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Archives: 5/1/2017 to 11/23/2017

CXC Marathon Cup Ready for Third Season
November 22, 2017
The CXC Marathon Cup kicks off the series on January 13th with the Seeley Hills Classic in Hayward. The series offers a number of competitions, allowing for skiers of all ages to participate.

End of Year Racing in NW Wisconsin
November 22, 2017
Post-Christmas racing action in NW Wisconsin:
Dec 29 Spooner Holiday Dash - Mass start high school races on the Spooner City Trails. 
Dec 30 Double Pole Derby - High school classical races in the morning, citizens freestyle racing in the afternoon.

World Cup Ruka Series
November 22, 2017
The World Cup seasons opens this weekend in at Ruka Nordic in Kuusamo, Finland! Events include classical sprints Friday, classsical 10K/15K on Saturday, with an exciting freestyle pursuit 10K/15K format on Sunday. Most of the US squad is expected to complete, including Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins. Live streaming on NBC's Olympic Channel, starting with the heats Friday morning at 5:30 am CST.
Related:
Video: NBC Olympic Channel
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Ruka Facebook Page
World Cup Ruka Competition Program
World Cup Ruka Website
US Ski Team: Wall-to-Wall Nordic Coverage from NBC Sports Group

FIS and Collegiate Racing Update
November 19, 2017
Mary Kozloski recaps the opening weekend of major FIS races in Norway and Sweden, as Midwesterners Nichole Bathe and Annie Hart competed. Plus a brief recap and results from the first collegiate racing action in Alaska - the Alaska Cup, with three Minnesota gals taking part.

Minnesota State CX Championships Coverage
November 18, 2017
Sunny Saturday for the Minnesota State Cyclocross Championships at Bassett Creek in Crystal. Pro rider Bjorn Selander broke away early to easily capture the mens 1/2 division title. Racing action continues Sunday.
Related:
Photoset: Mens 1/2 - 143 photos, Womens 1/2/3 - 60 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Day 1

Biathlon: Roster Announced for Opening World Cups
November 14, 2017
The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee met today and named Paul Schommer to join Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Leif Nordgren and Sean Doherty on the men's World Cup Team for World Cups 1-3. Additionally, trials winner Kelsey Dickinson along with Emily Dreissigacker were named to join Susan Dunklee and Clare Egan for the women's World Cup Team for World Cups 1-3.

NNF Drive for 25 Campaign - Where the Money Goes
November 14, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation has released a slick video highlighted the impacts NNF funding has had on some of the top juniors. Please show your support by contributing to one of the fundraising campaigns of your favorite Midwest ambassador:
- Jessie Diggins
- Bryan Fish
- Team Gregg
- Nicole Schneider
- Yuriy Gusev
- Ian Torchia
- Abby Jarzin
- Loppet Nordic Racing
- CXC Team
- Northern Michigan Univ
- Adam Loomis
- Ben Loomis

Opening Day: Winona High School Nordic Ski Team
November 13, 2017
Minnesota's high school Nordic skiing season started on Monday! We dropped in on Winona High School for opening day practice. Under the guidance of new head coach Jacob Teichroew, the team briefly met for some introductions then headed out for a short warmup run around part of Lake Winona. Skiers then participated in a strength test session to establish a an initial benchmark for the season. The test included sets of pull ups, sit ups, box jumps, push ups and bench dips. Practice wound down with locker assignments and general first-day paperwork. The team plans to be out on their fleet of rollerskis by mid-week, and hopefully on snow at St. Mary's University by early December.
Related:
Photoset: Winona High School Nordic Ski Team - 72 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Midwest Racing Season Preview
November 12, 2017
With the ski season already underway for some and racing action starting up in less than a month, we present our annual Midwest Racing Season Preview. Find out about some of the new events and changes this season, as well as a few that will drop off, and start making your plans for the season!

Rivet Run Coverage
November 12, 2017
Eve Graves reports: Sunday morning's Rivet Run event went off without a hitch despite having icy, snowy conditions thanks to hard working volunteers who sanded, salted, shoveled and used an ice pick to make the trail safe for participants. We had 93 participants ranging in age from 11 to 76 who all finished safely. Paul Gucinski, 37, won this year's event in 25:50 and 11 year old Sofia Brandis, of Ashland, WI was 5th overall and the first female with a time of 27:18. Proceeds from benefit the trails at Pattison State Park.
Related:
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

Collegiate Racing: Base Camp Marquette
November 7, 2017
Mary Kozloski digs into MTG - Marquette Training Group, a group of current and former NMU skiers that spend most of their summer training in Marquette together, when not off on their own adventures.

Skiers Needed to Re-enact Historic Birkebeiner Journey at Birkie 2018
November 6, 2017
The American Birkebeiner is seeking a trio to portray Birkebeiner warriors, Torstein & Skervald, and Inga, mother of Prince Haakon - the three characters that played a pivotal role in Norwegian history. The three skiers reenact the historic flight on wooden skis and in full period costume along the entire 55K classic cross-country race course. Applications are due by Nov 30th.

