage
October 10, 2013
The Loppet Foundation held their final Adventure Race of the fall series on Thursday evening at Wirth. The course include hay bail hurdles, plenty of singletrack trail, two water crossings, and a ravine climb.
Related:
Photoset: Under 14 - 47 photos, 14 and over - 44 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Under 14, 14 and over

Midwest MTB Racing Report
October 8, 2013
WORS wraps up the season with their final event, trail improvements at Maplelag, and remembering pro rider Amy Dombriski, are all part of Jay Richards MTB report this week, along with a look ahead at a few remaining events.

Birkie and Korte Registration Now Full!
October 8, 2013
As of 2 pm Tuesday, October 8th, the American Birkebeiner officially closed the big races to new registrations! The closure marks yet another new record - last year it was Oct 12th. If you missed registering, you'll either need to wait 'til 2015, or enter in one of the special opportunities.
Related:
Registration Officially Closes for 2014 Swix American Birkebeiner

Mt. Borah Epic Race Date 2014
October 8, 2013
Mt Borah has announced May 31st as the 2014 date for the Epic. The point-to-point race on the CAMBA trail system will expand its field to 500 next year, as well as offering a shorter half distance event.

New MTB Trail Opening At Theodore Wirth
October 6, 2013
A new MTB trail segment at Theodore Wirth will having an opening ride this Wednesday evening, October 9th. All riders, especially Fat Bike owners, are encouraged to come out and help compact the trail as a final step before native plant restoration.

Minnesota HS Coaches Fall Update
October 3, 2013
The annual Minnesota HS Nordic Skiing Coaches Fall association meeting will take place in Mora, at the Vasaloppet Training Center, on October 26th. Once again the state meet qualifying/format discussion is on the table, and the agenda is open for new topics.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
October 1, 2013
Recaps from the Minnesota High School Cycling League and the Deer Fly Chase, a look at racing in China, and the final WORS event coming up this weekend, all make Jay Richards' weekly MTB racing report.

Fast Wax Debuts Cycling Fluoro Chain Wax
October 1, 2013
Fast Wax takes their tech to a whole new domain with chain wax! Clean, quiet, smooth running and wear reduction are just some of the benefits.

Sisu Ski Fest Adds Snowshoe Events
October 1, 2013
The Sisu Ski Fest, January 11, 2014, has announced the addition of three snowshoe events to this year's festival.

Birkie Over 10000
September 30, 2013
The American Birkebeiner is about ready to close the gates on the 2014 event as registrations crossed 10,000 on Monday. If you're still planning to participate, don't wait any longer...

Roy Griak Invite Coverage
September 28, 2013
The annual Roy Griak Invitational generates some of the best cross-country competition from around the region for a tough day of college and high school racing. Wayzata set the gold standard Saturday taking both the boys and girls team titles! Anna French led the way for the Wayzata girls, finishing 2nd overall with Connor Olson taking 4th for the boys. Maroon division titles went to Minneapolis Washburn boys and Notre Dame Academy girls.
Related:
Photoset: Gold Boys - 85 photos, Gold Girls - 100 photos, Maroon Boys - 64 photos, Maroon Girls - 83 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Roy Griak Invite

City of Lakes Loppet Unveils New Marathon Distances
September 25, 2013
The City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival will include full marathon classical and freestyle races as part of the now three day event. A new agreement with the Minikahda Club will allow the Loppet Foundation to expand the Loppet to 42 kilometers or 26.2 miles along with a new finish area.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 24, 2013
The Midwest MTB racing season is beginning to wind down as Jay Richards highlights the final race of the Minnesota MTB series, the Single Track Escape, and looks ahead to a couple of events including the WORS race #11.

