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Archives: 5/1/2018 to 7/19/2018

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.
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Photoset: Junior Development Group - 127 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

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.
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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.
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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.

Weekend Events
June 21, 2018
Jun 23 Lutsen 99er - Epic mountain bike racing along the Northshore, with divisions from 19 miles all the way up to 99!
Jun 23 Run and Roll for the Roses - Inline skate and 5K and 10K running races, part of Roseville's Rosefest.
Jun 23 Lakes Area Endurance Half Marathon - Half Marathon running race starting in Alexandria and looping through downtown Garfield.
Jun 24 Mount Wirth Loppet
- Featuring miles of new trail developed at Wirth, the MNMBS series comes to Minneapolis for race #4.
Jun 24 Red Flint Firecracker - WORS series hits Eau Claire for racing at Lowes Creek Park.

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.
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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.

Weekend Events
June 13, 2018
Jun 16 Grandma's Marathon - Duluth big running weekend with half and full marathon races along Lake Superior.
Jun 16 Horribly Hilly Hundreds - Big elevations rides based out of Blue Mound State Park, with over 10,000 feet of climbing in the 200K event.
Jun 16 Lake Minnetonka Triathlon - Sprint course format using the big lake, including a unique point to point swim course.
Jun 16 Zumbrota Covered Bridge Run - 5K, 10K and half marathon races all starting and finishing at the historic bridge in Zumbrota.
Jun 17 Mt. Morris Challenge - WORS series continues with racing at Nordic Mountain in Mt. Morris.

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!
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Photoset from Paula Anderson: 4 photos

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!

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.

Weekend Events
May 2, 2018
May 5 The Willow - Trail running races at Willow River State Park, 10 and 20 mile distances.
May 4-6 LaCrosse Omnium - Three days of bike racing in LaCrosse, WI, including time trial, road race and criterium.
May 5 Running in the Ruff - The 25th annual edition of Milaca's spring trail running race.  10K and 2 mile distances.
May 6 Spirit Mtn Run - Starting at the chalet, an out and back run following the Skyline Parkway.

Web Roundup
May 1, 2018
Road Tripping - Paul Schommer posts a big photo blog of his activities since the end of his biathlon season.
Diggins in DC - Jessie Diggins was in Washington DC, discussing the real impacts of climate change (video clip).
Diggins Sundae - Selma Ice Cream shop plans to pay tribute to Jessie Diggins with her own flavor of ice cream (and you can vote).
Snow Farmers - Mora's snowmaking crew was honored by the Minnesota high school coaches with the volunteer of the year award.
Honors - US Ski and Snowboard has issued a number of big announcements involving Midwesterners: Diggins Beck Int'l Awardee and Bryan Fish development coach of the year, Nordic Rocks win Russell Wilder Award.
Team USA - Jessie Diggins' coach, Jason Cork, was recognized by Team USA as the Olympic Coach of the Games.
Go Dark - Studies indicate dark chocolate may help with memory, the immune system and even your mood.

CXC Season Finale Auction Ends Thursday Evening
May 1, 2018
CXC's season finale fundraiser auction will close Thursday night. They've been adding more deals to the auction, so stop in and see what you can pick up -- as well as supporting this Midwest leader.


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