LNR JNQ and Collegiate Racing Presentation
November 6, 2017
Loppet Nordic Racing is presentation this Sunday, Nov 12th, for those interested in learning about Junior National Qualifier (JNQ) racing and XC skiing in college. LNR Coaches Chris Harvey and Piotr Bednarski led the discussion with Q&A afterwards - skiers and parents are invited!

Up Up and Away 10K Coverage
November 5, 2017
Chris Pappathopoulos reports: The Up Up and Away 10K 11K rollerski race Saturday had to move to plan C after the standard course was freshly chip sealed shortly before the race and plan B had road construction. Taking top honors in the high school division were Eli Gore of Madison Nordic Ski Team (Madnorski) and Abby Jarzin of Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team (ANST).

Minnesota High School State CC Meet Coverage
November 4, 2017
A rather dreary day for the Minnesota High School State Cross-Country Championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield Saturday. Temperatures stayed in the upper 30s under cloudy and misty skies. However, the racing action was still strong. In the girls AA, Minneapolis Washburn's Emily Covert topped returning champion Anna Fenske, Farmington, less than 5 seconds. Wayzata's Khalid Hussein pulled away from Roseville's Acer Iverson in the final 500m to take the victory in boys AA. Wayzata swept the AA teams titles. In the afternoon girls A race, Tierney Wolfgram, Math and Science Academy, took the lead from the starting gun and never looked back, winning by over 45 seconds. La Cresent reversed last year's finish, taking the victory in a sprint over Declan Dahlberg, Mounds Park Academy. Perham also pulled off the sweep, taking the class A titles -- the girls winning by a single point over Winona-Cotter!
Related:
Photoset: Girls AA - 173 photos, Boys AA - 155 photos, Girls A - 178 photos, Boys A - 140 photos
Photoset: Class AA - Top Picks (high res), Class A - Top Picks (high res)
Results: Girls AA, A, Boys AA, A

Price Hike: Three Rivers Ski Rennet
November 2, 2017
Three Rivers Park District's Ski Rennet (and Fat Bike Rennet) have price increases on Monday, Nov 6th. Secure your spot on the starting line and save a little by registering before Monday.

Frozen Thunder
November 1, 2017
Canmore Nordic Centre in Alberta, Canada, is hosting their annual Frozen Thunder event this week. The event uses manmade snow stored from last season to create an early season loop. Wednesday was classical sprints, Friday will be freestyle distance. Kevin Bolger and Brian Gregg are in Canmore, finishing 12th and 23rd in the sprint qualifiers, with Bolger making all the way to the finals, placing 4th. On Friday, Brian Gregg finished 7th, Kevin Bolger 8th, in the freestyle distance races.
Related:
Results: Qualifiers, Kings Court, Freestyle Distance
Classical Sprints Recap
Freestyle Distance Recap

Price Hike: Birkie!
October 31, 2017
The final price hike for the American Birkebeiner events is coming this Friday, Nov 3rd. If you want to avoid the price hike on the Korte, Birkie and Prince Haakon events, register before Friday.
Related:
Nov 9 Birksgiving - Phase 2 Capital Campaign (West Allis, WI)

Biathlon: Fall Festival Recap
October 31, 2017
Last weekend Minnesota Biathlon held their final rollerski event of the season on the trails at Elk River. The Ellingson siblings, Jakob and Siena, took the overall titles on a cold weekend, with snow still evident. Results and photos posted.

Price Hikes: Vasaloppet, Sisu Ski Fest
October 29, 2017
Put big events have price hikes on November 1st!
Jan 6 Sisu Ski Fest - Ironwood's kickoff to the marathon season, racing from ABR to downtown Ironwood.
Feb 10 Vasaloppet - Snowmaking abilities and two course options ensures this famed race will continue to be held each year!

Karma Cross Coverage
October 28, 2017
Friday's snowstorm left an inch of wet snow, generating sloppy conditions on a cold Saturday for the Karma Cross races in New Brighton. Photos up from the morning events.
Related:
Photoset: Mens/Womens 3/4, Womens Singlespeed - 84 photos, Juniors, Womens 4/5 - 63 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Karma Cross

LNR MEA Weekend Sprints
October 21, 2017
Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) is holding their annual MEA break camp up in Cable area. One of the big highlights was a freestyle sprint competition, complete with qualifying, heats and finals. Torsten Brinkema and Sarah Olson took home the A titles.
Related:
Photoset: LNR MEA Sprints
Video: LNR MEA Sprints
Results: LNR MEA Sprints

Jackson Meadow CX Coverage
October 21, 2017
A dark and damp day of racing at Jackson Meadow development community on Saturday, as off-and-on showers softened up the course and made for some slick conditions. Photos from the afternoon races.
Related:
Photoset: Mens Cat 1/2/3, Masters 35+ - 124 photos, Womens Cat 1/2/3, Masters 45+,55+ - 106 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Jackson Meadow CX

Sisu Ski Fest Registration Open
October 17, 2017
Sisu Ski Fest, a full weekend of events in Ironwood, Michigan, Jan 5-7th, has announced their registration is open. The fest centers around the SISU 31K and Heikki Lunta 15K point-to-point ski races originating at ABR Trails and terminating in downtown Ironwood on SISU Saturday. First price hike comes at the end of this month!