World Juniors/J1 Trip Coaches and Techs Sought
September 24, 2013
The US Ski Team is seeking coaching and service techs for the 2014 Junior World Nordic Ski Championships (in Italy!) as well as the J1 (U-18) trip to Rovaniemi, Finland.
Related:
2014 Junior World / Under-­‐23 Championships Coaching/Tech Application
2014 U18 Nordic Junior Countries Competition (J1 Trip) Leader/Tech Application

Birkie Trail Run Coverage
September 21, 2013
Nearly 1000 participants hit the Birkebeiner trails Saturday morning for the annual trail run and trek. Dan Dehlin and Ben Cogger went 1-2 in the marathon, posting the only sub three hour times on the day. Christi Nowak collected the womens title. Chris Pappathopoulos and Claire Luby took the half marathon titles.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Birkie Trail Run
Results: Birkie Trail Run
Sep 21 Bangin in the Brush Results
Press Release: Birkie Trail Run and Trek Recap

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 21, 2013
Excellent running weather Saturday morning for the Trail Loppet events at Theodore Wirth. A new record field created some delays for the start but runners eventually hit the hilly terrain of south Wirth in half marathon, 13.1K and 5K distance events.
Related:
Photoset: Half-Marathon Start - 46 photos, Half-Marathon 5.5 Mile Point - 63 photos, 13.1K 3-5 Mile Point - 84 photos, Finishers - 33 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 17, 2013
Jay Richards recaps the big Chequamegon event with reports from a first-timer as well as the winning tandem crew, and links for some additional great coverage. Plus the usual look ahead.

NorthShore Inline Marathon Results
September 14, 2013
The 18th annual NorthShore Inline Marathon wheeled its way from Two Harbors to Duluth with athletes facing a headwind most of the way. Of the 120 elite inline skaters, Florida's Jarrett Paul and Germany's Laethisia Schimek topped the field, with Schimek edging out fellow German Katharina Rumpus by a nose and with Florida's Debbie Rice just 1 second back. Nearly 1100 skaters completed the non-elite field at the marathon distance, with Blaine's Terry Krohnberg and St. Paul's Sarah Brown winning overall. The rollerski division saw Matt Liebsch cruise away with the men's victory, nearly 10 minutes over 2nd place Andre Watt. In the women's division, New Brighton's Mattie Watts pulled away from Kathleen Dewahl in the finish to take the win by mere seconds. The classic rollerski division was won by Kurt Halverson of Lake Elmo.

Chequamegon 40 Coverage
September 14, 2013
Temperatures in the 60s and sunny skies made a gorgeous start to the 2013 Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Saturday morning. The mens race had selected down to a dozen in the lead pack by the mid-point and then brought 5-6 riders to the line for the final rush with Brian Matter taking the title just in front of TJ Woodruff. In the womens race, Chloe Woodruff reeled in Jenna Rinehart in the second half and pulled away to ride in for the solo victory. Short and Fat titles went to Brett Poulton and Jennifer Nowlin.
Related:
Photoset: Start area - 11 photos, Rosie's Field - 44 photos, Double O - 34 photos, Boedecker Rd - 29 photos, Lake Helena Rd - 69 photos, Finish - 91 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival: Saturday Recap
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival: Sunday Recap

Birktoberfest: Milwaukee Edition
September 13, 2013
Join new Birkie executive director Ben Popp, 2013 Birkie champion Caitlin Gregg, and fellow Birkie enthusiasts at Lapham Peak on October 1st for an event to spread some pre-season Birkie Fever, and to help raise funds to endow a permanent starting area for the American Birkebeiner.

Birkie Closing Very Soon
September 11, 2013
On Wednesday the Birkie/Kortie event registrations crossed the 90% threshold and many waves are now closed. If you are hoping to race the big dog this winter, don't delay any longer -- registration will most likely be capped by this weekend!
Related:
Telemark Foreclosure Gets Fast Tracked

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 10, 2013
Jay Richards' MTB report this week hits on the Sawtooth Challenge, WORS series, and the opener of the MN High School Cycling League, then looks ahead to the big Chequamegon showdown in Hayward this weekend.

Minnesota Canoe Championships Coverage
September 10, 2013
Paddlers descended on Bemidji last weekend for the Minnesota Canoe Championships. Dane Henry and Fred Kueffer won the mens division while Joe and Anne Manns topped the mixed division (and posted the second fastest time).
Related:
Photoset from Brett Arenz: 83 photos
Results: Minnesota Canoe Championships

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Preview and Notes
September 9, 2013
The huge Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival is this weekend! The organizers have released their annual look at the favorites, as well as notes on events and traffic for the busy weekend.

