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World Cup Ruka Weekend Series
November 24, 2015
The FIS World Cup series launches this weekend with three days of competition in Ruka, Finland. Friday will feature classical sprints, Saturday freestyle individual start 5K and 10K races, and Sunday is classical pursuit 10K and 15K events. Minnesotans Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg will be competing. Most of the events will be early morning hours in the Midwest, and may be streamed on NBC Live Extra (requires cable/satellite subscription).
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Ruka Facebook Page
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country League

USSA: 2016 Cross Country Team Named
November 24, 2015
The 2015-16 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced Tuesday, just before the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland. A total of 16 athletes were named to the A, B and D Teams, including 2015 World Championship medalists Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg.

Mesabi East Meet Details Posted
November 23, 2015
Organizers have released the full meet information packet for the 2016 Mesabi East Invite, to be held Jan 9th at Giants Ridge. Mesabi East is the single largest one day high school meet in the nation.

FIS: Gallivare Freestyle Results
November 22, 2015
Another amazing day in Sweden Sunday as the American women continue to show great form early season. Jessie Diggins won the womens 10K freestyle with Caitlin Gregg collecting third! Liz Stephens and Rosie Brennan also had top results, finishing 4th and 5th. Canada's Alex Harvey was second in the mens 15K race, with Noah Hoffman the top American at 6th.
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

FIS: Gallivare Classical Sprints Results
November 21, 2015
Starting off their season with an exclamation point, the US women had an excellent classical sprint Saturday morning in Gallivare, Sweden, posting top times through qualifying and then going on to the finals where Jessie Diggins won with Sophie Caldwell second! Caitlin Gregg had a strong showing as well, advancing to the semifinals. Andy Newell had a great day for the American men, finishing second in the mens final.
Results: Classical Sprints

US Stars in Action this Weekend
November 19, 2015
World Championship medalists Caitlin Gregg and Jessie Diggins will get their first racing action of the season this weekend in Gallivare, Sweden with some early FIS racing. Saturday is classical sprints while Sunday will be freestyle distance events.
Results: FIS Live Results

Zak Ketterson Signs Intent Letter with NMU
November 19, 2015
Top junior prospect and Minnesota state high school champion Zak Ketterson, Bloomington Jefferson, has signed a letter of intent with Northern Michigan University. He'll be joining up with two other Minnesotan friends: last year's state champ, Leo Hipp and another of the top US juniors, Ian Torchia.

CXC Marathon Cup Just Months Away
November 17, 2015
There is just two months left before the first CXC Marathon Cup race, the Seeley Hills Classic. The series brings the six most prominent marathons from three states (MN,WI,MI) into one cohesive competition. Register today to secure your series scoring (team or individual).

Volunteers Needed for 2016 US Nationals
November 16, 2015
Michigan Tech is seeking volunteers to help with the 2016 US Nationals in January. The event consists of four race days: classic distance races on Jan 3, freestyle sprint races on Jan 4, freestyle distance races on Jan 7 and classic sprints on Jan 9.

Spotlight: Ely Nordic
November 16, 2015
A cool and damp afternoon for the opening day of practice of the mighty Ely Nordic ski team at their home field of Hidden Valley ski trails. The went through a series of agility drills, dryland technique progression drills and then ended with some ski walking/moosehoofing. Orange was the theme of the day as deer hunting season is still in progress.
Photoset from Tyler Fish: Opening Day - 16 photos

Birkie Video Challenge Grant Announced
November 16, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is excited to offer a $2500 youth racing development grant for junior ski clubs or teams (kids 13-18 years of age). The focus of the grant is for groups that encourage junior racing and training. To enter the grant contest, please submit a video that expresses what a healthy, active Birkie lifestyle means to you, your training, your team, and your life.
Video: Annie Hart Birkie Grant Announcement

Up Up and Away Coverage
November 14, 2015
Roughly a dozen skiers participated Saturday morning in a rollerski time trial up the infamous Blue Mound road just west of Madison. Chris Pappathopoulos posted the top time, with Abby Jarzin clocking the fastest female time. Results and some photos posted.

Registration Open for Wolf Tracks Rendezvous
November 10, 2015
Registration is now open for Minocqua's Wolf Tracks Rendezvous, coming up January 30th. Pricing is still at the ground floor.

2015-16 Minnesota High School Nordic Season Preview
November 8, 2015
While the warm weather might make it seem like ski season is still far off, Minnesota high school Nordic practice kicks off Monday! And in our usual excitement for junior racing, we've got a season preview including our pre-season rankings to get the smack talk started.

Theodore Wirth CX Coverage
November 8, 2015
An unseasonably warm day Saturday for the cyclocross races at Theodore Wirth as temperatures quickly rose into the upper 50s. This year's course featured a fair amount of singletrack, but not the infamous staircase climb of seasons past. We captured images from the morning races.
Photoset: Mens Cat 3/4 - 90 photos, Womens Cat 3/4, Juniors - 51 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Minnesota State CC Results
November 7, 2015
Once again, near perfect conditions Saturday for the Minnesota high school Cross-Country Championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield. In the morning AA races, the Hasz sisters Bethany and Megan of Alexandria finished as the top two runners for the third straight season. The boys AA race was won by Jaret Carpenter of Wayzata in a very competitive field. Team titles went to the Edina girls and Hopkins boys. In class A, Winona Cotter's Grace Ping made history in becoming the youngest CC champion (age 12) in taking the girls title by almost a minute (and posting third fastest time of both A and AA classes). La Crescent's Zack Emery won the boys race. The Perham girls and Mora boys collected the team titles.
Results: Girls AA, Boys AA, Girls A, Boys A

Ice Artists Sought for the Luminary Loppet
November 5, 2015
Showcasing local creative talent, the Loppet Foundation is encouraging community members and artists interested in contributing to the Luminary Loppet by developing sculptures for both large scale and smaller group exhibits.
2016 City of Lakes Loppet Posted Unveiled

Birkie Seeks Birkebeiner Warriors, Inga and Prince Haakon
November 5, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) seeks a trio of cross country skiers to represent two Birkebeiner warriors and Inga, mother of Prince Haakon, in the 43rd American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon slated for February 20, 2016. Toss your ring in the hat -- register by Nov 30th. Winners will be selected by former Inga and warrior participants.