Collegiate Racing: Midwest Skiers Summer Training
October 15, 2017
Highlighting the wide range of summer training options for Midwest collegiate skiers, Mary Kozloski interviews skiers Alayna Sonnesyn, Hannah Rudd and Caroline Brisbois about their unique experiences.

Minnesota Fall Coaches Association Meeting Recap
October 14, 2017
A brief recap on the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Coaches Association Meeting held Saturday at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. Big topics on the day included waxing restrictions, rule book development, and future state meet venues.
Related:
Nov 5 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Coaches Education Clinic (Bloomington, MN)

Vasaloppet Unveils Two Race Plans, New Names
October 10, 2017
Vasaloppet organizers have moved to ensure the future of their event by developing two separate race plans, and matching names, for the annual ski races in February. The original Vasaloppet, running from Warman to downtown Mora will now be known as the Legacy course, while the newer roughly 14K loop course (with snowmaking option) will be known as The Mora. They've also coined new names for the race divisions.

Tour de Essex Trail Run Oct 21st
October 10, 2017
The Rochester Active Sports Club (RASC) is hosting a fall trail running event at Essex Park, Oct 21st. The day-of-race registration of $5 helps fund trail maintenance.

Masters World Cup Registration Opens!
October 9, 2017
Registration for the highly anticipated Masters World Cup races is now open! The world is coming to Theodore Wirth this January for a week of racing, and anyone ages 30 and above can compete. Sign up now.

LNR Time Trial Coverage
October 8, 2017
After a rain delay Saturday, Loppet Nordic Racing hosted a warm October Sunday afternoon rollerski time trial on the backroads north of Afton. Posting top times in the 7.5K freestyle race were Henry Hall and Sarah olson. Results posted along with photos.

Swedish Mile Results
October 8, 2017
Jon Larson reports: Sunday saw the inaugural running of the Swedish Mile, a fundraising event supporting the Vasalopppet Nordic Center complex, Snow making and Trail development. The course utilized many of the Vasaloppet traditional ski trail as well as some less traveled loops and included newly developed single track sections. With 5 inches of rain in the week prior to the race, there was a few water hazards and plenty of mud for everyone. Spencer Davis and Stephanie Sathre took the titles in the first year event.
Related:
Results: Swedish Mile

World Cup Returns to Quebec in 2019, 2020
October 6, 2017
With the annual FIS Technical Committee and FIS Cross-Country Committee meetings still underway in Zurich, it has been confirmed that the FIS Cross-Country World Cup Finals will be coming back to Canada in March 2019 and 2020.

Price Hike: Seeley Hills Classic
October 3, 2017
The Midwest's unofficial classical skiing championship, Seeley Hills Classic, has their first price hike on Friday, Oct 6th.   Register before Friday to get the ground floor pricing!

Bergkonig: Mountain King Run Coming Nov 11th
October 1, 2017
The Bergkönig ("mountain king") 5K and 10K trail runs at Lapham Peak is scheduled for November 11th. Challenging course with hills, technical sections and even a flight of stairs. Registration is still open!

Birkie Trail Run Coverage
September 30, 2017
A cold and dewy morning gave way to ideal running conditions for the Birkie Trail Run Festival events Saturday in Cable. Joseph Gray held off a persistent Justin Grunewald to take the USATF half marathon title with Tyler Sigl rounding out the podium. Ashley Brasovan cruised to the womens half marathon title, notably her first trail running event, with Dani Moreno second and Amber Kranz third. Andy Elvester and Michelle Pratt won the full marathon events.
Related:
Photoset: Marathon Start - 13 photos, Marathon Mile 3.75 - 131 photos, Half Marathon Start - 131 photos, Half Marathon Mile 3.75 - 49 photos, Half Marathon Mile 7 - 49 photos, Half Marathon Finish - 68 photos, Awards - 8 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Birkie Trail Run

Annual Fall Coaches Meeting
September 27, 2017
The annual Minnesota High School Coaches Association Fall Meeting will be held Saturday, Oct 14th at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora. Topics on the agenda include waxing policies, pole length implementation, rules book clarification, Adaptive Nordic, CXC Coaches Education, and voting for the next Association President.

Biathlon: Elk River Race Coverage
September 26, 2017
Last weekend Minnesota Biathlon held a race at the Woodland trails in Elk River. Bill Meyer reports: The Men's 11.4 km Pursuit Format race was dominated by Jakob Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon, who also had the best shooting of the day with only 2 misses. The Women's 9.3 km race was more closely contested with Siena Ellingson, Mt Itasca Biathlon holding off Emma Stertz, also of Mt Itasca, but only by 27 sec. Results and photos posted.
Related:
Biathlon: Aug 24 Elk River Race Coverage

Wisconsin State Meet Update
September 25, 2017
An update on the Wisconsin high school state meet including discussion on format and schedule changes, updates at the Birkie start area, trail changes, and living streaming again.

