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Archives: 5/1/2018 to 3/23/2019

World Cup Quebec: Freestyle Sprints
March 22, 2019
Racing action got underway Friday in Quebec with freestyle sprints. The US squad qualified five in the sprint heats, with Sadie Bjornsen making it to the women's final. Sweden's women's team continues to get better each week, and on Friday they swept the podium with Stina Nilsson just barely staying ahead of Maja Dahlqvist with Jonna Sundling third. Norway's Johannes Klaebo proved again he's the top sprinter by far, taking the men's victory with Italy's Federico Pellegrino best of the rest and Klaebo's teammate Sindre Skar third. Saturday will feature mass start classic races, with the women's 10K beginning at 8:15 CDT.
Related:
Results: World Cup Quebec sprints

Weekend Racing
March 20, 2019
Season isn't quite over yet...
Mar 23 Last Chance Ski Race - Vasaloppet crew hosts one last race on their snowmaking course.
And the Nordic Cross National Championships are Saturday in Duluth as well!
Related:
Waxing Recommendations
 

World Cup Quebec Weekend Series
March 20, 2019
The World Cup travels across the pond to wrap up the racing season in North America with three days of skiing in Quebec City. Friday features freestyle sprints, Saturday classic mass start races, and Sunday concludes with freestyle pursuit start races. The field is full of Midwest skiers this weekend: Kyle Bratrud, Ben Saxton, Kevin Bolger, Alayna Sonnesyn, Rosie Frankowski, and of course, Jessie Diggins. Friday's sprint heats begin at 12:20 pm CDT.
Related:
World Cup Quebec Website

The Curious Case of the Boulder Mountain Tour
March 19, 2019
Last February, Matt Liebsch had an epic race at the famed Boulder Mountain Tour in Sun Valley, Idaho, which came down to a photo finish. But the story didn't end that day and has taken an unusual twist.

Last Chance Ski Race Announced
March 19, 2019
The Vasaloppet crew has announced their final race of the season, the Last Chance Ski Race this Saturday, March 23rd. Exact distances will depend on the final grooming, but organizers hope to pull of a 5-10K loop with the option to race 1-3 laps.

Victor C. Dunder Award Nominations Sought
March 17, 2019
Nominations for Victor C. Dunder awards are due by March 31st. The Victor C. Dunder award is designed to get quality equipment to first year skiers in financial need.

Salomon Nordic Team USA 2019-2020
March 17, 2019
Salomon Nordic has announced details on their 2019-2020 Nordic Team program, including benefits and requirements.

World Cup Falun: Freestyle Races
March 17, 2019
Another warm day of racing in Europe as the World Cup skiers competed in 10K and 15K freestyle races in Falun, Sweden. Jessie Diggins had one of her best races of the season, finishing on the podium in third place as Norway's Therese Johaug won yet race, Sweden's Ebba Andersson second. Sadie Bjornsen and Julia Kern both placed in the top 25, Bjornsen 12th, Kern 25th. And Midwest native Rosie Frankowski was 35th. Alexander Bolshunov, Russia, won the men's 15K with Norway's Martin Sundby and Didrik Toenseth finishing second and third. David Norris led for the US men, finishing 16th. Midwest native Kevin Bolger notched 45th.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

Loppet Winter Triathlon Coverage
March 17, 2019
Fast conditions Sunday morning for the Loppet Winter Triathlon, held on the snowmaking trails at Theodore Wirth. Joel Lafrance posted the top ski leg and second fastest bike leg to rocket to a big lead heading in the running portion, and came in first by just over three minutes as Jacob Keehan used the fastest running leg to power up to second place, Somer Shrock finishing third. Jan Guenther won the women's title convincingly with Andrea Tremaine and Tara Makinen rounding on the podium. Top relay team was the Skier Chicks - Brandy Stewart, Laura Bednarski and Mary McKelvey. Results linked in, along with photos.

Junior Nationals: Team Relays Results
March 16, 2019
Saturday was the final competition of the 2019 Junior Nationals in Anchorage, Alaska, featuring the 3x3K team relays. Midwest finished strong with the U16 boys team of Victor Sparks, Drew Sampon and Adrik Kraftson claiming victory as well as a second MU16 team taking third place and the U20 girls taking third place.
Related:
Press Release: Alaskans Kramer, Schumacher finish four-race sweeps with relay victories at Junior Nationals

World Cup Falun: Freestyle Sprints
March 16, 2019
A crazy day of racing in Falun, Sweden, in freestyle sprint World Cup competition on Saturday. Warm weather and a technical course resulted in a number of crashes, including Jessie Diggins and Sophie Caldwell. The women's final came down to a battle between favorites Stina Nilsson, Sweden, and Maiken Caspersen Falla, Norway, with Nilsson pulling ahead in the final stretch to take the win with Maja Dahlqvist third. The men's final was an intense battle as Norway's golden boy Johannes Klaebo barely survived the semifinals then squeaked out a tight victory over teammates Emil Iverson and Sindre Skar. Sadie Bjornsen and Sophie Caldwell both made the semifinals, finishing 10th and 11th. Simi Hamilton was the top American male, at 22nd, with Midwest's own Kevin Bolger 27th. Sunday is a pair of freestyle races, women's 10K starting at 5:30 am CDT, and men's 15K at 8:30 am.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints

Junior Nationals: Classic Coverage
March 15, 2019
Friday was the big mass start classic races at Junior Nationals in Anchorage, Alaska. Leading the day for the Midwest again was the U20 girls, as Hannah Bettendorf took second place in the 10K event. The U16 boys really shined as well with Caden Albrecht taking 2nd and Jasper Johnston 3rd (and six in the top 10)! Other top 20 results: FU20 - Luci Anderson 6th, Regan Duffy 8th, Mae Barnes 14th, Cece Boyle 15th; MU20 - Anders Sonnesyn 13th, Luke Mackinnon 16th, Jackson Adler 17th; FU18 - Emma Albrecht 5th, Libby Tuttle 6th, Sarah Olson 9th; MU18 - Henry Snider 12th, Cooper Lennonx 13th, Matt Bourne 14th, James Schneider 19th, Eli Gore 20th; FU16 - Molly Moening 4th, Lauren McCollor 7th; MU16 - Isak Nightingale 5th, Victor Sparks 6th, Adrik Kraftson 8th, Drew Sampson 10th, Owen Williams 13th, Noah Erickson 17th, Stas Bednarski 18th. Results linked in along with photos from Jackie Schneider.
Related:
Press Release: Alaska's Kramer, Schumacher complete race sweeps with classic mass start wins

World Cup Falun Weekend Series
March 14, 2019
The World Cup shifts to Sweden this weekend for a pair of races in Falun. Saturday is freestyle sprints, Sunday is freestyle distance races. Saturday's sprint heats will be aired live beginning at 8:30 am CDT on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Snowpass.
Related:
World Cup Falun Website

CXC Marathon Cup Closes Season at Great Bear Chase
March 14, 2019
CXC Marathon Cup wrapped up last weekend with the Great Bear Chase. Read a full recap on the race, plus review the final standings.
Related:
CXC Youth Cup Wraps Up With Midwest Championships

Junior Nationals: Classic Sprint Coverage
March 13, 2019
Classic sprints were the featured event on Wednesday at Junior Nationals in Anchorage, Alaska. Minnesota native Anja Maijala, racing for Alaska this year, won the U20 title, with Luci Anderson scoring 3rd. Other skiers making the semi-finals: FU20 - Hannah Bettendorf 9th, Cece Boyle 10th; MU20 - Jackson Adler 8th, Luke Mackinnon 10th, Anders Sonnesyn 12th; FU16 - Molly Moening 8th; MU16 - Drew Sampson 7th, Caden Albrecht 10th, Jasper Johnson 12th. Results linked in, along with photos from Jackie Schneider.
Related:
Press Release: Schumacher, Kramer go 2-for-2 in Junior Nationals titles during action-packed, drama-filled classic

World Cup Drammen: Classic Sprints
March 12, 2019
Racing on the streets of Drammen, Norway on Tuesday, the World Cup featured classic sprint events. Norway won for both men and women, in convincing fashion. Maiken Caspersen Falla pulled away from the field on the final uphill run to take the win for Norway with teammate Astrid Jacobsen taking a surprising second and Russian Natalia Nepryaeva bumping favorite Stina Nilsson of Sweden out of third. Johannes Klaebo, Norway, showed he has no equal, dominating the men's field by storming ahead on the first climb and never leaving any doubt in his win. Eirik Brandsdal, Norway took second with France's Richard Jouve third. Jessie Diggins had the best performance for the US team, finishing 5th in the women's final.
Related:
Results: Classic Sprints

Junior Nationals: Freestyle Coverage
March 11, 2019
Junior Nationals opened on Monday with warm conditions in Anchorage for the freestyle individual start races. The Midwest came out swinging, scoring a number of podiums! Luci Anderson and Mara McCollor took 1st and 2nd in the FU20; Libby Tuttle scored 3rd in the FU18; Adrik Kraftson was 3rd in the MU16; Molly Moening 3rd in the FU16 division. Other top 20: MU18 - Peter Moore 9th, Alex Nemeth 20th; MU20 - Jackson Adler 10th, Gus Schatzlein 11th, Anders Sonnesyn 12th; FU18 - Emma Albrecht 5th, Sarah Olson 11th, Alice House 17th; FU20 - Hannah Bettendorf 8th, Regan Duffy 10th, Mae Barnes 15th, Cece Boyle 20th; MU16 - Victor Sparks 4th, Jasper Johnston 7th, Stas Bednarski 10th, Drew Sampson 10th, Isak Nightingale 14th, Owen Williams 15th, Caden Albrecht 18; FU16 - Lauren McCollor 17th. Results linked in, along with photos of the Midwest kids from Jackie Schneider.
Related:
Press Release: Schumacher, Kramer continue standout seasons, four other skiers also crowned champions on opening day of U.S.

Borah Teamwear: Post Season Custom Nordic Program
March 10, 2019
Borah's goal is to make sure all of their customers are kitted out in the best looking and highest performing custom Nordic apparel available before the first snowflake hits the ground. So, for the 2019/2020 season, Borah is offering a 10% discount along with a custom lazer band (one band per race suit or jacket), for all orders placed before the end of the school year.

Junior Nationals Opens in Anchorage
March 10, 2019
Junior Nationals held their opening ceremonies on Sunday in Anchorage, Alaska, with racing action scheduled to begin on Monday starting with freestyle distance events. CXC will be carrying livestreaming, Superior Timing will have live results, and we'll be posting photos each night from the days events.
Related:
CXC Names Championship Teams
Video: Livestream
Junior Nationals Official Program
Start Lists, Results
CXC: Juniors Ready for Junior Nationals in Anchorage

World Cup Drammen on Tuesday
March 10, 2019
The World Cup starts ramping up towards its finale, and with that brings one of the most iconic races of the season: classic sprints, including a brutal uphill finish, on the streets of Drammen, Norway. Jessie Diggins, Sophie Caldwell and Sadie Bjornsen should all be back in action, as well as Midwest's own Kevin Bolger and Bex Saxton. The sprint heats will be broadcast starting at 7:15 am CDT on the Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Snowpass.
Related:
World Cup Drammen Website

World Cup Oslo: Women's 30K Classic
March 10, 2019
Norway's Therese Johaug continued to steamroll the World Cup scene, striding away from the field early on to win the women's 30K classic race at the famed Holmenkollen venue in Oslo, Norway on Sunday. Russian Natalia Nepryaeva briefly stayed with Johaug in the early kilometers, and was able to maintain her lead on the rest of the field to finish second. Sweden's rising superstar Ebba Andersson outsprinted Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg, Norway, for third. Rosie Brennan was the top America, finishing 33rd, followed by Midwest's own Rosie Frankowski 34th.
Related:
Results: 30K Classic

24 Hours of Wirth Updates
March 9, 2019
The new 24 Hours of Wirth season finale event at the Trailhead in late March will feature 12 and 24 hours of racing.  A couple of updates on the event:
- Expanded race loop
- Free beer for going the distance

World Cup Oslo: Men's 50K Classic
March 9, 2019
Another enormous crowd at the famed Holmenkollen venue in Oslo, Norway, as the men raced in a 50K classic event. For quite a while, it looked like Norway was going to dominate the event, but in the final kilometers Russia moved to the front, ripping the lead pack up and going on to easily take the top four places. Canada's Alex Harvey was the first non-Russian, taking 5th with Norway's Martin Sundby and Simen Krueger 6th and 7th. The US men had some strong results as Scott Patterson was 19th and David Norris 24th.
Related:
Results: 50K Classic

Fat Bike Birkie Results
March 9, 2019
Over 1100 riders had the rare opportunity to race on the Birkie trail Saturday for the annual Fat Bike Birkie races. Corey Stelljes, who won the Chequamegon 40 in 2016, now adds another major victory in taking the Big Fat 47K title. Sonia Pond was the women's champion. Jack Branvold and Kristina Morse won The Chico 21K races.
Related:
Press Release: Pond and Stelljes Top the Podium at 2019 Fat Bike Birkie 47K

Great Bear Chase Results
March 9, 2019
Great conditions Saturday for the Great Bear Chase races on the Swedetown trails, just north of Houghton. Brian Gregg took the victory in premiere 50K skiathlon race, dropping Daniel Streinz in skate portion to take the win, Streinz second with Xavier Mansfield third. Deedra Irwin took a strong lead in the classic leg and then extended it in the freestyle to win by over four minutes, Felicia Gesior second, and Erica Wagner scored third. In the 59K freestyle, Nikolai Anikin and Ali Towle were victorious, Elspeth Ronnander and David Chamberlain earned the 50K classic titles. Freestyle 25K champions were Olivia Dreger and Drake Hacker (both high school stars from Wisconsin) while Jane Straka and Lars Dewell collected the 25K classic crowns.
Related:
Slush Rush Coverage
Record Numbers Highlight 39th annual UP Health System Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon

NCAA Championships Classic Recap
March 8, 2019
NCAA Championships wrapped up the Nordic portion of the competition with classic mass start races on Friday. NMU's Ian Torchia and Zak Ketterson lead the way for the Midwest, finishing 6th and 7th. Margie Freed, UVM, had an incredible race, falling at the start then skiing back up through the field to post the top Midwest women's result in 11th! Mary Kozloski has all the details and quotes from the Midwest crew. And check out photos from Jackie Schneider.
Related:
NCAA Championships Results and Photos

World Cup Olso Weekend
March 7, 2019
It's a weekend of racing at the legendary Holmenkollen venue in Oslo, Norway! The men will race 50K mass start classic on Saturday, starting at 3 am CST, and then the women race 30K on Sunday starting at 5:45 am CDT (daylight savings time switch early Sunday morning).
Related:
Holmenkollen SkiFestival Website

Parallel 45 Recap
March 6, 2019
The inaugural Fastenal Parallel 45 winter festival last weekend included the MyXC Festival and Championships also well LoppetX Ski and Fat Bike Cross events.

NCAA Championships Freestyle Recap
March 6, 2019
Day one of the NCAA Championships featured freestyle individual start races at the Trapp Family Lodge trails in Stowe, Vermont. Ian Torchia, NMU, scored the best result on the day in taking third place, as teammates Zak Ketterson, Abby Jarzin and Nicole Schneider all had top ten finishes. Read a full recap by Mary Kozloski.
Related:
NCAA Championships Results and Photos

NCAA Championships Preview
March 5, 2019
NCAA Championships are starting up in Stowe, Vermont -- with the alternating schedule, NCAA Championships are on Wednesday and Friday this year. Check out Mary Kozloski's brief preview and compilation of information including course map, livestream and live results.

Fat Bike Birkie: Former Tour De France Pro to Race
March 5, 2019
With only days to go, on Saturday, March 9th, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will greet over one thousand fat bikers to Cable, Wisconsin to test their expertise and skill at the 45NRTH Fat Bike Birkie, the world's largest fat bike race held on the legendary Birkie Trail. Included in the field of riders this year is Ted King, former professional racer who will participate in his first ever Fat Bike Birkie. Registration closes on Thursday night!

Erik Judeen Results
March 3, 2019
Cold temps did little to dissuade 35 skiers from racing in the annual Erik Judeen 10K classic race at Korkki Nordic on Sunday. Reitler Hodgert and Sarah Grenberg took top honors on the day.
Related:
Stride, Ride, Glide Winter Triathlon Coverage

World Championships: Men's 50K Freestyle
March 3, 2019
The World Championships in Seefeld, Austria, wrapped up on Sunday with the men's 50K freestyle mass start race. For much of the first half of the race the field stayed together at a steady pace. Shortly after 20K, Norway's Hans Christer Holund skied off the front and was not pursued. Holund eventually built up a lead of nearly 1:30 before Russian Alexander Bolshunov went off to hunt him down. However, Holund held his lead to 27 seconds to win the race, Bolshunov second, and then a sprint finish for third between veteran Martin Johnsrud Sunby and Sjur Roethe, both Norway, with Roethe taking it by a boot throw. David Norris led the US men in finishing 20th, Midwest's own Adam Martin was 45th.
Related:
Results: 50K Freestyle

LoppetX Ski Cross Coverage
March 2, 2019
A technical course with plenty of vertical brought out the spectators, along with plenty of crashes, for the LoppetX ski cross races at Theodore Wirth on Saturday afternoon. Kasey Bacso and Laura Cattaneo won the event titles. Full results pending, photos up from the practice and race heats.