Midwest MTB Report
November 3, 2015
As the weather continues to run warm, we feature another "post-season" MTB report from Jay Richards. This week's article includes reports from Collegiate Nationals, a new trail review in Duluth mountain bike trail system and some incredible mountain biking in Iceland.

Local Stars
November 2, 2015
Park City Moments - Ben Saxton recaps his most amazing moments from the recent training camp in the Park City area.
Fall Training
- Endurance United juniors fall training featured in another highlight reel.
Meet Team Gregg - Caitlin and Brian Gregg are profiled by one of their big supporters, Madshus.
Home Sweet Home - Jessie Diggins is back in Minnesota, storing up the hometown vibes and ready for the ski season to begin.
Campaigns - Annie Hart wraps up the Park City mini camp with some "campaign" synergy.
Sweden in Sight - Caitlin Gregg is looking forward to the opening races in Europe after some great fall training out West.
Park City - Brian Gregg highlights training (and racing) out in Utah, and the benefits of their coach Tom Jorgenson.
October Focus - Paige Schember offers advice to make that final training push to snow season.

Birkie Closes Tuesday Night!
November 2, 2015
This is it -- your very last chance to register for the 2016 American Birkebeiner and Korteloppet races is Tuesday, Nov 3rd. At midnight they'll close it down, as they've reached their race cap. Get on it!

Midwest Racing Season Preview
November 1, 2015
November is here and we've rolled out our nearly complete Midwest Racing Calendar! Check out our season preview to get the scoop on changes this season (and there are some big ones!), as well as new events and a few goodbyes as well.
Full Racing Calendar

Three Rivers Ski Rennet Price Hike Coming Nov 2nd
October 29, 2015
Three Rivers will bust out their own major tier ski race this winter with the Twin Cities Orthopedics Ski Rennet at Hyland on Saturday, January 23rd. Register by November 1st to get in the ground level pricing!
Three Rivers Ski Passes Available Now

Grind Up Granite Rollerski and Run Scheduled for Nov 14th
October 29, 2015
The inaugural Grind Up Granite Races is to be held November 14th at Rib Lake State Park in Wausau. It features a nearly two mile hill climb event for runners, walkers, rollerskiers and cyclist and is hosted by the Wausau East/West Nordic Ski Team.

Kevin Brochman Named as New St. Olaf Nordic Ski Coach
October 26, 2015
St. Olaf has announced Olympian Kevin Brochman as their head Nordic ski coach. Brochman returns to the program after coaching it from 2003 to 2007.

Frozen Thunder Begins
October 26, 2015
The annual Frozen Thunder event kicked off on Monday at Canmore with classical sprint races. The unique event utilizes snow stored from last season to provide a short, early season ski loop at Canmore Nordic Centre. Canmore will be part of the huge Ski Tour Canada event to end the World Cup season in March.

Midwest MTB Report
October 20, 2015
Jay Richards checks in with a final special report on the Midwest MTB scene, covering the Black's Grove Crossing and touching on some new trail developments.

Going, Going ... Birkie Is Nearly Full!
October 20, 2015
If you'd held off registering for the 2016 American Birkebeiner events, don't wait any longer - there are less than 500 openings left for the big events! It could well fill before the end of the month...

Green Acres CX Coverage
October 17, 2015
A crisp fall morning, complete with blue skies and great fall colors, was on display Saturday morning for the Green Acres cyclocross races. The morning started off with mens Cat 3/4 races and was followed by the juniors and womens Cat 3/4. Racing action at Green Acres repeats on Sunday.
Photoset: Mens Cat 3/4 - 194 photos, Womens Cat 3/4, Juniors - 150 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Day 1

USSA Seeking Coaches for the U18 and WJC/U23 World Championships
October 16, 2015
USSA is looking for coaches to help with the U18 Trip (NJC) in Estonia late February, and the WJC/U23 Championships in Romania, also late February. You'll be working with the best juniors the US has to offer.
- Feb 22-29 Nordic Junior Countries Competition (JNC - U18 Trip)
- Feb 18-29 Junior World / Under-23 Championships (WJC/U23 Trip)
Application deadline is Nov 8th!

USSA: Kikkan Randall Announces Pregnancy
October 15, 2015
World Champion cross country ski racer Kikkan Randall is planning to take a break from competition this season as Randall and husband Jeff Ellis announced this week that they are expecting their first child in April. Randall will skip the upcoming season, but plans to come back strong next year.

Biathlon: Midwest Athletes Earn Early-Season World Cups and Training Camps
October 14, 2015
U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee has announced team nominations for the three World Cup races in December, as well as those athletes invited to this month's training camp at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah, and to the November training in Lake Placid, N.Y. Minnesotan Leif Nordgren comes off strong trials and qualified for all the events, while Jakob Ellingson earned a trip to the Lake Placid training camp.

Midwest MTB Report
October 13, 2015
Jay Richards puts the wraps on another great season of mountain biking coverage with his final report. Read recaps from Oremaggedon and Deer Fly Chase as well as final notes on the Minnesota and Wisconsin high school and citizen race series, as well as a few final events. Big thanks again to Jay Richards for his in-depth and dedicated coverage all season!

Ski Jumping: First Time Titles in Lake Placid
October 12, 2015
The U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Lake Placid produced two first time titleists as Mike Glasder of the Norge Ski Club and Nita Englund from the Kiwanis Ski Club walked away with gold in the normal hill event on the HS100 meter Olympic jump. Both skiers are Midwesterners - Glasder from Illinois, Englund from Wisconsin.