MN High School MTB Series Salem Hills Coverage
September 8, 2013
The Minnesota High School MTB series opened this weekend with a set of races at Salem Hills in Inver Grove Heights Sunday. Big fields hit the dusty singletrack as riders competed in varsity and junior varsity divisions.
Related:
Photoset: Salem Hills Girls - 83 photos, Salem Hills Boys - 158 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Illinois Rollerski Race #1 Results
September 8, 2013
Chris Pappathopulos won the first race of the Illinois Rollerski Race series on Saturday. Pappathopulos held off Jan Myrda by just over 30 seconds in the 6.4 mile event. The next race is the series is being rescheduled for sometime in October.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 3, 2013
Jay Richards recaps another big Laddies Loppet weekend at Maplelag, plus a look ahead to weekend events.
Related:
MN League High School Mountain Bike Racing Action Starts this Weekend!

Laddies Loppet Cross-Country Coverage
September 1, 2013
Day two in the Laddies Loppet saw a big change in conditions as riders woke to temps in the upper 50's and a light mist lingering in the air. Rain the night before tacked the track to perfection making for fast and challenging riding. Racers were not only competing for top spots in the cross-country but the overall stage race classification. In the Elite race, Sara Kylander-Johnson continued her dominance taking the womens victory and stage race. Brendan Moore and Jeff Hall broke free from the mens field to ride together the entire race. Moore made it a sweep on the weekend as he held off Hall at the line and take the overall win. Scott Kylander Johnson, Mason Bacso and Devin Curran rounded off the top five.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 40 photos, Citizen - 57 photos, Sport - 90 photos, Kids Race - 31 photos, Expert/Comp - 122 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Cross-country, Overall

Laddies Loppet Short Track Coverage
August 31, 2013
Maplelag's big mountain bike stage race weekend kicked off Saturday with a morning time trial through the famed ski trails, followed up by a late afternoon set of short track racing around the Maplelag grounds. A brief shower during the kids afternoon race helped to tamp down otherwise dry conditions. Racing concludes Sunday with the cross-country races.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Race - 49 photos, Citizen - 22 photos, Sport - 59 photos, Comp - 61 photos, Expert - 44 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Expert Mens Highlights
Results: Time Trial, Short Track

Midwest MTB Racing Report
August 27, 2013
Jay Richards' MTB report this week highlights the Flugy and Pre-Fat races and looks ahead to the big weekend at Maplelag, as well as events in the UP and SD.

Birkie Waves Almost Full
August 26, 2013
The Birkie office announced on Monday that they expect a number of waves to fill very soon as registration for the event has surpassed 7500.

St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon Coverage
August 24, 2013
A full field for the inaugural St. Paul Urban Marathon hit the streets of downtown St. Paul early Saturday morning and raced over trails and turf in 10K, half and full marathon distances to finish at Battle Creek. Warm weather forced organizers to move the start up by an hour in hopes of avoiding some of the forecasted heat.
Related:
Photoset: Downtown Start - 8 photos, Indian Mound Park - 57 photos, Battle Creek - 56 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video from Kevin Watts: St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon
Results: St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon

Fall Rollerski Races
August 22, 2013
We've updated the Training Calendar with a number of fall rollerski races, including the Illinois Roller Ski Race Series, Northshore Inline Marathon, and Grand Marais 50K.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
August 20, 2013
Jay Richards' MTB report this week features recaps from a brutal MDH, Singlespeed USA, Dirt Spanker Classic, and Gear Grinder, plus a short look ahead to the Flugly, Pre-Fat, and Reforestation Rambler.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
August 13, 2013
Race reports from the Leadville 100, Rusty Ride and Ore to Shore, along with highlights on the Duluth Cycling Guide, Wednesday night racing at Maplelag, MDH 100, and the Gear Grinder -- all brought to you in Jay Richards' weekly MTB report.