Pepsi Challenge Results
March 2, 2019
Unusually crisp temperatures for March delayed the start of the Pepsi Challenge, but sunshine and light winds made for a great day of racing on the Giants Ridge trail system. Jan Guenther and Joel LaFrance took the titles in the 50K freestyle, Molly Watkins and John Schwinghammer the 50K classic. Lisa Garettson and Samuel Olson won the 25K freestyle races, Brandy Stewart and Nicholas Youso the 25K classic events.
Related:
Sleeping Giant Loppet Results
Squirrel Hill Loopy Loppet Results

World Championships: Women's 30K Freestyle
March 2, 2019
The women's racing at the World Championships in Seefeld, Austria, concluded on Saturday with the 30K freestyle event. As expected this season, Norway's Therese Johaug eventually dropped the lead pack and skied the second half of the race solo to take the victory. The race was second was far more interesting as Jessie Diggins, sporting some fast skis, was in the mix for the medals right up until the final kilometers when Sweden's Frida Karlsson broke away, followed by Norway's Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg, with Oestberg skiing in for second, Karlsson third and Diggins fourth. The US women's squad did well, with Sadie Bjornson 15th and Rosie Brennan 16th.
Related:
Results: 30K Freestyle

World Championships: Men's Relay
March 1, 2019
The men has their turn on Friday for the relay, racing a 4 x 10K format under pretty horrible weather in Seefeld, Austria, for the World Championships. Continued warm weather and the addition of rain made less than optimal racing conditions. Erik Bjornsen skied very well for the US to lead off the relay, staying with the leaders, even taking the lead at one point, and handed off in fourth place. Norway, Russia and Finland pushed the pace on the second leg, with Finland's Iivo Niskanen setting a hard tempo. Once into the skate legs, Norway and Russia pulled away, setting up a duel between Norway's Johannes Klaebo and Russia's Sergei Ustiugov (much anticipated after some testy behavior in the sprints earlier in the week). However, it soon became apparent Ustiugov wasn't fairing well in the conditions and Klaebo sped away for a relatively easy victory. Russia took second with the French outsprinting Finland to take third. The US squad finished 9th. The men's final event will be the 50K freestyle race, Sunday at 6 am.
Related:
Results: Men's Relay

World Championships: Women's Relay
February 28, 2019
Thursday featured the always exciting women's relay at the World Championships, and this year's was another epic event. The race quickly turned into a two horse race as favorite Norway and red hot Sweden pulled away from the field. On the third leg, Sweden's veteran Charlotte Kalla put down the hammer and seperated herself from Norway's Astrid Jacobsen to provide an 18 second led going into the final leg. Therese Johaug, anchoring for Norway, closed that gap to Stina Nilsson in the final kilometer, but it was Nilsson providing the finishing blow as she outsprinted Johaug to secure Sweden's victory. Russia was third, the US women's squad took 5th. The final event for the women is the 30K freestyle mass start race, Saturday starting at 5:15 am CST.
Related:
Results: Women's Relay

Price Hike: Great Bear Chase
February 28, 2019
The Great Bear Chase, one of the final marathon races of the season, has a price hike coming on Monday, Mar 4th, so register by end of day Sunday if you haven't already!

World Championships: Men's 15K Classic
February 27, 2019
Another warm day of competition at the World Championships Wednesday as the men raced in an individual 15K classic event. Norway's legendary Martin Johnsrud Sundby captured his first World Championship gold medal with the victory, beating out Russian Alexander Bessmertnykh silver, and Ivo Niskanen, Finland, bronze. Erik Bjornsen had a strong showing, finishing 17th to lead the US men, Kyle Bratrud from the Midwest finished 31st. Thursday is the women's relay, beginning at 6 am CST.
Related:
Results: 15K Classic

CXC Names Championship Teams
February 27, 2019
CXC has posted the final rosters for Junior Nationals, U16 Championships, and Canadian Nationals competitions.

Nordic Cross National Championships Coming to Duluth
February 27, 2019
Duluth is hosting the 2019 National Nordic Cross Championships this March. Originally scheduled for March 2nd, the event has now been rescheduled for March 23rd.

Racing Outlook
February 27, 2019
Surprisingly cold weather may impact some of the weekend races. Pepsi Challenge one hour delay.

Minnesota State Meet Recap
February 26, 2019
A look back on the 2019 Minnesota State Meet including our list of movers and shakers, young guns, and favorites for next season. Plus see how we did in our predictions. And we've released our expanded stats on the State Meet results.

World Championships: Women's 10K Classic
February 26, 2019
After a day off, the World Championships for Nordic skiing resumed on Tuesday with a women's 10K classic race. Junior Frida Karlsson, Sweden, nearly stole the show as only Norway's Therese Johaug was able to top her time, Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg, Norway, third. The US had three women in the top 25 as Sadie Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan, and Jessie Diggins went 23, 24 and 25.
Related:
Results: 10K Classic
Fischer: Therese Johaug gold ahead of Frida Karlsson and Ingvild Flugstad Ostberg

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, EISA, RMISA
February 25, 2019
The collegiate racing season is fast approaching NCAA Championships, less than 10 days away. Brief recaps from CCSA, EISA and RMISA races the past week, including CCSA photos from Chris Schmidt and EISA photos from Linda Kerker.

Great Bear Chase Countdown
February 24, 2019
Less than two weeks to go now for the annual Great Bear Chase races in Calumet, Michigan and course conditions are fabulous! There are seven events to choose from: 50K skiathlon, 50K skate and classic, 25K skate and classic, and 10K skate and classic.

Biathlon: Teams Named for Upcoming World Championships
February 24, 2019
U.S. Biathlon's International Competition Committee has announced the rosters for the upcoming IBU Biathlon World Championships in Oestersund, Sweden, March 7-17. The squad has three start spots in the women's races, and four start spots in the men's events. Midwest will be represented by Leif Nordgren and Jake Brown!

CCSA: NCAA Regionals Classic Coverage
February 24, 2019
An epic day on the trails at Michigan Tech Sunday as skiers competed in classic races while a major snowstorm raged on. Amanda Kautzer, MTU, out double-poled NMU's Julie Ensrud to take the women's 15K classic and Kautzer's teammate, Kristoffer Vollset, won the men's 20K race. Results linked in along with photos from Chris Schmidt.

World Championships: Team Sprints
February 24, 2019
The World Championships resumed Sunday with classic team sprint races in Seefeld, Austria. The Swedish duo of Stina Nilsson and Maja Dahlqvist took the women's victory in a final drag race down the finishing stretch, Slovenia moving ahead of Norway for second, Norway third. The men's race showcased Norway's Johannes Klaebo laying down a tremendous final leg to easily take the men's championship, Russia second and Italy third. US squads made both finals, the women taking 5th and men 8th.
Related:
Results: Team Sprints Classic

CCSA: NCAA Regionals Freestyle Coverage
February 23, 2019
Day 1 of the NCAA Regionals in Houghton featured 5K and 10K races on the MTU trail system. NMU's Ian Torchia took the men's 10K, nearly 30 seconds in front of Mitch Delong, with NMU's Xavier Mansfield third. Abby Jarzin, NMU, collected the girl's 5K title, just 4 seconds ahead of teammate Nicole Schneider with MTU's Sarah Goble third. Results linked in, photos from Chris Schmidt.

World Championships: Skiathlon
February 23, 2019
Skiathlon was the format for the second skiing event of the FIS Nordic Championships Saturday in Seefeld, Austria. While some of the top US women did not complete, the US still scored some excellent results as Rosie Brennan finished 10th, Julia Kern 19th and Rosie Frankowski 24th! Scott Patterson was the top American male in 32nd. Norway's unstoppable Therese Johaug collected another victory for the women, Sjur Rothe took the men's title for Norway in a three way sprint.
Related:
Results: Skiathlon

American Birkebeiner Coverage
February 23, 2019
A fresh inch of snow and temps near freezing made for some slow glide in the 2019 American Birkebeiner races. The mens skate race came down to an exclusive three skier trio as Matt Liebsch, Brian Gregg, and Akeo Maifeld-Carucci skied together across Lake Hayward and took it down to a sprint on Main Street, Maifeld-Carucci bettering Gregg by a foot, with Liebsch (still suffering from car accident on Wednesday) trailing in for third. Former Korte champ Alayna Sonnesyn collected her first Birkie win, pressing the pace on the final hills to gain some separation and soloing in for the victory. Anja Gruber was second, Katie Feldman third. The classic champions were Peter Holmes and Cate Brams. Results linked in and nearly 1000 photos from the early waves.
Related:
Sonnesyn and Maifeld-Carucci Top the Podium in the 45th Slumberland American Birkebeiner

Kortelopet Coverage
February 22, 2019
Textbook perfect conditions Friday morning for the Kortelopet events, racing from Hwy OO to downtown Hayward. Sunshine, temps in the 20s, and fast firm trail conditions resulted in many smiling faces at the Main Street finish line. The men's 29K skate race came down to the lead pack of five that fractured in the final kilometer with McEwan Rodefeld taking the lead on the run up Main Street to collect the title, Drake Hacker second and Nick Niemi third. In the women's race, Olivia Dreger repeated as women's champion, taking the victory by over five minutes, with Sara Morse posting the second fastest time, Susanne Hill third. In the classic division, Lars Dewall strided to the top time on the day, with teammates Daniel Huhtala and Ryan Thieme dueling it out for second, Huhtala taking it. Johanna Craig cruised to the women's title, four minutes ahead of Liv Myers with Anna Schmidt notching the third fastest time. Results linked in, along with big photosets from the start and finish.

World Championships: Freestyle Sprints
February 21, 2019
The World Championships opened in Seefeld, Austria with freestyle sprint events on Thursday. The sprint finals exceeded expectations with some of the most exciting battles in recent memory. In the ladies final, Maiken Caspersen Falla, Norway, survived a triple threat from Sweden (which self-destructed) to take the victory, Stina Nilsson, Sweden, second and Mari Eide, Norway, third. The men's final was an epic battle between Italy's Federico Pellegrino and an angry Johannes Hosflot Klaebo, with Klaebo pulling ahead for the men's title with Russian Gleb Retivykh taking third. Jessie Diggins was the top US skier, advancing to the semi-finals before exiting. Simi Hamilton also made the semi-finals to lead the US men.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints

Birkie Week Thursday Events Coverage
February 21, 2019
Quickly recovering from a half foot of snow Wednesday, everything was in place for the start of events Thursday for Birkie Week. Starting off on Main Street, the Barkebirkie events.
Related:
Photoset: Barkebirkie - 112 photos, Barnebirkie - 63 photos, Jr Birkie - U16/HS - 51 photos, Jr Birkie - U14 Boys - 56 photos, Jr Birkie - U14 Girls - 55 photos, Jr Birkie - U12 Boys - 46 photos, Jr Birkie - U12 Girls - 60 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Price Hike: Pepsi Challenge
February 20, 2019
Excellent conditions exist on the Giants Ridge trail system and the annual Pepsi Challenge races are set for March 2nd. Register before the end of Friday to avoid the next price hike!

World Championships in Seefeld
February 19, 2019
The 2019 World Championships start up this Wednesday, Feb 20th and run through Mar 3rd and are being held in Seefeld, Austria. A strong US squad, especially the women, are hopeful for a number of finishes in the medals. The Midwest is well respresented with Jessie Diggins, Rosie Frankowski, Kevin Bolger, Kyle Bratrud, and Adam Martin. There are qualifying races on Wednesday, then the first official races of the championships are freestyle sprints events on Thursday, with heats broadcast live starting at 7:30 am CST on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold.
Related:
World Championships Schedule, Results

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, EISA
February 18, 2019
The CCSA and EISA collegiate divisions were back in action last weekend, the CCSA racing at Theodore Wirth as part of a SuperTour series, and EISA holding their Middlebury Carnival on Friday and Saturday. A number of outstanding results by Midwest skiers, Mary Kozloski has the full highlights. Plus photos from the EISA racing by Linda Kerker!

Junior Teams Announced: Junior Nationals, U16 Champs, Canadian Nationals
February 17, 2019
After the conclusion of the Mayor's XC Challenge races, the end of the JNQ series, the junior trip teams were announced. This includes the Junior Nationals, NENSA U16 Championships, and Canadian Nationals teams. Note: There may be further changes to the teams as some athletes may decline.

Woodland Loppet Coverage
February 17, 2019
A great example of one of many small organization fun races around the Midwest, the Woodland Loppet was held on Sunday morning in Elk River. The races featured expertly groomed, natural snow in great condition with temperatures in the mid 20s. Paul Olson received some minor consolation after breaking two poles during last weekend's Vasaloppet, taking victory today over Erik Hendrickson, Matt Zak coming in third. Brandy Stewart was the best of the womens field with Laura Cattaneo second and Cheryl Dubuois third. Josh Doebbert and Angie Robinson took the 10K titles, Robinson finishing second overall as well! Results and photos posted.

Mayors XC Challenge SuperTour/JNQ Freestyle Coverage
February 17, 2019
The three day Mayor's XC Challenge event wrapped up on Sunday with another day of great course conditions and weather. Temps were in the 20s for most of the races, with a dusting of snow coming down near the end. Midwest's own Matt Liebsch, holding down full-time job and full-time father, still managed to crank out the fastest 10K skate on the day, topping NMU's Zak Ketterson by 5 seconds for the victory, with Akeo Maifeld-Carucci, Craftsbury Green Racing, third. In the women's 5K, it was an all-Midwest poduim as Nicole Schneider, NMU, edged out Alayna Sonnesyn, SMS T2, by 7 seconds with Schneider's teammate Abby Jarzin in third, just a 2/10 second back! Top U16 results went to Adrik Kraftson and Molly Moening. Results linked in, photos online from the women's 5K by Jackie Schneider.

Mayors XC Challenge SuperTour/JNQ Classic Coverage
February 16, 2019
Another day of perfect trail conditions for the Mayors XC Challenge races at Theodore Wirth on Saturday. The men's 20K classic started off the morning, racing five laps with some of the best climbs on the course. Ben Lustgarten and Zak Ketterson eventually broke off the field and brought the race down to a sprint finish, Ketterson pulling ahead in the final meters. Mathias Rolid was the best of the rest. In the women's 15K race (4 laps), Alayna Sonnesyn pushed off the front with Kaitlynn Miller and Elizabeth Guiney, with Miller breaking away in the final kilometer to take the win, Sonnesyn second, Guiney third. The U20/U18 boys race brought out all the best from the Minnesota and Wisconsin State Meets. Alex Nemeth pushed to the front by the end of the first lap (3 laps total) and held off Cooper Lennox for the win, Kai Meekis taking third. The U20/U18 girls also was stacked with high school stars and on Saturday, it was Regan Duffy that shined the brightest, moving up the field each lap to take the victory ahead of Luci Anderson with Hannah Bettendorf third. In the U16 races, Victor Sparks outstretched Roger Anderson for the win, and Molly Moening dropped Lauren McCollor on the last big climb to take the victory. Results linked in, photo albums posted.

Minnesota Finlandia Coverage
February 16, 2019
Crisp temperatures with excellent course conditions Saturday morning for the Minnesota Finlandia races in Bemidji. Murray Carter won the big axe in the 50K freestyle, beating out Zach Nelson by 40 seconds in a close battle. Jenna Ruzich was the womens 50K champ. In the 25K freestyle, Craig Cardinal skated away with the title, Susanne Hill topped the women's field. Classic 25K titles went to Owen Baird and Kerrie Berg. Pursuit winners were Nick Youso and Anna Dehler. Results posted, along with photos from John Arenz, David Harrington and Monte Draper.
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World Cup Cogne Freestyle Sprints
February 16, 2019
Less than a week before the start of the World Championships and Jessie Diggins appears to be hitting top form just in time, on Saturday winning the women's freestyle sprint race! The US placed six women in the heats. Simi Hamilton made it to the mens final, just missing the podium in 4th. Racing continues Saturday with classic distance races.
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Results: Freestyle Sprints

Mayors XC Challenge SuperTour Sprints Coverage
February 15, 2019
Friday kicked off a weekend long SuperTour and JNQ/CCSA combo event at Theodore Wirth, with the freestyle sprints test driving the 2020 World Cup course and stadium. For the most part, the day was a big success with great course conditions and exciting action. The Midwest's own Alayna Sonnesyn continued to improve her fast twitch, taking the women's final is an extremely tight finish over Becca Rorabaugh and Erika Flowers. In the men's final, an errant PistenBully added a twist of SkiX to the event, with Canadian Antoine Briand capturing the win over Tyler Kornfield and Forrest Mahlen. Saturday will bring out the juniors and collegiate skiers for mass start classic races.