Gear Western Half Marathon Coverage
October 10, 2015
Matt Nistler reports: It was a beautiful fall day and the colors were great for the Gear Western races Saturday morning! Men's Half marathon winner was Ben Jacobs with a time of 1:15:33, women's Half marathon winner was Sonya Decker with a time of 1:30:41. Men's 5k winner was Brad Mitchell with a time of 18:51, women's 5k winner was Laura Jacobs with a time of 19:06.
Photoset: Gear Western
Results: Gear Western

Birkie Waves Closing Fast
October 5, 2015
The Birkie is rapidly filling, and a number of waves have already been closed for the 2016 event. If you haven't registered already, get on it!

Twin Cities Marathon Coverage
October 4, 2015
Near perfect conditions Sunday morning for the Twin Cities Marathon with temperatures in the low 40s rising to the mid 50s under sunny skies. Dominic Ondoro broke from the lead pack of runners and held off Elisha Barno to take the overall title with a blazing time of 2:11:16. Serkalem Abraha outsprinted Jane Kibii to claim the womens title, clocking 2:31:39.
Photoset: Mile 1 - 84 photos, Mile 9 Leaders - 210 photos, Mile 17 Front runners - 94 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Marathon, TC 10

2018 World Masters Cup Awarded to Twin Cities
September 29, 2015
In early 2018, the Loppet Foundation will host the Masters World Cup on the trails at Theodore Wirth in Minneapolis. The World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association awarded the bid at their annual meeting in Klosters, Switzerland last Friday, Sep 25th. Exact dates are yet to be decided.

Price Hike: Noquemanon
September 29, 2015
The mighty Noquemanon, which features point to point distance races along the Noquemanon trail and finishes in Marquette, is having their first price hike on October 1st. Register by Sep 30 to save some cash!

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 26, 2015
A beautiful fall morning for the Trail Loppet events at Theodore Wirth on Saturday. The half marathon race came down to a tight group as the top four all finish in a 30 second spread with Justin Grunewald taking the victory. Jillian Tholen hammered out an incredible pace in taking the womens title, finishing 14th overall. Ben Janke won the three way battle for the 13.1K title, with Candice Todryk cruising in for the womens crown. In the 5K race, victories were earned by Andrew Crocker and Susie Kelleher.
Photoset: Half Marathon - Wave 1 Start - 43 photos, Half Marathon - Wave 2 Start - 17 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 2.75 - 49 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 3.5 - 131 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 8.5 - 43 photos, 13.1K - Mile 2.5 - 42 photos, 13.1K - Mile 4.5 - 125 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet Results
Trail Loppet Recap

Upcoming Trail Runs
September 25, 2015
A couple of additional trail runs this fall that will help support area ski trails...
Oct 3 WIllow River Trail Challenge - 6.6K and 10.6K trail runs, along with a kids race, supporting the Willow River ski trails.
Oct 17 Grantsburg Trail Run - 5K and 10K trail runs, plus kids race, for support of the Grantsburg ski trail grooming.

St. Olaf Nordic Ski Coach Opening
September 23, 2015
St. Olaf College in Northfield is encouraging coaches to apply for the head Nordic ski coach position. This salaried position will work with both the mens and womens teams, and is a full 12 month commitment.
More Job Postings

Fall Coaches and State Meet Format Meetings
September 23, 2015
The Minnesota High School Nordic Coaches Association Fall Meeting is set for Saturday, October 24th in Mora. There will also been a meeting on October 5th, in the Twin Cities, to discuss possible State Meet formats.

Birkie Trail Run and Trek Features New 100K Division
September 22, 2015
The 14th annual American Birkebeiner Birkie Trail Run and Trek will be held on the iconic Birkie Trail this Saturday, September 26th. From the challenge and intensity of a new 100K Ultra Marathon to the fun of a 5k run/walk, an estimated 1000 runners and trekkers from around the Midwest will take to the trails.

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Recap Edition
September 22, 2015
Jay Richards weekly MTB report is out, providing a recap on the 2015 Chequamegon with some exclusive interviews from the winners, Jeff Hall and Chloe Woodruff, as well as a couple of top ten riders flying in under the radar. Plus the usual look to upcoming events.

Northshore Inline Marathon Rollerski Results
September 20, 2015
A cool start did little to slow down the speeds Saturday morning for the Northshore Inline Marathon rollerski race. Anders Osthus, Tamer Mische-Richter and Daniel Rasmussen brought the 26 mile race down to a final runout with the trio finishing just six seconds apart. Amanda Schubert won the womens division.

Bangin In The Brush Results
September 19, 2015
Cool fall weather made for some nice conditions at Korkki Nordic for the annual Bangin' in the Brush 10K trail run. Greg Hexum cleaned house, winning the event by nearly five minutes! Annalisa Harrington-Peterson was the top women, and notched sixth overall to boot.
Results: Bangin In The Brush

Chequamegon Fat Fire Festival Coverage
September 19, 2015
Jeff Hall put on an impressive tour de force Saturday morning in the Chequamegon 40, breaking away early on, and then holding off a late challenge to take the mens victory -- an amazing performance, made all the more impressive when considering Hall won his first Chequamegon 40 title in 1995! Chloe Woodruff had a powerful race, repeating as womens champion. Short and Fat titles went to Samuel Elson and Sophie Farrow.
Photoset: Short and Fat - Mile 4 - 128 photos, Cheq 40 - Leaders Mile 18 - 47 photos, Cheq 40 - Leaders Mile 21 - 47 photos, Cheq 40 - Fire Tower Hill - 171 photos, Cheq 40 - Mile 31 - 84 photos
Photoset: Short and Fat Top Picks (high res), Chequamegon 40 Top Picks (high res)
Results: Chequamegon Fat Fire Festival

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Preview Edition
September 15, 2015
Jay Richards brings us up-to-date on the recent racing at St. Cloud, rides at the Gitchi Gummi Traverse and Durango's Dirt Fondo, and then breakdowns the Chequamegon 40 field of favorites in his annual preview.

