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Sophie Caldwell and Jessie Diggins working on sprints, August 18, 2014 (Photo: SMS Nordic)

Alayna Sonnesyn leading the field in an uphill TT, International Camp (Norway), August 9, 2015 (Photo: NNF)

Fast and Female at Mall of America, July 26, 2015

Caitlin Gregg working out with the FAST KIDS program, May 3, 2014 (Photo: LNR)

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Endurance United 55K Rollerski Coverage
October 11, 2015
Endurance United hit the jackpot Sunday morning for their 55K rollerski across the Twin Cities as they scored perfect weather with temps in the low 60s to start, bright sunny skies and dry trails. Over 60 skiers turned out for the big event, with many changing up equipment and technique at the midway point at Medicine Lake and then heading to the finish up at Elm Creek.
Photoset: 165 photos
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FAST Kids Adventure Race Coverage
October 8, 2015
The Loppet Foundation held race #4 in their Fall Adventure Run series for the FAST Kids training program on Thursday at Theodore Wirth. Juniors leaped over haybails, wound through wooded singletrack and crossed streams in a race to the finish.
Photoset: U10/U12 Race - 79 photos, U14/U16 Race - 81 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: FAST Kids Adventure Race

Endurance United 55K Rollerski Event Sunday
October 6, 2015
Endurance United's 55K rollerski across the Twin Cities trail system is this Sunday morning, Oct 11th. A bus will be available early morning at Elm Creek to ferry skiers over to the start at Desnoyer Park in St. Paul. The event is free and open to everyone, though organizers are asking for donations to help cover the bussing.

Registration Open for Yellowstone Ski Festival
October 5, 2015
The huge West Yellowstone Ski Festival & Cross-Country Ski Camp will be held November 24-28. Registration for the training and technique clinics are now open. With just over a month to go, its time to be dialing in those Thanksgiving plans!

NSSTC Trip to Stokely Creek
September 29, 2015
The North Star Ski Touring Club will be leading to XC ski trip to the famous Stokely Creek trail system in January, and still has a few openings available if you act quickly.

Hyland FAST KIDS Fall Games
September 28, 2015
The Loppet Foundation is hosting their FAST Kids Fall Games event this Sunday, Oct 4th, at Hyland. It is a free event for kids ages 8-13 who want to test drive the FAST Kids program. The LNR Juniors will be there to help lead the different relays and event competitions.
FAST Kids Fall Adventure Run Series - Oct 1, Oct 8

Endurance United 55km Rollerski Event on Oct 11th
September 24, 2015
How's that fall training coming along? On Sunday, October 11th, Endurance United is hosting a free, supported 55K point-to-point rollerski event across the Twin Cities, starting at Desnoyer Park and finishing at Elm Creek. There will be a bus ride early Sunday morning to take skiers from Elm Creek over to the start at Desnoyer, so cars can be left at the finish.

Endurance United Adult Race Team Formation
September 22, 2015
Endurance United is introducing a newly revamped Adult Race Team for the 2015/2016 season. Join EU for comprehensive race-team experience which includes weekly coaching, an EU Race Team Training Plan, race wax support at four major races as well as on-site coaching at races. Limited number of openings!

USSA: Fast and Female Camp Coming to Utah
September 18, 2015
Utah girls will have an opportunity to train with Olympians on Sunday, Oct 4th, when the Fast and Female Champ Chat returns to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's Center of Excellence in Park City. World Champions Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins will be among the crew leading the event.

Loppet Nordic Training Sessions
September 13, 2015
The Loppet has a number of new fall training options this season:
Womens Fall Rollerski - Monday mornings starting at Wirth Beach.
Intermediate Skate Rollerski - Wednesday evenings at Hyland.
Fall Training for XC - Special presentation on the how, why and when of fall XC training, this Monday evening, Sep 14, at Wirth chalet.
LNR Fall Training Programs
Full Listing of Midwest Training Programs

Saturday Morning Dryland Workouts at Hyland
September 11, 2015
The Saturday morning workouts at Hyland downhill area will continue this fall, with the first session this Saturday, Sep 12th. Join Ken Tobacman and Tom Anderson as they follow the tradition workout established by Bjorn Lasserud.
Ride and Glide Instructors Sought

Endurance United 55K Epic Rollerski Event
September 11, 2015
Endurance United is hosting a supported 55K rollerski event on Sunday, Oct 11th. The event starts at Desnoyer Park in St. Paul and winds it way across the river and up to Medicine Lake, where skiers can change equipment and then ski the second half to finish at Elm Creek. Bus transportation will get participants back to the St. Paul start.