World Cup Cogne Weekend Series
February 14, 2019
The World Cup holds their final series before the World Championships start next week, this weekend racing in Cogne, Italy. Saturday will be freestyle sprints, Sunday classic races. Sprints heats start at 5:30 am CST, women's classic race on Sunday begins at 2:45 am. Coverage on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Snowpass.
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NBC Sports Gold Snowpass
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Minnesota State Meet Coverage
February 14, 2019
Perfect conditions on Thursday for the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Championships at Giants Ridge. Garrett Beckrich, Grand Rapids, secured the early lead in taking the morning freestyle race a full 18 seconds ahead of SPA's Peter Moore, with 5 other skiers within 10 seconds of second place! Lucinda Anderson, Robbinsdale-Armstrong, opened a 12 second led on Mara McCollor, Wayzata, in the girls freestyle with Stillwater's Libby Tuttle just 7 seconds behind. At the halfway point, Forest Lake boys and Robbinsdale-Armstrong girls were at the top of the team points. Snow came down, heavy at times, for the afternoon races. Peter Moore overtook Garrett Beckrich by the midway point of the classic, and it became a barnburner to the finish as Mora's Cooper Lennox and St. Cloud Cathedral/Sartell's Alex Nemeth entered into the fray! Moore pulled ahead to take the victory, Nemeth edged Lennox at the line with Beckrich a close fourth. The girls pursuit race proved even more exciting as Luci Anderson was caught my Mara McCollor by the half way point, but Anderson stuck with her and took the lead coming into the stadium, with McCollor pulling out all the stops to pass Anderson in the final 25 meters to repeat as State Champion. Libby Tuttle took third. The team races echoed the excitement of the day, seeing the St. Cloud Cathedral/Sartell boys come back to win by 10 points over Forest Lake, Robbinsdale-Armstrong third. The Robbinsdale-Armstrong girls skied strong to take the team title, St. Paul Highland Park moving up to take second by just three points over Stillwater! Results linked in, along with big photosets from all the races.

Kikkan Randall Honorary Race Starter for the Birkie
February 13, 2019
Olympic Gold medalist Kikkan Randall has been announced as the honorary race start for the 2019 Birkie! Randall will be racing in the 50K freestyle race, as well as making a number of appearances as part of Birkie week. There is even a special drawing to help support Kikkan's fight against cancer.

Minnesota State Meet Preview
February 12, 2019
Thursday is the big wrap up of the Minnesota high school Nordic skiing season: the State Meet! Conditions and weather are looking fantastic, and the competition should be intense. We've put together our annual preview of top contenders and our predictions.
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Rice Lake Birkie Shuttle
February 12, 2019
As an alternative to staying in Hayward, Rice Lake is offering a free Birkie shuttle bus for those staying in Rice Lake area hotels. Review the participating lodging and sign up for the bus.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Final Round
February 11, 2019
With sections in the books and the State Meet just days away, we take a final crack at the Minnesota high school Nordic ski rankings. Lots of shuffling in the last round as sections provided some amazing results.
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Minnesota State Meet Start Lists

Duluth Birkie Bus Signup Deadline
February 11, 2019
Ride in comfort from Duluth to near the Kortelopet start on Friday, or Birkie start on Saturday! Get your reservation in by Thursday, Feb 14th.

Racing Outlook
February 11, 2019
Plenty of snow has nearly all the races looking good for the weekend. Special Team Sprint even Wednesday night. Snowflake/Inga-lami races will be held at Baker! And Minnesota Finlandia should run the full course!

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA
February 11, 2019
A light weekend on the collegiate racing circuit with only the East coast schools in action. Mary Kozloski has the breakdown on the racing action, including the Midwest skier highlights.

Wisconsin State Meet Classic Pursuit Coverage
February 10, 2019
The Wisconsin High School Nordic Skiing Championships wrapped up Sunday with some exhilarating classic pursuit races. In the boys event, Jackson Adler, Ashwaubenon over took Saturday's leader, Drake Hacker, Peak Nordic and then held off a hard charging Nick Niemi, Ironwood, to take the pursuit title. Olivia Dreger, Wausau, hammered out a strong classic leg to take the lead from Isabel Seay, Peak Nordic, with Blackhawk's Alice House posting the fastest classic time coming in just 11 seconds back. Ashwaubenon boys and Wausau girls collected the team titles. Results linked in along with photos from the middle and high school races on Sunday.

Price Hike: Gatineau Loppet
February 10, 2019
Canada's largest ski race, the Gatineau Loppet, is coming up Feb 16-17! Register before Thursday, Feb 14th, to avoid that final price hike.

Vasaloppet USA Coverage
February 9, 2019
Crisp temperatures were offset by a perfect race deck for the Vasaloppet USA ski races Saturday morning in Mora. Matt Liebsch dropped friend and training partner (and new dad!) Brian Gregg on the final lap of the 58K freestyle to ski home alone for his 10th Vasaloppet title! Felicia Gesior skied to the fastest women's time with nearly a 10 minute margin of victory. Nathan Porath collected another Vasaloppet 35K title, pulling away from the lead trio to finish solo. Mary Beth Tuttle continued the theme of repeat champions, taking the women's 35K skate race. Andrew Tilman won his first 42K Vasaloppet title, with Josie Nelson picking up another overall in her classic collection. Full results linked in, photos coming later tonight.
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Turtle River Pursuit Classic Results

Wisconsin State Meet Freestyle Results
February 9, 2019
The Wisconsin High School Nordic Skiing Championships had day 1 of their competition on Saturday with 6.5K freestyle races. Drake Hacker, Peak Nordic, took the win in the boys race, holding a 9 second lead over Jackson Alder, Ashwaubenon, with Nick Niemi, Ironwood (guest), in third, another 12 seconds back. Isabel Seay, Peak Nordic, topped the girls field, posting almost a 30 second margin over the returning champ, Olivia Dreger, Wausau, with Alice House, Blackhawk, in third. In the team standings, Peak Nordic and Ashwaubenon boys are tied with Lakeland 3 points back; Wausau girls lead Lakeland by 3. Sunday will be classic pursuit racing to conclude the State Meet.

Charlie Banks Relays Info Posted
February 8, 2019
The Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Coaches Association hosts the annual Charlie Banks Relays every season on the day before the State Meet. The relays are open to any skier not participating in the State meet. Meet detail and registration form posted.
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Charlie Banks Registration Form (Excel Spreadsheet)

Ironwood Skiers Selected as Inga and Warriors for Birkie 2019
February 7, 2019
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has announced the selection of the trio of cross-country skiers who will depict two Birkebeiner Warriors and Inga, the mother of baby Prince Haakon. William Andresen (Ironwood, MI), Carolyn Andresen Warren (Ironwood, MI), and David Andresen (Ironwood, MI) will portray Torstein, Skjervald, and Inga, respectively.
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Minnesota Section 7 Championships Results
February 7, 2019
As tradition, Minnesota high school Section 7 wrapped up sections week racing on the trails at the State Meet venue, Giants Ridge, on Thursday. Cold weather and fresh snowfall required a little extra grit on an already tough course. The 2018 State Champion, Garrett Beckrich, Grand Rapids, won the boys title with a dominated skate leg, putting him up a full minute on the field, but Aidan Ripp, CEC, and Jasper Johnston, Ely, tore into that lead in the classic pursuit, cutting it down to just over 35 seconds. As expected, Duluth East's Gretchen Haggenmiller topped the girls field, winning by over a minute. Ely boys took the team title, with Marshall School topping CEC by 4 points to head to their first State Meet. Duluth East girls placed first in the team competition with Grand Rapids taking second, just 4 points ahead of Ely.

Minnesota Section 2 Championships Coverage
February 7, 2019
Another section meet, more snow ... Minnesota high school Section 2 championships were held at Theodore Wirth Thursday under a constant snowfall, providing challenging course conditions. It was a day of upsets as Minnetonka's Luke MacKinnon held a slight lead over Henry Hall, Minneapolis Southwest, after the classic leg, then busted it open in the skate race to win the title by over 30 seconds. In the girls race, Edina's Morgan Richter strided to the the classic lead then extended it in the pursuit to also win by over 30 seconds. Minneapolis Southwest swept the team titles with Eden Prairie boys and Edina girls advancing as well. Results linked in along with photos from the pursuit races.

World Cup Lahti Weekend Series
February 7, 2019
A sprint weekend on the World Cup circuit as skiers will participate in freestyle sprints Saturday and classic team sprints on Sunday, at the historic Lahti venue in Finland. Sprint heats Saturday start at 6:30 am CST, and same time on Sunday for the team sprints. Some of the US team will be skipping the races, electing to continue their preparation for the World Championships in roughly 10 days (Note: There will be no coverage on NBC Snowpass or Olympic channel this weekend.)
Related:
NBC Sports Gold Snowpass
World Cup Lahti Website

Weekend Racing
February 6, 2019
A very busy weekend on the calendar...
Feb 9 Vasaloppet USA - A huge snowmaking loop to ensure excellent conditions (w/ fresh snow to boot), and that famous downtown finish!
Feb 9-10 Wisconsin State Meet - Wisconsin high school skiers will compete over two days for the State titles.
Feb 9 Pre-Birkie - This year the Birkie tuneup is starting and finishing at the Kortelopet.
Feb 9 Big Island and Back - Racing out across Lake Minnetonka, around the Big Island and back again.
Feb 9-10 Turtle River Pursuit - Two days, two races on two trail systems - classic and freestyle pursuit!
Feb 10 North End Classic - Classic format racing on the North End trails.
Check the Racing Outlook for the latest event updates we've received (note time changes due to cold weather).
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Video: Wisconsin State Meet Livestream
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Minnesota Section 4 Championships Coverage
February 6, 2019
High drama at Hyland Lake Wednesday afternoon as the Section 4 championships featured many tight finishes. MPA's Matt Bourne took the half time lead after the classic race then held off a strong challenge from White Bear Lake's Tryg Solberg (fastest skate time), to win the boys title. Libby Tuttle, Stillwater, posted the top times in classic and skate to win the girls race by almost a minute. Forest Lake swept the team titles, with Stillwater performing the second sweep, MPA boys narrowly missing the team trip to State by 4 points. Results linked in, along with photos from the pursuit races.

Minnesota Section 5 Championships Coverage
February 6, 2019
Well groomed courses, along with some changes to the layout, made for a solid day of racing for the Section 5 championships on Wednesday at Theodore Wirth. Sarah Olson, Blaine, carried a good lead into the afternoon pursuit race, then extended it to almost two minutes in taking the girls title. Cooper Lennox, Mora, had a similar build up in the morning classic, but the afternoon skate race saw Maple Grove's CJ Young dig into the lead, posting the fastest skate time, but it was not quite enough to close the gap to Lennox, who won the pursuit by 35 seconds. The team titles went to Champlin Park boys and Andover girls, with Mora earning both boys and girls second place finishes by margins of just a few points. Results linked in, photos from the classic races are posted.

Minnesota Section 1 Championships Coverage
February 5, 2019
Section 1 skiers battled the elements as well as the competition Tuesday at Hyland Lake as fresh snow fell for most of the meet. Winona's Anni Skillicorn took a narrow one second lead over Hastings Linnea Urban in the morning classic, then extended it to almost 20 seconds in the afternoon freestyle pursuit to take the girls title. Burnsville's Matthew Berg put together a pair of strong races to take the boys victory by nearly 30 seconds. Team titles went to the Prior Lake boys and Eastview girls with Winona taking second for both boys and girls squads. Results linked in and photos from the classic races posted.

Minnesota Section 3 Championships Coverage
February 5, 2019
Section 3 skiers faced tough conditions Tuesday with several inches of fresh snow on the trails by the start of the afternoon pursuit races at Theodore Wirth. St. Paul Highland Park girls crushed all competition, placing all seven of their skiers in the top nine and notching a perfect team score of 394! Molly Moening was the queen bee, taking first by over a minute. St. Paul Central girls came in second. Peter Moore, SPA, was racing on another level, flying to a two minute margin of victory in the boys pursuit race. The St. Paul Highland Park boys were nearly as impressive as the girls, placing all seven skiers in the top 10 to easily take the team title. Minnehaha Academy boys earned second place and the right to head to the State Meet next week. Results linked in, photos from the freestyle pursuit races are up.

Minnesota Section 8 Championships Results
February 5, 2019
Returning to Camp Ripley, Section 8 teams faced off on Tuesday. The Nemeth brothers of St. Cloud Cathedral-Sartell dominated the day, finishing first (Alex), second (Zach), and third (Will) in the afternoon pursuit race. Wren Scott-Lumbar, St. Cloud Tech, took the girls title by over a minute. The Cathedral-Sartell boys won the team title with Little Falls advancing as well. Bemidji won the girls team title with Brainerd edging out Alexandria by a single point to move on to State.

Racing Outlook
February 4, 2019
Vasaloppet is ready with over 18K of man-made snow course! Updates on additional events as they come in.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, EISA, RMISA
February 4, 2019
All three major college Nordic skiing divisions were in action last weekend -- Central, Eastern and Rocky Mountain. Caroline Brisbois steps in this week to bring us all the highlights and report on how the midwest natives shined.

Wisconsin State Meet Prognostications
February 4, 2019
Ken Schoville is back this year to give us his take on this weekend's Wisconsin High School Championships, held at the Birkie Trailhead in Cable.
Related:
Video: Wisconsin State Meet Livestream, Birkie Webcams
GoFundMe for Wisconsin High School Livestream

Minnesota Section 6 Championships Coverage
February 4, 2019
Kicking off high school sections week in Minnesota, Section 6 showcased plenty of talent and some exciting races on Monday at Theodore Wirth. In the morning freestyle race, Armstrong's Luci Anderson and Mound-Westonka's Charlie Reinhardt grabbed the half time lead with strong performances. But Wayzata's stars showed their mettle in the afternoon classical pursuit. James Schneider erased his 17 second deficit and hammered home to win by almost six seconds. Mara McCollor whittled away an eleven second lead by Anderson just past the half way point of the classic pursuit, McCollor going on to win by eight seconds. The Armstrong girls and Wayzata boys won the team titles with Wayzata girls and Armstrong boys advancing to state as well.

Ishpeming CCSA Freestyle Coverage
February 3, 2019
Day 2 of racing in the UP for the CCSA division, featuring freestyle format races. Nicole Schneider topped the women's 5K field, winning by 5 seconds over teammate Abby Jarzin with Julie Ensrud third. In the mens 10K race, Zak Ketterson claimed yet another victory with teammates Ian Torchia second, Kjetil Banerud third. Results linked and photosets by Jackie Schneider.

City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle Coverage
February 3, 2019
Warm weather overnight forced organizers to retract events to the snowmaking loop at Theodore Wirth for the City of Lakes Loppet freestyle races on Sunday morning. Brian Gregg completed the weekend sweep with a decisive victory in the men's marathon (three lap, 20K) event. Andrew Brown outsprinted Joel LaFrance to fill out the podium. Felicia Gesior also collected her second victory in as many days with teammate Hannah Cole second and Marit Sonnesyn taking third. In the shorter Puoli race (15K), winners were Jack Wenz and Susanne Hill. Results linked in, photos posted.
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Lumberjack Jaunt Results

City of Lakes Loppet Events Pulled Back to WIrth
February 3, 2019
With warm temperatures throughout the night, the City of Lakes Loppet point to point course did not survive. All races on Sunday will be held at The Trailhead on the snowmaking course. Plus all races (except snowshoe and short fat bike races) have been delayed one hour! TL;DR: Ski races start at 10 am at Wirth.

Minnesota Sections Preview
February 2, 2019
The busy month of February really ramps up this coming week as Minnesota high school section competitions are held. We've posted our look at the sections favorites, as well as dates and locations. Best of luck to all the teams!
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Ishpeming CCSA Classic Coverage
February 2, 2019
Running under their warmest conditions this season, the CCSA held a classic distance meet in Ishpeming on Saturday morning. Zak Ketterson, NMU, continued his winning streak in taking the mass start 20K race. Abby Jarzin, NMU, scored her first collegiate victory in the women's 15K. Results linked in, photos from Jackie Schneider posted.

City of Lakes Loppet Classic Coverage
February 2, 2019
Racing for the first time from the lakes back to Theodore Wirth, the City of Lakes Loppet provided plenty of adventure for the classic marathon on Saturday. After a week of extreme cold, the weather couldn't be more perfect for the race as temperatures started in the mid teens and rose to the upper 20s with no wind and bright sunshine. Brian Gregg eased away from Nick Power to solo in for the men's 37K classic marathon title, with Andrew Brown taking third. Felicia Gesior cruised to the women's victory with BSF teammate Hannah Cole second, Vivian Hett scoring third. In the 21K Pouli classic, John Hallett and Maria Hauer captured the titles. Results linked in, photos from the marathon race are up.
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Moraloppet Results
Mt. Ashwabay Summit Ski Race Coverage

Nordic Cross National Championships Coming to Duluth
January 31, 2019
Duluth is hosting the 2019 National Nordic Cross Championships as a part of Tour Duluth, Saturday, March 2nd.
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Weekend Racing
January 30, 2019
Feb 2-3 City of Lakes Loppet - Two days of racing, everything from short to marathon, and fat bike events too.
Feb 2 Mt. Ashwabay Summit - The Pie race -- great conditions and a number of race options, plus pies as awards!
Feb 2 Wolf Tracks Rendezvous - Minocqua Winter Parks big races, 24K and 42K events.
Feb 2 Moraloppet - Test drive part of the Vasaloppet course in this benefit for cancer research.
Feb 3 Lumberjack Jaunt - Brainerd's grand event, fun racing on the Northland Arboretum trail system.
Feb 3 Langlauf Winter Carnival - 5K and 10K races as part of the big festival at Heiliger Huegel Ski Club.
Keep an eye on the Racing Outlook for any late updates.
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Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA
January 28, 2019
Mary Kozloski recaps an abbreviated weekend of collegiate skiing as the CCSA dealt with bitter cold weather in Rhinelander and EISA and RMISA divisions were off.

