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Archives: 5/1/2018 to 4/21/2019

Endurance United Coaching Positions
April 16, 2019
Endurance United is seeking qualified coaches and assistant coaches to work with the adult training year round programs, which start their new season on May 7th. Most of the training sessions are evenings.

Haig Glacier Trip this Summer
April 16, 2019
Final openings are filling fast for the June week long trip to ski on the Haig Glacier in Canada. Led by Matt Liebsch, this unique training experience provides invaluable on-snow time in the middle of summer.

Birkie: Med Sleds Donated for Safety of Outdoor Enthusiasts
April 15, 2019
The Town of Spider Lake Volunteer Fire Department has donated a Med Sled for the Outdoor Center at the Hwy OO Trailhead and Spider Lake residents Bobbi and Pete Huot donated a second Med Sled to be based out of the Boedecker Trailhead. The Med Sled is designed for a single person to pull an injured individual over snow or grass.

Trail Kids Spring Mountain Bike Info Session
April 15, 2019
Registration is now open for all spring and summer TRAIL KIDS Programs and camps at Elm Creek, Wirth and Lebanon Hills. Attend a Spring Mountain Bike Pre-Season Informational Meeting Monday, April 29th to learn about the spring and summer program.

EU Summer Training Programs
April 11, 2019
Endurance United is ramping up for the summer training season with offerings for juniors and adults:
Summer Juniors - Tailor your own plan with 2 to 7 sessions a week.  Plus summer camps.
Adult Training - Many options available, from race team to just learning how to rollerski.

Gear West: Road and Triathlon Gear Swap
April 9, 2019
Gear West is hosting a road and triathlon gear swap on Saturday, April 27th. Bring your unused equipment or come shop for deals. Plus savings on older inventory.

NNF: Lumi Experiences Prepares for Next Season
April 8, 2019
Lumi Experiences wrapped up the World Cup season trips with the Seefield World Championships and already has big plans for 2020, including trips to Oberstdorf and Dresden.

Finn Sisu: Vakava Juniors Summer Training Program
April 8, 2019
Finn Sisu's Vakava Juniors summer training program registration is now open. Training kicks off in early June!

Haig Glacier Trip in June
April 7, 2019
Once again, Matt Liebsch of Pioneer Midwest will be leading a summer skiing trip to the Haig Glacier, this year, June 18-23rd. The trip is open to master, senior and junior skiers interested in getting some solid on-snow ski training. Space is very limited, so act quickly!

CXC Summer Junior Camps
April 6, 2019
CXC has summer junior camps open for all levels...
Igor Legacy Camps - Camp include an introduction to ski specific dryland training, roller skiing, and cross training activities. Juniors ages 10-13
U16-U20 Camps - Camps designed to bring the committed athletes from collaborating teams and clubs together to train and workout for extended periods. Juniors ages 14-19
U16-U18 Three Day Camps - Designed for athletes ages 14-17 who are newer to dryland training and roller skiing. 
CXC Fitness Camp - This camp focuses on fitness testing and individual technique work on a rollerski treadmill in Madison, WI in May. Juniors ages 14-19.

Rice Creek Boat Club Summer Programs
March 28, 2019
Dive into a new cross-training option this summer with the Rice Creek Boat Club. The Rice Creek Boat Club offers summer junior (ages 12-18) as well as adult programming for those looking to learn efficient paddling skills. Explore a variety of paddling styles: canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, surf-skiing, all experience levels welcome.

Trail Kids / LNR Juniors End of Season Celebration
March 27, 2019
TRAIL KIDS and LNR Juniors celebrated the end of a great ski season with some spectacular tubing and ski jumping at Wirth Trailhead last Thursday, March 21st. In addition, awards were presented for top juniors and coach of the year recognitions.

Junior Informational Meetings this Week
March 25, 2019
Mar 26 LNR Informational Meeting - LNR will be hosting their spring informational meeting at the Trailhead on Tuesday evening.
Mar 27 Endurance United Informational Meeting - Interested skiers and parents are invited to informational presentation by Head Coach/Program Director Liz Peterson at Endurance United offices Wednesday evening.

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Hosting Outdoor Focus Day Sunday
March 21, 2019
On Sunday March 24th, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota will be hosting Outdoor Focus Day for prospective students who have an interest in the outdoors. High school students will be led through various activities by university professors and will be introduced to members of outdoor-focused clubs, including the men's and women's Nordic ski club. This event includes lunch in the student dining hall, a campus tour, and a multitude of hands-on outdoor experiences.

