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

Training run for the Loppet Games, October 21, 2014 (Photo: Piotr Bednarski)

Jessie Diggins, Fast and Female in Stratton, VT, August 10, 2014 (Photo: Lilly Caldwell)

Lactate testing, West Side Nordic, July 31, 2013 (Photo: John Dyste)

Upcoming Events
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Highlights

Gear West: Jan's Finland Adventure
March 26, 2015
Gear West's own Jan Guenther recounts her experiences in the Finland Border to Border ski, complete with photos from Leslie Hale.

Endurance United Announces Reorganization Moves
March 24, 2015
Endurance United announces the departure of Executive Director Chris Sachs and the search for a new director with Jake Morgan taking over Programming Director role and Ben Popp helping with spring events in the interim.

CXC Season Finale Auction
March 24, 2015
You can help support CXC by taking part in their season finale auction -- and snag yourself some great deals in the process. All kinds of silent sport items including premium HED wheelsets, helmets, rollerskis, poles and clothing.

Rice Creek Boat Club Informational Meeting April 7th
March 23, 2015
The Rice Creek Boat Club in New Brighton, MN, will hold their annual information meeting on Tuesday April 7th. Juniors ages 13-18 are encouraged to come out and test drive the paddling sports and learn more information on their summer training programs.

APU Summer-only Bridge Program
March 16, 2015
APU Nordic is seeking candidates for their summer training program. Designed for athletes looking for a bridge training program for the summer before returning to their competitive team in the fall, Kyle Bratrud participated in the program last season.
Related:
Midwest Training Programs
Job Posting: Head Coach Univ of Fairbanks-Alaska

ABR Taste of the Trails this Weekend
March 4, 2015
ABR is hosting their annual Taste of the Trails event this Saturday, March 7th. Come out and sample food from area restaurants and burn it off skiing over 50 kilometers of perfect condition trails!

DXC Seeking New Board Members
March 4, 2015
The Duluth Cross-Country Ski Club (DXC) is seeking board member candidates, with a new term beginning on May 1st. DXC is involved in a number of area topics including the Lower Spirit Mountain project, the Lester-Amity Chalet, the Spirit Mountain Nordic Center along with their regular programming and events.

Minnesota Junior Cycling (MNJRC) Kick-Off Meeting
February 23, 2015
Minnesota Junior Cycling is geared up and ready to go, holding their kickoff meeting this Friday evening, Feb 27th, at KSTP 5 in St. Paul. They welcome anyone interested in learning more aboutyouth development through cycling program.

NNF Auction Ends Monday
February 13, 2015
The National Nordic Foundation's huge auction ends on Monday. Check out items like Skis from Fischer, Madshus and OneWay, a SkiErg, Kikkan Randall's poles, great clothing items and more. Proceeds benefit NNF which supports over 400 skiers in Cross Country and Nordic Combined pillar projects.

Fast and Female Champ Camp at the Birkie
February 12, 2015
Holly Brooks has been racing on the FIS Marathon Circuit this season and is currently leading! Brooks is back in America, racing the American Birkebeiner next weekend. Come out Sunday, Feb 23rd, for a Fast and Female event in Hayward with Brooks! Register today.

Minnesota Canoe Association Annual Meeting Feb 7th
January 30, 2015
The Minnesota Canoe Association is holding their annual meeting, Saturday, Feb 7th at the REI Community Room in Bloomington, MN. Amy and Dave Freeman will be speaking about their recent Paddle to DC Trip. And they're seeking candidates for open board positions - racing director, cruise director, vice president and director at large.

Winter Trails Event in Duluth Saturday
January 25, 2015
Come out for Winter Trails Day at Spirit Mountain Nordic Chalet this Saturday, Jan 31st. If you're a new skier, they'll have lessons and even some equipment to use. Experience skiers, come celebrate winter, skiing and friends. RVSP is requested.

Lake Elmo Ski Festival this Weekend
January 21, 2015
Ride and Glide Ski Club will be helping host the Lake Elmo Ski Festival this weekend. Come out for some free ski lessons, including some loaner equipment to try. Snow conditions may be lean, but they expect to have some skiable trails.

Top Ten Reasons to Birkie Tour this Weekend
January 13, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has issued their top ten reasons to participate in the Birkie Tour event (non-race) this weekend. Besides the supported long ski workout and forecast awesome weather, you can even catch the Packers game in their big tent (or not!).