Biathlon: Beckrich Leads US at Youth/Junior Worlds
January 28, 2019
Minnesota high school Nordic skiing champion Garrett Beckrich was the top American finisher over the first two days of individual races at the 2019 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Osrblie, Slovakia.

Loppet Plans to Run Point to Point
January 28, 2019
Organizers for the City of Lakes Loppet Festival announced on Monday that with the new snowfall, they plan to run the race from it's new start on Lake Bde Maka Ska and race back to finish at the Trailhead. Exact course details are forthcoming and skiers are being asked to limit skiing to the snowmaking loops as they pack and set the natural snow.
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Racing Outlook

Loppet Shoveling Parties on Monday
January 27, 2019
The Loppet Foundation is hoping to celebrate the big weekend snowfall, and get a jump on colder mid-week temperatures, by making a big effort on shoveling Monday to shore up thin areas (typically under bridges, etc). Shoveling parties will be going on all afternoon and evening, and volunteers get a free Loppet hat!

World Cup Ulricehamn: Relays
January 27, 2019
Four person relays were the featured event with huge crowds lining the World Cup course at Ulricehamn, Sweden Sunday. Norway dominated the women's race with Therese Johaug spotting the team a big lead on the second leg. Sweden takes second in a tight duel with Finland. The US ladies were sixth. Russia crushed the men's relay field, as team II took the victory with team I right behind, Norway men taking third. US mens squad finished 9th.
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Results: Relays

Nordic Spirit Results
January 26, 2019
Cold morning temperatures delayed the start of the Nordic Spirit races in Duluth on Saturday, as the thermometer struggled to rise above zero. Andrew Tilman won the mens 26K title in a sprint finish over Isaac Wieber with Jake Richards third. Sarah Grenberg was the top female.
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Iola Norseman Challenge Results

World Junior/U23 Championships - Lahti, Finland: January 24-26th Recap
January 26, 2019
The World Junior and U23 Championships concluded on Saturday, and with a huge exclamation point as the US mens WJC team captured the gold medal in a dominating performance and the US womens WJC team skied to an incredible 4th place. Caroline Brisbois has a full recap of the last three days of competition.
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World Cup Ulricehamn: Freestyle
January 26, 2019
Some exciting racing in Sweden on Saturday morning for the women's 10K and men's 15K freestyle races in Ulricehamn. Jessie Diggins cranked out one of her best results of the season, narrowly missing the podium and finishing 4th. Norway's Therese Johaug won once again, but a surprisingly Astrid Jacobsen, Norway, took second with Sweden's Ebba Anderson collecting third. Sadie Bjornsen also skied to a top 20 finish in 15th. The mens race saw veteran Maurice Manificat, France, taking the victory with Norwegians Simen Krueger and Didrik Toenseth completing the podium. Scott Patterson had the best result for the US men's field, taking 35th.
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Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle
US Ski Team: Diggins Narrowly Misses Podium in Ulricehamn 10k

Noquemanon Results
January 26, 2019
Braving subzero weather, over 800 skiers participated in Noquemanon events on Saturday morning in Marquette. Brian Gregg strided away from the field to win the 50K classic in decisive fashion with Vivian Hett taking the women's crown. Andy Liebner and Zach Varty paired up to lead the 50K freestyle field with Liebner pulling ahead for the victory. Mari Hardel topped the women's field. In the 24K races, Hanna Torvi and Andrew Stevens won the classic titles, Zach Nelson and Anna Engel the freestyle.

Borah Epic Kicks Off 7th Year
January 25, 2019
The Borah Epic has quickly become one of the premiere Midwest MTB races, and for the 2019 edition they've got some changes planned. One of the biggest changes is the direction -- the Full and Half Epic courses have been flipped and will now be finishing in Cable. The Full Epic will start at Hatchery Creek near Hayward and the Half Epic will start at Hwy OO.

World Cup Ulricehamn Weekend Series
January 24, 2019
The World Cup is racing in Ulricehamn, Sweden this weekend with freestyle races on Saturday and the always exciting team relay races on Sunday! Racing action Saturday starts at 5 am CST for the men's 15K, 7:15 am for the women's 10K.
Related:
NBC Sports Gold Snowpass
World Cup Ulricehamn Website
Biathlon: Career Best Day for Jake Brown in Antholz World Cup

SuperTour Lake Placid
January 24, 2019
The SuperTour series resumes this weekend with three days of racing in Lake Placid, NY. Friday features freestyle races, Saturday classic sprints, and Sunday will be classic mass start races.
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Video: SuperTour Livestream

2020 World Cup Announces New Festival, Major Sponsor
January 24, 2019
It was announced on Thursday afternoon that the Minneapolis 2020 World Cup event will expand to include a music festival, spectator and citizen sporting events, and more — thanks to support from its new title sponsor, Fastenal.
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WJC/U23 Championships Recap Jan 20-23
January 24, 2019
The World Junior and U23 Championships are underway in Lahti, Finland, with a number of Midwest skiers competing. Caroline Brisbois provides a breakdown on the first few days of racing which included classic sprints and freestyle distance races.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 3
January 22, 2019
Round 3 of the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing rankings are out, with some serious changes! While Mara McCollor, Wayzata, and Alex Nemeth, St. Cloud Cathedral-Sartell, hold the number one spots, the teams shuffle a bit as the Robbinsdale-Armstrong girls improve to take the girls mantle and the St. Cloud Cathedral-Sartell boys look solid at the top of the boys field.

US Ski Team: Cross Country World Championship Team Announced
January 22, 2019
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has named 18 athletes to the U.S. Cross Country Team that will compete in the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships next month in Seefeld, Austria. A number of Midwest skiers earned a spot on the squad including Jessie Diggins,Rosie Frankowski, Kevin Bolger, Kyle Bratrud, and Adam Martin!

Racing Outlook
January 21, 2019
Working on updates for the coming weekend: Iowa Winter games are on! Marine O'Brien is off. And Elm Creek Series is cancelled this week.

Collegiate Racing Recap: Midwest, EISA, RMISA
January 21, 2019
While roughly have the collegiate field was racing last weekend in Cable, both east and west coasts had full fields for the weekend of racing. Mary Kozloski has the breakdown on all the action and Midwest skier highlights.

Cable JNQ Classic Distance Coverage
January 20, 2019
Cold temperatures delayed the start by two hours on Sunday morning, but things heated up once the start gun went off for the Gitchi Gami Games 10K classic races. St. Scholastica men swept the podium in the senior race with Emil Book Bratbak (Norway) taking the victory followed by Nicholas Matelich and Jack Christianson. Peter Moore, Endurance United, was the best of the junior field finishing 4th overall. In the senior women's race, LNR juniors did the sweeping as Luci Anderson dominated the field winning by nearly a minute with Emma Albrecht second, Libby Tuttle third. Sadie Peterson, UWGB, was the best of the collegiate field in 4th overall. U16 titles were won by Lauren McCollor and Caden Albrecht. Results linked in, photos posted from Jackie Schneider.

World Cup Otepaa: Classic Distance
January 20, 2019
The Estonia World Cup wrapped up in Otepaa on Sunday with some difficult classic distance races. Returning to the racing circuit after a mid-season break, Norway's Threse Johaug picked up right where she left off -- dominating the women's field, winning by over 45 seconds in the 10K race with Sweden's young star Ebba Anderson second and Russian Natalia Nepryaeva third. Jessie Diggins lead the US womens squad, taking 13th. Finland's livo Niskanen, racing in his favorite discipline, won the men's 15K with Alexander Bolshunov, Russia, second and Didrik Toenseth, Norway, third. Erik Bjornsen posted the best place for US men at 30th.
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Results: 10K, 15K classic
US Ski Team: Diggins Leads U.S. in Otepaa 10k Classic

Cable JNQ Classic Sprints Coverage
January 19, 2019
Enduring single digit temperatures and a challenging course, skiers competed in classic sprint races Saturday in the Gitchi Gami Games in Cable, WI. Jake Ajax, UWGB, and Luci Anderson, LNR, won the senior sprint finals, U16 victories were earned by Jasper Johnston, Ely, and Lauren McCollor, Wayzata. Results linked in along with photos from Jackie Schneider.

Loppet Loppet Results
January 19, 2019
Over 130 skiers took to man-made snowmaking loop at Lapham Peak on Saturday for the annual Lapham Loppet race. Tristan Schocten won the men's 10.5K freestyle race with Matthew Dugan second, Danny Sonnentag third. Teenager Avery Tolbert took the women's division followed by Ella Rienemann and Shelbey Suhr. Classic champions were Ethan Blischke and Kim Hughes.
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Hinder Binder Results

World Cup Otepaa: Classic Sprints
January 19, 2019
Classic sprints were the featured event Saturday for the World Cup as the series races in Otepaa, Estonia this weekend. The US qualified three women and two men for the heats, Jessie Diggins the best performance on the day finishing 12th and exiting in the semi-finals. Sadie Bjornsen appeared lined up for a great finish to her quarterfinal, but crash on the last turn. Andy Newell had the best result for the men, taking 15th. Norway's Johannes Klaebo dominated the event, easily winning his heats and the final. Sweden's Stina Nilsson was also skiing strong, but appeared to have pulled a muscle in her semifinal and did not compete in the final, which was won by Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla. Sunday will be classic distance races - women's 10K at 2:30 am CST, men's 15K at 6 am.
Related:
Results: Classic Sprints
US Ski Team: Diggins Leads U.S. in Otepaa Sprints

Three Rivers Rennet Coverage
January 19, 2019
Bright sunshine did little to offset the bone chilling temperatures for the Three Rivers Rennet 22K races on Saturday morning at Hyland. The men's freestyle race quickly developed into a two horse show with Brian Gregg and Matt Liebsch setting the pace. The pair stuck together throughout, including a blistering fourth lap, taking it down to a sprint finish, where Liebsch appears to have dove for the line - and was awarded the victory over Gregg. Thomas Kendrick wrapped up the mens podium. Maggie Pierson and Jenna Ruzich had a close battle for much of the race with Pierson eventually pulling ahead on the final lap for the win, Ruzich second, with Melissa Berman taking third. Andrew Tilman and Marian Delaney collected the classic titles. In the 10K races held in slightly more balmy weather, Jonathan Moreno and Danielle Ungurian topped the freestyle fields, Gene Kay and Emily Borderson won the classic races. Results linked in, photos are up.

World Cup Otepaa Weekend Series
January 17, 2019
The World Cup shifts to Estonia for a pair of classic events in Otepaa. Saturday will be classic sprints, Sunday features a women's 10K and men's 15K classic race. Saturday's sprint heats will begin at 5:55 am CST.
Related:
NBC Sports Gold Snowpass

Weekend Racing
January 16, 2019
Jan 19 Three Rivers Rennet - Marathon tune up racing at Hyland (plus high school race on Friday evening).
Jan 19 Hinder Binder - Racing on the trails at Camp Forest Springs, multiple distances to choose from.
Jan 19 Lapham Loppet - The annual event is a go on the snowmaking loops at Lapham.
Jan 20 Langlauf at St. John's - A chance to race on the fun trail system at St. John's University.
Jan 19-20 Gitchi Gami Games - Weekend JNQ races at the Birkie trailhead.
Check our Racing Outlook for the latest event updates we've received.
Related:
Video: Birkie Start TH
Waxing Recommendations
 

CSS Socks For the Sisters
January 16, 2019
St. Scholastica skiers are running a fundraiser with Saints "For The Sisters" socks. If you place your before the weekend, choose "pick up" and write "Cable JNQ" in the pick-up notes and you can get them at this weekend's JNQ event.

Unconference Championships
January 16, 2019
Conference championships are coming up at the end of January, but some schools are no longer in a specific conference. But don't despair, Mora is hosting 'Unconference Championships' for all those teams -- Tuesday, January 29th at the Vasaloppet Center.

Planning Calendar for 2019-20 Season
January 16, 2019
For events already looking ahead to next season, we've started collecting key dates to help in the planning process.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, RMISA
January 14, 2019
Major collegiate racing action picked up last weekend with races out East (EISA) and West (RMISA). Mary Kozloski has the full report with our usual emphasis on the Midwest skiers.

Racing Outlook
January 14, 2019
Race updates are coming in for this coming weekend -- Cable JNQ registration closes on Tuesday night!

Prince Haakon Registration Closes Thursday Night
January 14, 2019
The Prince Haakon 15K race, part of the Birkie Saturday events, will close up registration this Thursday night, Jan 17th.
Related:
Birkie/Korte/Haakon Race/Wave Changes Deadline Coming Jan 25th

Big Island and Back Update
January 13, 2019
Big Island and Back event is reporting good ice conditions for the upcoming races on Feb 9th. In addition to the ski races and snowshoe races, they've added fat bike races!
Related:
Racing Outlook

ABC Relays Results
January 12, 2019
A very competitive field for the 2019 edition of the ABC Relays at Theodore Wirth Saturday. Mounds Park Academy boys A team topped Forest Lake A and Robbinsdale-Armstrong A, the race for second place separated by a single second. Robbinsdale-Armstrong A girls handily won the girls title with Stillwater A and Andover A rounding out the podium. Top times on the day: Classic - Will Omodt, Robbinsdale-Armstrong and Libby Tuttle, Stillwater; Freestyle - Matt Bourne, MPA and Luci Anderson, Robbinsdale-Armstrong.

Seeley Hills Classic Coverage
January 12, 2019
Over 400 skiers hit the trails from the Birkie start area on Saturday morning for the Seeley Hills Classic races. Brian Gregg and Matt Liebsch forwent kick wax to double pole the entire 30K course, with Gregg winning by a little over two minutes, Liebsch second and Andy Brown finishing third as the first strider. Vivian Hett captured the women's classic crown with older sister Erica Wagner second and Bonnie Weiskopf third. In the 15K, one lap, race, McEwan Rodefeld took the victory with Rose Doda topping the women's field. Results linked in, along with a number of photosets.

SISU Ski Fest Results
January 12, 2019
In perfect conditions Saturday morning at the SISU Ski Fest, a number of races came down to close finishes. In the 31K freestyle, Adam Swank beat out Joel LaFrance by 2 seconds for the victory with Olympian John Bauer third just 3 seconds back. The womens division came down to a photo finish with Marit Sonnesyn getting nod over Kristen Monahan. Mary Beth Tuttle was third. Hunter Dercks won the 31K classic race with Delaney FitzPatrick beating Kate Kellis by a single second for the women's title. In the 15K races, Andy Liebner and Anna Kubek were the champions of freestyle, while David Andresen won the 15K classic with Nina Chosy the top woman.
Related:
Press Release: SISU '19: Record Turnout!

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 2
January 10, 2019
With some big events in the books, we take another crack at the Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Rankings. Mara McCollor and Alex Nemeth continue to top the field, but the St. Cloud Cathedral-Sartell boys move to number one team alongside the Stillwater girls.

Weekend Racing
January 9, 2019
Some of the most popular events of the season are on tap this weekend...
Jan 12 Seeley Hills Classic - One of the premiere classic races, this season moved to the Birkie start area.
Jan 12 SISU Ski Fest - Ironwood welcomes a record crowd and perfect snow conditions for the seasons first marathon event.
Jan 12 ABC Relays - One of the longer running high school meets, held at Theodore Wirth.
Check out our Racing Outlook for the latest event updates we've received.
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Price Hike: Birkie Tour Prices Go Up on Friday!

World Cup Dresden Weekend Series
January 9, 2019
A brief rest after the epic Tour de Ski, the World Cup picks up again this weekend with sprint racing on the streets of Dresden, Germany! Saturday will feature freestyle sprints, Sunday is freestyle team sprints -- the same event Diggins and Kikkan took gold in at the Olympics. Saturday's sprint heats begin at 6:20 am CST, Sunday a little earlier: 5:45 am.
Related:
NBC Sports Gold Snowpass
World Cup Dresden Website
Promo Video

NNF: World Junior, U23 and U18 Championship Teams Announced
January 9, 2019
The competition teams for the World Juniors/U23 World Championships, as well as the Nordic Junior Competition (U18 Nations) have been announced. The Midwest will have Ian Torchia and Daniel Streinz from NMU along with Alayna Sonnesyn from SMS T2 competing at the U23 Championships while Mara McCollor of Mpls Ski Club will race in the World Junior Championships. Both events are being held in Lahti, Finland in late January.

US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Recap
January 8, 2019
US Nationals concluded on Tuesday with freestyle sprint races at Craftsbury, VT. Ben Saxton scored his second US Nationals sprint title in a tight race with Logan Hanneman, with Zak Ketterson finishing 6th. Julia Kern won the women's title, Alayna Sonnesyn the top Midwest skier making it to the semi-finals. Mary Kozloski as a full recap on the races and highlights all the Midwest skiers that made their way onto the international competition teams! Plus photos from Linda Kerker.