Price Hike: City of Lakes Loppet
August 12, 2013
Get in on the ground floor - the first price hike for the City of Lakes Loppet races will happen midnight Thursday!

Minnesotans Compete at NorAm Biathlon Rollerski Championships
August 11, 2013
The first round of Olympic selection races for the US Biathlon took place at Camp Ethan Allen, Jericho, VT, this past weekend. Minnesota athletes Jakob Ellingson, Zean Baker, Anna Kubek, Amanda Kautzer and a number of others competed. Ellingson and Baker scored top podium spots in the junior men division.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Wrap Up
August 9, 2013
Jim Lind reports: The final race of the 2013 Hoigaard's Paddle Derby season was held Thursday night on the Minneapolis lakes. We had an enthusiastic group of racers with 40 boats at the starting line on a perfect summer evening. Overall participation has been very strong this summer, as it has been for the last few years. We look forward to seeing everyone next May! Final results posted along with a Championship Award points tally for paddlers that competed five or more times in one division.
Related:
Results: Final Results, Championship Awards

Gear West Trail Running Weekend
August 9, 2013
Gear West is hosting a free Trail Run Weekend August 17-18th. Saturdaywill feature a trail running seminar for men and women includinga discussion of equipment, fuel and training. Sunday will be a trail run capped with food and refreshments.

Kirvesniemi, Hodgert, Lead 12 Incoming St. Scholastica Skiers for 2014
August 7, 2013
Anita Kirvesniemi of Simpele, Finland, and Reitler Hodgert of Bend, Oregon, lead 12 incoming skiers to the St. Scholastica Saints ski team for 2014.

North West Championship Regatta Coverage
August 7, 2013
Amy Cichanowski reports: The 110th Annual North West International Rowing Assn Championship Regatta was held on Lake Elmo Aug 3-4th. The regatta, hosted by Minneapolis Rowing Club, attracted 450 athletes from Canada and the US in 53 events in a 2000 meter, 6 lane format with heats and finals. Minnesota Boat Club of St Paul came out ahead in the points total and took home the Lipton Cup over 2nd place Winnipeg and 3rd place Minneapolis Rowing Club.
Related:
Photoset from Sarah Risser: North West Championship Regatta

Midwest MTB Racing Report
August 7, 2013
Jay Richards recaps Black's Grove Crossing, MNSCS and WORS events, high school MTB season, and riding in White Earth, as well as the look ahead to upcoming events.

Loppet Races Move to Two Day Format
August 4, 2013
Ever had a hard time deciding between the City of Lakes Loppet classic and freestyle races? This winter, you decision just got easier -- the Loppet has moved the classic races to Saturday, allowing skiers to participate in both the classic and skate races! And yes, there will be age class awards for the combined times.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Season Wrapup
August 4, 2013
Hoigaards Paddle Derby will be racing for one last time this year on Thursday, August 8th. The final race is followed by a Paddler's Potluck. Bring a dish to share and enjoy a grilled Hoigaards Hot Dog! Final Championship Awards will also be presented.
Related:
Results: Paddle Derby Aug 1st

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 3, 2013
With over 300 cyclists competing in the Firehouse 50 on Saturday, Tristin Bentzler took the sprint victory for the men with Lori Thompson besting the womens field.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Firehouse 50
Video from Kaitlin Randolph: Firehouse 50
Results: Firehouse 50

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 2, 2013
The battle for the Summer Club Championship kicked off Friday morning at Baker with the annual Ringer Roll 10K rollerski race. Matt Liebsch, as expected, posted the top time again this year, and skied to full laps (one with Swenor standards and one with rocket Swenor rollerskis). Mattie Watts and her Sisu team mates, Alayna Sonnesyn, and Caroline Brisbois, swept the womens Marwe podium. John Wessling topped a competitive mens field for the fastest Marwe time. Results and photos up now.

Local Youth Competing for Team USA at World Kayak Sprint Championships
August 1, 2013
Sarah Tokos, from New Brighton, Minnesota is representing the United States at the Junior World Championships for Sprint Canoe and Kayak taking place this week in Welland, Ontario. Tokos, a senior at Irondale High School, qualified for State last year in Nordic skiing.