LNR Juniors Information Session Tuesday Evening
March 21, 2019
LNR will be hosting their spring informational meeting at the Trailhead this Tuesday, March 26th. Come find out about the spring, summer, and year-round LNR 2019 Devo and Comp team programs including LNR training philosophy, seasonal training schedule, and training camps. Open for athletes ages 13-19 and their parents.

CXC Congress Scheduled for Late April in Eau Claire
March 19, 2019
Cross country club leaders from around the Central Region will have an opportunity to play a role in the future of the sport during Central Cross Country Skiing's annual CXC Congress. The event features three days of workshops and meetings set for April 26-28 in Eau Claire, WI, and is free and open to all interested parties.

Endurance United Junior Programs Info Session
March 14, 2019
Endurance United Junior Seasonal Training and Development Teams start as soon as April 15th. Interested skiers and parents are invited to informational presentation by Head Coach/Program Director Liz Peterson at Endurance United office March 27th.
Endurance United Junior Programs

CXC: Junior Camps Filling Fast
March 4, 2019
CXC is running a number of junior camps this summer, including three-day camps up north for U16/U18 athletes, and longer camps for the more committed skiers. Camps are in June, July and August, and are filling fast.

Post-Birkie Party at Elm Creek this Sunday
February 27, 2019
Pioneer Midwest is hosting a post-Birkie group ski, chat session and potluck this Sunday, Mar 3rd at Elm Creek. Come discuss what worked (and didn't), hear Matt's race story from his third place finish and more.

Kikkan at the Loppet
February 18, 2019
Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall will be in Minneapolis this week for a pair of special events surrounding the 2020 Minneapolis World Cup:
Kikkan at the Trailhead - Wednesday evening, catch a junior presentation by Kikkan, plus LNR intro session.
Breakfast with Champions - Thursday morning, watch the World Championships live with Kikkan doing commentary!
Note: Events are still on as planned (even with big snowfall!)

Re-Loppet on Monday
February 14, 2019
Missed your chance to ski the full Loppet course? Or just want a fun ski with great conditions across the City? Re-Loppet starts on the Cedar Lake and skis back to the Trailhead, finishing with lunch and a shuttle back to Uptown. Registration required.

DXC Snow Ball Gala this Saturday
February 5, 2019
The 4th Annual Snow Ball Gala will be held this Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth. Gala proceeds support DXC's Capital Campaign to complete the transformational new Nordic ski trails at the Grand Avenue Nordic Center at the bottom of Spirit Mountain.

Cook County: Pincushion Winter Festival
February 3, 2019
The annual Pincushion Mountain Winter Festival will be on Sunday, Feb 17th. This one-day event includes eight skiing events for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers in classical, freestyle and skijoring. Excellent conditions should make it one of the best events in many years.

2018 Marshall Holiday Ski Camp Wrap-up
December 30, 2018
Dave Johnson has a recap of the annual Marshall Holiday Ski Camp, complete with photosets and video.

Double Birkie Set For Dec 29th
December 23, 2018
The 30th annual Double Birkie ski will happen Saturday, December 29th. The training event is a group ski from Fish Hatchery trailhead all the up to the Start area trailhead and back again, with stops at Hwy OO and lunch at the turn around. Update: Start changed to Hwy OO, 9 AM.

Finn Sisu: Cross-Country Skiing Basics Course
December 17, 2018
Finn Sisu is offering a four-week cross-country skiing basics program starting in early January at Como Park Ski Center lead by the shop's very own Ahvo Taipale. Suitable for beginning skiers or those looking for a technique tune-up. Separate nights for classic and skate technique.

CXC Year End Matching Grant Challenge
December 13, 2018
CXC is in the middle of their year-end fundraising effort, and right now there is a matching grant for every dollar contributed. Help them reach their goal of $45,000.

Nordic Ski Opener Saturday
December 6, 2018
Three Rivers Park District is hosting their Nordic Ski Opener event this Saturday, Dec 8th at Elm Creek. Dozens of stores, reps, clubs and more will be on-hand with more information and even demo products. There will also be various seminars and even a mascot race!

CXC Year End Challenge
December 6, 2018
CXC has begun their end of year fundraising effort. Nordic Rocks, junior programs, and adaptive skiing programs are all programs that could use your support!