Headwaters Canoe Race Coverage
September 13, 2015
Brett Arenz reports perfect weather, 70 degrees and 5-8 mph wind from the south, for the Headwaters Canoe race on Saturday in Bemidji. Todd Johnson and Rick Lorenzen took the pro race title with the top three boats finishing just over 30 seconds apart.
Photoset from Brett Arenz: 57 photos
Results: Bemidji Headwaters Canoe Race

Announcing the CXC Marathon Cup Series
September 10, 2015
CXC in cooperation with some of the major Midwest marathon ski races announces the inaugural CXC Marathon Cup series. The series features two races from MN, WI, and MI: Seeley Hills, Noque, Loppet, Vasaloppet, Birkie and Great Bear Chase. Four competition divisions, including a team/club title.

Midwest MTB Report
September 8, 2015
Jay Richards reflects back on his years of running Laddies Loppet and recaps the 25th anniversary edition held this past weekend at Maplelag. Plus the look ahead as Minnesota and Wisconsin high school MTB seasons get up to speed.

Laddies Loppet Sunday Coverage
September 6, 2015
Surviving some heavy rain overnight, racers hit the trails again Sunday morning for the kids comp and citizen races for the Laddies Loppet series at Maplelag. Sunday evening short track races across the Maplelag campus wrapped up the series.
Photoset: Kids Comp - 82 photos, Citizen - 100 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from Jens/Jack Richards: Short Track Races

Laddies Loppet Saturday Coverage
September 5, 2015
Maplelag celebrated their 25th anniversary Laddies Loppet MTB weekend with 11 and 22 mile cross-country races on their extensive trail system Saturday morning. Sara Kylander-Johnson and Jeff Hall collected the victories in the main event, with warm, humid weather adding another factor to the technical course. Sunday will feature kids and citizen races, as well as evening short-track events.
Photoset: Saturday Races - 254 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Saturday Overall

Price Hike: Birkie
September 3, 2015
The next price hike for the American Birkebeiner events, as well as their Trail Run, is coming up Tuesday, Sep 8th. Register by Labor Day to save some cash!

Midwest MTB Report
September 1, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report takes a look at the impacts of trail development, reviews some homebrew trails in northern Minnesota as well as new trails being developed at Andes Tower Hills, and wraps up with a big selection of upcoming events, including Maplelag's own Laddies Loppet!

USSA: Fletchers Lead USA in Summer Grand Prix
August 30, 2015
Olympian Taylor Fletcher set a torrid pace with the second fastest roller ski time to finish 12th in a FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix Sunday in Oberwiesenthal, along the Czech border. Eau Claire native Adam Loomis was 28th.

Midwest MTB Report
August 25, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report this weekend includes recaps from the Flugly in Moorhead and the Seeley Pre-Fat and a look ahead to the 25th anniversary Laddies Loppet coming Labor Day weekend.

Midwest Wax Coaches for 2016 Junior Nationals Announced
August 25, 2015
In charge of the Midwest fast skis for the 2016 Junior Nationals, Head Kick Wax Scott Putman and Head Glide Wax Jason Kask were announced recently by CXC Skiing. Applications are still being taken for the six coaching positions. The 2016 Junior Nationals will be in Cable, WI.

USSA: Toppidrettsveka Day 3 - Diggins Top 10 in Final Stage
August 22, 2015
In front of a packed crowd that felt more like a winter World Cup than a summer roller ski race, Jessie Diggins led the U.S. Ski Team in the 15k pursuit finale at the Toppedrittsveka stage race that concluded Saturday in downtown Trondheim. Diggins finished 10th, just ahead of Kikkan Randall (11th), as four Americans cracked the top 16.

St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon Coverage
August 22, 2015
The St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon brought a record field Saturday morning as athletes ran from Battle Creek to lowertown St. Paul. Windy conditions and warm temps kept the trails dry, providing for nice course conditions. Ryan Albu won the mens marathon by over 15 minutes, with Lauren Opp taking the womens title. Half marathon winners were Erik Solberg and Ariella DePrenger-Gottfried.
Photoset: Marathon Opening - 189 photos, Half-marathon Opening - 161 photos, Indian Mounds Park - 45 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon

Birkie Seals Land Deal for Start Area
August 21, 2015
Upon completion of their Phase I Capital Campaign, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has secured land and easements for a permanent start area and is looking forward to the construction of two new buildings for the 2017 event!

USSA: Toppidrettsveka Day 2 - Stephen, Randall Top 10
August 21, 2015
Liz Stephen and Kikkan Randall cracked the top 10 in the third stage of Toppidrettsveka—a 15k skiathlon at the Knyken ski center in Orkdal, Norway, on Friday. Caitlin Gregg had a strong race, taking 11th, with Jessie Diggins 16th.

USSA: Toppidrettsveka Day 1 - Caldwell Takes 5th
August 20, 2015
Olympian Sophie Caldwell opened the three-day Toppidrettsveka rollerski stage race, finishing fifth in a classic sprint. Topidrettsveka is an annual weekend festival that this year has attracted the top World Cup cross country ski racers from Norway, Italy, Germany and the U.S. Ski Team. The stage race opened with an uphill foot run in the morning that saw the USA scored a pair of podiums with both Noah Hoffman and Liz Stephen finishing third.

USSA: Cross Country Team to Compete at Toppidrettsveka
August 19, 2015
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will kickoff its 2015-16 season on wheels. Eight members of the team are training in Norway in anticipation of this weekend's three-day Toppidrettsveka roller ski competition, which will feature a World Cup-caliber field. Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg will be part of the crew!

Midwest MTB Report
August 19, 2015
Featured in Jay Richards MTB report this week: Race reports from Leadville 100 and WORS Coffee Bean Classic, and the look ahead to a number of popular events this weekend.