Fall USSA Nordic Coaching Clinics
September 3, 2015
USSA has a raft of coaching clinics scheduled across the USA this fall, providing the education for Level 100 and 200 certification. A National Cross-Country Coaches' Education Symposium will take place in New York Sep 11-13, while the Midwest will have clinics late october in Cable, WI.

Hoigaards Rollerski Clinic Saturday
August 27, 2015
Looking to kick off your winter training and improve your rollerski skills? Hoigaards will have a Rollerski 202 clinic this Saturday, Aug 29th, with emphasis on hills (up and down!).

CXC Masters Camp in Park City
August 27, 2015
CXC will be hosting a four-day Masters training camp out in scenic Park City, Utah, Sep 23-27th. Former US Ski Team coach Torbjorn Karlsen along with CXC's own Yuriy Gusev will led the workouts.

Training Programs
August 24, 2015
Many fall groups are about to start up in September, with some junior programming already under way. Check out our roundup of the area training programs.

Gear West: Fall Training Groups
August 20, 2015
Gear West's Technique and Training Program fires up in early September. Learn to ski faster, farther, smoother. The program meets every Wednesday night at French Park with Fall and Winter sessions available.
More Assistant Coaching Positions Posted

Midwest Mountaineering: Customer Appreciation Party
August 17, 2015
Join Midwest Mountaineering for their Customer Appreciation Party and End of Season Clearance Sale this Thursday, Aug 20th. Their latest newsletter has coupons for a free beer and burger, along with details on upcoming events.

CXC Dream Bike Donation Raffle
August 17, 2015
Kent Eriksen Cycles is partnering with CXC to support the Adaptive Program for children with physical disabilities and visual impairment by giving away a dream bike! Donate today and you'll be automatically entered in the drawing.

Igor Legacy Camp in Ironwood
August 14, 2015
Bruce Manske recaps the Igor Legacy Camp, held in Ironwood last week. Over 25 athletes, from ten different Midwest teams, came together to learn about skiing and training, to make new "ski" friends, and to have fun.

NNF: International Camp Update
August 10, 2015
National Nordic Foundation has a couple of new videos from the first days of the International Camp in Norway, where Midwest skiers Alayna Sonnesyn and Zak Ketterson have been training. Sonnesyn showed some great form against the world class junior field, winning the womens uphill running time trial!

Out There with Ben Saxton
August 4, 2015
Out There shop is hosting two fundraiser events for the Midwest's own Ben Saxton on Aug 22nd. One event focuses on youth athletes and will be at Cleary Park, the other is an evening rollerski followed by brew and food, plus a silent auction. Get your tickets now!

Igor Legacy Camp in Bemidji
August 2, 2015
Bruce Manske highlights the Igor Legacy Camp in Bemidji last week, where U12 and U14 athletes came together for training sessions, to plays games, and to make new "ski" friends.

Midwest Juniors at the National U16 Camp
August 2, 2015
Erin Moening reports on the National U16 Camp, which just wrapped up in Vermont. The Midwest had six talented skiers who represented well again the best in the nation.

Fast and Female Power Hour Coverage
July 26, 2015
Nordic superstars Kikkan Randall, Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg (all holders of World Championship medals) hosted a huge Fast and Female event in the rotunda at the Mall of America on Sunday. The hour long sessions (2) started with a number of aerobic activities, including some dance moves and Olympic simulations, followed by a viewing of the legendary US Ski Team Uptown Funk video, and then sharing of inspirational/motivational speeches from each of the athletes, before wrapping up with some Q & A and a big group photo. Poster autograph sessions were held at the LL Bean store, providing stellar support to the team. At 5 pm, Jessie Diggins returned to the rotunda for a discussion on her own racing history and lessons she learned along the way, and with the support of Salomon, held an informative discussion session before a final round of autographes.
Photoset: Power Hour - 97 photos, Take the Next Step - 35 photos
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Video: Power Hour Highlights

Legendary Laurentian Returns to Giant Ridge
July 11, 2015
John Filander is resurrecting the Giants Ridge mountain bike event from the 90`s with a MTB/gravel/grinder event, the Legendary Laurentian, on Saturday, September 5th. The event will feature a 50 mile ride on XC trails/snowmobile trails and gravel roads around Giants Ridge.