Racing Outlook
January 7, 2019
With the warm weather, there are some changes including Seeley Hills moving to Birkie start and the cancellation of Snekkevik race.
Related:
Boulder Lake Race Demise

US Nationals: Freestyle Distance Recap
January 6, 2019
Another snowy day at US Nationals as athletes competed in the freestyle distance events on Sunday. Midwest skiers made the podium again, with Rosie Frankowski and Kyle Bratrud finishing in second place in their senior distance races. The Midwest had a very strong day and Mary Kozloski has the complete recap, and checkout photos from Linda Kerker and Jackie Schneider.

Pre-Loppet Coverage
January 6, 2019
Fast conditions Sunday morning for the Pre-Loppet ski races at Theodore Wirth. In the men's 17K race, a lead pack of four went down to the finish with Matt Liebsch pulling away for the victory, Alex Reich taking second and Joel LaFrance claiming the final podium spot. Caroline Brisbois led out the women's field, taking the victory by over two minutes. Daisy Richmond and Stephanie Balas finished second and third. The fat bike race turned into a two-man duel between Steve Marshall and Joel LaFrance (fresh off his ski race), with LaFrance finessing his way to the win in the final kilometers of the race. Tom Puzak was third. Pam Nielsen won the women's division by over five minutes with Risa Hustad and Laura Bednarski earning second and third places. Results linked in, along with photos from the ski race (partial) and fat bike race (full).

Tour de Ski: Stage 7 Freestyle Hillclimb
January 6, 2019
The Tour de Ski series wrapped up Sunday with the epic hillclimb event at Val di Fiemme, Italy. Norway's Ingvild Oestberg delivered a stellar finish to take the stage and overall title. Natalia Nepryaeva, Russia, held off a hard charging Krista Parmakoski, Finland, to round out the podium. Jessie Diggins finished 6th. In the mens race, Johannes Klaebo, Norway, was pressed by Russian Sergey Ustiugov but crossed the line in first to take the overall Tour de Ski title. Norway's Simen Krueger finished strong, moving onto the podium in third. American Ben Lustgarten completed the series in 42nd.
Related:
Fischer: Ostberg and Klaebo win the Tour de Ski
Results: Stage 7 Freestyle Hillclimb
US Ski Team: Diggins Digs Deep to Finish Sixth in Tour de Ski

First Chance Race Coverage
January 5, 2019
The Vasaloppet crew celebrated the first weekend of racing in January on Saturday morning with the First Chance Race. Over 100 skiers turned out, racing in 5K and 15K divisions. Matt Liebsch peeled off the front of the 15K field to solo in for the victory, Andy Schakel the best of the rest with Zach Nelson third. Lindsey Kastelle took the women's title, with Caitlin O'Donnell second followed closely by Maria Schilling. In the 5K race, winners were Nathaniel Johnson and Alicia Nelson. Results linked in, along with photosets.
Related:
River View Loppet Results

Mesabi East Invite Results
January 5, 2019
Over 875 skiers hit the trails at Giants Ridge on Saturday for the annual Mesabi East Invite. While some of the best regional juniors are competing at US Nationals, there was still plenty of stars shining in the competitive field. Mora's Copper Lennox won the boys 5K classic, Celeste Alden, St. Paul Highland Park was the girls 5K classic champion, for the morning races. In the afternoon, Garrett Beckrich, Grand Rapids, fresh off USBA Trials, took the boys 5K freestyle by over a minute, while Molly Moening made it a title sweep for the St. Paul Highland Park girls with her victory in the 5K freestyle. Forest Lake boys and St. Paul Highland Park girls won the team titles.
Related:
Loppet Invite Results
Hodag Challenge Results

Tour de Ski: Stage 6 Classic Distance
January 5, 2019
The Tour de Ski moved to Italy for the final stages this weekend, beginning with classic distance races on Saturday. Norway's duo of Ingvild Oestberg and Johannes Klaebo showed why they are leading overall, both taking victories in strong fashion. Russians again filled out the podium as Natalia Nepryaeva and Anastasia Sedova went 2-3 for the women's 10K and 3-6 places in the mens race, with only Italian Francesco De Fabiani breaking up the block taking second place in the 15K event. Jessie Diggins was 7th on the day, moving to sixth overall. Diggins is less than 60 seconds off the podium with the final event on Sunday being the torturous hill climb.
Related:
Results: Stage 6 Classic Distance
US Ski Team: Diggins Sixth in Tour de Ski With One Stage Remaining

US Nationals: Classic Sprints Recap
January 4, 2019
The second day of US Nationals in Craftsbury, VT, featured classic sprint events. Minnesota native Ben Saxton scored the US National title for the men, finishing second in the finals to Canadian Julien Locke. Zak Ketterson of NMU also reached the mens final. Alayna Sonnesyn was the top Midwest skier advancing to the semi-finals before exiting. World Cup veteran Ida Sargent took the womens title. Mary Kozloski has a full recap including some interviews, and there is a limited set of photos from Linda Kerker.
Related:
Photos and Results
US Ski Team: Sargent, Saxton Win U.S. Classic Sprint Titles

USBA Names International Teams
January 4, 2019
On the 27th of Dec through the 31st USBA held the team Trials for the US International teams at Soldier Hollow, Utah. A large number of Midwest skiers made the teams that will be competing internationally later this winter.

US Nationals: Classic Distance Recap
January 3, 2019
US Nationals fired up on Thursday with classic distance races out in Craftsbury, Vermont. The Midwest was well represented in the mens 15K as Kyle Bratrud added another national title to his resume, this time in classic technique, while Adam Martin finished second. Alayna Sonnesyn was the top Midwest representative in the women's 10K, taking 12th. In the junior divisions, podiums were earned by Mara McCollor (3rd FU20), Zak Ketterson (1st MU23) and Ian Torchia (3rd MU23). Mary Kozloski has a full recap including interviews with a number of Midwest skiers. And be sure to check out the great photos from Jackie Schneider and Linda Kerker.
Related:
US Ski Team: Bratrud, Patterson Win Classic Titles at L.L.Bean U.S Cross Country Championships
Photos and Results

Tour de Ski: Stage 5 Freestyle Pursuit
January 3, 2019
Markedly different conditions on Thursday for the Tour de Ski in Oberstdorf, Germany, as skiers experienced firm packed skate conditions for the pursuit races. Ingvild Oestberg, Norway, lead out the field and held off all challengers to take the women's 10K victory with Natalia Nepryaev, Russia, remaining in second place followed by Jessie Diggins, who moved up from fourth and posted one of the fastest times on the day. In the men's 15K pursuit, Johannes Klaebo, Norway, was quickly caught by Russian Sergey Ustiugov and the pair then skied together, taking the race down to a sprint finish which Klaebo easily won. Alexander Bolshunov, Russia, was third. With Diggins placement today, she moves up to third place in the overall Tour de Ski standings. Skiers have a rest day on Friday before the big wrap up this weekend, including the infamous hill climb, in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Related:
Results: Stage 5 Freestyle Pursuit
US Ski Team: Diggins Climbs To Third Overall Through Five Tour de Ski Stages

Tour de Ski: Stage 4 Classic Distance
January 2, 2019
A tough day of racing for many athletes Wednesday at the Tour de Ski classic distance races in Oberstdorf, Germany, as fresh snowfall, at times heavy, played havoc with the kick waxing. Norway appeared to win the day on equipment/wax selection as Ingvild Oestberg won the women's 10K race in a tight finish over Russians Natalia Nepryaeva and Anastasia Sedova. Jessie Diggins fought through the difficult conditions to finish 11th, dropping back to 4th in the overall Tour de Ski standings. Norway's Emil Iversen took the men's 15K, besting Italy's Francesco De Fabiani and Sergey Ustiugov of Russia. Ben Lustgarten was the sole America male still in the series, finishing 57th today. Thursday will feature freestyle distance races with pursuit starts.
Related:
Results: Stage 4 Classic Distance
US Ski Team: Icing Skis Knock Diggins Out of Tour de Ski Lead

US Nationals Primer
January 1, 2019
US Nationals kicks off on Thursday in Craftsbury, Vermont! We've posted a brief primer the event including resources to help you track your favorite skiers.

Web Roundup
January 1, 2019
Finding Happy - Jessie Diggins latest blog has insight into dealing with pressure and the down times.
Ski Camp - A video recap from the 2018 Marshall Holiday Ski Camp.
Case for Cold - NPR revisits claims that exposure to cold weather can help make people healthier.
Beyond 90 - New research into living beyond 90 including the finding that moderate consumption of alcohol or coffee was a positive factor.
Unbreakable - Writer takes on Jessie Diggins summer workouts and explores what makes her such a dominant athlete.

Price Hike: City of Lakes Loppet
January 1, 2019
The City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival will run Jan 31st thru Feb 3rd this year with all the major events centered around the new Trailhead building. The next price hike is Jan 4th so register by end of Thursday to save a little cash.
Related:
Racing Outlook
Kortelopet Registration Closes Thursday Night!

Tour de Ski: Stage 3 Freestyle Sprints
January 1, 2019
A spectacular day of racing in Switzerland on Tuesday for stage 3 of the Tour de Ski as athletes competed on a technical freestyle sprint course. The US women continued to shine brightly on the world stage, with Jessie Diggins and Sophie Caldwell sprinting against each other for the final podium spots behind Swedish star Stina Nilsson with Caldwell getting second in an extremely close photo finish. And most incredible of all, Diggins takes over as the womens leader of the Tour de Ski! In the mens final, Norway's Johannes Klaebo dominated the event, with Italy's Federico Pellegrino taking second followed by Russian Sergey Ustiugov. The Tour de Ski now moves to Germany for mass start classic races on Wednesday morning (5 am and 7 am CST).
Related:
Results: Stage 3 Freestyle Sprints
US Ski Team: Caldwell, Diggins 2-3 In Val Mustair Sprint

Racing Outlook
December 30, 2018
An early appearance for the Racing Outlook as the Elm Creek series on Wednesday will feature their annual Fulton Brewery sponsored event.

Tour de Ski: Stage 2 Freestyle Distance
December 30, 2018
Racing again at Toblach, Italy, the Tour de Ski participants competed in 10K and 15K freestyle events on Sunday. Jessie Diggins skied to a 6th place finish in the womens 10K event, which earned her second place in the overall Tour de Ski standings. Russian Natalia Nepryaeva was the victor with Norway's Ingvild Oestberg just 0.3 seconds back followed by another Russian, Anastasia Sedova. In the mens 15K race, a very similar performance from the Russians as veteran Sergey Ustiugov takes the win, Norway's Simen Krueger second, and Alexander Bolshunov third. Simeon Hamilton was the top US male finisher at 55th place. Racing action picks up on Jan 1st in Val Mustair, Switzerland, with freestyle sprints.
Related:
Results: Stage 2 Freestyle Distance
US Ski Team: Diggins Moves Up To Second Overall In Tour de Ski

Double Pole Derby Coverage
December 29, 2018
Great conditions Saturday for the Double Pole Derby races at the Birkie Trailhead. Temperatures were in the low double digits and the fresh snow mixed with some man-made generated fast conditions. In the girls high school race, Emma Albrecht, Stillwater, stole the show, taking off from the start and soloing in for the victory. The high school boys race saw a battle between Eli Gore, Madison, Nick Niemi, Ironwood, with Gore eventually pulled ahead for the victory. In the afternoon citizen race, a lead pack of 6-8 skiers held for much of the race between Chris Hecker and Sam Olson broke away, Olson, taking the final sprint with high school star Eli Gore taking third. Hannah Bettendorf topped the women's field with Hanna Dahlberg second and Kelly Skillicorn collecting third. Results linked in, photos posted.
Related:
Double Pole Derby Invite Coverage (high school)

Tour de Ski: Stage 1 Freestyle Sprints
December 29, 2018
The massive Tour de Ski event kicked off on Saturday in Toblach, Italy with freestyle sprints. The US women had a stellar day, advancing Sadie Bjornsen, Jessie Diggins to the finals and Sophie Caldwell just getting edged out in the semis. Bjornsen was in contention in the final right up to the final straight away, but it was Diggins moving up to take third behind Sweden's Stina Nilsson and Ida Ingemarsdotter, 1-2. Kevin Bolger and Simi Hamilton qualified for the quarterfinals, Hamilton suffering an unfortunate fall to end his chances. Norway's Johannes Klaebo took the mens final with France's Richard Jouve and Lucas Chanavat rounding out the podium. The Tour continues on Sunday with freestyle distance races.
Related:
Results: Stage 1 Freestyle Sprints
US Ski Team: Diggins Third in Sprint to Open Tour de Ski

World Cup: Tour de Ski
December 26, 2018
The epic Tour de Ski, seven events over nine days, begins this weekend! The first event is Saturday, Dec 29th, with freestyle sprints in Toblach, Italy, with Sunday featuring freestyle distance races. Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen had great races last year, finishing 3rd and 9th respectively. Coverage should be available on NBC Sports Gold (live) and Olympic Channel.
Related:
NBC Sports Gold Snowpass
US Ski Team: Semmering World Cup, Tour de Ski Highlight This Week’s NBC Coverage
US Ski Team: Tour de Ski: 'The Most Exciting Week of The Entire Season'

Weekend Racing
December 26, 2018
Dec 29 Double Pole Derby - High school and citizen races at the Birkie start area -- man-made snow based, most likely fresh snow as well!
Dec 28-30 Tuscobia Winter Ultramarathon - 80 or 160 mile bike, ski or run on the Tuscobia State Trail.
Check our Racing Outlook for the latest race updates.
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Waxing Recommendations
 

US Nationals Streaming Coverage
December 25, 2018
US Nationals begins Thursday, January 3rd, at Craftsbury Center in Vermont. All of the events will be streamed live, as well as available for replay, although the coverage is fee based this season. There are packages for a live event up to all events and replays.

Madison JNQ Weekend Results
December 23, 2018
The Madison JNQ weekend wrapped up Sunday with classical sprints. Some of the top performances of the weekend: Luci Anderson, FU20, 1st skate, 2nd classic; Mara McCollor, FU20, 3rd skate, 1st classic; Jackson Adler, MU20, 2nd skate, 3rd classic; Caden Albrecht, MU16, 2nd skate, 2nd classic; Victor Sparks, MU16, 3rd skate, 1st classic; Sudie Hall, FU16, 2nd skate, 2nd classic; Mia Case, FU16, 1st skate, 3rd classic.

Winter Warm Up Coverage
December 22, 2018
Surprisingly soft conditions Saturday morning for Winter Warm Up races at Elm Creek as a crowd of over 200 participated in the 10K and 5K freestyle races. In the 10K race, the mens field quickly developed into a lead back of four: Thomas O'Harra, Brian Gregg, Matt Liebsch and Jakob Ellingson. The pack held together until final lap when at the donut Brian Gregg pulled ahead to take the victory, O'Harra second, Liebsch third. Alayna Sonnesyn dominated the women's field, going solo for the win with Michaela Keller-Miller moving ahead of Margie Freed to wrap up second and third places. In the 5K race, the Kraftson family swept the titles with Adrik and Rana collecting the mens and womens titles. Results posted, photos are up now.
Related:
Madison JNQ Results

WSNL Votes to Move to Great Lakes Division
December 21, 2018
The Wisconsin Nordic Ski League announced on Friday evening that based on a recent survey of the coaches, they have voted to move Wisconsin out of the Midwest junior division and into the Great Lakes division, starting next season (pending approval).

Weekend Racing
December 19, 2018
Dec 22 Winter Warm Up - 5K and 10K freestyle races with divisions for high school as well, at Elm Creek.
Dec 22-23 Madison JNQ - Junior sprints over two days on snowmaking loop at Elver Park.
Check the Racing Outlook for the latest event updates.
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Birkie Registration Closing Thursday Night
December 19, 2018
If you still have dreams of racing in this year's American Birkebeiner ski race, you'll need to act quickly. Registration is closing Thursday night!

Loppet Trail Kids Race Series Starts Thursday
December 18, 2018
The Loppet Foundation Trail Kids race series starts this Thursday evening, Dec 20th at the new Trailhead building. The four race series features a different format each race -- the opening event is a skate race.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 1
December 17, 2018
Our first round of in-season rankings is out! The Houghton JNQ races play a major factor in shuffling the individual rankings. Alex Nemeth, St. Cloud Cathedral-Sartell, takes the top boys ranking as Mara McCollor, Wayzata, solidifies her number one girls position. Stillwater continues as the top ranked teams.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, Alaska
December 17, 2018
Mary Kozloski recaps the weekend of collegiate racing with action from the Houghton races, as well as Midwesterners competing in the Alaskan Besh Cup series.

Racing Outlook
December 17, 2018
Racing Outlook fires up with updates on the weekend events, including cancellation of the Skinny Santa race.