Ski and Tea Womens Clinic in December
November 17, 2018
The big annual Ski and Tea Women's Technique Clinic is set for Friday, December 28th, in Hayward. The clinic features top women coaches from around the Midwest and is open to skiers of all abilities.

Midwest Nordic Rendezvous in Traverse City
November 15, 2018
PSIA (professional ski instructors of America) National Nordic Specialist, Emily Lovett from Colorado, is the featured guest for the Midwest Nordic Rendezvous event, Jan 4-6th in Traverse City, MI. Come and improve your own skiing skills, whether you're intermediate or advanced. Find the right clinic for your skill level. Now with a video movement analysis clinic; space limited, sign up early!

CXC Masters On-Snow Thanksgiving Camp
November 13, 2018
Join CXC and Krystof Kopal at the Masters On-Snow Camp Nov 23-25th in Cable, using the new snowmaking operation at the Birkie Start area! Emphasis will be on technique with hands-on coaching, video analysis and feedback during on-snow ski sessions. All master skier levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced.

LNR: SkiErg Sprints Challenge at the Trailhead
November 7, 2018
The SkiErg Sprints, Nov 8-11th, is an annual virtual race that allows you to compare your time against others worldwide in a one-weekend showdown of SkiErg speed. Club Trailhead has two SkiErg Machines and will have them out in the Trailhead great room for anyone to come out and try the 1000 sprint.

Jessie Diggins in Duluth Coverage
November 5, 2018
Cece Boyle reports: Duluth showed an amazing amount of support Sunday at two Jessie Diggins Events. These events helped further the Duluth XC Ski Club fundraising efforts towards the Grand Avenue Nordic Center. Due to the rainy and snowy weather, the first event of the day was held indoors. The Grand Ave chalet was packed with athletes of all ages. Ely High School Nordic ski team helped apply glitter to attendees and skiers from The College of St. Scholastica's helped volunteer at the event as well. Diggins led a few exercises indoors and shared her story about what it was like racing for Olympic gold. For the second event, which took place at the Pier B Resort Hotel, Jessie shared even more about her training and how Nordic skiing has shaped her life in a positive way. Local citizens of Duluth showed even more support with a standing ovation for Jessie and generous donations towards the new Cross Country ski area in Duluth. By the end of the day, the DXC club had raised $150,000 towards their goal of $250,000 to continue their project at the Grand Avenue Nordic Center.
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Grand Ave Nordic Center - 56 photos, Evening Fundraiser - 22 photos
MPR: Glitter and gold: Diggins sets shining example for young Minnesota skiers

Gear West: Alayna Sonnesyn Trail Run and Silent Auction
November 4, 2018
Join Gear West this Thursday, Nov 8th, in support of Wayzata native Alayna Sonnesyn as she pursues her dreams in cross-country skiing with Stratton Mountain Elite Team. Sonnesyn will be on hand to lead a trail run and discuss her high school and collegiate racing experience, as well as training with Jessie Diggins at Stratton. Silent auction with great offerings too!
Alayna Sonnesyn GoFundMe Campaign

Bolger Send-off Celebration Nov 8th
November 4, 2018
There will be season kickoff celebration in support of Kevin Bolger's upcoming racing on the World Cup. Join Kevin and his family on Thursday evening, Nov 8th, at The Minocqua Brewing Co. There will be a cash bar, appetizers, door prizes and a silent auction -- plus live music.

Diggins: Get Out and Vote!
November 3, 2018
Jessie Diggins is encouraging everyone to get out and vote this Tuesday, Nov 6th.

Loppet Trail Kids Intro and Swap Nov 5th
November 2, 2018
The Loppet Trail Kids program will host a preseason meeting to introduce the Nordic program and update on the coming season, as well as a ski/equipment swap and waxing clinics, this coming Monday, Nov 5th at the Trailhead.
Loppet Trail Kids Nordic Ski Program
Loppet Trail Kids Super Ski Race Series

RollerskiShop: Experience Rollerskiing!
November 2, 2018
RollerskiShop.com has been crossing the country, extolling the benefits of rollerskiing year-round, and recently stopped in the heart of New York City -- on wheels, of course. Check out their video and rollerski route, and how they are promoting the sport of rollerskiing.

