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Great Beat Chase, March 10, 2018


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Feb.3 Moraloppet Ski for the Cause       |  Feb.3 10K, 20K freestyle
11 am

Mora, MN
Starts and finishes at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center on the north end of town and offers numerous class awards. Skiers in the 5K Tour receive completion pins. Partnered with Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation whose mission is to achieve a future without breast cancer by collaborative cutting-edge research on cause and prevention.
Feb.3 Mt. Ashwabay Summit Ski Race       |   |   |  Feb.3 10K classic, 11K freestyle, 21K pursuit
11 am

Washburn, WI
All races start and finish at the Mt. Ashwabay Chalet. Classic and skating lanes are provided throughout the course. High school, 7K, Middle School 3.5K race and kids 1/2K race too. Awards are homemade pies and other baked goods!
Feb.3 Wolf Tracks Rendezvous       |   |  Feb.3 24K, 42K freestyle, classical
9 am

Minocqua, WI
A one-loop marathon or half-marathon encompassing many of the best trails that Winter Park has to offer, including several technical sections and the normally classic-only Wolf Tracks and Nekoosa trails. A single classic track will be laid on the entire course. The 42km marathon is a Birkebeiner qualifier.
Feb.3 Big Island and Back       |  Feb.3 10K freestyle, classical
2 pm

Excelsior, MN
Afternoon ski from downtown Excelsior over Lake Minnetonka and around Big Island and back.
Feb.3 Langlauf XC       |  5K, 10K freestyle, classical
10 am

Hubertus, WI
Cancelled due to low snow conditions. Ski race at the Heiliger Huegel Ski Club.
Feb.3 Pilot Knob Ski Race       |   |  4.5K, 9K, 27K freestyle
10 am

Forest City, IA
Cancelled due to poor snow conditions. Pilot Knob State Park is a beautiful wooded area in north central Iowa with lots of hills to challenge any skier. Lunch included in racers fee with awards to top 3 overall in each race.
Feb.3 Ice Age Challenge       |  5K classical; 15K, 22.5K classical
9:30 am; 10:30 am

Madison, WI
The Ice Age Challenge cross-country ski race will be hosted at the Elver Park Ski Trails and includes several separate race distances throughout the day. The courses range from flat sections, gently rolling hills to challenging climbs and exciting downhills.
Feb.3-4 Ishpeming JNQ       |   |  Feb.3, Feb.4 freestyle sprints Sat; 5K, 10K classical Sun

Ishpeming, MI
Great Lakes Division JNQ, open to juniors/high school skiers.
Feb.3 Tower Ridge 10K       |   |  Feb.3 10K freestyle
10:30 am

Eau Claire, WI
Held on the trails at Tower Ridge and hosted by the UWEC Nordic Ski Club.
Feb.4 City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle       |   |   |  Feb.4 42K, 21K freestyle
9 am, 10 am

Minneapolis, MN
An urban point-to-point race! Starts at Theodore Wirth and finishes in the Uptown area. There are also 10K tour event, and skijor, fat bike, and kids races.
Feb.10 Pre-Birkie       |   |   |  Feb.10 26K, 42K freestyle, classical
10 am

Hayward, WI
Starts on Lake Hayward and finishes at Hwy OO. One big mass start!
Feb.10 Vasaloppet USA       |   |   |  Feb.10 42K classical; 58K, 35K freestyle; 13K freestyle
9 am; 10 am; 12:30 pm

Mora, MN
The largest race in Minnesota. The finish is the best around -- down Main street Mora with the crowds cheering!
Feb.10-11 North American Vasa       |  Feb.10, Feb.11 12K, 27K, 50K classical, freestyle Sat; 6K, 16K classical Sun
8 am Sat; 9 am Sun

Traverse City, MI
This is the big one for lower Michigan. Race starts and finishes at Timber Ridge Resort. Beautiful and challenging trail through State Forest. Two day combined Grand Champion title as well.
Feb.10 Skinny Fat Duathlon       |   |  10K freestyle, 10K fat bike
10 am

Ely, MN
Skinny Fat Duathlon for one person, or relay for two people. 10km freestyle ski followed by 10km of biking. Same day registration only.
Feb.11 North End Classic       |   |  Feb.11 12.5K, 25K classical
10 am

Cable, WI
Starts and finishes at the North End Trail Head. Cookie Classic free kids races .5, 1 and 2 km.
Feb.11 Tour de Valley       |  10K, 20K classical
10 am

Ely, MN
Tour de Valley is a 10km classic tour or a 20km (two laps) race. The Hidden Valley trails are so great, they're worth at least two go 'rounds!
Feb.15-18 NCAA Regional Championships/SuperTour       |   |  Feb.15, Feb.17, Feb.18 sprints Thu; 15K, 20K freestyle Sat; 5K, 10K classical Sun

Ishpeming, MI
College Regional Championships and final Central NCAA Nationals qualifying races. Thursday is SuperTour sprints (not CCSA event). Saturday is mass start (CCSA and SuperTour), Sunday's race is interval start (CSA and SuperTour). USSA license required for entry.
Feb.17 Minnesota Finlandia       |   |   |  Feb.17 25K classical; 50K, 25K freestyle
10 am; 10:30 am

Bemidji, MN
A challenging course with many good hills and lots of woods! One of the best run races in Minnesota (especially the wave starts)!
Feb.17 Book Across the Bay       |   |  Feb.17 10K freestyle
6 pm