Big Island and Back Paddle Coverage
August 16, 2015
Rick Carter reports: We had nearly 150 register for the 2015 Big Island and Back Paddle event, raising over $10,000 together with our nordic ski version in February. Kate Ellis and Dana Henry took top honors.
Photoset: Big Island and Back Paddle

International Junior Camp 2015 Recap
August 16, 2015
Zak Ketterson provides an extensive recap and some commentary on his two weeks in Scandinavia, participating in the elite International Junior Camp and training with some of the best juniors in the world.

Trail Loppet Waves Filling Up
August 15, 2015
The Loppet Foundation is reporting waves for the 2015 Trail Loppet, to be held Saturday, Sep 26th, having been filling up and it appears the race could eventually fill. Get your registration in now!

Legacy of the American Birkebeiner
August 13, 2015
Wednesday evening in Hayward, Tom Kelly presented The Legacy of the American Birkebeiner at the Park Center to a large crowd of supporters. Kelly discussed the origins of the Birkie, the brainchild of Tony Wise, and shared some legendary stories from the early days. Watch the entire presentation, courtesy of CXC.
Birkie Announces Museum Plans, Legacy Event Aug 12th
Video from CXC: Legacy of the American Birkebeiner

Top 10 Reasons to Hit up the Birkie Trail Run
August 12, 2015
The American Birkebeiner crew has listed their top 10 reasons for participating in the annual Trail Run and Trek, Sept 26th. And starting off at #10 -- register by Sat, Aug 15th and avoid the next price hike!

Midwest MTB Report
August 11, 2015
Jay Richards latest MTB report covers the racing action at Ore to Shore and Red Wing Classic, along with a report from Singlespeed USA, and a number of trail updates, and the usual look ahead to weekend events.

USSA: World Cup Athlete Qualification
August 11, 2015
USSA has posted the qualification criteria they'll be using to select athletes for the World Cup races this season. There are four racing blocks to qualify for, as well as the Tour de Ski event.
USSA and FIS Rankings for 2014-15 Season
FIS Athlete Lookup
SuperTour Final Standings
World Cup Standings

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Final Results
August 9, 2015
The 2015 Hoigaards Paddle Derby has wrapped up its season. They had a good year with no weather cancellations in ten race dates and 734 total participants over the summer, and are already making plans for 2016.
Results: Final Results

Bend Training
August 8, 2015
Kris Bourne, top skier from Northern Michigan Univ, has been training with Alayna Sonnesyn and a couple dozen other skiers out west this summer, as part of the Bend Endurance Academy. Kris shares some of her experiences as the program winds down.

Saint Paul Trail Marathon Capped
August 8, 2015
The St. Paul Trail Marathon has announced they will be instituting a field limit for this year's race! If you'd like to be part of the big August 22nd event, get your registration in pronto!

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 7, 2015
A record field turned out Friday morning for the annual Ringer Roll rollerski races at Baker Park. Overnight rains and cloudy weather provided a few damp, and sometimes slippery, sections on the course after many years of perfect conditions. Tamer Mische-Richter strapped on some rocket classic rollerskis and powered to the top time overall. Sarah Bezdicek, using stock Marwe skates, topped womens field and posted the only sub 26-time for group. Anders Sonnesyn had the best mens skate time. Kris Hansen notched the fastest womens classic time. Full results posted along with a big photoset.

USSA: New Nordic Director Announced
August 6, 2015
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has named longtime Nordic business leader and enthusiast Robert Lazzaroni as its new Nordic domestic program director.

Midwest MTB Report
August 5, 2015
Jay Richards report this week includes a recap from the brutal hot and truly epic Mah Dah Heey 100, the Grit Skills Clinic at Spirit Mountain, a couple mountain bike related items to note and the look ahead.

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 5, 2015
Drawing nearly 250 cyclists for the big race, John Acker took the pack sprint to win the Firehouse 50 on Saturday. Anna Johnson was the top female finisher.
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Firehouse 50
Results: Firehouse 50

Heroes of Tomorrow: International training camp in Norway
August 5, 2015
One of the biggest training camps for junior skiers is taking place in Norway, Aug 6-14, with 135 athletes and 25 coaches from 15 nations. Included in the group are Midwest stars Zak Ketterson and Alayna Sonnesyn, as well as development coach Bryan Fish.
Video from Hailey Swirbul: Training Camp - Day 2, Training Camp - Day 3

Birkie Announces Museum Plans, Legacy Event Aug 12th
August 4, 2015
To commemorate the legacy of the race and inspire future generations, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has announced plans for the Museum of the American Birkebeiner, slated to open in 2016. On Wednesday, Aug 12th, Tom Kelly will give a free presentation on the legacy of the Birkie, with a reception at the future museum space afterwards - the public is welcome to attend.
Birkie 2016 T-Shirt Contest Voting Now Open

Nordic Combined: Repeat Title for Bryan Fletcher, Adam Loomis Takes Silver!
August 3, 2015
On a hot summer evening on the Olympic trails of Soldier Hollow, Olympian Bryan Fletcher notched a repeat national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships. The jump leader from the Utah Olympic Park HS134-meter large hill earlier in the day, Fletcher held off a hard-charging Adam Loomis by just 5 seconds for gold with Loomis taking silver and Taylor Fletcher bronze.
Ski Jumping: Christian Friberg Takes Bronze at US Championships

Rollerski Racing Season
August 2, 2015
August brings two Midwest rollerskiing races...
Aug 7 Ringer Roll - The classic Midwest rollerski race, one lap around the 10K trail at Baker Park.  Online registration open through Wednesday.
Aug 30 Illinois Rollerski Race - The banana belt series drops to a single race this season.  Held at Moraine Hills State Park.

