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Archives: 5/1/2019 to 10/22/2019

LNR: Adult Winter Training Groups Forming Now
October 20, 2019
LNR's Winter Adult training groups are open for registration. The groups focus on preparing for racing and target skiers ages 20 and on up.

CXC Bike Drawing Fast Approaching
October 16, 2019
The annual CXC Bike Drawing fundraiser benefiting Central Cross Country Skiing's Adaptive Program is at 28% of their goal with just a few weeks left. The winner will receive a custom-designed, handcrafted, Bingham Built titanium road, cyclocross or hardtail bike frame built with wheelset and components! Drawing is scheduled is Oct 29th.

Torchia Fundraiser Event Nov 23 in Rochester
October 15, 2019
The Rochester community is putting on a big fundraising effort for Ian Torchia's 2019-2020 season, hosting a 5K fun run, chili dinner and silent auction, on Saturday, Nov 23rd at Quarry Hill nature center.

Out There: Meet Kevin Bolger Nov 1st
October 13, 2019
Out There ski shop in Rice Lake is hosting a meet up with World Cup skier and Wisconsin native Kevin Bolger, Friday evening, Nov 1st. Come out for a short dryland session then back to the shop for snacks, beverages and chat with Bolger.

CXC: Chicagoland Rollerski Clinic
October 7, 2019
Birkie champion Matt Liebsch will join CXC's certified coaching staff for a two-hour dryland and rollerski technique clinic in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL, on Saturday, Oct 26th. Afterwards, get caught up on all things Birkie with director Ben Popp at an evening get-together. Registration is now open.
CXC Annual Bike Drawing

Gear Western Coming Oct 12th
October 4, 2019
Gear West's half marathon running race, the Gear Western, is set for Saturday, Oct 12th. The western theme race features long-sleeve flannel shirts to all finishers and a special hobby horse division! There's also a 5K race.

DXC: Kikkan in Duluth, Nov 16th
October 1, 2019
Join DXC on Saturday, Nov 16th, at the Grand Avenue Nordic Center to see Kikkan in action and hear her talk about her amazing path to gold. And in the evening, help finish the Grand Avenue snowmaking campaign by attending the Snow Ball, with guest speaker Kikkan Randall.

Loppet: Trail Kids Sessions Kicking Off
September 30, 2019
Late fall Trail Kids sessions at the Loppet Foundation are starting up on October 1st, with the Loppet Games scheduled for Oct 26th. There is still time to jump in! And coming in early November, an informational meeting for the Trail Kids Nordic ski team.

Loppet Announces Loppet Run 365 Program
September 27, 2019
The Loppet Foundation has announced its new running program, Loppet Run 365, featuring Abdi Bile, as the Loppet Running Director. Bile is an two-time Olympian and 1500m World Champion and has very distinguished coaching career.

CXC: National Coaching Symposium in Twin CIties this Weekend
September 22, 2019
U.S. Ski & Snowboard's Cross Country National Coaches Symposium will be held this weekend, Sep 27-29th in the Twin Cities. The event features a series of nationally-acclaimed presenters, as well as a chance to see the sprint course at nearby Theodore Wirth Park which will be used for the World Cup sprints next March. The event is open to all interested parties, register now.
CXC/Wayne Fish Coaches Certification and Conference Set for mid-October

Trail Kids Adventure Trail Running Race #1 Coverage
September 17, 2019
Kim Rudd reports: TRAIL KIDS had our first Adventure Trail Running Race Tuesday starting and finishing in the upper stadium at Theodore Wirth. We had two races with about 100 youth from Loppet Junior Anwatin, North East and Wirth Teams.
Results: Trail Kids Results and Photos

Endurance United 55K Rollerski Event Set for Sep 22nd
September 10, 2019
Endurance United's epic fall training rollerski event, 55K from Desnoyer Park to downtown Stillwater is scheduled for Sunday, Sept 22nd. The route connects some of the best trails in the metro, with a great gentle downhill grade to the finish. Reserve your spot now and help support EU's junior scholarship fund.

Cross Country National Coaches Symposium and Regional Clinics
September 9, 2019
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is hosting its biennial Cross Country National Coaches' Symposium in Minneapolis, Sep 27-29th. The focus this year is on Junior and Youth Development. Presenters of the highest caliber will be participating, including Brit Baldishol Development Manager for the Norwegian Ski Federation. Note: it is not mandatory to be a Level 100 or Level 200 certified coach to attend.
CXC: Masters Camp Sept 20-22 Ski with Bill Pierce

LNR Fall Training Groups Kickoff Starting this Week
September 4, 2019
LNR has a variety of fall training groups kicking off the first week of September. Fall is the time to get the body in shape for winter with sport specific technique, strength and fitness. Find the right group for you from locations on West River Road, Hyland and the Trailhead with dryland, rollerskiing, and strength training programs.

Finn Sisu: CXC Coaches Clinic Sep 14th
September 4, 2019
Finn Sisu is hosting CXC Coaches clinics on Saturday, September 14th. Coaches can work toward their level 100 or 200 certification or complete their continuing education requirements.
Finn Sisu: Vakava Masters Fall/Winter Training Program Kicks off on October 3rd

Yellowstone Fall Training Camp
August 30, 2019
Registration is now open for the West Yellowstone Fall Training Camp, part of the huge Yellowstone Ski Festival, Nov 26-30th. Offerings including everything from 1-day classic touring to 5-day skate and classic technique for performance.