World Cup Junior Racing Opportunity
December 16, 2018
Juniors, ever dreamed of racing at a World Cup event? The Quebec World Cup will offer a special Rising Stars juniors race on March 23, 2019 featuring a 10K classic mass start race (separate mens and womens events)! The race has a limited field with registration opening on morning of January 15th.
Related:
Korte Elite Wave Placement for Juniors

Houghton JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Coverage
December 16, 2018
Sunday on the trails at Michigan Tech skiers competed in mass start freestyle race for the Houghton JNQ/CCSA. Both mens and womens races came right down to the wire. In the women's 10K, Sarah Goble, MTU, outsprinted NMU's Nicole Schneider for the victory with Julie Ensrud, NMU, third. Mara McCollor was again the top non-collegiate junior, finishing 5th. The men's race saw NMU's Zak Ketterson best teammate Ian Torcia for the win with another NMU skier, Mathias Aas Rolid finishing third. Alex Nemeth was the top junior again on Sunday, taking 10th overall. Results linked in, photos featured from Jackie Schneider and Chris Schmidt.

World Cup Davos: Freestyle Distance
December 16, 2018
Period 1 of the World Cup wrapped up on Sunday with freestyle distance races at Davos, Switzerland. Norway's Therese Johaug continued her unbeaten streak, taking the victory in front of teammate Ingvild Oestberg with Finland's Krista Parmakoski third. Jessie Diggins notched a top five finishing 5th and Rosie Brennan pulled out another career best in 6th. Russian Evgenly Belov won the mens 15K with France's legend Maurice Magnificat second and Norway's Martin Sundby third. The best US mens performance was David Norris at 61st.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Distance
US Ski Team: Diggins Fifth, Brennan Posts Career-Best Sixth In Davos

Maplelag Invite Coverage
December 15, 2018
Jay Richards reports: St Paul Highland Park was host to the Natural Snow Season Opener 4.1km skate race under sunny skies and balmy conditions on the Maplelag trails this morning that included skiers from Chaska/Chan, Fergus Falls, Richfield and Brainerd. St Paul Highland Park swept both the individual and team titles with individual honors going to Nathaniel Alden in the boys race who edged out Nick Scheller from Chaska by one second. Anna Schmidt won the girls race, leading St Paul Highland Park to a top five sweep of the girls varsity.

Houghton JNQ/CCSA Classic Coverage
December 15, 2018
The Junior National Qualifier season kicked off on Saturday with classic races on the trails at Michigan Tech Univ in Houghton. The event also marked the first official collegiate (CCSA) race of the season. Number one ranked high school skier Mara McCollor put in a devasting race, taking the overall womens 5K title by 18 seconds. MTU's Sarah Goble was second followed by Nicole Schneider in third. The men's 10K was a close battle with NMU taking the top five, Kjetil Baanerud first, Zak Ketterson second and Ian Torchia third. Alex Nemeth posted the top junior time, finishing 13th overall. Results linked in, photos from Jackie Schneider and Chris Schmidt posted.

Hoigaards Relays Coverage
December 15, 2018
Nice weather on Saturday morning as temperatures were in the 20s and the sun was out for the Hoigaards Relays at Elm Creek. Jason Dalebroux summarizes: Masters Men was a close one, with Matt Liebsch / Joel LaFrance edging out Paul Olson / Alex Reich by a few seconds. Masters Women was another close race, the youngsters Lisa Garretson / Emily Muelner edging out the "oldsters" Laura Cattaneo / Heather Cichanowski by a few seconds as well. Masters Mixed was highly competitive, with some stiff competition. Spencer Ware-Joncas / Daisy Richmond with the win, and they were not far behind the Men's podium finishers! Juniors raced on a shorter loop, Boys title taken by Joey Quick / Dan Lee. Girls narrowly won by the threesome of Zoe Camp / Ava Cole / Katy Scott. Mixed title went to another threesome of William Minnich / Kate Dwyer / Lily Richmond.

World Cup Davos: Freestyle Sprints
December 15, 2018
The World Cup traveled to Switzerland this weekend for racing action at Davos. Saturday featured freestyle sprints and results showcased many skiers returning to form. Sophie Caldwell had an incredible comeback day, qualifying first and taking all her heats, and eventually battling Sweden's Stina Nilsson for the women's title, finishing second overall! Stina's teammate Maja Dahlqvist was third. Jessie Diggins, Sadie Bjornsen, Ida Sargent and Rosie Brennan all qualified for the sprint heats as well! Simi Hamilton led the US men's squad, advancing to the men's semifinals before dropping out. Wisconsin native Kevin Bolger just missed the heats, qualifying 31st. Sunday's events are freestyle distance races.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints
US Ski Team: Caldwell Second In Davos Sprint
Fischer: Nilsson and Klæbo win Davos free sprint

World Cup Davos Weekend Series
December 13, 2018
The World Cup moves to Switzerland this weekend for two events at the ski resort of Davos. Saturday will feature freestyle sprints, Sunday is 10K womens and 15K mens freestyle races. Live coverage on NBC Sports Gold (snowpass) and Olympic Channel website, with broadcast replays on Olympic Channel later in the day. Times: Saturday sprint heats at 6:30 am CST, Sunday womens 10K at 2:30 am, mens 15K at 4:30 am.
Related:
US Ski Team: 12 Americans Ready For Davos Sprint, Distance Weekend
Davos Nordic Website

Weekend Racing
December 12, 2018
Racing action is underway!
Dec 15 Hoigaards Relays - Team sprint format races for masters and juniors at Elm Creek.
Dec 15-16 Houghton JNQ/CCSA - Weekend double-header of junior and collegiate racing at Michigan Tech.
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Mesabi East Invite Information
December 11, 2018
Details on the 2019 Mesabi East Invitational have been posted. Mesabi is the biggest single day high school meet in the nation! Registration deadline is Dec 31st.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, RMISA
December 10, 2018
Mary Kozloski is back for another season, bringing us racing recaps from the collegiate scene across the US with emphasis on the Midwest skiers. Kozloski kicks off the coverage with recaps of the CCSA races last weekend as well as early racing action up in Alaska.

World Cup Beitostølen: Relays
December 9, 2018
The first big relay race of the World Cup season resulted in a sweep by the Norwegians as they took both the women's and men's titles on Sunday in Beitostolen, Norway. Sadie Bjornsen provided some major excitement leading off for the US as she led or was in second place throughout her leg but Norway's Therese Johaug broke things open in the second leg and Norway never looked back in taking the victory, Russia second, Finland third. Jessie Diggins pulled out a 5th place finish for the US women's team. Erik Bjornsen also started the US squad off well in the men's relay, handing off in 4th place and just 17 seconds off the podium. Norway and Russia would battle for the overall led with Russia going much of the pacing before a sprint finish, won by Norway's Finn Haagen Krough. Norway's second relay team took third place.
Related:
Results: Relays
US Ski Team: U.S. Women Fifth In Beitostolen Relay

CCSA: UP Opener Classic Coverage
December 9, 2018
The format switched to classic on Sunday for the UP Opener but the results were the same -- Zak Ketterson, NMU, and Sarah Goble, MTU, repeated as champions. Ketterson's victory was over a minute ahead of teammate Mathias Rolid with Kjetil Baanerud third as NMU men took the first five places. Goble's winning margin was much smaller, less than four seconds ahead of Nadine Matter, NMU, with Sarah Bezdicek, NMU, in third. Results linked in, along with photos from Jackie Schneider of the men's race.

CCSA: UP Opener Freestyle Coverage
December 8, 2018
The Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) season got underway on Saturday with freestyle races at Al Quaal in Ispeming, MI. Michigan Tech's Sarah Goble captured the first win of the season in the women's 5K with Northern Michigan's Nicole Schneider and Sarah Bezdicek taking second and third. Zak Ketterson showed strong early season form in posting the only sub-25 minute time in the men's 10K. MTU's Gaspard Cuenot was second with Kjetil Baanerud, NMU, third. Results linked in, photos from Jackie Schneider posted!

World Cup Beitostølen: Freestyle Distance
December 8, 2018
With fresh snow falling, World Cup skiers battled in out in women's 15K and men's 30K freestyle races on Saturday morning in Beitostolen, Norway. Once again, Norwegian Therese Johaug dominated the field, winning by over a minute in front of Sweden's Charolette Kalla with Ingvild Oestberg third. Jessie Diggins led the US squad in 8th with Sadie Bjornsen 13th and Rosie Brennan 15th. Likewise in the men's field, Norway's Sjur Roethe collected another victory with teammate Martin Sundby second, and Russian Andrey Melnichenko third. A tough day for the US mens squad as Scott Patterson posted the top time in 47th place.
Related:
Results: World Cup Beitostølen 15K, 30K Freestyle
US Ski Team: Diggins Eighth in Beitostolen 15k

Elm Creek Series Kicks Off
December 5, 2018
The citizen racing season kicked off Wednesday evening with the start of the Elm Creek series. Dennis Curran and high school star Libby Tuttle took the freestyle 5K races with Tuttle repeating again in the 5K classic and only bested overall by Ben Mullin.

World Cup Beitostølen Weekend Series
December 5, 2018
The World Cup stays in Norway this week for another pair of weekend races, this time in the village of Beitostølen. The format on Saturday is 15K womens and 30K mens individual freestyle races, and then Sunday is the popular relays races (two legs classic, two legs freestyle). Live streaming on NBC Sports GOld Snowpass as well as Olympic Channel broadcast is scheduled, times Saturday are womens 15K freestyle 2:30 am CST, mens 30K freestyle 5:15 am CST; Sunday womens relay at 3:30 am CST, mens relay 6:30 CST.
Related:
NBC Sports Gold Snowpass
World Cup Beitostølen Website

Weekend Racing
December 5, 2018
The racing season gets underway this weekend with a pair of collegiate races in Ishpeming, at Al Quaal Recreation Area. Most of the Midwest collegiate teams are expected to compete in freestyle races Saturday and classic races on Sunday.
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Midwest Junior Trip Staffing Announced
December 5, 2018
The Midwest region coaching and support staff for Junior Nationals, the U16 Championships, and the Canadian Nationals has been announced. Julia Curry, head coach, and Chris Harvey, trip leader, will drive the Junior National squad, Bjorn Hanson directs the U16 Championships team, and Bruce Manske will be in charge of the Canadian Nationals trip.

TCNSC Meet Results
December 4, 2018
Highland Park coach Brad Moening reports: The Twin Cities Nordic Ski Conference kicked off their season Tuesday with a 3.1K freestyle race at Wirth Park. Charlie Reinhardt of Mound Westonka won the boy's race in a time of 7:33. Molly Moening of Highland Park won the girl's race with a time of 8:35. The Highland Boys and Girls won the team races.

MInnesota High School Preseason Nordic Skiing Rankings
December 2, 2018
Some of the first high school races will happen this week, so it's time for our first crack on the Minnesota high school Nordic Skiing rankings! Not surprisingly, returning State champions Mara McCollor, Wayzata, and Garrett Beckrich, Grand Rapids, are the favorites, with perennial favorite Stillwater topping both the girls and boys team rankings.

CCSA Season Preview
December 2, 2018
The Central Collegiate Ski Association (CSSA) begins their 2018-19 racing season this weekend! Mary Kozloski has an in-depth look at the coaches and skiers for all the teams in the CCSA.

World Cup Lillehammer: Classic Pursuit
December 2, 2018
The three day World Cup series in Lillehammer, Norway, wrapped up Sunday with classic pursuit format races. Norway's Therese Johaug quickly overcame her two second deficit to Sweden's Charlotte Kalla and went on to take yet another victory. Sweden's Ebba Andersson moved up to second place with Norway's Ingvild Oestberg collected third. The US woman notched three in the top 15: Sadie Bjornsen 10th, Jessie Diggins 13th and Rosie Brennan 15th. Norway swept the men's podium as Didrik Toenseth and Sjur Roethe finished 1-2 in a close race with Emil Iversen third. Erik Bjornsen had the top performance for the US men in 32nd.
Related:
Results: Classic Pursuit
US Ski Team: Bjornsen's Lead U.S. In Lillehammer Triple
Fischer: Johaug and Tønseth win Lilllehammer Triple

World Cup Lillehammer: Freestyle Distance
December 1, 2018
Second day of competition at the Lillehammer World Cup stop, Saturday featuring interval start freestyle distance races. Norway's Therese Johaug won her second distance race of the World Cup season, taking the women's 10K just nine seconds ahead of rising Swedish star, Ebba Andersson. Veteran Swede Charlotte Kalla rounded out the women's podium. The US women had a strong showing with three skiers in the top 12: Sadie Bjornsen 9th, Rosie Brennan 11th, and Jessie Diggins 12th. Norway flooded the men's leaderboard placing six in the top 10 with Sjur Roethe first, Didrik Toenseth second and Russian Denis Spitsov third. Erik Bjornsen lead the way for the US men in 43rd place. Sunday will wrap up competition with an exciting classic pursuit format.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Distance
US Ski Team: Bjornsen Leads U.S Team as Brennan Posts Career-Best

World Cup Lillehammer: Freestyle Sprints
November 30, 2018
The three day World Cup series in Lillehammer, Norway, started Friday with freestyle sprint races on a rather warm, wet and dirty course. Sadie Bjornsen continued her strong season start, skiing smartly through the heats and moving up at the right moment to take third place and a podium spot in the women's final! Jessie Diggins and Rosie Brennan both qualified for the heats but were edged out in the quarterfinals. Simi Hamilton was the lone US mens representative in the sprint heats, dropping out in the quarterfinals. Saturday's events will be mass start freestyle distance races.
Related:
Results: Freestyle Sprints
US Ski Team: Bjornsen Earns First U.S. Podium In Lillehammer Sprint

Loppet Foundation: World Cup Viewing Parties
November 29, 2018
The Loppet Foundation will be hosting World Cup viewing parties at the Trailhead, beginning this weekend! Come down Friday morning to watch the freestyle sprint action from Lillehammer, and this Saturday and Sunday mornings for freestyle and classic distance races. Cheer on Jessie and the rest of the US squad as they go up against the world!

World Cup Lillehammer Weekend Series
November 28, 2018
The World Cup ramps up this weekend with a three day event in Lillehammer, Norway. Friday are freestyle sprint races, Saturday freestyle individual start races, concluding Sunday with classic pursuit start races. A number of Midwest skiers will be competing including Ben Saxton, Kevin Bolger, Adam Martin and of course, Jessie Diggins. Live coverage will be available on the Olympic Channel and on NBC Sports Gold via their Snowpass subscription. Live race times (CST): Friday 5 am sprint heats; Saturday 3:30 am womens 10K skate, 5:15 am mens 15K skate; Sunday 3:15 am womens 10K classic pursuit, 4:45 am mens 15K classic pursuit.
Note: The Loppet Foundation will be hosting viewing parties at the Trailhead this weekend, including early Friday morning!
Related:
NBC Sports Gold Snowpass
World Cup Lillehammer Website
Biathlon: Live World Cup Coverage this Weekend

SuperTour: West Yellowstone Weekend
November 28, 2018
The SuperTour series starts this weekend with races in West Yellowstone, MT. Saturday, Dec 1st, is freestyle sprints, Sunday, Dec 2nd, is 10K and 15K interval start freestyle races. CXC will be offering free livestreaming this weekend: sprint heats 12:45 pm Saturday; freestyle races starting at 11 am Sunday.
Related:
Super Tour West Yellowstone Website

Price Hikes: End of Month Jumpers
November 27, 2018
There are a number of critical price hikes coming up around the end of the month:
City of Lakes Loppet Festival - Price jumps Friday, Nov 30th
Birkie Tour - Price jumps Friday, Nov 30th
Sisu Ski Fest - Price jumps Saturday, Dec 1st
Seeley Hills Classic - Price jumps Saturday, Dec 1st

Lilydale Rollerski Time Trial Results
November 27, 2018
Kicking off some high school racing action on Tuesday (albeit rollerskiing), Highland Park and Henry Sibley posted the first results of the season (and hopefully some snow karma). Cole Johnson, HP, and Anna Schmidt, HP, posted the time times.

Vasaloppet Cyber Monday Special
November 25, 2018
Vasaloppet USA is offering a special one day discount as part of Cyber Monday -- save 15% off your registration with the discount code CyberVasa! Good only Monday, Nov 26th!

Sisu Ski Fest Celebrates 10th Anniversary
November 25, 2018
The Sisu Ski Fest, set for January 12th in Ironwood, MI, will celebrate their 10th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration there will be a party at the historic Ironwood Theatre Saturday night with live music. Next price hike comes Dec 1st so register today!

