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Ely Nordic Juniors, June 29, 2017

Ashwaubenon Camp, June 17, 2018 (Photo: Cathy Putman)

Endurance United Juniors dryland workout, July 10, 2018 (Photo: Cece Boyle)

LNR Summer Juniors Program, June 13, 2017

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Endurance United 55K Rollerski Event This Sunday
September 17, 2018
Endurance United's annual 55K point-to-point rollerski event is this Sunday, Sep 23rd. Skiers will start at Desnoyer Park in St. Paul and rollerski all the way to downtown Stillwater utilizing connecting trail systems with rest stops and even optional equipment change location. . Bus transportation is available from Stillwater. You need to sign up in advance, register online!

CXC: Masters Camp with Deedra Irwin Sep 28-30
September 17, 2018
The next CXC Masters Camp is coming up the weekend of Sep 28-30 in Cable, Wisconsin. Elite skier and biathlete Deedra Irwin will be the guest coach! All master skier levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced.

Swedish Mile Trail Run Sep 29th
September 17, 2018
Come out Saturday, Sep 29th, for the Vasaloppet's Swedish Mile, a 10K trail run on the Vasaloppet trails. Proceeds help fund the snowmaking operations and trail development.

Gear West: Women's Training Weekend Coming Oct 26-28
September 16, 2018
Gear West and Riverbrook are hosting a women's weekend training retreat in the Hayward area, Oct 26-28th. A wide variety of activities available including active pole hiking, mountain biking, trail running, rollerskiing, outdoor strength, indoor stretching and more. Olympian Caitlin Gregg will join the group!

Trail Kids Adventure Race Coverage
September 16, 2018
Kim Rudd reports: The 2018 Loppet TRAIL KIDS Adventure Race Series kicked off their first race this past Thursday evening with seventy youth ages 6-14 years old competing in a one mile trail run starting and finishing on Stadium 18 and running on the Trail 36 single track trails. Youth enjoyed jumping hay bales, running down single track berms and counting orienteering flags along the race course. There were two races with a younger U10/U12 race followed by an older youth race U14/U16 category. Youth enjoyed post race food, age group awards and door prizes provided by TC running and the Loppet Foundation.
Photoset from TMB Images: Trail Kids Adventure Race
Results: Trail Kids Adventure Race

Mora Bike Tour Sep 15th
September 5, 2018
Part of the Mora Classic Series, the Mora Bike Tour offers 25 and 50 mile scenic bike rides that start and finish at the Vasaloppet Center. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th.
Swedish Mile Trail Run for Snowmaking

CXC: 5th Annual Bike Drawing
September 4, 2018
Wednesday, Sept 5th, marks the start of the 5th Annual Bike Drawing fundraiser benefiting Central Cross Country Skiing's (CXC) Adaptive Program. Once again, Kent Eriksen Cycles will provide a custom designed, hand-crafted, titanium road, cyclocross or hardtail mountain bike frame but with the new name: Bingham Built. Only 250 raffle tickets are being sold, so act quickly!

CXC Fall Coaches Education Clinics
August 29, 2018
CXC will be hosting coaching clinics around the region this fall, including stops in the Twin Cities, Wausau, Duluth and Traverse City. Get your Level 100 certification and catch up on a host of topics.

NNF: Kikkan Randall Joins Board of Directors
August 26, 2018
The National Nordic Foundation, known as NNF, announced the addition of Kikkan Randall to the Board of Directors. Kikkan, a 2018 U.S. Nordic Skiing Olympic gold medalist, joins Billy Demong, U.S. Nordic Combined Olympic gold medalist, and the NNF Board to lead the development of the next generation of U.S. Nordic athletes and future gold medalists.

CXC West Yellowstone Camp
August 20, 2018
Athletes and coaches are invited to take part in the CXC Nordic On-Snow Ski Camp and Festival in West Yellowstone to kickoff the season, Nov 16-24th. The camp is limited to 22 participants, so act quickly to reserve your spot.

Northern Powers Giants Ridge Camp Recap
August 14, 2018
Paula Anderson reports: High school athletes participated in the second Northern Powers camp of the year in early August. Skiers from Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, Duluth East, Ely, Mesabi East, and St. Cloud spent the long weekend rollerskiing, mountain biking, running, and swimming. Camp concluded with an adventure workout around the Ridge.
Photoset from Paula Anderson: 5 photos

CXC Annual Coaches Conference and Certification
August 13, 2018
The annual fall CXC Coaches Conference and Certification is scheduled for Oct 19-21 at Lakewoods Resort in Cable, WI. In addition to a number of guest speakers, attendees can gain Level 100 or 200 certification.