Weekend Events
July 31, 2013
August already!?  Some of the weekend events on tap ...
Aug 3 Dirty Girl Mud Run - 5K where everyone runs like a girl!  Complete with mud and obstacles.
Aug 3 Sheboygan Brat Trot - Celebrate Brat Days in the home of Johnsville Brats with a 4 mile run.
Aug 3 Firehouse 50 - An old school citizen bike race, and one of the biggest in the area. 
Aug 3 Derby Days 5K - Starts and finishes on the race track at Canterbury Park!
Aug 4 Border Crossing - MN MTB series crosses the river to race at River Falls in Wisconsin.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
July 30, 2013
Reports from the Afton Avalanche, Wausau 24, and MTB Nationals, along with a look ahead to a number of events on tap, all highlight Jay Richards MTB report this week.

Birkie Half Full, Price Hike Thursday
July 30, 2013
The American Birkebeiner is already reporting over 5,500 skiers registered for the event. Act before Thursday, August 1st, to avoid the next price hike on your 2014 registration!

Volunteer Opportunities
July 30, 2013
A couple of big events are looking for a helping hand ...
Ore to Shore - The big UP mountain bike race has a number of volunteer opportunities available.
Maple Grove Tri - Skiers, get your team to volunteer and earn some funds!

Price Hike: Birkie Trail Run, Relay and Trek
July 28, 2013
How's the trail running training coming along? Got a relay team dialed in? The big Birkie trail run is coming up in September, but the next price hike is July 31st. Sign up solo or as a team before the end of the July to save!

Afton Avalanche Coverage
July 28, 2013
A gorgeous day Sunday for the annual Afton Avalanche MTB race as riders enjoyed relatively cool and sunny conditions along the St. Croix river valley. Photos from the expert/comp races.
Related:
Photoset: Expert/Comp Races - 130 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Ringer Roll and Summer Club Championships
July 26, 2013
The 2013 Ringer Roll rollerski race will be held Friday, August 2nd at Baker Park. The Ringer Roll also marks the first half of the Summer Club Championships, a friendly competition between area summer training groups.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
July 23, 2013
Jay Richards MTB report brings highlights of US Nationals, a feature on the Paul Bunyan State Forest trails, news on Detroit Mountain development, and a look ahead to the Afton Avalanche.

Southside Sprints Coverage
July 21, 2013
While the morning started out a little damp, the sun burst out by midday and provided an excellent afternoon of racing for the Southside Sprints in south Minneapolis Sunday. We caught up with the top womens and mens fields, plus the kids racing in between.
Related:
Photoset: Womens 1/2/3 - 71 photos, Kids Race - 38 photos, Mens 1/2/3 - 68 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Midwest MTB Racing Report
July 16, 2013
Back in the saddle again... Jay Richards hits the trails to compete in the Great Hawk Chase last weekend in Duluth - read his full report and check out the video! Plus coverage on Miner's Revenge, Silver Rush, and the Subaru Cup WORS event.

Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest Voting
July 16, 2013
The voting is on in the Birkie t-shirt design contest! Check out the candidates and cast your vote today. Voting concludes on July 19th.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
July 13, 2013
After a week off for the Fourth of July, the Hoigaards Paddle Derby resumed this past Thursday evening.
Related:
Results: Hoigaards Paddle Derby

Illinois Roller Ski Race Series
July 12, 2013
Coming this fall, the Illinois Roller Ski Race Series, starting Sept 7th and will be held at Moraine Hills State Park. There will be a total of four races, with the series ending in early December.

US Ski Team: Universal Sports Expands Winter Coverage
July 11, 2013
Universal Sports has inked a deal to the exclusive U.S. distribution rights for the FIS World Cup including Nordic events. They will also partner with Time Warner Cable for cable and video-on-demand.

