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Great Bear Chase - March 9, 2019


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Feb.2 Moraloppet       |   |  Feb.2 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. Benefits the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.
Feb.2-3 City of Lakes Loppet       |   |   |  Feb.2, Feb.3 42K, 21K classical Sat; 42K, 21K freestyle Sun
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, ice bike, and kids races.
Feb.2 Mt. Ashwabay Summit Ski Race       |   |   |  Feb.2 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.2 Wolf Tracks Rendezvous       |   |   |  Feb.2 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.2-3 Traverse City JNQ      freestyle Sat; 5K, 10K; classic Sun

Traverse City, MI
JNQ for Great Lakes Division. Interval start on Saturday, mass start on Sunday.
Feb.3 Lumberjack Jaunt       |   |   |  Feb.3 6K, 16K classical; 6K, 16K freestyle
11 am

Brainerd, MN
One of the older races in Minnesota (started in 1972). Held at the Northland Arboretum. There's also 1K kids race.
Feb.3 Langlauf Winter Carnival      5K, 10K freestyle, classical
10 am

Hubertus, WI
Cancelled due to poor snow conditions. Ski race at the Heiliger Huegel Ski Club.
Feb.9 Pre-Birkie       |   |   |  Feb.9 26K, 42K freestyle, classical
10 am

Hayward, WI
Starts on Lake Hayward and finishes at Hwy OO. One big mass start!
Feb.9 Vasaloppet USA       |   |   |  Feb.9 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.9 Lotvola Cup       |   |  16K classical
11 am

Callaway, MN
Cancelled for 2019 due to scheduling conflicts. Held on the trails at Maplelag Resort featuring the double track classic trails. One of longest running events in Minnesota. Starts on lake and travels through wooded terrain, clearings, and follows around lakes. Custom keepsake for registrants. MYSL race after the adults finish.
Feb.9-10 North American Vasa       |  Feb.9 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.9 Big Island and Back       |  Feb.9 10K freestyle, classical
2 pm

Excelsior, MN
Afternoon ski from downtown Excelsior over Lake Minnetonka and around Big Island and back.
Feb.9 Turtle River Pursuit       |   |  Feb.9 11K classic

Mercer, WI
The first leg of the Pursuit is an 11K classic ski race at MECCA Trails on Saturday. The second leg of the pursuit is an 11K skate ski race at WinMan Trails on Sunday. Race is open to individuals and teams.
Feb.10 North End Classic       |   |  Feb.10 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.10 Turtle River Pursuit       |   |  Feb.10 11K freestyle pursuit

Manitowish Waters, WI
The first leg of the Pursuit is an 11K classic ski race at MECCA Trails on Saturday. The second leg of the pursuit is an 11K skate ski race at WinMan Trails on Sunday. Race is open to individuals and teams.
Feb.15-17 Minneapolis JNQ/CCSA/SuperTour       |   |  Feb.15, Feb.16, Feb.17 freestyle sprints Fri; 10K, 15K, 20K classical Sat; 5K, 10K freestyle Sun

Minneapolis, MN
JNQ races and CCSA Conf Championships, as well as SuperTour event at Theodore Wirth. Sprints on Friday (SuperTour), mass start on Saturday, individual start on Sunday.
Feb.16 Minnesota Finlandia       |   |   |  Feb.16 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.16 Book Across the Bay       |  Feb.16 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.16 Snowflake and Inga-Lami Races       |   |   |  Feb.16 10K freestyle
9:30 am

Maple Plain, MN
The Snowflake race is one of the oldest in Minnesota. The Inga-lami is a special women's only race. Held at Baker Park in association with Gear West.
Feb.16 SMU 10K       |   |  10K classical; 10K freestyle
11 am; 1 pm

Winona, MN
Mass start classical race on the scenic trails at St. Mary's University. Freestyle race in the afternoon.
Feb.16 Forest Frenzy Winter Tri       |  Feb.16 ski 7.5K, snowshow 5K, fat bike 7.5K
10 am

Boulder Junction, WI
Winter triathlon (ski, snowshoe and fatbike) at Camp Manito-wish YCMA in Boulder Junction.
Feb.16 Tower Ridge 10K       |   |   |  Feb.16 10K freestyle
10 am

Eau Claire, WI
Date moved from Feb 2nd to the 16th in hopes of better snow conditions. Held on the trails at Tower Ridge and hosted by the UWEC Nordic Ski Club. Also have a 1K kids race.
Feb.17 Pincushion Mountain Winter Festival       |  30K classic; 10K freestyle, classic
9 am; 9:30 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.17 Founders Classic       |   |  5K, 10K, 20K classical
1 pm

Mora, MN
The Founders Classic is a classic stride race/tour. Start and finish near the Vasaloppet Nordic Ski Center just off 9th Street in Mora.
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. Free kids race at noon.
Feb.22 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.23 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.5-Feb.20 Elm Creek Series       |   |   |  Dec.5, Dec.12, Dec.19, Dec.26, Jan.2, Jan.9, Jan.16, Feb.6, Feb.13, 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.
Jan.2-Feb.13 Lapham Peak Series       |   |   |  Jan.2, Jan.9, Jan.16, Jan.23, Feb.6, Feb.13, Feb.19, 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.8-Feb.12 Madnorski Race Series       |   |   |  Jan.15, 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.9-Feb.27 Hoigaards/MYSL Team Sprint Series       |   |   |  Jan.9, Jan.16, Jan.23, Feb.6, Feb.13, 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. High school teams welcome, but must pre-register. Great way to introduce kids and adults to racing or get your interval workout in.
Jan.15-Mar.26 Citizen Night Series       |   |  Jan.15, 3K, 5K classic, freestyle
6 pm (repeats every 3-4 weeks)

Houghton, MI
Fun evening series at MTU, dates this season are: Jan 15, Feb 5, Feb 26 and finale on Mar 26.
View a full list of Race Series and combined awards.

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