Loppet Announces New Cycling Program
October 31, 2018
The Loppet FOundation has launched their new cycling program, Loppet Cycle Works (LCW), under the direction of Bruce Martens, a NICA Level 3 coach and IMBA ICP instructor. Loppet Nordic Racing, Trail Kids, and LCW will be run under a new Loppet Sport division.
Loppet Cycle Works Kickoff Event Nov 8th

Birkie Tusen Takk Tour: Twin Cities
October 31, 2018
The Birkie Foundation invites you to join Ben Popp and team at one of the Birkie's Tusen Takk Tour gatherings as a way of saying a "thousand thanks" to all for helping with the recent fundraising effort! Come out and get up-to-date on all the latest Birkie news. Twin Cities celebration is Thursday evening, Nov 1st!

Diggins in Duluth Event Nov 4th
October 26, 2018
Jessie Diggins will be in Duluth, Sunday, Nov 4th for two special events! Sunday afternoon celebrate the new Grand Ave Nordic Center with a short presentation, poster signing and youth workout. Sunday evening come out for DXC fundraiser with Diggins at the Pier B Resort Hotel (limited tickets remaining).
Nov 1st Warren Miller Screening: Face of Winter

CXC Bike Drawing Fundraiser Final Week
October 25, 2018
Down to the final week for your chance to enter the drawing for a chance to win a custom designed, hand crafted, titanium road, cyclocross or hardtail Bingham Built bike from Kent Eriksen Cycles (an over $8000 value). Proceeds support CXC's Adaptive Skiing Program.

Finn Sisu: Jason Cork on Tour
October 24, 2018
U.S. Cross-country ski team coach Jason Cork will lead a dryland session at Lauderdale Community Park at 10 am on Saturday, Oct 27th. All are welcome. Please bring bounding poles. He will also hold a coaches clinic at 1 pm on Sunday, Oct 28th at Finn Sisu.

International Endeavors
October 21, 2018
Minnesota native Kris Bourne made a life changing decision after her sophmore racing season at Northern Michigan, one which lead to an incredible opportunity to further her skiing career this year. Mary Kozloski has the full story.

Gear West: Alayna Sonnesyn Fundraiser
October 19, 2018
Join Gear West in support of Wayzata native Alayna Sonnesyn as she pursues her dreams in cross-country skiing with Stratton Mountain Elite Team. Sonnesyn will be on hand to lead a trail run and discuss her high school and collegiate racing experience, as well as training with Jessie Diggins at Stratton. Silent auction with great offerings too!

Web Roundup
October 15, 2018
Warm to Start - Weather Channel is predicting a warm start to winter for the Midwest.
Italian Snowfarming - Livigno, Italy, is prepping a 3.5K snow course utilizing snow saved from the previous season.
Back in Time - Vakava skier Elspeth Ronnander offers athletic advice to her high school self (and current generation).
Binge Bad - Perhaps not surprisingly, binge drinking can lead to reduced athletic performance (and its older folks harder).
Sweet Science of Wax - From last February, an in-depth look at the science behind the US Ski Team waxing.

CXC Annual Coaches Conference and Certification this Weekend
October 15, 2018
The 7th annual CXC Wayne Fish Coaches Conference and Certification workshop is this weekend, Oct 19-21, in Cable. Nearly a dozen presenters including two-time Canadian Olympian Ivan Babikov and US Development coach Bryan Fish. Level 100 and 200 certification available.

Cross-Country Ski Instruction
October 14, 2018
Ride and Glide Bike and Ski Club will be offering XC ski instruction for beginners and those looking to improve their technique. Sessions are held Tuesday evenings, starting Nov 13th.

NNF: Trip to Nordic World Championships in Austria
October 12, 2018
The National Nordic Foundation and Lumi Experiences are partnering to offer two trips to the 2019 Nordic Ski World Championships in Seefeld, Austria in February. Space has been filling up and there are now less than eight openings left!

CXC: Bike Raffle, Adaptive Skier Profile
October 12, 2018
CXC's latest newsletter highlights Brenden Ojibway, an adaptive skier, and the raffle for a custom Bingham Built bicycle.

