Early crash in the J1 girls field, Junior Olympics, March 9, 2011
Riding the trails Paul Bunyan State Forest (Credit: Peder Arneson)
Hannah Rudd striding to 4th place, Denver Invitational, January 25, 2020 (Credit: Kim Rudd)
Men's lead trio, American Birkebeiner, February 23, 2019

NewMidwest MTB Report

June 3, 2020
Jay Richards MTB report this week includes updates on a record broken on the Kokopelli trail, World Cup MTB update, new trail along the Northshore, updates on lift service mountain biking in the area and a return of the Strava rides feature.

NewWeb Roundup

June 2, 2020
Spring Update - Alayna Sonnesyn is back out East, preparing for the upcoming season with SMS T2.
Covid Diary - Elspeth Ronnander posts a journal covering the past two months of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rollerski Challenge - CXC has started a rollerski challenge for the summer with five virtual legs to complete.
Bjorgen Returns - Norwegian legend Marit Bjorgen returns to competitive racing, joining the distance racing Team Ragde Eiendom.
Rudd Racing - Hannah Rudd will go "pro" this winter, racing for Bridger Ski Foundation/EnjoyWinter.
NWS Tech - The National Weather Service is working to improve how it handles severe storm warnings.
Wear A Mask? - NY Times revisits the issue of wearing a mask while exercising.

NewJunior Nationals Returns to Theodore Wirth

June 2, 2020
The 2021 US Junior Nationals competition will be held in Minneapolis in March at Theodore Wirth. The week long competition brings in top juniors from across the nation. Minneapolis last hosted Junior Nationals in 2011.

Telemark Resort Auction this Weekend

May 30, 2020
Many assets from the old Telemark Lodge in Cable are up for auction this weekend, May 30-Jun 1. Find everything from vintage signs to chairlifts to bedroom sets and even some bar tops. Two part auction with part 1 wrapping up Sunday, part 2 on Monday.

Midwest MTB Report

May 27, 2020
Jay Richards rolls out the first MTB report of the season, bringing us up-to-date on many of the major Midwest MTB race plans, trail controversies in Duluth, Battle Creek plans, and some of the bike trail systems in the area.

CXC Announces Regional Elite Group Athletes

May 25, 2020
CXC has posted the athletes invited for 2020 Regional Elite Group training camp. The exact plans for the camp are still in flux as the staff works through the latest pandemic restrictions and best-practices.

Web Roundup

May 25, 2020
Hecker Call Up - Chris Hecker has joined the US ski team as one of their wax techs for the upcoming season and will be working at New Moon.
Birkie Rewind - Watch the 2020 American Birkebeiner along with first-hand commentary from Matt Liebsch and Caitlin Gregg.
FIS Spring - The FIS spring meeting recaps are out with some interesting covid and fluro updates, as well as expanded opportunities for U23 athletes.
Minneapolis #1 - Minneapolis regains the top ranking of city park systems nationwide (with St. Paul scoring #3!).
Battle Creek Open House - Ramsey County is surveying public input on master plans for Battle Creek via an online "open house".
9 Inch Hails - Argentina hailstone from 2018 may have produced a new world record for hailstone size.
5000K Relay - Gather your dreamteam for the 5000K virtual running relay, kicking off on June 15th.
Confusing Compass - The earth's magnetic pole has been moving at a rapid pace in recent years.
Running Bad for Knees? - Running World looks at studies showing running actually benefits your knees.

US Ski Team: Barton, Hecker Join U.S. Cross Country Team Staff

May 20, 2020
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team welcomes two new staff members for the 2020-21 season, including Development Team coach Kate Barton, and to the World Cup Service Team, Minnesota's own Chris Hecker. Hecker is replacing Jean-Pascal Laurin, who stepped down following the 2019-20 season to dedicate more time to a booming farming operation.

Pioneer Midwest: Jeremy Hecker Joins Staff

May 18, 2020
Jeremy Hecker has been hired at Pioneer Midwest as the full-time race service manager. Hecker was most recently employed as the head Nordic ski coach as the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

Gogebic Community College Coaching Position Opportunity

May 18, 2020
Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, MI, is seeking candidates for a part-time coed Head Nordic Ski Coach. The newly formed Nordic ski club will compete in the MCSA division this winter.

LNR Summer Training Info Meeting this Wednesday

May 18, 2020
Join coaches Chris Harvey and Piotr Bednarski for an online video conference this Wednesday at 7 pm where they will review Loppet Nordic Racing's 2020 summer training plans and how they will be adapting training groups to keep everyone safe in the COVID19 world. Summer training starts Monday June 8th.


Video: Zoom Video Conference

CityTrail Loppet Coverage

May 15, 2020
The CityTrail Loppet, the Loppet Foundations urban spring running adventure, is being held as a virtual event this year. Runners register, pick a time to course the designated course, then upload their time afterwards. The full results should be published after the race closes on Sunday (still time to register and run it!).


Photoset: CityTrail Loppet Course
Photoset from Instagram: CityTrail Loppet Photos
Photoset from Loppet Foundation: CityTrail Loppet Photo Album
Results: CityTrail Loppet
CityTrail Loppet

2020 Collegiate Tally Board

May 13, 2020
We've fired up the collegiate tally board for the class of 2020. Let us know your college plans so we care share with the rest of the skiing community!

Endurance United Summer Junior Announcement

May 13, 2020
Endurance United opens their summer junior training program sign up and details expectations. There will be a virtual information session via Zoom on Wednesday evening, May 27th.

Gogebic Community College Nordic Skiing to Start This Winter

May 11, 2020
The Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees approved the addition of Nordic Skiing as a club sport beginning this winter. The club plans to have a paid coach and compete in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) Midwestern Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Conference (MSCA).

Coronavirus Update: Junior Summer Training Plans

May 8, 2020
With this spring anything but normal, Luke Brown checks in with some of the Midwest junior programs to see how their coping with the pandemic and what their plans are for summer training.

CityTrail Loppet Goes Virtual Next Week

May 6, 2020
The Loppet Foundation will hold their popular spring urban trail run, CityTrail Loppet, as a virtual race over six days next week (May 12-17). Log your best time on the designated 10K race course, post the results and then check back to see how you fared.

Web Roundup

May 6, 2020
Bo Knows - Bo Jackson took to Zwift to host his annual bike ride (virtually).
1000K Race - Barkley Marathons is hosting a summer-long 1000K virtual race.
Virtual Guide - NYTimes published a guide to find and preparing for a virtual race.
Iron Mess - The popular Ironman series struggles and adapts for the global pandemic.
Stop Yelling - Slate reviewed the recently articles about outdoor exercise and mask usage.
Run Like A Girl - A study last year found women are faster than men at extreme distance races.
Tara NC - NBC profiled Tara Geraghty-Moats and her push to get women's Nordic Combined included in the Winter Olympics.
Shocking - Elite runner Rebecca Mehra after effects from an electrical shock is told by Outside Magazine.