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 23, 2017
Temperatures in the 80s and high dewpoints made for some difficult running conditions Saturday for the annual Trail Loppet events at Theodore Wirth. Craig Cardinal took the half marathon title with Eric Giandelone second and Joel LaFrance closing for third. Josie Nelson collected another womens title, winning by over three minutes as Heather Hlavaty took second and Lindsay Annis rounded out the podium in third. Brian and Caitlin Gregg won the 13.1K race titles. Victories in the 5K went to James Zacchini and Brittani Lamb. Photos posted from the half marathon and 13.1K events, race results linked in.
Related:
Photoset: Half Marathon - Start - 67 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 3.25 - 100 photos, Half Marathon - Wirth Lake/Hwy 55 - 19 photos, 13.1K - Mile 2.75 - 79 photos, 13.1K - Quaking Bog - 82 photos, 13.1K - Finish - 29 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet

Midwest MTB Report
September 19, 2017
The Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards this week has extensive covered from the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, including a first-hand report (with some interesting training) from womens winner Kyia Anderson, and an interview with third place finisher Jeff Hall, and a look forward to a busy set of events.

Michigan Tech Twin Cities Engagement Event this Weekend
September 19, 2017
Michigan Tech University is holding an alumni and friends of the MTU Varsity Cross Country, Nordic Ski, Track & Field Team event in the Twin Cities this weekend, Sep 23-24. Come out and cheer on the team at the Roy Griak races Saturday morning, then hit the trails at Hyland Park in the afternoon with food and drink afterwards.

LNR Time Trial Coverage
September 17, 2017
Loppet Nordic Racing held a fall time trial Saturday morning in a NW Twin Cities suburb. Primarily junior racers, with some elite invites as well. Matt Liebsch posted the fastest 10K time with Torsten Brinkema the top junior. In the 7.5K race, Victor Sparks and Kasia Bednarski tied for the winning time. Results and some video highlights posted.

Bangin in the Brush Coverage
September 17, 2017
Nearly 70 runners turned out Saturday for the Bangin in the Brush 10K trail run at Korkki Nordic in Duluth. Danny Whipple took the mens victory with a time of 46:46 while Anna Lathi topped the womens field, as well as finishing 7th overall.
Related:
Photoset from Dave Johnson: Bangin in the Brush
Results: Bangin in the Brush

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Results
September 16, 2017
First-time Chequamegon rider, but top pro, Payson McElveen won the mens Chequamegon 40 on Saturday in Cable, crossing the line just eight seconds in front of former champs Brian Matter and Jeff Hall, with last year's winner Corey Stelljes coming in 4th, just four seconds back. Minnesotan Kyia Anderson captured the womens title by a three minute margin, marking her second Cheq 40 victory. Jill Cederholm and Lindsey Kriete rounded out the womens podium. Over 1700 riders finished the 40 mile course. Short and Fat victories were earned by teenagers Daxton Mock and Anna Christian.
Related:
Photoset from Chequamegon: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Results: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Press Release: First-timer takes the top of the podium at 35th Annual Chequamegon Fat Tire

Northshore Inline Marathon Results
September 16, 2017
Just under 40 participants raced in the rollerski division of the Northshore Inline Marathon, Saturday morning in Duluth. Zach Nelson edged out Chris Hecker and Gary Johnson take the victory. Jenna Ruzich was the womens champion.

Trails Kids Adventure Race Coverage
September 14, 2017
On a hot Thursday evening, the Loppet Foundation's Trail Kids program took to some of the new singletrack near the Wirth Chalet for one of the Adventure Race series events.
Related:
Photoset: Warm Up - 12 photos, U10/U12 - 74 photos, U14/U16 - 72 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Kids Adventure Race
Loppet: Trail Kids Program

Midwest MTB Report
September 12, 2017
In this week's Midwest MTB report Jay Richards has recaps from the epic 150 mile Maah Daah Hey MTB race in the Dakotas, the Copper Peak Trails Fest events, and Kappel's Challenge up in Detroit Lakes, as well as a short preview of the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival 40.

Midwest JN and U16 Coaching Openings
September 12, 2017
CXC and Midwest junior committee has posted openings for Midwest Junior National and NENSA U16 Coaching positions for the big events coming in March 2018. Application deadline is mid-October.
Related:
Job Opening: Ski Technician at NTDC in Thunder Bay

Yellowstone Ski Festival Registration Now Open
September 11, 2017
The Yellowstone Ski Festival in November has rolled out their schedule of clinics for this season. A wide range of offerings are available, from learning to skate ski to improving your technique and even coaching certification.

US Ski Team: Podiums Abound in Winter Games NZ Cross Country Races
September 11, 2017
The U.S. Ski Team collected podium spot after podium spot through two solid days of cross country racing at New Zealand's Snow Farm as a part of the Winter Games NZ. Minnesotans lead the way for the team with Jessie Diggins taking the womens 5K freestyle and 10K classical, Ben Saxton winning the mens classical sprints, Adam Martin 2nd in the mens 15K classical and Brian Gregg 3rd in the mens 10K free.
Related:
Winter Games NZ: Freestyle Race Recap
Winter Games NZ: Classical Sprints Recap
Winter Games NZ: Classical Mass Start Recap

Vasaloppet: The Swedish Mile October Run
September 8, 2017
Vasaloppet USA has announced their newest event, a fall running race called The Swedish Mile! Scheduled for Oct 7th, it will feature 5K and 10K divisions with proceeds benefiting their snowmaking and trail development efforts.