Cyclocross Camp With Jonathan Page
July 10, 2013
US National Champion Jonathan Page will be in the Twin Cities in early August for a special weekend cyclocross camp. In addition to dryland and QA, there are 12 hours of on-the-bike learning planned. Dates are August 9-11, with just a limited number of openings. Also special juniors-only session August 9th.

Swix Named Title Sponsor of American Birkebeiner Ski Events
July 10, 2013
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has announced a two-year deal with Swix Sport USA as title sponsor of the American Birkebeiner cross country ski events, including sole title sponsorship of the American Birkebeiner’s 50K Skate Race.
Related:
Swix Signs On As Title Sponsor of American Birkebeiner Ski Events

Midwest MTB Racing Report
July 9, 2013
The MTB report from Jay Richards is packed full this week with race reports from Breckenridge, CO, as well as the Lutsen 99er, updates on clinics, some national news, as well as a number of the upcoming events.
Related:
CAMBA Completes Connection of Singletrack Bike Trail from Hayward to Cable

Tofte Trek Results
July 5, 2013
A Fourth of July tradition, the Tofte Trek trail run attracts a strong following in NE Minnesota, including a number of top skiers. This year's 10K race was won by Adam Swank, with David Duede in second. Ailiee Larson edged out Kaelyn Williams for the womens title.
Related:
Results: Tofte Trek

Midwest MTB Racing Report
July 3, 2013
Jay Richards MTB report this week provides a full recap on the MNSCS Birch Bump racing action at Buck Hill, an update on the Midwest's Joseph Maloney National competition results, along with the usual look ahead.

Lutsen 99er Results
June 30, 2013
Jay Richards writes: Over 600 racers competed in the Lutsen marathon race which was highlighted by the 99 mile event. Taking top honors in the main race, the 99er was Michael McNaughton of Crystal Lake, IL and Patti Iverson of Chanhassen, MN.
Related:
Video from Greg Fangel: Start
Results: Lutsen 99er

Tri-Loppet Coverage
June 29, 2013
The string of rainy, damp weather this spring made for a wet and muddy Tri-Loppet Saturday. A big field lined up on the north end of Lake Calhoun then took off south under relatively light winds before return to pass through Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake before departing the paddle leg on the north end of Brownie Lake. From there participants strided through saturated trails for a short 5K run then switched over to bikes for the final leg. The bike portion featured a number of "watering holes", providing ample opportunity to get muddy. Solo victories went to Matt Liebsch and Josie Nelson. The fastest overall relay victory went to 'Gear West'.
Related:
Photoset: Paddle - 58 photos, Run - 88 photos, Bike - 127 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Tri-Loppet

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
June 28, 2013
Jim Lind reports: The Hoigaards Paddle Derby competitors had a perfect evening of high energy paddling, followed by our traditional mid-season food fest, the Paddler's Potluck. We will skip next week to celebrate the 4th of July. The next Derby is July 11th.
Related:
Results: Hoigaards Paddle Derby

Midwest MTB Racing Report
June 25, 2013
Jay Richards MTB report this week features recaps from the Red Wing Classic and looks ahead to the Buck Hill Birch Bump and Lutsen 99er.

Tri-Loppet Festival Prize Peek
June 24, 2013
This year, the Tri-Loppet has turned into a full day festival with dozens of events organized beyond the main Tri-Loppet race. Their "Tri-It" events include orienteering, slacklining, paddle demos, Voyageur canoe rides, Adventure run, mountain bike skills course , Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Tours, outdoor vendors and of course, live music. And to encourage you to participate, they've got a huge raffle prize pack!

Grandmas Marathon Results
June 22, 2013
Sarah Kiptoo of Kenya broke the womens course record in a cloudy, damp Grandmas Marathon Saturday in Duluth. Kiptoo ran a 2:26:32. Ethiopian Bazu Worku won the mens race, posting a time of 2:11:12.
Related:
Results: Grandmas Marathon

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Coverage
June 20, 2013
Temperatures hit 90F as paddlers took to the chain of lakes in Minneapolis for the weekly Hoigaards Paddle Derby Thursday evening. This week's event also featured some of the middle school athletes on the Loppet Foundation’s Antwain Ski Team.
Note: Next week, June 27th, is a Paddler's Potluck following the race. Hoigaard's will be grilling hot dogs. Paddlers are encouraged to bring a dish to share!
Related:
Photoset: 126 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Hoigaards Paddle Derby

Midwest MTB Racing Report
June 18, 2013
A recap from the WORS Battle of CamRock race plus a look ahead to the Red Wing MNMBS and Crank Sisters events are featured in Jay Richards' weekly MTB report.