Spotlight: Vakava Juniors Program
August 8, 2018
In one of our final spotlights of the summer training season, we caught up with Finn Sisu's Vakava Juniors program at Battle Creek on Wednesday morning. The group started with a 20 minute pole hike over the dewy ski trails then proceeded to a set of strength and agility drills. Dips, push ups, pull ups, field work and sprints, and medicine ball drills kept the athletes busy for the next hour. The session wrapped up with their usual curbside foot speed drill, and for a special treat some ice cream bars followed by a warm down pole hike.
Photoset: Dryland Workout - 82 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Endurance United Fall Junior Training
August 7, 2018
Fall training season is just around the corner -- Endurance United fires up their junior program on September 4th. Options up to five days a week and special short program for a high school preseason jump start.
EU 55K Rollerski Set for Sep 23

4591 Sports Development: National Guard/Vets Wellness Clinic Recap
August 6, 2018
Out There reports: This past weekend we jointly held the first National Guard and Veterans Wellness camp with CXC, 4591 Sports Development and Out There Nordic. With athletes participating from as far as five hours away we had a wonderful time. Activities included Friday's BBQ & Bike Ride, Saturday's Strength & Core work, Nordic Walking & Pole timing work and rollerskiing to the afternoon Laser Biathlon Relay, wrapping up with Sunday's hike to the Blue Hills Felsenmeer.
Photoset from Out There: 4591 Sports Development National Guard/Vets Wellness Clinic

4591 Sports Development Camp Coverage
July 30, 2018
The Rice Lake based 4591 Sports Development Group just wrapped up camp for U12/14 athletes from northern Wisconsin last weekend.
Photoset from Out There: U12/U14 July Camp
August Team Intro Night

CXC Masters Camps Benefit Juniors
July 29, 2018
Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) will hold a series of weekend-long camps from August to December. Proceeds will go directly to support junior athletes from Central Region attending international events. The camps are open to any athletes with a focus on master skiers.

Podiumwear Sales Rep Openings
July 26, 2018
Podiumwear, based out of St. Paul, MN, is looking for outside sales contractors for the west coast, northeast and southeast regions. Candidates will be responsible for selling Podiumwear's summer lines (cycling, running, and Ultimate).

Spotlight: Duluth XC Juniors Program
July 26, 2018
Photojournalist Cece Boyle traveled to Duluth on Thursday, catching the Duluth XC juniors for a workout at Spirit Mountain and getting an early preview of the new snowmaking loop under development. Boyle reports: The trails at the new Grand Avenue Nordic Center are coming along quickly and it looks like it will be an outstanding place to ski this upcoming winter. The trails are wide and have some nice climbs in the course. With all this excitement for the new snowmaking loop, the Duluth XC Ski Club juniors are focused on getting in some quality training before they get snow. The afternoon session started with a variety of warm-ups, which challenged the athletes balance and agility. After their warm-up, the group went out on the Superior Hiking Trail for a nice and easy distance run. The group was lead by Ellie Garberich, Jason Kask, and his four legged friend.
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Dryland Workout - 56 photos
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Top Picks (high res)

Spotlight: South Suburban Training Group
July 23, 2018
Cece Boyle reports: The South Suburban Training Group met up for a skate ski interval workout at Michaud Park in Lakeville Monday morning. The group started out with a warm-up through quiet neighborhoods, making their way to the bottom of a long hill, to begin their intensity workout. The athletes pushed one another to cruise up the hill while their coach Andy Dodds skied along side giving out advice to make the climber easier. On the way down the hill, athletes shared conversations and enjoyed smiling for the camera.
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Rollerski Workout - 176 photos
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Top Picks (high res)