Spotlight: Vakava Juniors
July 31, 2015
Friday morning we caught up with the Vakava Juniors program for a skate workout at the Battle Creek Ravine. Five coaches, including the founder Ahvo Taipale, put the juniors through a battery of drills including a harrowing cornering/awareness test, then worked on skate technique drills, each tailored to the subgroup skill sets.
Photoset: Skate Workout - 129 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Rollerski Dexterity Derby

MacDowell Hired as NMU Assistant Nordic Skiing Coach
July 31, 2015
Northern Michigan University head Nordic skiing coach Sten Fjeldheim has announced the hiring of Shane MacDowell as assistant coach. MacDowell joins NMU after being an assistant coach at Green Mountain Valley School.

Price Hike: Trail Loppet
July 31, 2015
Entry fees for the Trail Loppet events jump at midnight on Friday, July 31st. The Trail Loppet has sold out for the past three years in a row, and waves are starting to fill!

Spotlight: Nordicwerks
July 30, 2015
Nordicwerks training program, under the direction of head coach Deno Johnson, was out Thursday evening for a classical rollerski workout near Scandia. After some warm up loops near the starting area, the group rollerskied over to some quiet backroads and then participated in an individual start time trial. Once all the skiers had completed the course, they skied a warm down then headed back to the start area for some sprints and agility work.
Photoset: Classical Workout - 89 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

LNR/EU Time Trial Coverage
July 30, 2015
Loppet Nordic Racing and Endurance United juniors held a rollerski time trial Thursday morning on the quiet backcountry roads near Afton. After being rescheduled due to a rainout on Tuesday, the conditions Thursday morning were perfect with bright sun and temps in the low 70s. Abigail Drach and Zak Ketterson posted the top times in the 7K distance.
Photoset: 192 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: LNR/EU Time Trial

Midwest MTB Report
July 28, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report this week covers a big weekend of racing as the PRO XCT came to the upper Midwest, Minnesota checked off one more race in it's series, and Gooseberry Park in Moorhead was host to the Wild Goose Chase. First hand reports from all three events, along with couple mountain bike related articles to note plus a look ahead all in this week's report.

Midwest MTB Report
July 21, 2015
This week's MTB report from Jay Richards highlights trip reports from out west, racing at US MTB Nationals and a look ahead to the weekend which includes the big PRO XCT stop in Wisconsin.

Southside Sprints Coverage
July 19, 2015
Road bike racing came to the streets of south Minneapolis Sunday for the Southside Sprints. The event featured a fast criterium course which included a finishing stretch past the popular 48th and Chicago neighborhood, with Minnesota state criterium championship titles on the online. We captured images from the morning races.
Photoset: Masters Cat 4/5 - 104 photos, Citizen/Cat 5 - 43 photos, Cat 4/5 - 115 photos, Juniors - 105 photos, Womens Cat 4 - 42 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Southside Sprints

Run for Snow Results
July 18, 2015
Supporting the snowmaking efforts at Mt. Itasca, the Run for Snow 5K attracted nearly 50 athletes from the community on Saturday morning. Youngster Geno Uhrbom logged the only sub-20 time, taking the victory at 19:13. Hannah Baird was the top female, clocking in at 21:36.
Results: Run for Snow

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
July 17, 2015
Results are up from last Thursday's Paddle Derby, #7 in the series. Racing continues into August for the Thursday evening events.
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th
Results: July 16th

Midwest MTB Report
July 14, 2015
In Jay Richards MTB report this week: The summer heats up and so has the racing and riding. This week's report is highlighted by first hand reports from both the Minnesota and Wisconsin mountain bike series, the Otter Creek 55 at Harmon Lake in Bismarck, ND area and the Tatanka 100 which saw a healthy contingent from MN and WI. A look ahead caps off the report.

Spotlight: Endurance United Juniors
July 14, 2015
Endurance United is running a full slate of training programs this summer, with east and west side workouts in the Twin Cities for the juniors. On Tuesday morning, coaches Jake Morgan and Tom Jorgenson had the east side group on the hills of Battle Creek. After a warm up run, skiers worked on foot speed, bounding, and striding. Eventually moving to one of the major climbs, the group did a number of 45 second intense bounding intervals before finishing with a warm down run and strength and stretching drills.
Photoset: East Side Juniors - 109 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Local Stars
July 13, 2015
Skis to the City - Jessie Diggins is honored in Fourth of July parade, and enjoys some classic summer fun before heading for snow in New Zealand.
Fired Up - Annie Hart updates from Vermont, enjoying some hard training, grilling, and new training partners.
Keeping Up with Friends - Tony Mommsen reports on his wave one training, including some new workouts and plans.
Race to Beat Yourself - Alice Flanders blogs on the spirit of racing to best yourself.
Lemonade - Chris Pappathopoulos updates his CXC Team training, adjusting to new priorities.
Bend Preview - Alayna Sonnesyn and Kris Bourne are some of the skiers that appear to be featured in an upcoming film about Nordic training in Bend.
National Cycling Stars - Bjorn Larson and Kelly Catlin captured titles at the US Junior National cycling events last month.

Spotlight: Minneapolis Ski Club
July 13, 2015
Olympian Kevin Brochman has his training programs rolling again this summer, with sessions on both sides of the Twin Cities, as well as St. Cloud. We caught up with his Elm Creek group early Monday morning as they worked on strength, classic technique, and some distance classic rollerskiing.
Photoset: Elm Creek Juniors - 99 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon Features New Route
July 13, 2015
Endurance United's St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon is featuring a new course this year. The event will now start at Battle Creek, taking on the challenging hills first, then working its way towards downtown St. Paul with a finish right outside the new Saints Stadium!