Birkie Hosts 16-Nation Worldloppet Annual Meeting
June 18, 2013
On June 13-16, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation hosted delegates from all 16 nations of the Worldloppet Ski Federation at the Worldloppet Annual General Meeting in Hayward/Cable, Wisconsin.
Related:
Worldloppet Consider Four New Events

Gear West's Twilight 5K Results
June 17, 2013
Paul Brauchle and Deb Gormley took top honors in Gear West's Twilight 5K run last Friday evening. Brauchle hammered out a screaming 16:39 time while Gormley just missed the 20 minute mark, posting 20:47.

NVGP Coverage
June 15, 2013
The Nature Valley Grand Prix has events running June 12-16 in the Twin Cities and around the region. A number of photographers have been covering the event.
Related:
Photoset from Joel Woodward: Uptown Racing - 13 photos
Photoset from Scott Brown: Womens Uptown Race

Midwest MTB Racing Report
June 11, 2013
While the racing action was light last weekend, Jay Richards was out mixing up with some great racing on Cuyuna trails, including an epic helmetcam video recap! Plus a look at some junior MTB programs and other events coming up this summer.

Gear West Twilight 5K and Shoe Sale
June 9, 2013
As part of the Long Lake Summerfest, Gear West is hosting a family-fun 5K on Friday night, June 14th. Plus get great deals on shoes (the more you buy, the bigger the savings), starting Thursday.

Chippewa Triathlon Coverage
June 8, 2013
Another big field for the popular Chippewa Triathlon in Cass Lake Saturday morning. Taking the solo titles, Mike Brumbaugh and Maddie Heinrich. Doubles male and female champs: Dave Nelson and Maria Janowiak. And the team relay of Flying Fungi posted the fastest time of the day.
Related:
Photoset from Allan Olson: Chippewa Triathlon
Results: Chippewa Triathlon
Jun 6 Hoigaards Relays Results

Birkie T-Shirt Contest Deadline Approaching
June 6, 2013
Just a few days left to enter the annual Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest. The winning designer will receive a pair of race skis, race entry, and preferred parking at the start area!

Midwest MTB Racing Report
June 4, 2013
Recaps from the Mt Borah Epic and Bluff Riders charge, a look at Saskatchewan singletrack riding plus highlights on the near-term events on the MTB calendar, all brought to you by Jay Richards in this week's report.

Birkie Registration Open
June 2, 2013
Registration for the 2014 American Birkebeiner events opens today (Monday, June 3rd) at 8 am. This year all registration is online. Act quickly though, the Birkie has filled and closed out registration earlier the last two seasons.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
June 1, 2013
The first round of the Hoigaards Paddle Derby was completed last Thursday, May 30th. Taking the Derby men division was Ed and Brett Arenz. Sarah Tokos and Joe Mann won the Racing Mixed. The series continues Thursday evenings through the summer.
Related:
Hoigaards Paddle Derby Series

New Bri Tri Coverage
June 1, 2013
Picking up a lucky roll of the dice, the New Brighton Triathlon participants scored a sunny, dry and warm morning Saturday for the annual swim, bike and run event based out of Long Lake Park.
Related:
Photoset: Swim - 70 photos, Bike - 125 photos, Run - 101 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Midwest MTB Racing Report
May 28, 2013
This week's MTB report from Jay Richards recaps the WORS Crystal Lake races, growing MTB trail system in Duluth, tick time, and the usual look ahead, including the big CAMBA festival this weekend.