Price Hikes: Birkie, Loppet
September 6, 2017
Price hikes are already here!
City of Lakes Loppet - Price hike on Thursday night, Sep 7th.
American Birkebeiner - Price hike also on Thursday night, Sep 7th!

Midwest MTB Report
September 5, 2017
The Midwest MTB Report this week from Jay Richards covers racing action at Copper Harbor, Giants Ridge, South Dakota and Maplelag Resort plus a look ahead including World Championships highlights.

Laddies Loppet Short Track Coverage
September 3, 2017
Maplelag wrapped up a weekend of racing with short track format events on Sunday for Laddies Loppet. The popular racing style produced a number of close finishes, especially in the mens comp division.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 46 photos, Citizen - 42 photos, Sport - 99 photos, Expert Women/Comp Men - 93 photos, Expert Men - 83 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Laddies Loppet ST

Diggins Wins Merino Muster Worldloppet Race
September 2, 2017
With many of the US Ski Team members and Olympic hopefuls in New Zealand getting some on-snow training, they did a little "pick up" on Saturday racing in the Merino Muster Worldloppet races. Jessie Diggins was the top female in the 42K, and fourth overall (behind two Olympian men), for another strong showing. Brian Gregg was second only to Simi Hamilton, and by a single second, in the 42K. Caitlin Gregg had a matching performance in the 21K race, finishing second to Sophie Caldwell, as the girls went 1-2 overall!
Related:
Results: Merino Muster

Laddies Loppet XC Coverage
September 2, 2017
A heavy rainfall on Friday provided some greasy conditions for Saturday's cross-country races in the Laddies Loppet event at Maplelag. Veterans Jeff Hall and Sara Kylander-Johnson took the titles in the expert race.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 47 photos, Citizen - 69 photos, Sport - 146 photos, Expert/Comp - 125 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Laddies Loppet XC

Loppet Seeking Marketing/Communications Help
August 28, 2017
The Loppet Foundation in Minneapolis is looking for a highly qualified individual to help lead in their marketing and communication efforts.

Fat Tire Tri Coverage
August 26, 2017
Cloudy and damp conditions Saturday in Hayward for the Fat Tire Triathlon event. In the Olympic division Chris Pappathopoulos and Dawn Kittleson took top honors. Sprint titles went to Scott Brown and Jenny Swift. Results linked in, along with photos from Kelly Randolph.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Fat Tire Tri
Results: Fat Tire Tri
Fat Tire Tri Press Release

Midwest MTB Report
August 22, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers the Seeley Pre-Fat, Great Deer Chase, Cuyuna Crusher and Reforestation Rambler races from last week and looks ahead to Laddies Loppet and WORS Treadfest events.

Mighty Miss Paddle Race Coverage
August 20, 2017
Race Director Roland Ring-Jarvi reported another successful Mighty Miss race as paddlers raced down the Mississippi River, from 55 miles down to 12 miles, to finish in Champlin. Read his full recap, view some photos and the results.

North American Rollerski Biathlon Championships Recap
August 16, 2017
Minnesota Biathlon's Bill Meyer has posted a recap of the recently completed North American Biathlon Rollereski Championships, held out in Vermont. Minnesota had a strong showing, especially among the junior/youth skiers. Check out a recap with results and a few photos.

Midwest MTB Report
August 15, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week features racing reports from Great Hawk Chase, Ore to Shore, and the infamous Leadville 100. And check out three events coming up this weekend.

Minnesota State Time Trial Championships Coverage
August 12, 2017
Postcard perfect weather again on Saturday as cyclists competed on the quiet roads west of St. Peter for the Minnesota State Time Trial titles. Photosets up, results linked in.
Related:
Photoset: 20K and under - 159 photos, 40K - 255 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Minnesota State Time Trial

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 11, 2017
Another perfect weather Ringer Roll event on Friday morning as the morning fog cleared for bright sunshine and temps in the 60s. Zak Ketterson topped the mens skate field, almost a minute ahead from Brian Gregg with Joel LaFrance third. Caitlin Gregg led the womens field with high school stars Sarah Olson second and Mara McCollor third. Erica Meyers and Tamer Mische-Richter had the fastest classical times. Full results along with photos.

Price Hike: Birkie Trail Run Festival
August 10, 2017
Save some money on your Birkie Trail run entry by registering on Thursday (today) -- price jumps starting on Friday!

Midwest MTB Report
August 8, 2017
Covering the Midwest (and some National) MTB news this week, Jay Richards has a recaps Hixon Forest Epic and Duluth Enduro series, as well as updates from Maah Daah Hey and Red Dirt Fest, plus the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Ringer Roll this Friday
August 6, 2017
The Loppet Foundation's Ringer Roll rollerski race is this Friday morning at Baker Park. The rollerski race is an annual summer tradition, and winds down the summer junior training season while kicking off the masters transition to ski training. Online registration is open until Wednesday evening (morning of registration available too).