Trail Kids Adventure Race Coverage
October 7, 2018
Kim Rudd reports: Over eighty youth ages 7-14 came out for the last fall TRAIL KIDS Adventure Trail Running Race at the new Trailhead this past Thursday evening. Youth ran a one mile course on the Widow Maker single track trail including some hay bale jumping and an uphill finish behind the Trailhead. A post race grill out and awards ceremony was enjoyed by two hundred parents, youth and coaches inside the new Trailhead at Wirth.
Photoset: U10/U12 Race Results, U14/U16 Race Results
Photoset from TMB Images: Race #4

Price Hike: Birkie Tour
October 3, 2018
The Birkie Tour is set for January 13th, and is a great way to get in a big training day or just enjoy a ski outing with friends. Get ground-floor pricing on the event if you register before the end of day Thursday!

Grand Ave Nordic Center Groundbreaking Coverage
October 3, 2018
Cece Boyle reports: The fall colors in Duluth MN set the perfect backdrop for the ground breaking ceremony at the New Grand Avenue Nordic Center. Shovels went into the ground, although a ton of hard work has already gone into the trails this summer. The site is all set to open for this upcoming winter with a 1.5 kilometer loop dedicated to cross country skiing. Skier Jessie Diggins also has plans to make an appearance at the site November 4th to celebrate the new snowmaking facility in Duluth and to get young athletes excited about skiing!
Photoset from Cece Boyle: 19 photos
Nov 4 DXC Fundraiser: Diggins in Duluth

Midwest Connects Out East
October 1, 2018
Mary Kozloski highlights a number of the Midwest elite skiers who have now transplanted out East to pursue this professional skiing career. Hear from Alayna Sonnesyn, Adam Martin and Kyle Bratrud.

Out There: Snow Kidz Event Set for Jan 27th
October 1, 2018
Barron County youth are invited to special Snow Kidsz event, Jan 27th at Barron High School, as part of the 4591 Sports Development program. Participants will have a chance to try out skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and time in the winter outdoors.

USSA/FIS Training Seminar at the Yellowstone Ski Festival
September 30, 2018
During the Yellowstone Ski Festival, Nov 18-19, there will be a USSA/FIS training seminar for individuals interested in putting on (competition committee/organizing committee work) or officiating (technical delegate/jury work) competitive cross country ski races.

TRIA Women's Sports Medicine Kick-Off Event
September 24, 2018
To mark the launch of the newly developed Women's Sports Medicine at TRIA, Dr. Heather Cichanowski and the Women's Sports team will be hosting an interactive and hands on educational course on Saturday, Oct 13th, at TRIA Woodbury. Topics include bone stress fractures, hip pain in endurance athletes, gluteal and core exercises, tips on running mechanics and much more. Sign up now, space is limited.

CXC West Yellowstone Camp Deadline
September 23, 2018
Registration for the CXC hosted West Yellowstone Ski Camp, Nov 16-24, is due by Sep 25th. And there are a limited number of openings, so act quickly!

Endurance United 55K Rollerski Coverage
September 23, 2018
A perfect fall morning for the Endurance United 55K training rollerski event Sunday. The event started out at Desnoyer Park near the U of M campus and rolled on trails through downtown St. Paul out into the eastern metro countryside, finishing in downtown Stillwater. Temperatures started in the mid 50s and finished near 70F.
Photoset: 60 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Team Gregg Rollerski Clinic in Cable
September 21, 2018
Team Gregg will be offering a free rollerski clinic and overdistance workout in Cable, WI, on Sunday, Sep 30th -- same weekend as the Birkie Trail run. Come out for the 30 minute skate rollerski clinic and/or join up for a roughly three hour overdistance rollerski, or check out a free Yoga class!

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!

Weekend Events
August 29, 2018
Sep 1-2 Laddies Loppet - Maplelag's big mountain bike weekend, a Labor Day tradition!   Cross-country and short-track races.
Sep 1 Flambeau 40 - Wisport series wraps up a 35 mile road race based out of Park Falls.
Sep 3 Lost Forester - Pine Valley hosts a fun adventure race, as well as 5.5K and 11K trail running races.
Sep 3 Victory Races - MDRA 10K running race on Victory Memorial Drive, one of the fastest courses all season.

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.

International Junior Camp Update
August 26, 2018
Abby Jarzin of the Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team was selected to participate in the elite International Juniors Camp in Sjusjøen, Norway earlier this month. Ann Jarzin provides a brief recap, along with a highlight video from NNF.

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.

Fall Training Programs Starting Up
August 24, 2018
There is a wide range of fall training programs going on across the Midwest. We've compiled a collection of links to help find something in your area. Programs are starting up soon!

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, Oct 19-21
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
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.
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.

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.
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!
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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