Fast and Female Power Hour
July 5, 2015
Olympians Kikkan Randall, Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg will be hosting a huge Fast and Female event at the Mall of America, July 26th! The event is free, just register online. And afterwards, Diggins will host an equipment and racing talk, plus poster signing.
Taking the Next Step with Jessie Diggins

Igor Legacy Camp Recap
June 23, 2015
Bruce Manski provides a recap on the recent Igor Legacy Camp, held in Iola, WI. Additional camps are scheduled for July and August.

Apple Valley Biathlon and Nordic Clinic
June 10, 2015
There will be a free Nordic and Biathlon clinic this Saturday, June 13th, at CrossFit 5885 in Apple Valley. USA Biathlon Para Development coach, BethAnn Chamberlain and Central Cross Country coach, Bruce Manske, will lead the session, which will feature training techniques, SkiErg, and biathlon shooting skills.

APU Masters Eagle Glacier Camp
June 6, 2015
APU has some short-notice openings in their Masters Camp on the Eagle Glacier at the end of June. Athletes will receive coaching from Erik Flora while skiing and living on Eagle Glacier near Girdwood, Alaska.
Haig Glacier 2015

Endurance United: Last Call for Summer Junior Training
June 1, 2015
Summer training sessions for juniors will be firing up in the next few weeks but it's not too late to join in the action. Endurance United has a wide range of programming, and is offering a special deal for the high school team with the most new juniors! Plus checkout their summer camps.

LNR FAST KIDS Summer Programs
June 1, 2015
LNR's summer programming for FAST KIDS starts up this Wednesday, June 3rd! Join in their weekly MTB sessions on Wednesday evenings, a number of summer camps, and their series of Adventure MTB races.

Bike Dr: New Staff, Craft Cows, CXC Clinic
May 29, 2015
The latest Bicycle Doctor newsletter highlights some new staff joining their team, CXC clinic in Milwaukee area in June, and the Crafty Cow ride coming in July.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th
May 29, 2015
Firing up for their 33rd year, Hoigaard's Paddle Derby holds their opening race this Thursday, June 4th! Print out your race form online and speed up the onsite registration time.

Endurance United Announces New Executive Director
May 17, 2015
Endurance United has announced Andrew Poffenberger as its new Executive Director. Poffenberger is returning home to the Twin Cities after spending the last two years working for CXC building strong ties in the Nordic ski community.

CXC Masters Clinics
May 11, 2015
CXC has a number of Masters Clinics running in June, including sessions in Milwaukee, Chicago and Wausau.

Haig Glacier 2015
April 28, 2015
Matt Liebsch has announced his 2015 Haig Glacier trip, this year scheduled for July 27-August 3rd. Get a solid week on snow in the middle of the summer! Space is limited, trip will fill again this year, so act soon.

Endurance United Summer Programs
April 20, 2015
Endurance United has updated the summer training programs, including options for juniors and adults, as well as a new trail running club.
Video: Rollerski Session with Annie Hart

Team Gregg Evening with FAST Kids
April 19, 2015
Come join Olympians Brian and Caitlin Gregg at Wirth, Thursday evening, April 30th, for an evening filled with games, agility and a short presentation on their successful 2015 racing season, as part of the FAST Kids program.

LNR Spring Junior Training
April 17, 2015
Spring junior training has just started Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR), and they are hosting introductory rollerski sessions in May for juniors who want to gain some confidence before the summer sessions begin. Summer Training and Competition team Training programs sign-up is now open.
Midwest Training Programs
LNR Adult Training Programs for Spring

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