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 5, 2017
John Kunert took the Firehouse 50 road race title in a photo finish over Dean Hodge in front of a field of more than 230 riders on Saturday morning. Jenny Youngwerth topped the womens field, along with the only sub two hour time in their field. Time trial victories went to Mike Johnson and Beth Emerson.
Related:
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Road Race, Time Trial
Results: Firehouse 50

Midwest MTB Report
August 1, 2017
In this week's Midwest MTB report by Jay Richards: reports from Boston Pro XCT and Gamehaven, highlights on Spirit Mtn Divas, Tour Divide race, best trails in the world, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Minnesota State Road Race Coverage
July 29, 2017
It was a hot afternoon as temperatures climbed into the mid-80s for the Minnesota State Road Race events near Richmond on Saturday. In the top division mens Cat 1-2-3 race, Peter Olejniczak crested the finishing climb in first with Sam Fritz close in second and Levon Kalemkiarian taking third. Carlyn Jackson pulled away for the womens Cat 1-2-3 title with Anna Luckow and Sonia Pond rounding out the top of the podium. Results linked in along with photos from the afternoon races.
Related:
Photoset: Mens Cat 1-2-3 - 54 photos, Mens Cat 4-5 - 67 photos, Womens Cat 1-2-3 - 53 photos, Womens Cat 4-5/Jrs - 46 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Minnesota State Road Race

Midwest MTB Report
July 25, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers National MTB Championships, Red Earth Classic, Duluth Enduro, and the recently completed Cuyuna Camp for junior development.

MWC: Organizing Committee Mid-Year Meeting Update
July 25, 2017
The Masters World Cup organizing committee met earlier this month to review planning efforts for the upcoming 2018 event. Race course maps have now been posted as the excitement continues to build.

Nordicwerks/Endurance United Time Trial Coverage
July 25, 2017
On Monday evening in Scandia, Nordicwerks and Endurance United junior programs held a combined rollerski time trial. Ryan Mead dominated the boys field, with Charlie Brown posting an impressive result to take the girls division. After the time trial, skiers regrouped for a workout on an agility course. Results posted, along with photos.
Related:
Photoset: Warm Up - 53 photos, Time Trial - 110 photos, Agility Drills - 37 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Nordicwerks/Endurance United Time Trial

Tri-Loppet Coverage
July 23, 2017
With its new July date, the Tri-Loppet managed to avoid the recent heat wave and had pleasant weather in the 70s for the races on Sunday morning in south Minneapolis. Repeating as champions were Matt Liebsch and Josie Nelson, Liebsch posting a winning margin of 10 minutes while Nelson held off Kim Rudd by just under a minute. Results linked in, along with two big photosets this week.
Related:
Photoset: Paddling - 122 photos, Running - 59 photos, Biking - 114 photos
Photoset from Margaret Adelsman: Paddling - 68 photos, Running - 48 photos, Biking - 127 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from Margaret Adelsman: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Tri-Loppet

Summer Biathlon Series - Elk River Recap
July 22, 2017
Bill Meyer provides a recap on the first summer biathlon race of the season, held at Elk River on Thursday, Jul 20th, along with photos from Brian Wray and results. Top times on the day went to Vasek Cervenka and Siena Ellingson.

Borah Epic Donates $15K to CAMBA Trails
July 20, 2017
The Borah Epic held its fifth annual event this past June and generated a $15,000 donation to benefit the CAMBA trails, which totals over $72,000 since the race was founded in 2013.

Midwest MTB Report
July 18, 2017
In this week's Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards find first-hand reports from Lake Rebecca Classic and Miners Revenge, updates on Welch Village's new trails, and great motivation video on girls MTB, and a look ahead to a number of fun races.

River Run Summer Coverage
July 16, 2017
Eve Graves reports: An awesome lake breeze provided temps in the low 60's with no humidity, a slight breeze and sunny skies for the 5k Trail Rivet Run/Walk at Pattison State Park in Superior, Wisconsin Sunday. All the funds from the event go towards the trails in the park. Our "official" limit is 100, but we had 104 who finished the event. Today's overall winner was 15 year old Kieren Johnson whose time of 21:46 edged out previous 2 time champion 23 year old Seth Korhonen by a second. Seth ran the 26 mile Curnow trail race Saturday too! Our female winner capturing her second overall win, was 31 year old Laura Gubelman with a time of 26:06 with Andrea Carroll, 60 in second place almost 3 minutes back. The next event will be November 12th.
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Photoset: River Run Summer
Results: River Run Summer

Loppet: Age Gap Relays
July 13, 2017
Tuesday evening at Theodore Wirth the Loppet Foundation had a great turnout roughly 100 youth and adults for the Age Gap Relay mountain bike race. The final event of the summer will be August 3rd at Elm Creek.
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Results: July 11th, Age Groups
Age Gap Relays

Midwest MTB Report
July 11, 2017
The Midwest MTB Report this week covers the WORS Cup and Border Crossing events with first-hand accounts, as well as the usual look ahead.

Border Crossing Coverage
July 9, 2017
Avoiding most of the rain, the MN MTB Series held their sixth event on Sunday at White Trail Ridge Corporate park in River Falls, Wisconsin. Photos from the morning races: Kids Comp, Citizen and Sport races.
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Photoset: Kids Comp - 42 photos, Citizen - 212 photos, Sport - 182 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Border Crossing

Ringer Roll Coming August 11th
July 8, 2017
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race is scheduled for Friday, August 11th, at Baker Park. The 10K race draws many of the top metro juniors, as well speedy seniors and master skiers. Registration is now open.