Athletic Inspiration and Fun Event With Caitlin Gregg Jan 11th
January 9, 2015
Come out Sunday morning to Michigan Tech Univ, Jan 11th, for a morning of athletic inspiration and fun hosted by US Olympian, Caitlin Gregg, the Michigan Tech Women’s Nordic Ski Team and Blizzard T. Husky for Girls 6-19!  Learn from these Nordic ski stars through indoor games, ski games, and inspirational stories. You’ll have a chance to hang out with your heroes, meet other girls interested in sports, and learn about life as a professional and college athlete!  (Note: This replaces the Fast and Female event previously scheduled.)

CXC Year-End Fundraising Goal
December 28, 2014
CXC is closing on their year-end fundraising goal, and as of Sunday night, were within $6000 of reaching it. Consider making your own contribution before times runs out on Wednesday night.

Annual Double Birkie Saturday, Dec 27th
December 24, 2014
The annual Double Birkie is set for this Saturday, Dec 27th. The long easy ski runs up the Birkie trail and back again. Skiers are welcome to join in and ski as much or as little as they'd like.
Related:
Double Birkie Recap

Duluth Solstice Bonfire Ski and Race
December 20, 2014
Duluth XC is celebrating the Winter Solstice with an evening of skiing on the trails at Spirit Mountain this Sunday, Dec 21st. A 3k loop will be lit with luminaries and bonfires. A short race to get things "fired up", then stay and celebrate the long night with a hot drink and snacks.

CXC Challenge Grant
December 10, 2014
CXC has received a challenge grant, making your year-end donations to CXC fund twice as much support.

Riverbrook: Womens XC Clinic Dec 12-14
December 3, 2014
Riverbrook and Gear West are teaming up to offer a womens XC ski clinic on the Birkie trail, Dec 12-14th. Get high quality instruction in a fun, friendly atmosphere, with plenty of snow to boot!

MYSL Announces New Club Programs and Website
November 26, 2014
The Minnesota Youth SKi League is rolling out a brand-new website, as well as new branding for their traditional club programming.

Ski and Tea Clinic Jan 2
November 25, 2014
The annual Ski and Tea ski clinic will be Friday, January 2nd at the Hwy OO trailhead on the Birkie trail. The womens ski clinic is open to all levels of skiers, and will cover both skate and classic techniques. Cindy Swift and Jan Guenther will be leading the sessions. Registration is limited.

Level 100 Certification Session in Minneapolis
November 18, 2014
There will be a Level 100 CXC/USSA Coaches certification clinic, Sunday, Nov 30th at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. The day long clinic provides the opportunity to take the Level 100 test, along with CXC and USSA memberships and more.

Finn Sisu: Trollhaugen Nordic Clinic
November 18, 2014
Finn Sisu will be helping run a two-day Nordic Race Clinic at Trollhaugen, the weekend after Thanksgiving, Nov 29-30th. Top coaches will be providing technique work and video analysis, plus equipment demos and waxing clinics. Registration is now open.

Womens XC Clinic Dec 12-14
November 17, 2014
Riverbrook and Gear West are teamed up to provide a special women's XC weekend on snow -- on the Birkie trail -- Dec 14-16th! Expert instruction focused on improving technique and efficiency, while being pampered with treats and positive attitudes.

Loppet Clothing Drive
November 15, 2014
The Loppet Foundation wants your used ski clothing! They are helping outfit some of the Minneapolis middle school programs and need basic items like hats, gloves, warm ups, etc.

Drive for 25 Final Week
November 9, 2014
The Drive for 25 National Nordic Foundation fundraising effort concludes on November 15th.  They are seeking just five more ambassadors to reach a special matching grant!  And there are a few Midwest athletes that could use your support in reaching their fundraising goals:
- Andrew Poffenberger
- Andy Keller
- Jessie Diggins
- Tom Bye
- Yuriy Gusev
- Adam Loomis
- Ben Loomis
- Erin Moening
Related:
Drive for 24: Nordic Combined

KidSki Program Celebrates 20th Year
November 7, 2014
The KidSki program at Snowflake Nordic Center in Duluth is celebrating it's 20th year of teaching 4-12 year olds about cross country skiing. Registration is opening now, activities begin the first Sunday in January.