World Cup Ruka: Classic 10K, 15K
November 25, 2018
The World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland, wrapped up on Sunday with individual start classic races. Norway's Therese Johaug returned from her 18 month suspension and immediately resumed her position at the top of the podium, taking first in the women's 10K by 22 seconds over Sweden's Charlotte Kalla with Ebba Andersson, Sweden, third. Sadie Bjornsen led the way for the US taking 8th, Jessie Diggins was 14th. In the men's 15K, Alexander Bolshunov completed the weekend sweep in first, Emil Iversen, Norway, second and Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson third. Erik Bjornsen was the top American in the race, taking 31st place. The World Cup moves to Lillehammer, Norway, for racing action next weekend.
Related:
Results: Classic 10K, 15K
US Ski Team: Bjornsen Leads U.S. in Ruka Distance
Fischer: Therese Johaug wins first World Cup after her comeback

World Cup Ruka: Classic Sprints
November 24, 2018
The World Cup season got underway Saturday with classic sprint races in Ruka, Finland. The US squad advanced three women into the sprint heats: Sadie Bjornsen, Sophie Caldwell and Ida Sargent. Bjornsen made it into the semi-finals before dropping out. The womens race was a close one with Sweden's Stina Nilsson tripping herself in the final corner, allowing Russian Yulia Belorukova to take the win ahead of two other Swede contenders. Norwegian superstar Johannes Klaebo appeared to have miscalculated the finish as Russian Alexander Bolshuov pulled ahead at the line to take the victory, Klaebo second, and teammate Eirik Branssdal third. Sunday will feature interval start classic races.
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Results: Classic Sprints

World Cup Ruka Weekend Series
November 21, 2018
The World Cup series kicks off this weekend in Ruka, Finland. Saturday will feature classic sprint races, Sunday is 10K womens and 15K mens classic races. The tentative list of starters for the weekend includes a number of skiers with Midwest roots: Jessie Diggins, Kevin Bolger and Ben Saxton, with Adam Martin listed as an alternate. Coverage is still up in the air, with conflicting schedules being posted over the past week. NBC Sports Gold Snowpass has promised livestreaming of all World Cup events, but the Ruka series is not currently on their schedule. Published broadcast schedule indicates most events will be on Olympic Channel or NBCSN - with a mix of live and delayed coverage. Race times: Saturday sprint heats at 5:30 am CST; Sunday womens 10K classic at 3:45 am CST, mens 15K classic at 5:30 am CST.
Related:
Broadcast Schedule For 2018-19 World Cup
NBC Sports Gold Snowpass
FIS: Let the FIS Cross-Country World Cup season begin!
FIS: First team selections for Ruka Nordic out now

CXC Announces College Cup Series
November 19, 2018
The CXC College Cup is a newly established race series for college clubs and teams in the Midwest region. It aims at creating a competitive structure for clubs/teams outside of the NCAA circuit.
Related:
CXC Junior Cup Race Series Prepares For Its Second Season

FIS Beitostoelen Weekend Races
November 18, 2018
A few members of the US Ski Team joined the action in one of the opening FIS race series of the season in Beitostoelen, Norway. Starting her 2018-19 campaign with a great results was Sadie Bjornsen who finished on the podium in third place Sunday in the womens 10K freestyle race. Scott Patterson was the top skier for the US, finishing 22nd in the mens 15K skate. The World Cup kicks off this coming weekend in Ruka, Finland.
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Results: Beitostoelen

Elm Creek Series Evolves for 2018-19
November 13, 2018
The Elm Creek series, this year under the direction of RJ Ochmann, has announced a number of changes designed to improve the race experience. Cumulative points series, an optional full series entry, and field size limits are all part of the updates to this venerable series.

US Ski Team: Cross-Country Team Named for 2018-19 Season
November 13, 2018
A 16-member 2018-19 U.S. Cross Country Team was announced Tuesday by U.S. Ski & Snowboard, with a strong focus on the 2019 World Cross Country Championships. The team kicks off the 2018-19 FIS World Cup Cross Country season in Ruka, Finland, Nov. 24-25. The Midwest has strong representation with Jessie Diggins (A team), Kevin Bolger (B team) and Ian Torchia (D team).

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Opening Day Coverage
November 12, 2018
The Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing season officially started on Monday with the opening day of practice. Coaches from around the state sent in photos from their first day of practice -- a number of snow, as excitement for the season was running high!
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Photoset from Brad Moening: Highland Park - 18 photos
Photoset from Craig Stertz: Grand Rapids - 2 photos
Photoset from Dave Johnson: Marshall School - 2 photos
Photoset from Kris Hansen: Stillwater - 6 photos
Photoset from Paula Anderson: Ely - 4 photos
Photoset from Peter Larsen: Mora - 4 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Price Hike: Vasaloppet USA
November 12, 2018
Snow has been falling on the Vasaloppet trails and snowmaking is underway as well. Reserve your spot on the starting line for the Vasaloppet events, and save a little cash by registered before the end of Thursday, Nov 15th!

13th Annual Marshall Holiday Ski Camp
November 12, 2018
Marshall School will hold it's annual Holiday Ski Camp Dec 26-28. The camp is designed for skiers ages 5-12 and offers three afternoons of skiing and fun, supervised by the Marshall Nordic Ski Team Coaching Staff along with instruction from the members of Marshall Nordic Ski Team and Alumni.

Fall Rivet Run Coverage
November 11, 2018
Eve Graves reports: We had record numbers Sunday for the Rivet Run/Walk which is held at Pattison State Park and supports the Nordic trails at the location. Almost 150 were registered and 114 participated. With 4 inches of fresh fluffy snow and temperatures in the 20's participants navigated a new course again due to the flood damage this past summer. Alex Kasperek age 21 won the event with a time of 19:48 and Keri Jensen was the first female with a time of 25:12.
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Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run Fall
Results: Rivet Run Fall

Mora Adds First Chance Race
November 8, 2018
Mora will harness their expanded snowmaking operations to host an opening ski race, First Chance Race, on Saturday, Jan 5th at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center. A ski expo is also planned.
Related:
Full Racing Calendar

CXC Rollerski Cup This Weekend
November 7, 2018
The CXC Rollerski Cup wraps up this weekend with a double header Saturday, Nov 10th, in the Grinding up Granite event at Granite Peak State Park. Both classic and skate rollerski races will be held using stock sets of equipment. Update: The event has been cancelled due to snow!

LNR Presentation on JNQ and Collegiate Racing This Friday
November 6, 2018
LNR Coaches Chris Harvey and Piotr Bednarski will be hosting a presentation on Junior National Qualifying and Collegiate Racing this Friday evening, Nov 9th, at the Trailhead at THeodore Wirth. This presentation is open to all parents and junior skiers.

Biathlon: Six Olympians Headline Opening World Cup Roster
November 6, 2018
Following the completion of the Rollerski Team Trials last week in Soldier Hollow, Utah, U.S. Biathlon has announced the roster for the opening IBU World Cup events in 2018. Midwest athletes make up a significant portion of the roster as veteran Leif Nordgren is joined by Paul Schommer for the opening races at the end of November, and then Deedra Irwin, Jake Brown, and 19 year old Vasek Cervenka will compete in the second Cup event in mid-December.

Up, Up and Away Rollerski Coverage
November 4, 2018
Madison area held their annual Up, Up and Away rollerski race on Saturday morning at Blue Mound State Park. Chris Pappathopoulos held off a field of tough field of juniors to take the classic 10K title, Jack Jones skated to the mens 10K freestyle victory. Mia Case won the womens 10K classic, with Anna Engel posting the womens fastest 10K skate time. The race was part of the new CXC Rollerski Cup which will conclude next weekend with two races at the Grinding Up Granite event. Results and photos posted.
Related:
CXC Rollerski Cup Series

Minnesota State CC Meet Coverage
November 3, 2018
A cool and damp Saturday for the Minnesota High School State Cross-Country Championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The boys AA race was a barn burner with lead changes and eventually a tight four person finish as Roseville's Acer Iverson took the victory followed closely by Andrew Brandt, Wayzata and Maxwell Manley, Edina. Washburn's Emily Covert dominated the girls AA field, leading from start to finish (with a smile), Farmington's Lauren Peterson best of the rest as teammate Anna Fenske was third. Team titles went to the Edina boys and St. Michael/Albertville girls. In the afternoon A races, Geno Uhrbom of Greenway/Nashwauk/Keewatin topped Mora's Cooper Lennox with Perham boys taking the next three spots to secure yet another team title! The Ping sisters of Winona's Cotter High School finished 1-2, Grace and Lauren, for the girls with Morgan Gehl of Murray County Central/Fulda, third. Matching the boys, the Perham girls also took the team title.
Related:
Photoset: Boys AA - 156 photos, Girls AA - 197 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Minnesota State CC Meet

Birkie Warriors Contest Opens
October 31, 2018
Each year the ABSF selects three skiers to portray the original Birkebeiner Warriors and Inga, mother of Prince Haakon. The trio serves as Birkie Ambassadors throughout event week and skis the 55K Birkebeiner classic from Cable to Hayward on traditional wooden skis and in full period costume. Submit your application today!

Biathlon: World Cup Coming to Soldier Hollow
October 29, 2018
The International Biathlon Union, Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and U.S. Biathlon will partner to host the world's top biathletes at the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon February 14-17 on the Olympic venue at Soldier Hollow, Utah. The event will showcase top athletes from over 30 nations in the final World Cup before the World Championships in Sweden. Plus details on TV and streaming coverage has been announced.

Price Hikes: Birkie, Sisu Ski Fest
October 29, 2018
Sisu Ski Fest - One of the first big events of the season, the Sisu Ski Fest in Ironwood will be held January 12th. Get in on ground floor pricing by registering before Nov 1st!
Birkie - The final price hike for the Birkie, Korte, Prince Haakon events! And next hike Fat Bike race. Register before Nov 2nd.

Midwest MTB Report
October 23, 2018
Jay Richards winds up his season of Midwest MTB reporting with a recap from the Black's Grove River Crossing, highlights from the Wisconsin State High School Championships, notes on Collegiate Nationals, and a look ahead to the final big point to point in the race, the Iceman Cometh.

CXC Rollerski Cup Series
October 22, 2018
CXC has announced a new rollerski series incorporating some of the popular rollerski events in Wisconsin into a season series. The inaugural season will feature three races: Up, Up, and Away on Nov 3rd and Grinding Up Granite on Nov 10th (two races). Matched rollerskis will be provided at the events.
Related:
The Current State of the Nordic Rocks Program

NNF: Drive for 25 Underway, Ambassadors Needed
October 21, 2018
The annual major fundraising campaign for the National Nordic Foundation, the Drive for 25, has begun. While in the early stages, they could use your help: donate today and/or become an ambassador!

Birkie Tusen Takk Tour
October 18, 2018
Thanks to the generosity of thousands, Phase 2 of the ABSF's Honoring the legacy – Ensuring the Future Capital Campaign is complete! To celebrate, the ABSF 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" (Tusen Takk in Norge) to all for helping to make Birkie dreams a reality! Plus get up-to-date on all the latest Birkie news. Check out dates/locations near you.

LNR Time Trial Coverage
October 13, 2018
LNR Juniors along with some guests from up north, as well as Jake Brown back from out East, participated in a brisk rollerski time trial on Saturday on the roads near Afton. Jake Brown bested the mens field with the only sub-20 minute time on the 8K course, Alex Nemeth led the junior men with Sarah Olson topping the womens field.
Related:
Photoset from Chris Harvey: 7 photos
Results: 8K Freestyle

Urban Portage Coverage
October 13, 2018
A unique event debuted Saturday with the Urban Portage, a padding and long distance portaging event from Cedar Lake all the way up to the Trailhead at Theodore Wirth. Participants had to haul their boats along some long trail segments including south Wirth and a long golf course climb on the north end, as well as navigating winding Bassett Creek segments.
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Photoset: 167 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Urban Portage

Midwest MTB Report
October 10, 2018
This weeks Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards includes an in-depth recap from the Oz Trails Festival, highlights from the Wisconsin Cycling Season, a couple of interesting mountain bike related items and a look ahead to a few events near the end of the month.

Minnesota Coaches Association Meeting this Saturday
October 9, 2018
The Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association annual Fall Meeting is this Saturday, Oct 13th, at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, MN. There will be a vendor fair before the meeting, and a post-meeting lunch.

MTU Hall of Fame Rollerski Time Trial
October 4, 2018
In honor of Kristen Owens induction into the Michigan Tech sports Hall of Fame, the team will be hosting a free rollerski time trial next Saturday, Oct 13th. Freestyle or classic, 7K with interval starts.

CXC: Call for Spring Junior Trip Coaches Applications
September 30, 2018
Volunteer coaches are being sought for the Midwest Junior Nationals, U16 Junior Championships, and U18 Canadian Nationals trips coming up next spring.
Related:
CXC Annual Coaches Conference and Certification, Oct 19-21
CXC Fall Coaches Education Clinics

Birkie Trail Run Coverage
September 29, 2018
A frosty start to the Birkie Trail Run on Saturday as hundreds of runners poured over the famous trails and singletrack in the annual fall run. In the National Championship half marathon event, Joseph Gray held off Andy Wacker to repeat as mens champion with Tyler Sigl just a short distance back for third. The womens title went to Megan Roche, Samantha Lewis second and Megan Lacy third. Marathon winners by a wide margin were Zach Rickenbach and Erin Mullan-Towns. Taking the 5K victories, Joshua Halverson and Barbara Swenson. And finishing off the 100K ultramarathon late on Saturday, Jeff Cook and Linda Kobilarcsi collected the titles.
Related:
Photoset: Marathon Start - 21 photos, Marathon Mile 3 - 111 photos, Marathon Mile 9 - 65 photos, Marathon Relay Mile 3 - 23 photos, Half Marathon Mile 3 - 87 photos, Half Marathon Mile 7 - 64 photos, Half Marathon Finish - 81 photos, Marathon Finish - 22 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Birkie Trail Run
Press Release: Runners From Across the Nation Podium at the 17th Birkie Trail Run Festival

Loppet: Minneapolis to Host World Cup Event in 2020
September 28, 2018
The International Ski Federation (FIS) today officially confirmed that Minnesota will host a World Cup cross-country ski event in Minneapolis in March, 2020. U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the Loppet Foundation will serve as hosts of the World Cup event, taking place at the new 'Trailhead' facility in Theodore Wirth Park.
Related:
MPR: Minneapolis to host World Cup cross-country skiing event

Midwest MTB Report
September 25, 2018
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week covers two Midwest epics: the Marji Gesick 100 and the Maah Daah Hey 150, with firsthand recaps and highlights, as well as a look at some of the upcoming events.

Endurance United Junior Cup Meeting Set for Thursday
September 23, 2018
Endurance United is hosting an information meeting on junior racing this Thursday, Sep 27th, at their offices in St. Paul. Athletes and parents are encouraged to attend.

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 22, 2018
A crisp, sunny fall morning on Saturday for the Trail Loppet races at Theodore Wirth. Heavy rains just days before the event forced some course changes, and the new Trailhead building start/finish added some extra challenges, including a nasty stairclimb, as over 1000 athletes participated in the races. In the half marathon, Brian Gregg won the sprint finish over Matt Liebsch with Jeff Lanners third. Alex Gits topped the womens field with Erica Wagner and Vivian Hett rounding out the podium. Seven mile championships were Shaheid Shamsudeen and Jennifer Carpenter. Samuel Swartzendruber and Angie Voight won the 5K division.
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Photoset: Half Marathon Start - 34 photos, Half Marathon Mile 3.5 - 116 photos, Half Marathon Mile 8 - 49 photos, Half Marathon Top Finishers - 59 photos
Photoset from Karin Rea: Age Gap Relays - 24 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Recap
September 18, 2018
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week focuses on the epic 2018 Chequamegon 40! This week report includes first hand recaps from the big race, a quick highlight from the Wild Goose Chase in Moorhead and a look ahead.

Northshore Inline Marathon Rollerski Race Results
September 16, 2018
A field of nearly 50 athletes turned out Saturday for the rollerski division of the Northshore Inline Marathon. Alexander Vanias and Jenna Ruzich collected the titles.

Bangin In The Brush Coverage
September 15, 2018
Dan Delestry and Jillian Johnson took the titles in the Bangin in the Brush trail run Saturday at Korkki Nordic in Duluth. Nearly 100 runners turned out for the 10K event.
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Photoset from Dave Johnson: Bangin In The Brush
Results: Bangin In The Brush

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Coverage
September 15, 2018
After a number of dry weeks, the skies opened up Saturday morning for a couple of heavy rainfalls including one that forced the delay of the Short and Fat race, for the annual Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival. The big 40 race was a tough, muddy affair that saw a number of lead changes in the mens field before Payson McElveen pulled away, repeating as Chequamegon 40 champion, winning by nearly four minutes. Cole House took second place, just ahead of Brian Matter. Jenna Rinehart dominated the women's race, taking the victory a full five minutes ahead of Sara Kylander-Johnson with Jenny Binkowski collecting third. Short and Fat titles went to Daxton Mock and Zoe Camp.
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Photoset: Start - 62 photos, Mile 20 - 188 photos, Finish - 109 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Press Release: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Results

Birkie Waves Filling Up
September 14, 2018
Birkie organizers are reporting wave 3 is nearly full, with many waves having less than 60 openings left. Reserve your spot now!

Weekend Events
September 12, 2018
Sep 15 Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival - The Midwest's epic MTB race, running from downtown Hayward to the finish in Cable.
Sep 15 Northshore Inline Marathon - Inline and rollerski races along the Northshore, along the DECC center in Duluth.
Sep 15-16 Gopher Cross - Two days of cyclocross racing up in Zimmerman, MN.
Sep 15 Bangin the Brush - Fun trail run at Korkki Nordic in Duluth, one of the toughest 10Ks around.
Sep 16 Cross of the North - WCA series his Wausau for cyclocross races at Sunny Vale Park.
Sep 16 William O'Brien Trail Runs - 5K and 10 mile trail runs at scenic William O'Brien State Park.

City of Lakes Loppet Reverses Course
September 12, 2018
Big news on the City of Lakes Loppet Festival for 2019 -- most of the events will be based around the new Trailhead building at Theodore Wirth, including reversing the course of the races. For the first time in the event history, the races will start on the Chain of Lakes and finish up at the Trailhead building. Registration is now open!

