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NNF: Drive for 25 Underway, Ambassadors Needed
October 21, 2018
The annual major fundraising campaign for the National Nordic Foundation, the Drive for 25, has begun. While in the early stages, they could use your help: donate today and/or become an ambassador!

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

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

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

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

Minnesota Coaches Association Meeting this Saturday
October 9, 2018
The Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association annual Fall Meeting is this Saturday, Oct 13th, at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, MN. There will be a vendor fair before the meeting, and a post-meeting lunch.

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

CXC: Call for Spring Junior Trip Coaches Applications
September 30, 2018
Volunteer coaches are being sought for the Midwest Junior Nationals, U16 Junior Championships, and U18 Canadian Nationals trips coming up next spring.
CXC Annual Coaches Conference and Certification, Oct 19-21
CXC Fall Coaches Education Clinics

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

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

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

Endurance United Junior Cup Meeting Set for Thursday
September 23, 2018
Endurance United is hosting an information meeting on junior racing this Thursday, Sep 27th, at their offices in St. Paul. Athletes and parents are encouraged to attend.

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

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

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

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

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

Birkie Waves Filling Up
September 14, 2018
Birkie organizers are reporting wave 3 is nearly full, with many waves having less than 60 openings left. Reserve your spot now!

Weekend Events
September 12, 2018
Sep 15 Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival - The Midwest's epic MTB race, running from downtown Hayward to the finish in Cable.
Sep 15 Northshore Inline Marathon - Inline and rollerski races along the Northshore, along the DECC center in Duluth.
Sep 15-16 Gopher Cross - Two days of cyclocross racing up in Zimmerman, MN.
Sep 15 Bangin the Brush - Fun trail run at Korkki Nordic in Duluth, one of the toughest 10Ks around.
Sep 16 Cross of the North - WCA series his Wausau for cyclocross races at Sunny Vale Park.
Sep 16 William O'Brien Trail Runs - 5K and 10 mile trail runs at scenic William O'Brien State Park.

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

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

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

Jeremy Hecker Named UW-Green Bay Nordic Coach
September 7, 2018
Green Bay Director of Athletics Charles Guthrie has announced the hiring of Jeremy Hecker as the new head men's and women's Nordic skiing coach, effective September 2018. The native of Andover, Minnesota, comes to Green Bay after spending a year as an assistant collegiate Nordic skiing coach with Williams College.

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

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

Price Hike: Birkie, Korte, Prince Haakon
September 5, 2018
The American Birkebeiner's waves are filling fast and the next price hike is coming on Friday, Sep 7th, so you'll need to register by the end of Thursday to avoid the additional fees and secure your placement. Register is now open for other Birkie week events including the Junior Birkie, Barnebirkie, Birkie Adaptive, Barkie Birkie Skijor, and Birkie Giant Ski.
Birkie Registration

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

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

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

Bemidji Canoe Derby Set for Next Saturday
September 1, 2018
Bemidji area will be host to a mostly river canoe derby next weekend, Saturday, Sept 8th.

Laddies Loppet Cross-Country Coverage
September 1, 2018
Saturday featured a full day of cross-country mountain bike races for Laddies Loppet at Maplelag Resort. Conditions were ideal as the area avoided rain on Friday and Saturday brought in clear skies and lower dewpoints. Races ranged from Kids Comp to Expert, utilizing a wide range of terrain with a hefty mix of singletrack. Laddies Loppet veterans Jeff Hall and Sara Kylander-Johnson took the victories in the expert class.
Photoset: Kids Comp - 57 photos, Citizen - 75 photos, Sport - 89 photos, Kids Race - 14 photos, Comp/Expert - 119 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Cross-Country

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

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

Birkie Waves Starting to Close
August 23, 2018
The American Birkebeiner waves are filling up fast! The race organization has announced that Birkie Skate Wave 2 and Classic Wave 1 will close Friday at 11:59pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Birkie Trail Run Price Hike
August 6, 2018
The next price hike for the Birkie Trail Run events comes Friday, so register by Thursday to avoid that jump. The Birkie Trail Run events are Saturday, Sept 28th!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nordic Combined: USA Nordic Announces 2018/2019 Junior National Team
May 31, 2018
USA Nordic has announced that 23 athletes from around the country have been named to the 2018/2019 USA Nordic Junior National Teams in the disciplines of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined. Included on the roster are two Minnesota siblings, Aiden and Charolette Ripp of Cloquet, MN. Jumpers from Wisconsin, Illinois also made the squad.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekend Events
May 9, 2018
May 12 Lake Wogebon Trail Marathon - Fast and flat marathon on the Lake Wobegon trail, based out of Holdingford.
May 12 Ice Age 50 - Choose 50K or 50 mile trail run on the Ice Age trail in La Grange.
May 12 Get in Dunn - 5K and half marathon (racing around Lake Menomin), expect fast times.
May 12 Donut Dash - Fun 5K (and shorter mini) in Eden Prairie with, of course, donuts at the finish.
May 13 Iola Bump and Jump
- WORS MTB series fires up with the popular race on the Iola trails.

Giants Ridge Summer Training Camp Set for June 7-10
May 9, 2018
Coaches Jason Kask and Ellen Anderson will be leading a special multi-day summer training day at Giants Ridge, focused on northern skiers. Rollerskiing, mountain biking, trail running, bounding, and swimming are just some of the activities planned. Package includes lodging, meals and coaching. Register soon, camp is nearly full!

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

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

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

Collegiate Racing: From Cross-Country Skiing to the Marine Corps
May 3, 2018
Minnesota native and Colby College skier Andrew Egger outlines his journey from cross-country skiing to the Marine Corps, and reflects on the many benefits and support he received along the way.

2017-18 Season Highlights
May 1, 2018
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2017-2018 high school racing season.

2017-18 Season Highlights
May 1, 2018
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2017-2018 collegiate racing season.

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