Tofte Trek Results
July 4, 2017
Racing over a wet course on a beautiful sunny morning on the Northshore, Adam Swank and Kaelyn Williams took the titles in the annual Tofte Trek 10K race Tuesday. Over 170 athletes participated in the annual Fourth of July event.
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Results: Tofte Trek

Canada 150 Rollerski Race Coverage
July 1, 2017
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada Day, the National Team Development Centre of Thunder Bay hosted a unique rollerski race in the heart of downtown on Saturday afternoon. Using a set of more than 50 matched skate rollerskis, the event started with every skier completing two laps of a roughly 750 meter course which was then used to seed skiers into race groups. Caitlin Gregg notched the top qualifying time for the women. Evan Palmer-Charrette had the fastest time for the men with Brian Gregg taking 4th. In the womens elite race, Caitlin Gregg pushed the pace early and never let up, eventually eliminating half the field as she lapped them, collecting all the primes and cruising to the womens title. The mens race was much closer, and after 15 laps the event came down to a sprint finish with Brian Gregg getting narrowly edged out by Evan Palmer-Charrette. Results linked in, along with a number of photosets.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Mid-Series Results
June 30, 2017
Reaching the mid-point of the Hoigaard's Paddle Derby season, there are now five races down, with five to go. The series is averaging a good turnout of 40+ boats on the starting line each week and they welcome any new paddlers to the races remaining, from rookie to pro.
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Results: Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Results

Midwest MTB Report
June 27, 2017
In this week's jam packed Midwest MTB report, Jay Richards covers WORS and MNMBS series events, Duluth Enduro, Lutsen 99er, NICA Conference, an interview with Rebecca Sauber, toast to Steve Tilford event, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

USSA: SuperTour Schedule Announced
June 27, 2017
Top U.S. cross country athletes will race in seven cities across North America in the 2017-18 iteration of the SuperTour. The tour is a series of International Ski Federation (FIS)-sanctioned cross country events across America produced by U.S. Ski & Snowboard together with its divisions and clubs. The Midwest stops are Ishpeming, Feb 15-18th, and Hayward (Birkie), Feb 24th.

Price Hike: Tri-Loppet, Trail Loppet
June 27, 2017
Prices for the entry fees on the Tri-Loppet (July 23) and the Trail Loppet (Sept 23) both jump after June 28 (Wednesday).

Price Hike: American Birkebeiner, Kortie, Prince Haakon
June 25, 2017
The first price hike for the Birkie week events is coming this Friday! Plus this will be your final chance to guarantee one of the cool new Birkie backpacks.
Related:
Birkie T-Shirt Design Contest Deadline July 1st

Midwest MTB Report
June 20, 2017
In Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week: Coverage on the Menacing 40, Red Wing Classic, and Mt. Morris Challenge events, and a look ahead to MN, WI series and Lutsen events.

Midwest MTB Report
June 13, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers a wide range of gravity events, Welch trail development and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Tom Smith Announced as Michigan Tech Nordic Coach
June 13, 2017
Tom Smith has been named the head coach of the Michigan Tech men's and women's Nordic ski teams MTU athletic director Dr. Suzanne Sanregret announced today. Smith, a native of Bend, Oregon, comes to Houghton after serving as the Head Coach of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation in Ketchum, ID, and brings 14 years of coaching experience.

Chippewa Triathlon Results
June 10, 2017
Sweltering conditions Saturday in Cass Lake for the annual Chippewa Triathlon race. Top solo participants were Jonah Lidberg and Deanne Kivi. Fastest doubles times went to Chuck Lindner, Maria Schilling and Kerrie Berg. Team relay title went to Wolfpack and Pup.
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Photoset from John Arenz: 89 photos, 23 photos
Photoset from Allan Olson: Chippewa Triathlon
Results: Chippewa Triathlon, Smiling Joes Canoe Race

Midwest MTB Report
June 6, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week is full of race recaps, coverings MNMBS and WORS series, as well as the Borah Epic, and also highlights on the major Ride the Divide event, a review of the new Afton Alps MTB trails, and riding Strawberry Mountain.

The 2017 Borah Epic is in the books
June 4, 2017
A record field traversed the Borah Epic point-to-point course Saturday on ideal trail conditions to finish in Hayward. Top spots for the Full Epic included women's champ, Kyia Anderson, posting a time of 3:08.48, while Jesse Lalonde sealed the men's title once again, at 2:38.47.

New Bri Tri Coverage
June 3, 2017
Warm conditions for the 12th annual New Bri Tri at Long Lake Park in the north metro Saturday morning. One of the season's early events, the triathlon consisted of a 1/2 mile swim, 14 mile bike and 3 mile run.
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Photoset: Swim - 16 photos, Bike - 156 photos, Run - 83 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: New Bri Tri

Vasaloppet Seeking Race Coordinator
June 2, 2017
The Vasaloppet USA organizers in Mora are seeking candidates to help the organization with race coordination. Position is part-time, with full-time hours in January/February.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Results
June 2, 2017
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby kickoff on Thursday night drew more than 60 participants for a warm evening of racing on the chain of lakes in Minneapolis. In the racing division, the mixed team of Kate Ellis and Devin Arenz just edged out the mens pairing of Chris Broderson and Joe Manns by a single second for the win.
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Results: Hoigaards Paddle Derby

Chippewa Triathlon One Week Out
June 1, 2017
The popular Chippewa Triathlon in Cass Lake is coming up next weekend, June 10th. In addition to the usual paddling, mountain bike and trail run triathlon, this year they are offering paddling races on Sunday.