Three Rivers: Fall Dryland Training Programs
August 28, 2019
Three Rivers is holding adult dryland training groups at French and Hyland Parks this fall. The programs fire up by mid-September, so get signed up today!

CXC/Wayne Fish Coaches Certification and Conference Set for mid-October
August 21, 2019
CXC has announced the Fall Coaches Certification and Conference for Oct 18-20, this year being held the UW campus in Rice Lake. The event will feature guest speakers and offer the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Level 100 and 200 Coaches Certification.

Loppet Fall Adult Training Programs
August 19, 2019
Loppet Nordic Racing has a variety of fall training groups kicking off the first week of September. Training groups cover everything from dryland to rollerskiing to advanced workouts for top skiers.

CXC Master Camps
August 13, 2019
Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) is holding a series of weekend-long group sessions from August thru December. Attend full weekends or selected days. The next session is this weekend, August 16-18, in Cable.

Loppet Trail Kids Age Gap Relays
August 1, 2019
Kim Rudd reports: Around 160 youth and adults participated in the 2019 age gap mountain bike relay race at Wirth Trailhead on Tuesday evening. Following the event families enjoyed a grill out dinner, door prizes and awards ceremony on a perfect summer night at the Trailhead!
Photoset: Age Gap Relays
Results: Age Gap Relays Results

Finn Sisu: Dietician Jared Sundstrom on Peak Skiing Performance
July 30, 2019
Finn Sisu will have dietitian Jared Sundstrom in the shop Monday evening, August 5th, for a discussion on what to eat for peak skiing performance.

Trail Kids Fall Program Registration Underway
July 30, 2019
The Loppet Foundation is already recruiting for the fall Trail Kids programs, with options for mountain biking, orienteering, rollerskiing, and adventure runs. Register before Aug 22nd to avoid the late summer price hike.
Loppet Trail Kids Programs

Endurance United Fall Programs
July 23, 2019
Fall training is just over a month away and Endurance United has a number of great options for juniors, as well as youth athletes. Checkout their full line up and register by July 31st to beat the next price hike.

Gear West: Taking Strides Rollerski Clinic
July 15, 2019
Gear West is presenting a special evening with Birkie champ Alayna Sonnesyn, Thursday, Aug 8th at the Trailhead at Theodore Wirth. Sonnesyn will talk about transitions in her skiing career spanning many years and then afterward will give a rollerski clinic.

Spotlight: LNR Juniors Classic Rollerski
July 2, 2019
Tuesday morning we dropped in on the LNR Juniors competition team in Afton, Minnesota. Enduring damp and humid conditions, the group hit the major climbs on the backroads for a number of sustained L3 intervals under the guidance of coaches Chris Harvey and Andrew Joda.
Photoset: 139 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Haig Glacier Camp Recap
June 24, 2019
Matt Liebsch reports: This year marked my 11th trip to the Beckie Scott High Altitude Training Center aka the Haig Glacier. Our group included a mix of junior, college and master skiers. Due to the high snow pack, we had to take a helicopter ride into and out of camp. The camp included 6 mornings of skiing and the afternoons included hiking, snowshoeing, strength and new this year, snowman building and snowball fights. We received over 2 feet of snow midweek which is extremely rare for the end of June. The ski conditions varied all week but the group managed to ski and train many hours. Already looking forward to next year!
Photoset from Matt Liebsch: 19 photos

Hoigaards: Rollerskiing 101 this Saturday
June 12, 2019
Come out this Saturday morning, Jun 15th, for Hoigaards original Rollerski 101 clinic. Learn the basics of rollerskiing in a small class setting. Registration is required. Note: Clinic time changed to 1 pm.

Endurance United: Summer Juniors Kick Off Jun 10th
May 29, 2019
Endurance United has junior (~ages 14-19), bridging (~ages 11-13), and trail kids (~ages 8-13) outdoor programming available starting on June 10th and running through August 9th. The junior and bridging programs are focused on summer Nordic ski training and will include rollerskiing, trail running/bounding, and strength workouts. The trail kids program will include mountain biking, trail running/orienteering, and/or rollerskiing. Athletes are encouraged to sign up sooner rather than later so they can ensure they have the appropriate number of coaches at each session.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts This Thursday Evening
May 28, 2019
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby is back for their 38th year of fun paddling competition on the Minneapolis Lakes! The Paddle Derby is a series of ten races on Thursday evenings, beginning this Thursday, May 30th through August 8th. They invite all levels -- from recreational paddlers to experienced racers -- to compete.

Finn Sisu: Vakava Juniors Starting Up June 10th
May 28, 2019
Register today for Finn Sisu's Vakava Juniors Summer Training program and ski faster next season. They've designed the program to help middle school through college-aged skiers to improve technique and build strength and endurance. Coaches include Greg Weier, Chris Torvi, Richard Clark, Ahvo Taipale, Hanna Torvi, and Cece Boyle and meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at Battle Creek, starting June 10th!

LNR Summer Junior Programs
May 14, 2019
Loppet Nordic Racing has a full plate of summer programming for juniors this year, including a number of special camps and various teams to cover all levels of juniors. Plus, sign up before May 16th to avoid the next price hike.

LNR Adult Summer Programs
May 11, 2019
Loppet Nordic Racing has a number of offering for adult training this summer including strength training, rollerskiing, and even pairing with Trail Kids. Sign up now, most programs fire up in June.

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