Ringer Roll, August 11, 2017
Seeley Pre-Fat, August 22, 2015 (Credit: Jay Richards)
Justin Rose, mens half-marathon winner, Birkie Trail Run, September 27, 2014

Pioneer Midwest New Rollerski Treadmill Now Open

August 8, 2020
Pioneer Midwest now offers a large scale custom built rollerski treadmill, available for technique analysis with the option of lactate testing. Stop in to check it out and purchase session blocks.


Video: Rollerski Treadmill

Eden Prairie/Minnetonka Rollerski Time Trial Results

August 8, 2020
Summer training juniors from Eden Prairie and Minnetonka high schools competed in a four mile rollerski trial at Carver Park on Friday.


Results: 4K rollerski

Midwest MTB Report

August 6, 2020
The Midwest MTB report, brought to us by Jay Richards, this week includes a recap from the Maah Daah Hey 100, highlights from the Duluth Enduro series, updates on local races, a few cycling related items and the Strava Ride of the Week.

Birkie Trail Run Price Hike Friday

August 5, 2020
With a successful Lumberjack Run event last weekend, the Birkie organization is putting in final preparations for the Birkie Trail Run in September. A new virtual race options have been added as well. The next price hike comes Friday, August 7th, so get your registrations in by Thursday night to save some cash.

Web Roundup

August 2, 2020
The Fuel - Jessie Diggins shares food favorites and tips for keeping fueling up.
Corona Approaches - CXC's Joe Haggenmiller shares some more resources for clubs and coaches adapting to the pandemic world.
FIS Prep - FIS technical staff has begun making plans for a racing season while still managing the coronavirus, with an emphasis on TV production.
CC in 2024? - World Athletics is pushing for cross-country running to be an Olympic sport in 2024.
Living in a Bubble - The Guardian looks at the strange world of the NBA while they live and work in an isolation bubble.
Chain Shift - A new rear hub design could eliminate the need for a front derailler in bicycles.
Arctic Front Row - Bloomberg News has a feature article on the upheavel going on in the arctic with climate change.
Olympic Blues - NPR looks at the pressure and bouts of depression Olympic athletes have struggled with.
MTB Boost - Yamaha preps a ground-breaking full suspension electric mountain bike, the YDX MORO.
Lizard Popsicles - NY Times featured an Argentine lizard that can survive temperatures well below freezing.

Web Roundup

July 27, 2020
100K Day - Vakava's Ben Mullin recaps a 100K rollerski on a sweltering July day.
Fuel - Alayna Sonnesyn covers the wide variety of food/meal planning that keeps her fueled.
NOAA Outlook - NOAA has posted their 2020-21 winter outlook which is looking snowy for the Midwest.
NM CC - New Mexico has stepped forward with their plans for high school cross-country running this fall.
Sledhead - NYTimes had an in-depth look at brain injuries incurred by bobsled/luge athletes.
Nordic Cast - USA Nordic has started up a new podcast covering the Nordic combined world.
Covid Row - NYTimes also featured the impact coronavirus has had on Olympic rowers.
Yamaha Demon - Yamaha has entered the eBike market with a seriously fast road bike.
Virtual Hoppet - The Kangaroo Hoppet Worldloppet race will not be held this season, but they are running a fun virtual event.
Coaching Covid - CXC posted a summary of advice on how to deal with covid risks for summer training groups.
Roller WC - FIS Roller Skiing World Cup is going ahead with some events starting in late August.
Round and Round - High school cross-country running star sets new women's record for the mile -- dribbling.

Lumberjack Run on for August 1st

July 25, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is planning to host their Lumberjack Run next Saturday, August 1st in Hayward. The event will observe procedures designed for a safe event, and also offers the option to participate virtually.

Collegiate: Amanda Kautzer Named NCAA Division II Academic All-America of the Year

July 23, 2020
Senior women's skier Amanda Kautzer of Michigan Technological University has been named as the 2019-20 Academic All-America of the Year for Division II, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

CAMBA Seeks Executive Director Candidates

July 23, 2020
With the retirement of Ron Bergin, CAMBA is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead their organization. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization, ensuring efficient operations to effectively meet business goals while delivering on our mission and vision.

Midwest MTB Report

July 21, 2020
Another jam packed edition of the Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards, this week highlighting one of the first races on tap for Minnesota, reports on North Dakota racing and trail development, updates on the Wisconsin high school racing scene, and the Strava Ride of the Week.

Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Director Opening

July 21, 2020
The famed Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado is seeking candidates for Nordic Director position. The position involves trail development and maintenance, coordinating special events, and outdoor trail programming.

CXC Rollerski Challenge Leg 4 Begins

July 20, 2020
The CXC Rollerski Challenge now enters leg 4 with the emphasis on distance. Starting in Hayward, skiers have until August 30th to make their way to Afton (hometown of Jessie Diggins) by logging 196K virtual kilometers.

Trail Mix is On Now

July 20, 2020
Three Rivers Park Districts annual Trail Mix run has switch to a virtual format this year and is running July 11th thru the 26th. Race options include 12.5, 25K and 50K with courses marked at Lake Rebecca.

Web Roundup

July 19, 2020
Training for Ironman - Jan Guenther prepares for an Ironman event that may not happen, and shares some of her injury recovery experiences.
CSS for NAACP - St. Scholastica skiers have started a fundraiser for the NAACP of Duluth.
Gravel - New Moon highlights the growing sport of gravel biking and how it has taken off in the northwoods.
Sports in a Pandemic - NY Times features virtual competitions, particularly cycling and it's increased appeal in the pandemic.
La Nina Watch - NOAA has issued their early La Nina forecast for this winter, projecting about a 50% chance.
Dance Off - Jessie Diggins and downhiller Mikael Shiffrin have been running a dance off competition on Instagram.
Pink Snow - Scientists have been investigating the rise of pink glacial ice in the Alps and its relation to climate change.
Self Cooler - Sony has developed a wearable air conditioner (and heater in the winter).
Mix It Up - A new study suggests a variety of exercise should take priority.
Mask Options - Professional photographer evaluates over a half dozen and shares his recommendation.
It's About the Bike - An open letter to Lance Armstrong, concluding that it's really all about the love of cycling.

NNF Online Auction

July 19, 2020
The National Nordic Foundation is running their online auction now through July 29th. Check out the unique items and bid, proceeds benefit junior development and racing.

Midwest MTB Report

July 15, 2020
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week features MN high school season firing up, updates on virtual events, Ron Bergin retires, a Minnesota trail featured nationally and the Strava Ride of the Week.

CXC Rollerski Challenge Enters Leg 3

July 13, 2020
CXC has entered leg 3 of their summer long rollerski challenge. The third leg is a short 55K segment, virtually running from Cable to Hayward. You've got until July 19th to log the distance. Plus check out their photo album from leg 2.

Coaching Openings

July 12, 2020
We've been posting a number of coaching job openings recently, including positions at Minneapolis Southwest, SPA, and even one out in Whitefish, Montana.

Worldloppet: Bill Brown Shares Story on Completing All 20

July 12, 2020
Minnesotan Bill Brown shares his story on becoming the first American to complete all 20 Worldloppet races. And 'Like' the story to help it become one of the top ranked Worldloppet stories.