North Star Ski Touring Club Annual Trip Meeting
November 7, 2014
This coming Tuesday, Nov 11th, the North Star Ski Touring Club will hold their annual trip meeting, where skiers can talk with trip leaders and get more info on dozens of daytrips, weekend and week-long trips, both near and far.

FAST KIDS Winter Open House Monday
November 6, 2014
The Loppet Foundation will be holding an open house Monday, Nov 10th, on the FAST KIDS Winter Program. Meet the FAST KIDS coaches and learn about training and racing opportunities, including the Skiwerx Series. Register for the full Winter Program by Nov 8th and save $25!

Finn Sisu Youth Racing 101 Clinic
November 6, 2014
This Sunday, Nov 9th, Finn Sisu is hosting a parent informational clinic on Nordic equipment, clothing, waxing, the Skiwerx Series, and training tips. Presented in partnership with the Minnesota Youth Ski League.

North End Ski Club to Offer Masters Clinics
November 4, 2014
The North End Ski Club is offering a series of clinics for adults interested in learning to ski and improving their skiing skills. Seven sessions of technique, training, and coaching in both classic and skate skiing will be held beginning on Nov 15th and running through Feb 5th.

Tiger Trail 5K
October 26, 2014
Minneapolis South Nordic ski team is hosting a fundraiser 5K trail run this Saturday, November 1st. The event starts at Anwatin School and rolls through the Theodore Wirth woods.

Birkie Bash MYSL Fundraiser
October 23, 2014
Join MYSL on Sunday, Nov 2nd, for their Birkie Bash MYSL Fundaiser at Theodore Wirth pavilion. Get info on the big plans for the Birkie as well as MYSL programming and new website. The evening includes dinner from Birchwood Cafe and silent auction!

Loppet Games
October 21, 2014
The annual Loppet Games is this Saturday, Oct 25th at Theodore Wirth. Designed for kids ages 8-14, it features a number of events including Adventure Race, Obstacle Course, DP Test, Orienteering, and Age Gap Adventure Race (adult-kid pairings).

Duluth XC Hill Bounding Starts Wednesday
October 13, 2014
Sarah Allen and Eleanor Bacso will be leading hill bounding sessions at Chester Park starting this Wednesday evening, Oct 15th -- bring your poles! Workouts are free and open to the public.

Brewski Weekend with Matt Liebsch
October 12, 2014
Join Matt Liebsch from October 24-26 for a weekend of relaxation and ski specific training in Seeley, WI, brought to you by Fischer and Gear West. Workouts will include individualized coaching and technique analysis, while beverages will be provided for "recovery" between sessions. RSVP, space is limited.

Fast Kids Fall Adventure Run Coverage
October 9, 2014
The Fast Kids Fall Adventure Run series wrapped up Thursday evening with one last trail run through the woods of Theodore Wirth. The course including a number of haybale hurdles, lots of singletrack and two stream crossings.
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Milwaukee Masters Clinics this Weekend
October 8, 2014
Andrew Poffenberger will be leading a series of masters rollerskiing and dryland clinics in the Milwaukee area this weekend. RSVP if you escape from the leaf raking!

CXC: Eriksen Road Bike Drawing
October 6, 2014
Kent Eriksen Cycles, HED Cycling and Sram are partnering to support CXC's Adaptive Program for children with physical disabilities and visual impairment by giving away a dream bike. Only 200 tickets are being distributed in this fundraiser project for an incredible road bike worth over $8000!

Fall Training Programs
October 3, 2014
Many fall training programs are well underway, but its not too late to join in. We've updated our listings, including new program offerings by Nikolai Anikin, Kevin Brochman and Karen Bechuk.
Related:
Kevin Brochman Fall/Winter Training Programs Announced

Drive for 25 Begins
October 1, 2014
D25 is the largest grassroots fundraising effort for ski sport in the US. The concept is simple: the community comes together to support skiing. Join the Drive, donate and/or become a fundraiser today!

Mora Clinic with Matt Liebsch
September 29, 2014
Matt Liebsch will be in Mora, MN, this Sunday, Oct 5th for a special dryland and rollerski clinic. The event is free - bring your poles, helmet and rollerskis and enjoy a great fall day in Mora!


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