Midwest MTB Report
May 30, 2017
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers the Ride the Keweenaw event, trail building in Fargo-Moorhead, upgrades coming for Cuyuna, teaching MTB skills in Duluth (help wanted), incredible MTB action in Peru, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts Thursday
May 30, 2017
Hoigaard's annual Paddle Derby series fires up this Thursday, June 1st at Lake Calhoun. Registration begins at 5:45 pm, the starting gun goes off at 6:45 pm. Organizers are expecting gorgeous weather for the first of ten paddlesport races. Canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are all welcome.

Joy Memorial Criterium Coverage
May 29, 2017
Cool temperatures, breezy conditions with even a few sprinkles were on tap Monday for the Joy Memorial Criterium. The course consisted of an almost entirely flat loop around a quick industrial park in New Hope. Photos from the morning races.
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Photoset: Womens 4/5, Junior Women - 40 photos, Mens Cat 4/5 - 58 photos, Masters 50/60 - 35 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Joy Memorial Criterium

Voting Open for High School Nordic Coach, Assistant Coach and Volunteer of the Year
May 26, 2017
Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Coaches Association members can now vote on the candidates for the high school coach, assistant coach and volunteer of the year awards. Voting will closed at noon on Wednesday, May 31st.

Weekend Events
May 24, 2017
May 27 Stillwater Half Marathon - Half marathon with 10K and 5K events as well, all point-to-point races finishing in historic Stillwater.
May 27 Palmyra Road Race - WCA series continues with road race cycling action in SE Wisconsin.
May 27-28 Run Madtown - Twilight running races Saturday evening, and half marathon event on Sunday.
May 27-28 Med City Marathon - Two days of running races in Rochester, including half and full marathon events on Sunday.
May 29 Joy Memorial Crit - Minnesota cycling with Memorial Day event at Victory Park in New Hope.
May 29 Brian Kraft Memorial 5K - Racing around Lake Nokomis, fast 5K event.

Midwest MTB Report
May 23, 2017
Highlights from this week's Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards: Recaps on MNMBS and WORS series races, national praise for Duluth trails, and a look ahead to WEM series race this weekend.

Borah Epic Less Than Two Weeks Away
May 21, 2017
Less than two weeks to go until the 5th annual Borah Epic point-to-point MTB challenge. Race organizers are expecting a sellout field (750 riders), but spots are still available in both race distances, including discounted rates for juniors.

US Ski Team Nominations Announced
May 17, 2017
The 2017-18 season US Nordic Ski Team nominations have been posted. As expected, the strong women's team returns with Jessie Diggins leading the way. Ian Torchia is the other Midwest representative, as a member of the development squad.

Midwest MTB Report
May 16, 2017
Jay Richards's MTB report this week covers a wide range of topics from how MTB is helping small towns, to helibiking, health related issues, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Go Spring Trail Run Coverage
May 13, 2017
A warm morning Saturday for the Go Spring Trail running races at Battle Creek, as temperatures soared into the 70s. Photos up from the 10K and 5K races.
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Photoset: 10K Race - 134 photos, 5K Race - 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Go Spring Trail Run

Midwest MTB Report
May 9, 2017
Jay Richards's Midwest MTB report this week catches the action for the WORS and MNMBS series last weekend, the dusty Tinker Classic, junior racer Josie Welch, Duluth trails, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Snake River Canoe River Coverage
May 6, 2017
A picture perfect morning Saturday for the Snake River Canoe Race as sunny skies, light winds, and temperatures rising to the 60s, along with good water levels, made for another great event in the Mora Classic Series.
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Photoset: 194 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

New Marathon Time Just Misses Two Hour Mark
May 6, 2017
Eliud Kipchoge was 26 seconds from making history on Saturday but the Olympic champion finished just short of becoming the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours. The Nike sponsored event was run on a Formula One race track in Italy.

Midwest MTB Report
May 2, 2017
Jay Richards cranks up the Midwest MTB report for the season, covering a wide range of topics including the passing of Steve Tilford, Midwest race series, Decorah Time Trials, a number of related articles from the web, and the start of the Minnesota and Wisconsin series.

Machinery Hill Criterium Coverage
May 2, 2017
The Tuesday Night Worlds / Machinery Hill Criterium started up in mid-April on the State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. With the return to normal temperatures, big fields turned out Tuesday evening for the race series.
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Photoset: Cat 4/5 Race - 74 photos, Womens Race - 49 photos, Mens Cat 1/2/3 Race - 69 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

2016-17 Season Highlights
May 1, 2017
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2016-2017 collegiate racing season.

2016-17 Season Highlights
May 1, 2017
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2016-2017 high school racing season.


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