Ashland, WI
A candlelit, evening race for skiers and snowshoers of all abilities and ages. The course runs from Ashland to Washburn, across Chequamegon Bay.
Feb.17 Iowa Winter Games       |   |  8K classical; 10K freestyle
10 am; 2 pm

Cresco, IA
Cancelled due to poor snow conditions. Held at Prairie Springs in Cresco. Only open to Iowa and Illinois residents.
Feb.17 Woodland Loppet       |   |   |  Feb.17 10K, 20K freestyle
10 am

Elk River, MN
The 20 km course will take full advantage of the trail system; winding through the hilltop loop, triple hills, up Big Tooth Shoot to Top-of-the-World, Stoney Rollers and back through the city park's trails to start the second loop. The 10 km courses will follow the same path with only one loop.
Feb.17 SMU 10K       |   |  10K classical; 10K freestyle
11 am; 1 pm

Winona, MN
Cancelled due to poor snow conditions. Mass start classical race on the scenic trails at St. Mary's University. Freestyle race in the afternoon.
Feb.17 Eirawen20 Ski Race       |   |   |  Feb.17 10K, 20K freestyle
10 am

Sturgeon Bay, WI
The 10K course is one lap on easier terrain. The 20K is two laps on more challenging terrain, including Snowkraft's Orchard section. Discount for high school skiers.
Feb.17-18 Coleraine JNQ       |   |  Feb.17, Feb.18 classical sprints Sat; 5K, 10K freestyle Sun

Coleraine, MN
Midwest JNQ event, held at Mt Itasca the weekend after the Minnesota State Meet. Sprints Saturday, individual starts on Sunday.
Feb.17 Forest Frenzy Winter Tri       |  Feb.17 ski 9.5K, snowshow 6K, fat bike 9.5K
10 am

Boulder Junction, WI
Winter triathlon (ski, snowshoe and fatbike) at Camp Manito-wish YCMA in Boulder Junction.
Feb.18 Pincushion Mountain Winter Festival       |   |  10K, 30K classical, 10K freestyle
10 am

Grand Marais, MN
A ski festival for the entire family on the beautiful Pincushion Trails, overlooking Grand Marais and Lake Superior. Uses the entire Pincushion trail system. Also kids and skijor races in the afternoon.
Feb.18 Snowflake and Inga-Lami Races       |   |   |  Feb.18 11K freestyle men; 11K freestyle women
8:30 am; 9 am

Maple Plain, MN
The Snowflake race is one of the oldest in Minnesota. The Inga-lami is a special women's only race. The two events are run separately. Held at either Baker Park in association with Gear West.
Feb.18 Beaver Dam Classic       |   |  Feb.18 5K, 10K, 20K classical
1 pm

Mora, MN
The Beaver Dam Classic is a classic stride race/tour. Start and finish near the Vasaloppet Nordic Ski Center just off 9th Street in Mora.
Feb.23 Kortelopet       |  29K freestyle, classical
10:45 am

Hayward, WI
In 2017, the Kortelopet moved to it's own date, and now starts at Hwy OO and finishes on the streets of Hayward.
Feb.24 American Birkebeiner       |  51K freestyle; 55K classical
8:20 am

Hayward, WI
The benchmark race. The largest ski race in North America. Sign up early!
Ongoing Race Series
Dec.6-Feb.21 Elm Creek Series       |   |   |  Dec.13, Dec.20, Dec.27, Jan.3, Jan.10, Jan.17, Jan.24, Jan.31, Feb.7, Feb.14, 5K freestyle, 5K classical
7 pm, 7:30 pm (repeats Wednesdays)

Maple Grove, MN
This is a great little training race series held Wednesday nights. Separate skate and classical races. The 5K lighted trail at Elm Creek is a nice mix of hills and flats.
Dec.14-Mar.1 Fresh Air Series       |   |   |  Dec.14, 5K freestyle
7 pm (repeats every other Thursday)

Thunder Bay, ON
Thursday night race series at Lappe Nordic (generally every other Thursday). Events include: relays, obstacle course, sprints, as well as some standard race formats.
Jan.3-Feb.14 Lapham Peak Series       |   |   |  Jan.3, Jan.10, Jan.17, Jan.24, Jan.31, Feb.7, 4.9K freestyle, classical
7:15 pm (repeats Wednesdays)

Delafield, WI
Held on the lighted trails at Lapham Peak, starting at the Evergreen shelter. There are also youth and high school series, which start earlier in the evening.
Jan.9-Feb.13 Madnorski Race Series       |  5K, 10K freestyle, classical
7 pm (repeats Tuesdays)

Madison, WI
A series of races held on Tuesday evenings at Elver Park. Put on by Madison Nordic Ski club. Individual and team racing divisions.
Jan.10-Feb.28 Hoigaards/MYSL Team Sprint Series       |   |   |  Jan.10, Jan.17, Jan.24, Feb.7, Feb.14, team sprints
6:30 pm (repeats Wednesdays)

Minneapolis, MN
This informal Wednesday night race series at Wirth Park is based on two-person relays with a different format each week. Bring a partner or sign up to be matched with a skier of similar ability. Adult, child and adult/child divisions. Great way to introduce kids and adults to racing or get your interval workout in.
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