Rivet Run Coverage
July 12, 2015
Eve Graves reports: Sunday's Rivet Run was a muggy one! 61 people started the race and had a great time navigating the beautiful trails of Pattison State Park to race money for the trails. Paul Mueller, 17, of Indiana won the race with a time of 20:30 setting a new course record, followed by Jon Lindberg, 53, of Wisconsin with a time of 21:10. Winning for the women, and also in 3rd place overall just behind Lindberg was Kaelyn Williams of the University of MN Duluth, age 21, with a time of 21:25 setting a new course record also. The next Rivet Run will be November 8th.
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run 5K

Birkie Board of Directors Elections and Annual Meeting on Aug 8th
July 12, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will be holding their Annual Meeting and elections for Board of Directors positions on Saturday, August 8th. The day will include a number of outdoor activities in the morning, a memorial to Dave Nelson, along with the meetings.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
July 10, 2015
Results are up from Thursday's Paddle Derby run by Hoigaards. The series has just four events left on the calendar!
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th
Results: July 9th

REG Camp Coverage
July 7, 2015
The Midwest Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp is going on this week in Cable. We dropped in Tuesday to catch the group for their agility testing in the morning, as well as the strength testing in the afternoon.
Photoset: Agility Testing - 206 photos, Strength Testing - 101 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from CXC: Midwest REG Camp - Day 3 Strength, Midwest REG Camp - Day 3 Agility

Midwest MTB Report
July 7, 2015
The Midwest MTB Report, by Jay Richards, this week covers multi-day racing across British Columbia, recap on last week's WORS race, highlights from recent articles, new funding for Cuyuna trails, and some key races coming up.

Afton Trail Run Coverage
July 5, 2015
Enduring some extra heat and humidity to go with the infamous hills, over 500 runners hit the trails Saturday for the Afton Trail run. In the 50K division, Chris Lundstrom cracked the four hour window to win with a time of 3:47:41. Rebekah Metzdorff posted the top womens time at 4:49:26. The 25K titles went to Adam Dohm and Christine Loza.
Photoset from North Woods Photos: Race Start, Northern Hill
Video from North Woods Photos: Race Start
Results: Afton Trail Run

REG Camps
July 2, 2015
Regional Elite Group training camps are happening across the nation this summer. CXC spotlights these special opportunities, with the Midwest REG Camp being held next week in Hayward.

Midwest MTB Report
July 1, 2015
A big report this week as Jay Richards highlights trails in Colorado as well as North and South Dakota (with lots of photos), plus racing updates from PRO XCT circuit, Lutsen 99er, and Cuyuna Crusher.

2017 Nordic Junior Worlds Coming to Utah
June 30, 2015
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has awarded the 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships to Utah's Olympic venues in Park City and Midway. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association put forward the joint bid with the Utah Olympic Park and Solider Hollow, both of which will host events throughout the championships.

Price Hike: American Birkebeiner
June 29, 2015
The first price hike for the American Birkebeiner/Kortelopet events is July 1st! Register by Tuesday night to save some cash.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
June 28, 2015
The first month of competition in the Hoigaards Paddle Derby wrapped up last week, and results are now tallied. The racing continues throughout this summer on Thursday evenings at Lake Calhoun.
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th

Tri-Loppet Coverage
June 28, 2015
Perfect weather for the Tri-Loppet races across Minneapolis on Saturday. This year featured the new race and general (stock) boat categories, and based on finishing times, it appears the competition was much tighter. Matt Liebsch won the mens general division with Zach Handler roughly 1:30 behind. The womens general was even closer, with Josie Nelson holding off Kim Rudd by 44 seconds for the title.
Photoset from Steve Kotvis: Tri-Loppet
Results: Tri-Loppet

Midwest MTB Report
June 23, 2015
In Jay Richards MTB report this week, an interview with Tristan Schouten, reports on Chequamegon 100, and the look ahead to weekend races.

NNF Funds International Junior Camp
June 17, 2015
The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) has announced financial support for the International Junior Camp, August 6-14, in Norway. The new junior camp is designed for rising cross country skiers, with Midwest stars Alayna Sonnesyn and Zak Ketterson earning spots on the roster.

USSA: Rookie Camp
June 17, 2015
New members of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding will be in Park City at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's (USSA) Center of Excellence this week for the teams' annual Rookie Camp. Included in the camp is Caitlin Gregg and Nita Englund.

Midwest MTB Report
June 16, 2015
This week's Midwest MTB Report, compiled by Jay Richards, has recaps from the WORS event, Red Eye Rendezvous, the 25 hour event of Dirt Wirx, and spotlights an amazing downhill run with no chain(!), plus the usual look ahead.

Birkie Completes Fundraising for Phase I of Capital Campaign
June 16, 2015
In just seven months, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has reached their goal of $650,000 fundraising for Phase I of its first-ever major fundraising capital campaign. Phase I includes securing a permanent trailhead and race start area in Cable, WI, near the old Telemark Lodge, improving safety, traffic flow, and participant experience at the finish line area in Hayward, WI.

USSA Expands Membership Options
June 15, 2015
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is rolling out a new expanded membership structure. The new structure will diversify the existing membership base with a host of new categories designed to make the sports more affordable and accessible. USSA membership pricing has also changed, with general and entry-level memberships starting as low as $15.

Chippewa Triathlon Coverage
June 14, 2015
Beautiful conditions Saturday morning in Cass Lake for the annual Chippewa Triathlon. Doubles titles went to David Nelson/Ryan Peterson and Elspeth Ronnander with Elaine and Grant Nelson taking the mixed crown. Solo champs were Mike Brumbaugh and Deanne Kivi. The top relay team was Big Al and the Funky Bunch (Joshua Tesch, Al Rundquist, Megan Brown and Kell Peterson).
Photoset from John Arenz: 54 photos
Photoset from Nikolai Olson: Chippewa Triathlon
Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Midwest Junior National Wax Techs Application
June 10, 2015
The Midwest Junior National Committee is seeking candidates for the positions of head glide and kick wax coaches for the 2016 Junior National competitions next March in Cable, WI. Application deadline is July 14th.
2016 Junior Nationals

Midwest MTB Report
June 9, 2015
Recaps from the Dirt Wirx, National Press on WORS, area rides, an update on Ore to Shore, Minneapolis global bike city, St. Cloud HS racing, and the usual look ahead are all part of this week's Midwest MTB report from Jay Richards.