2013 Collegiate Tally Board
May 22, 2013
Find out where the Midwest high school seniors are planning to ski next season with our annual collegiate tally board. Send us your plans, we'll update it regularly.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
May 21, 2013
Jay Richards' MTB report this week features the openers for WORS and MNMBS, the Cable Off-Road Classic, and MN high school Race4Free events, clinics, and other upcoming events.

Scandia Time Trial Coverage
May 19, 2013
Morning showers cleared just in time for the cyclists in Sunday's Scandia time trial events, providing relatively clean and slightly damp roads. Riders had the option of doing one or two laps of the scenic countryside course (20K or 40K).
Related:
Photoset: 20K/40K - 60 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Scandia Time Trial

Midwest MTB Racing Report
May 14, 2013
MTB Racing season is underway as Jay Richards files updates on last weekend's Elk River and Rhinelander races, highlights on World Cup and Enduro riding, and a look ahead to the major series firing up this weekend!

Saxton: Moving On
May 13, 2013
Ben Saxton breaks news on his training plans for next season, heading east for the next chapter...

Big Ring Flyers TT Coverage
May 11, 2013
Strong north winds and cool spring temps (with even some scattered rain/sleet), made for a tough time trial on the backgrounds north of Hudson in the annual Big Ring Flyers time trial.
Related:
Photoset: 60 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Midwest MTB Racing Preview
May 8, 2013
Maplelag's Jay Richards is back again this off-season to bring us the latest news and race reports from the Midwest (and National) mountain biking scene! Richards jumpstarts spring with updates on the area race series, some skills clinics, a look at high school racing, and events coming up.
Related:
CAMBA Trails Opening Date Set for May 24

Ben Popp - From Sisu to Birkie
May 8, 2013
Wednesday's bombshell that Sisu Foundation's Ben Popp will be leaving to take on the reins of the biggest ski race in North America, the Birkie, has surprised many. However, both organizations are well suited and excited by the move.

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Appoints New Executive Director
May 8, 2013
Ben Popp, of the Sisu Foundation, has been selected from a highly qualified field to become the new executive director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.
Related:
SISU Foundation Executive Director Chosen to Guide Birkie

Snake River Canoe Race Results
May 4, 2013
Over 150 paddlers hit the water Saturday morning for cool, fast ride down the Snake River in Mora's annual Snake River Canoe race. In the pro boat category, Dana Henry/Dave Nelson took top honors finishing just under 1:50. Open racing titles went to Ed/Devin Arenz and Sarah Sponholz/Josie Nelson. Kayak champs were Jonathan Sanborn and Chana Lennox.
Related:
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

Go Green Trail Run Coverage
May 4, 2013
Feeling more like March than May, runners were "treated" to damp, crisp weather for the Go Green trail run at Battle Creek Saturday morning. Olivier Vrambout, owner/operator of the Waffle Van, showed some speedy legs in taking the mens 10K event with a time just over 40 minutes. Heather Norton-Bower topped the womens field. In the 5K one-lap race, with Caroline Brisbois and Niki Reker posted the best times overall, finishing 1-2, with Craig McCoy taking third as the first male.
Related:
Photoset: Start/First Lap - 103 photos, Lap 2 - 27 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: 5K, 10K

Wednesday Night May Race Coverage
May 1, 2013
A solid turnout out Wednesday evening at Snowflake Nordic for a historic May Nordic ski race! Participants encountered generally fully covered, but at times slushy, trails for the 4K freestyle race.
Related:
Photoset from Bryan French: May Wednesday Night Race
Photoset from Rich Hoeg: Chest Cam

Inaugural Mt Borah Epic MTB Race Just Weeks Away
May 1, 2013
Just a month away from its debut, the Mt. Borah Epic will pay tribute to the CAMBA trails on June 1st. The mountain bike race will challenge riders on a 30 mile, point-to-point course, that curves, climbs, weaves and descends through the historic singletrack trail system with 100% of race profits benefiting CAMBA.

2012-13 Season Highlights
May 1, 2013
Review highlights and results from the 2012-13 collegiate racing season.

2012-13 Season Highlights
May 1, 2013
Review highlights and results from the 2012-13 high school racing season.


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