Spotlight: LNR Juniors Development Group
July 11, 2018
Wednesday morning we caught up with the big Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) program at the Trailhead building, following the LNR Junior Development Group. The athletes hit the singletrack at Theodore Wirth for a roughly 20 minute warmup run. After the run, the group donned their rollerskiing equipment and heading over to the streets west of Theodore Wirth for some technique interval sessions with coaches Piotr Bednarski, Reid Lutter, Jenny Beckman and Claire Luby. The quiet roads provided ample opportunity to focus on some technique drills, both without and with poles.
Photoset: Junior Development Group - 127 photos
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Spotlight: Endurance United Juniors
July 10, 2018
Cece Boyle reports: Tuesday morning, Endurance United's East Metro Summer training group met up at Battle Creek Park for a dryland session. The group led by Liz Peterson and Lili Tapper worked with the athletes to help build a good base while still having fun. The athletes were led through some agility exercises, followed by a game of frisbee. The team then went out for a run with poles along the Battle Creek trails. Even in the humid weather, these athletes looked excited to train.
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Battle Creek Dryland - 72 photos
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Top Picks (high res)

4591 Sports Development Camp Coverage
June 25, 2018
Out There reports: Sunday we wrapped up the first 4591 Sports Development Camp of the season - The U16-U18 Camp with Deedra Irwin. With wonderful weather and a hard working small group they all left feeling strong and tired after 2.5 days of great training. Thanks to those whom attended and a huge Thanks to Coach Kris and Coach Deedra for a fantastic weekend. Here are links to some of the pictures from this past weekend.
Photoset from Out There: Overall, 3K Time Trial
4591 Sports Development U12-U14 July Camp

Loppet TRAIL KIDS June Camp Hosts Four Sets of Twins
June 21, 2018
Fifty youth ages 7-13 and twelve coaches made up the 2018 June TRAIL KIDS camp. Unique this year's camp roster was two sets of identical twins along with two sets of fraternal twins. Over the five days youth enjoyed mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing, exploring nature, rollerblading and playing lots of camp games.

CXC: First of 2018 Igor Legacy Camps a Success
June 21, 2018
CXC reports a very productive first Igor Legacy Camp of the season, with nearly 30 youth athletes for the three days of camp at Standing Rocks County Park. Next up, CXC will have back to back weekends of Igor Camps come July in Duluth and Mora, Minnesota. Space is limited and filling fast, so get your registration in!

Spotlight: Minneapolis Ski Club Juniors
June 20, 2018
Summer training programs are in full swing now! Wednesday evening we caught up with the Minneapolis Ski Club juniors, under the direction of head coach Kevin Brochman, for a skate rollerski workout on the roads near Afton. The group skied out to Trading Post Rd for a couple of sets of L3 intervals, then moved on to the hills on Valley Creek Rd and eventually 15th Street before wrapping up back in Afton reviewing technique video.
Photoset: Afton Rollerski Workout - 162 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

4591 Sports Development Camp with Deedra Irwin
June 18, 2018
Out There Shop is promoting the 4591 Sports Development Camp for U16/U18 juniors this weekend, Jun 22-24, in Rice Lake. The camp will feature top athlete Deedra Irwin with classic and skate rollerski sessions, pole hiking, trail running, and strength and conditioning. There are only a few spots remaining!

Ashwaubenon Camp Recap
June 18, 2018
Cathy Putman reports on Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team this past weekend, Jun 15-17, which featured Biathlon Team member and team alumna, Deedra Irwin for an in town camp to kick off summer training.

CXC: Don Becker Brings Outdoor Passion to CXC
June 17, 2018
Don Becker has been one of the great pioneers behind CXC for 15 years. But his real passion is the future, in his role as head of the CXC Foundation.

Hoigaards: Original Rollerskiing 101
June 13, 2018
Hoigaard's "Original Rollerskiing 101" will be offered this Saturday morning, Jun 16th. Original Rollerskiing will be taught by Andy Turnbull, Nordic coach at Edina High School. Clinic size is limited to 8 and reservations are required -- the class is free. Remember: The best nordic skiers are created in the summer!

Spotlight: Giants Ridge Ski Camp
June 13, 2018
Ellen Anderson reports: High school skiers from Duluth East, Mesabi East, and Ely gathered at Giants Ridge last weekend for the inaugural Northern Powers Ski Camp. This camp was about having fun, training smart, and getting to know skiers from other teams. Workouts included rollerskiing (occasionally through big puddles), ski walking up the muddy alpine hill, running on the State Meet skate course, and strength sessions using rocks instead of medicine balls. In between, recovery included swimming, ultimate, and the occasional plank challenge (winner Raif Olson went for 16 minutes!). The weekend concluded with an adventure workout (running, rollerskiing and swimming) around the Ridge. We are already looking forward to the second camp in August!
Photoset from Paula Anderson: 4 photos

Twin Cities Girls Selected for National Ski Jumping Camp
June 4, 2018
Adeline Swanson, Sophia Schreiner and Daisy Forester, members of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Ski Clubs have been selected to participate in USA Nordic's Fly Girls Camp this July in Steamboat Springs, CO and Park City, Utah. Please help support their trip with a donation.