Spotlight: LNR Advanced Group
June 9, 2015
The summer junior training officially fired up this week in Minnesota, with warm weather to boot. Tuesday morning brought the Loppet Nordic Racing Advanced Group to Afton for a session of classic rollerskiing on the quiet country roads. Coach Piotr Bednarski rode with the girls group while David Chamberlain strided with the boys.
Photoset: 130 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
LNR Summer Junior Training

Midwest MTB Report
June 2, 2015
Jay Richards weekly update hits on the Borah Epic with two recaps, Duluth downhiller Max Fierax, 25th anniversity Laddies Loppet, lift service for MTB, Lebanon Hills highlight and upcoming events.
Final Days: Vote for Spirit Mountain Trails for $100K Award
Press Release: Borah Epic hosts record field for year three

USSA: Utah Bids for 2017 Junior Nordic Worlds
June 2, 2015
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is making a formal bid for the International Ski Federation's (FIS) 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships, to be held at Utah Olympic Park in Park City and Soldier Hollow in Midway.

Interviews: Kyle Bratrud, Alice Flanders
May 31, 2015
As two of the newest members of the CXC Elite team, we catch up with collegiate stars Kyle Bratrud and Alice Flanders as they prepare for "life after college".
Interview - Kyle Bratrud
Interview - Alice Flanders

Midwest MTB Report
May 26, 2015
Information on a new Alexandria based MTB club developing new trails, college skiers now MTB racers, Kask MTB programs for juniors are all part of Jay Richards MTB Report this week, along with the look ahead to some big weekend events.
Jun 13 Celebration of Life For David Cook

Midwest MTB Report
May 20, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report this week covers the Minnesota series from St. Croix Falls, WORS from Crystal Lake, Gooseberry Park trails (Moorhead), Cable-Offroad's latest minute cancellation, along with upcoming camps, clinics and races.

Big Bay Relay Results
May 18, 2015
Over 30 teams races the Big Bay Relay Saturday in Marquette. "Running Noses" from the Junior division posted the top time on the day.
Results: Big Bay Relay

CityTrail Loppet Coverage
May 18, 2015
Over 500 runners participated in the Loppet Foundation's CityTrail races on Sunday. The events started in downtown Robbinsdale and finished next to the famous spoon at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Matt Flaherty hammered out an incredible sub-hour time in the 10 mile for the mens victory, with Angie Voight the top female. In the 10K race, Kevin Johnson and Christina Roberts collected the titles.
Photoset from Steve Kotvis: CityTrail Loppet
Results: CityTrail Loppet
CityTrail Recap

2015 Collegiate Tally Board
May 16, 2015
Graduation Day is nearly here... We're still looking for more entries on the collegiate tally board. High School senior skiers, let us know your post-secondary plans!

Midwest MTB Report
May 12, 2015
Jay Richards posts his weekly MTB report, this week covering motocross as cross-training, highlighting a number of area clinics, a report on Movil Maze trails, and a look ahead to upcoming events (including the sudden cancellation of the Cable Off-road Classic).

US Ski Team Nominations Released
May 11, 2015
The nominations for the 2015-16 US Ski Team have been posted. Midwest skiers show strongly across all levels, with Jessie Diggins continuing her run on the A-team, and now Caitlin Gregg on the B-team, with Ben Saxton on the development squad.

Collegiate Cycling Nationals: Saturday
May 10, 2015
Mindy Benton reports in from the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, being held in Asheville, North Carolina this weekend. Saturday's event was criterium racing on a tough, hilly course.

Midwest MTB Report
May 5, 2015
Jay Richards MTB recap this week has race stories from the opening MNMBS and WORS series, an ageless note on US Nationals, a first-hand trail report from the Paul Bunyan State Forest, highlights on endurance training diets, trail building, womens and adaptive clinics, and a brief look ahead!

Fossavatn Ski Marathon Coverage
May 5, 2015
Steven Gromatka reports: The 2015 Fossavatn Ski Marathon held last Saturday in Isafjordur, Iceland was a blast. Now that it is a part of the World Loppet circuit, it had it's largest field ever. The 25km skate race on Thursday was won by Olympic Bronze Medalist Iliya Chernousov and Finland star Riita-Lisa Ropenon, both also each went on to win the 50km classic on Saturday as well. 25km classic champions went to Dagur Benediktsson and Anna-Maria Danielsdottir.
Photoset from Steven Gromatka: 6 photos
Video: Fossavatn Ski Marathon
Results: Fossavatn Ski Marathon

Birkie Registration Open
May 3, 2015
Birkie trail registration opened officially on Monday. Get in on the early pricing, and guarantee your spot on the 2016 starting line!

Buck Hill Birch Bump Coverage
May 3, 2015
Dry and unusually hot conditions for the first MNMBS race of the season as Buck Hill was the venue for the Birch Bump. In the afternoon expert race, veteran Jeff Hall survived the early pressure and took over about half way into the race to take the mens victory. Rebecca Sauber dominated the womens elite field, winning by over four minutes. Ryan Guy and Cindy Schafer won the comp divisions. Photos from the expert/comp afternoon races.
Photoset: Expert/Comp - 194 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Buck Hill Birch Bump

Snake River Canoe Race Results
May 2, 2015
Don Olson reports: Race was held on Knife Lake due to low water in Snake River but on a beautiful day with sunshine and very little wind. Winning entries: Pro Boat - Dana Henry/Devin Arenz (same time Al Rudquist/Joe Manns); Open - Brett Arenz/Ed Arenz; Solo - Jonah Lidberg; Kayak Male - Joe Zellner; Kayak Female - Lana Voynich.
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

2014-15 Season Highlights
May 1, 2015
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2014-2015 high school racing season.

2014-15 Season Highlights
May 1, 2015
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2014-2015 collegiate racing season.

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