CXC Establishes New Governance Direction
May 29, 2018
A brief recap of the recent CXC Congress has been posted, and featured among the topics is the decision leading CXC to function more as a governing organization, with a committee comprised of representatives from a far range of skiing related interests.

Endurance United Summer Programs Firing Up Soon
May 28, 2018
Endurance United's full slate of summer junior training programs starts up on June 11th. There is still time to sign up for sessions, with a variety of levels available.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Begins this Thursday
May 27, 2018
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby begins this Thursday, May 31st. This is the first race of a ten race series on the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. Paddlers of all abilities are encouraged to attend!

Hard Core Fitness Academy
May 14, 2018
Sun Valley's Hard Core Training Center has teamed up with Matt Liebsch to offer a special masters training camp, July 28th thru August 5th. The camp features 9 days of world class hiking, biking, rollerskiing, strength and conditioning, and personalized technique training. Only 12 spots are available and space is filling fast, so act quickly.

LNR Juniors Summer Training Retooled
May 14, 2018
Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) has announced a reorganization of the summer training programs and camps to better match the age groups involved. There are four summer camps for the Development team and six for the Competition group.

Rice Creek Boat Club Programs
May 8, 2018
Rice creek Boat Club in New Brighton has posted info on their summer programs including a new cross-training program for youth ages 12-18, particularly targeted at Nordic skiers.

CXC Season Finale Auction
April 25, 2018
The 5th Annual CXC Online Auction is officially open! Bid early and check back often as the auction is only open until Thursday, May 3rd, 9pm CST. Winning bids and donations directly support CXC Skiing programming and events.
Price Hike Approaching for CXC U16-U20 Camps

MNSA 2018 Nordic Skiing Awards
April 15, 2018
The Minnesota Nordic Ski Association held their annual Awards program on April 8th in Mora. Review the award winners and some photos from the event.

Endurance United and Finn Sisu Adult Programming Announced
April 10, 2018
Ahvo Taipale, Owner of Finn Sisu, and John Richter, Executive Director of Endurance United, are pleased to announce the formation of combined Adult/Masters Nordic Training programs for the upcoming season. Programs include both year-round and fall/winter training groups.
Endurance United Training Programs

NNF: Travel to 2019 World Championships with Lumi Experiences
April 5, 2018
Lumi Experiences is offering two trips to Seefield, Austria next February to watch the World Championships. On each of these 8-day trips, guests will be able to cheer on their favorite athletes at the World Championships, ski in- and around Seefeld, and relax in the four-star, trail side Hotel St. Peter. Proceeds from the trip go to funding NNF programming.

CXC Congress This Weekend
April 4, 2018
A full weekend of meetings, guest speakers and discussion groups all related to Nordic skiing at the CXC Congress, April 6-8 in Eau Claire. Topics include club development, fundraising strategies, building leadership,and Matt Liebsch will be on-hand to show ski fit testing and discuss his glacier camp. Plus awards recognizing some the region's top coaches, volunteers and community leaders.
Igor Legacy Camps Camps Filling Up
CXC Awards Presentation and Dinner

Pretzel City Paddle Camp April 20-22
April 2, 2018
Wisconsin Canoe Racing Association is hosting a paddle camp in Freeport, IL, April 20-22.

MSC Juniors Spring Meeting this Saturday
March 26, 2018
Kevin Brochman of the Minneapolis Ski Club will be holding an informational meeting this Saturday, March 31st at Merriam Park Library in St. Paul. Topics include spring training sessions and summer camps.

CXC Spring Congress
March 25, 2018
Central Cross Country Skiing will host educational workshops for club leaders, host sport committee meetings and recognize top coaches, volunteers and community leaders during the 2018 CXC Congress in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, scheduled for April 6-8th. The Midwest Junior Committee Meeting will be part of the congress and is scheduled for 12:30 pm on Saturday.

CXC: Junior Summer Camps
March 23, 2018
Four weekend long junior camps will be offered at locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.
CXC: NENSA U16 Championships 2018 Recap

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