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Preview
September 12, 2018
Jay Richards MTB Midwest Report this week features the mighty Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, the final year with director Gary Crandall in charge, and highlights the favorites for men and women, plus epic results from the UCI World MTB Championships, recaps from Copper Peak, and a busy look ahead.

Bemidji Canoe Derby Coverage
September 10, 2018
A beautiful day Saturday for the Bemidji Canoe Derby. The race was held downstream from Lake Bemidji and back - one lap for solo and citizen boats, two laps for the pro boats.
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Photoset from John Arenz: 76 photos
Results: Bemidji Canoe Derby

Jeremy Hecker Named UW-Green Bay Nordic Coach
September 7, 2018
Green Bay Director of Athletics Charles Guthrie has announced the hiring of Jeremy Hecker as the new head men's and women's Nordic skiing coach, effective September 2018. The native of Andover, Minnesota, comes to Green Bay after spending a year as an assistant collegiate Nordic skiing coach with Williams College.

US Ski Team: Diggins, Saxton Win at Snowfarm
September 6, 2018
Minnesotans Jessie Diggins and Ben Saxton scored victories in the final event of the New Zealand Winter Games, taking the 5K and 10K classic titles respectively.
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US Ski Team: L.L.Bean, Swix Announce Partnership
US Ski Team: Bolger, Caldwell Win Winter Games NZ Freestyle Sprint

NorthShore Rollerski Marathon Coming Up Sep 15th
September 6, 2018
The annual NorthShore Inline Marathon is coming up in mid-September and is one of the few events offering a marathon distance rollerski division.

Price Hike: Birkie, Korte, Prince Haakon
September 5, 2018
The American Birkebeiner's waves are filling fast and the next price hike is coming on Friday, Sep 7th, so you'll need to register by the end of Thursday to avoid the additional fees and secure your placement. Register is now open for other Birkie week events including the Junior Birkie, Barnebirkie, Birkie Adaptive, Barkie Birkie Skijor, and Birkie Giant Ski.
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Birkie Registration

Midwest MTB Report
September 4, 2018
Jay Richards cranks out another Midwest MTB Report, this week covering their own huge event at Maplelag over the Labor Day weekend, as well as a brief recap from Copper Harbor, some top 10 trails, a fun winter downhill video, and the usual look ahead.

Worldloppet: Diggins Wins Merino Muster
September 3, 2018
The Merino Muster Worldloppet race Saturday at Snowfarm in New Zealand had a very Midwestern vibe to it as the top of the results was full of local athletes. Jessie Diggins repeated as the 42K freestyle women's champion, with Alayna Sonnesyn 3rd and Mattie Watts 4th. The men's 42K was won by Simi Hamilton with midwest stars Adam Martin and Kyle Bratrud rounding out the men's podium, less than 30 seconds back.
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Results: Merino Muster
US Ski Team: Diggins Earns Another Early-Season Victory

Laddies Loppet Short Track Coverage
September 2, 2018
Racing action wrapped up Sunday with the fast-paced short track events for Laddies Loppet at Maplelag. Heavy rain overnight provided a few slick spots on a course that weaved through the Maplelag grounds. In the expert race, Jeff Hall completed the weekend sweep, breaking away early and going on to win by nearly a minute. Sara Kylander-Johnson and Eleanor Bacso dueled for the women's expert title with Bacso pulling ahead in the final laps to take the victory.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 31 photos, Citizen - 42 photos, Sport - 49 photos, Comp/Expert Women - 98 photos, Expert Men - 95 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Short Track

Bemidji Canoe Derby Set for Next Saturday
September 1, 2018
Bemidji area will be host to a mostly river canoe derby next weekend, Saturday, Sept 8th.

Laddies Loppet Cross-Country Coverage
September 1, 2018
Saturday featured a full day of cross-country mountain bike races for Laddies Loppet at Maplelag Resort. Conditions were ideal as the area avoided rain on Friday and Saturday brought in clear skies and lower dewpoints. Races ranged from Kids Comp to Expert, utilizing a wide range of terrain with a hefty mix of singletrack. Laddies Loppet veterans Jeff Hall and Sara Kylander-Johnson took the victories in the expert class.
Related:
Photoset: Kids Comp - 57 photos, Citizen - 75 photos, Sport - 89 photos, Kids Race - 14 photos, Comp/Expert - 119 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Cross-Country

Midwest MTB Report
August 28, 2018
The Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards this week features a wrapup on the WORS series, featured articles on the evolution of MTB equipment, Staci Nash (runner turned MTB champion), ski resort MTB scene, and the usual look ahead, including the famous Laddies Loppet this weekend at Maplelag!

Gitche Gumee GranFondo Coverage
August 26, 2018
A foggy start for an otherwise beautiful late summer ride on Saturday for the Gitche Gummee Gran Fondo events in the Cable area. Kelly Randolph was out on road catching images.
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Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Gitche Gumee GranFondo

Birkie Waves Starting to Close
August 23, 2018
The American Birkebeiner waves are filling up fast! The race organization has announced that Birkie Skate Wave 2 and Classic Wave 1 will close Friday at 11:59pm.

Midwest MTB Report
August 21, 2018
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week features Midwest racing action at Cuyuna Crusher, Flugly, and Pre-Fat, as well as Minnesota rider reports from legendary big field races out West! A highlight on the start to the Minnesota high school racing season, spotlight on Duluth and top peaks around the world, and the usual look ahead, round out a big report.

Mighty Miss Results
August 19, 2018
Rollie Ring-Jarvi reports: Mighty Miss had a beautiful Saturday to paddle on the Mississippi River for three race distances 55 miles from St. Cloud, 25 miles from Monticello, and 12 miles from Elk River all finishing at Mississippi Point Park in Champlin. Emily and Chris Boderson won the 55 mile paddle in 7:15.01 overall with Terrance Maglis and Elise Magalis France winning the kayak division. The 25 mile event was won by Ryan Peterson overall on a Surf Ski in 2:55.04 followed by Erik Hendrickson and Mike Brumbaugh also on Surf Skis. The first canoe was Devin Arenz and Kate Ellis 3:05:35 followed closely by Joe Manns and Lilly Brick. The 12 mile race was won by Rick Lorenzen and Jose Matuta in 1:35:36 with Ed Arenz and Jon Kilgore in second.
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Results: Mighty Miss

Bluff Tuff Coverage
August 18, 2018
Hazy and humid conditions Saturday morning for the Bluff Tuff races at Battle Creek. The event featured a 17K loop that wound through ski, singletrack and some asphalt trails providing a challenging course.
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Photoset: 35K - 15-18K - 121 photos, 24K - Start - 46 photos, Kids Race - 67 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Bluff Tuff

Biathlon: North American Roller Ski Biathlon Championships Recap
August 16, 2018
Last weekend the North American Rollerski Biathlon Championships were held at the Ethan Allen Firing Range Venue in Jericho Center, Vermont. For the Senior Men and Women, these were the first races in the series used for selection of the US teams to the IBU and World Cup races early winter. Nearly 20 Midwest athletes competed in the events and scored very well, including division victories by Sam Stertz, Kaisa Bosek, Leif Nordgren, and Emma Stertz.

Midwest MTB Report
August 14, 2018
Jay Richards weekly MTB report: Despite a scorcher of a weekend, riders took on the heat as a extra challenge in Midwest events including the Ore to Shore and Duluth Bike Festival. First hand report from the Duluth Bike Festival and highlights from the Powder Monkey. Also a look ahead to a busy third weekend in August as series racing starts to wind down and High School cycling cranks up!

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 10, 2018
The Ringer Roll rollerski race, a traditional end for the summer junior training in the Twin Cities, was held Friday morning at Baker Park. Fast conditions as the temps were in the upper 70s and the trail was dry. Matt Liebsch took top honors in the 10K race with State champion Mara McCollor rocketing to the front of the womens field. New this year, the Loppet Foundation hosted 4-person sprint races in the Baker Parking lot, with a little turf toss in. Photos from both events up now, along with full results.

Midwest MTB Report
August 7, 2018
A jam-packed issue this week as Jay Richards covers mountain bike action from Maah Daah Hey 100, Wausau 24, NICA Award winners, new trails at Giants Ridge and Pembina, new sprint/BMX event in Cottage Grove, going old school at Leadville 100, and the look ahead to a couple of big events.

Birkie Trail Run Price Hike
August 6, 2018
The next price hike for the Birkie Trail Run events comes Friday, so register by Thursday to avoid that jump. The Birkie Trail Run events are Saturday, Sept 28th!

Ringer Roll 2018
August 5, 2018
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race is set for this Friday, August 10th at Baker Park in the Twin Cities western suburbs. In addition to the traditional 10K rollerski race, there will be rollerski sprint races afterwards. Signup online, pay when you get there Friday!

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 5, 2018
The annual Firehouse 50 events in Grand View, WI, on Saturday were a bit damp but still showed a strong turnout. The big 50 mile race had over 200 participants with 18 year-old Dalton Collins the sprint victory, Brenna Gibbons the women's champion. Jon Lester won the 50 mile time trial with Sue Olson topping the womens field.
Related:
Photoset: Bike Race, Time Trial / Ride the Divide
Results: Firehouse 50

LNR Age Gap Relay Race Coverage
August 1, 2018
The Loppet Foundation held another of their famous age gap relay races on Tuesday evening, with youth paired with adults in a mountain bike race on the singletrack behind the new Trailhead building.
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Photoset from TMB Images: LNR Age Gap Relay Race
Results: LNR Age Gap Relay Race

Midwest MTB Report
July 31, 2018
The Midwest MTB report this week by Jay Richards features racing reports from the Gamehaven MNMBS races in the Rochester and a look ahead at some of the big events to close out the summer.

Midwest MTB Report
July 24, 2018
The Midwest MTB report this weekend from Jay Richards features first hand recaps from some of the Midwest riders competing at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships out East, a report on new trail opening at Pine Valley Nordic center in Cloquet, MN, an ode to the 26" mountain bike and a look ahead at upcoming events.

Tri-Loppet Coverage
July 22, 2018
A fantastic day for the annual Tri-Loppet event, racing from the chain of lakes all the way up and around the trails of Theodore Wirth, finishing at the brand-new Trailhead building. With a shortened lake course, the race was tighter than usual with close racing throughout the paddling, trail running and mountain biking legs. Matt Liebsch posted the top time on the day, completing the triathlon in 1:23:03. Josie Nelson was the fastest female, clocking in at 1:33:38. Topping the relay teams was the mixed team 'The Victors'.
Related:
Photoset: Paddling - 120 photos, Running - 89 photos, Cycling - 91 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Tri-Loppet

Midwest MTB Report
July 17, 2018
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week hits action at BC Bike Bike, the MNMBS series at Lake Rebecca, and Miners Revenge, as well as an eBike race at Trollhaugen, epic coverage from the ANdorra Downhill World Cup, a high flyer over the Tour de France, and the look ahead to upcoming events.

Hopkins Raspberry Run Coverage
July 15, 2018
A steamy Sunday morning for the annual Hopkins Raspberry Run through downtown Hopkins. Daniel Gerber won the men's 5 mile division, clocking 5:41 miles, with Sarah Klecker topping the women's field at 32:17 (and 9th overall!). Photos from photographer Cece Boyle.
Related:
Photoset from Cece Boyle: 109 photos
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Hopkins Raspberry Run

Summer Rivet Run Coverage
July 15, 2018
Eve Grave reports: Sunday was by far the warmest, most humid, buggiest Rivet Run/Walk of all! With 140 registered and 96 braving the elements on a modified course due to flood damage, everyone survived injury free! The top finisher in the men's category was Ben Schnoor, 19 years old, with a time of 19:21. Top female was Yoshika Woods, 50, in 26:17.
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Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

Midwest MTB Report
July 10, 2018
This weeks Midwest MTB report from Jay Richards includes a first hand report from the Border Crossing, highlights from the big WORS Cup, some interesting mountain bike articles to pass along and the usual look ahead.

Tofte Trek Results
July 4, 2018
Greg Fangel reports: The 39th Annual Tofte Trek 10K Wilderness Run/Walk was held Wedsnesday (July 4th) in cool conditions in Tofte, MN. Well over 200 runners participated in the 10K, One Mile Run, and Kid's Sprint races as a part of Tofte's annual 4th of July celebration. Most runners finished before a line of rain moved through the area. This race, organized by the Sugarbush Trail Association, is known for its muddy conditions, which presents both a challenge and a badge of honor for finishing the course.
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Results: Tofte Trek

Birkie T-Shirt Contest Voting Underway
July 2, 2018
Designs for the 2019 American Birkebeiner t-shirt have been unveiled and voting is now open. Cast your opinion by July 7th!

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Mid-Point Results
June 29, 2018
The weekly Hoigaards Paddle Derby held their 5th race of the season, with another five to go. Results from the first five events (four as one was cancelled due to weather) are now posted.
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Results: Hoigaards Paddle Derby
Hoigaards Paddle Derby

Midwest MTB Report
June 26, 2018
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week has first-hand reports from the Mount Wirth Loppet, Lutsen 99er, as well as a summary from the WORS Firecracker plus a number of news items including CAMBA and Hayward trail development, and youth stars.

Mount Wirth Loppet Coverage
June 24, 2018
The new singletrack trails at Theodore Wirth got a real workout Sunday with the Mount Wirth Loppet MTB races. Kids comp races started the day, followed by citizen and sport divisions. The afternoon comp and expert races avoided forecast rain to wrap up the day. Coverage from the citizen and sport races.
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Photoset: Citizen Race - 116 photos, Sport Race - 153 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Mount Wirth Loppet

What's Your Birkie Story?
June 21, 2018
Jessie Diggins shares her Korte story, love for the Birkie and how it helped develop her into an Olympic Gold Medal. Register for the Birkie events by June 28th to avoid the next price hike!
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Video: Jessie, the Korte and her Gold Medal Journey

Midwest MTB Report
June 19, 2018
Jay Richard's weekly Midwest MTB Report is up and includes a full report from race #4 in WORS, a report from the Chequamegon 100, the Duluth Enduro Series and the usual look ahead.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby - Solo Night
June 19, 2018
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby is celebrating the Summer Solstice with their third annual Solo Race Night - this Thursday, June 21st. Everyone is encouraged to find a solo canoe for this one night and since the sun won't set until after 9 pm, there's plenty of time to cross the finish line. New this year for Solo Night they are adding a stock solo boat division paddling the 6 mile Derby course in addition to the usual 7 mile race division.
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Tri-Loppet Training with Rice Creek Boat Club

Midwest MTB Report
June 12, 2018
Featured in Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week: Race reports from Borah Epic and Duluth Hard Enduro, highlights on Midwest stars at the Missoula Pro XCT, NICA partnership, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Hwy OO Outdoor Center
June 10, 2018
On Saturday, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center at the Hwy OO trailhead. The facility will include a gathering hall, heated restrooms, changing rooms, and a waxing and bike repair room and may be open as soon as this winter.

Borah Epic in the Books
June 10, 2018
The Borah Epic held its sixth annual event Saturday and welcomed a sold-out field for the combined half and full race distances. Cole House took the mens full Epic with Leia Schneeberger riding away with the women's title. Half distance trophies earned by Emmett Donohue (photo finish with Bennett Gargulak) and Emma Albrecht.

Chippewa Triathlon Results
June 10, 2018
Well over 100 athletes came out Saturday morning for the Chippewa Triathlon races in Cass Lake. Solo titles went to Mike Brumbaugh and Inga Roen, doubles male John Kallemeyn/Daniel Luoma, doubles female Maria Janowiak/Sara Wall and mixed doubles Samuel Olson/Hannah Bettendorf.
Related:
Photoset from John Arenz: Triathlon - 30 photos, Canoe Race - 45 photos
Video: Canoe Race Photo Finish
Results: Chippewa Triathlon, Smilin' Joe's Mississippi Classic

Lederhosenlauf 5K Coverage
June 9, 2018
Avoiding thunderstorms in the area, runners took to the streets of St. Paul Saturday morning for the annual Lederhosenlauf 5K race. The course starts and finishes at the Germanic-American Institute on Summit Avenue and winds past the St. Paul Cathedral and races up Selby Ave to Victoria and back. Prizes are awarded to the best German costumes!
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Photoset: 83 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Lederhosenlauf 5K

Midwest MTB Report
June 5, 2018
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week features recaps and interviews from the Singletrack Escape and Battle of Camrock series races, a job opening at Chequamegon, and a look ahead to the Borah Epic and Duluth Hard Enduro events.

Machinery Hill Criterium Coverage
June 5, 2018
A beautiful evening Tuesday for bicycle racing on the grounds of the Minnesota State Fair for the Tuesday night Machinery Hill Criterium series. Photographer Cece Boyle was on the scene, capturing some great shots from the races.
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Photoset from Cece Boyle: 172 photos
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Machinery Hill Criterium

New Brighton Triathlon Coverage
June 3, 2018
A cool Sunday morning for the New Brighton Triathlon as temps were in the upper 50s for the start. The triathlon was based out of Long Lake Park with participants starting with a swim then biking the roads around the lake and finally finishing with a running leg on the trails at the park.
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Photoset: Swim - 32 photos, Bike - 117 photos, Run - 71 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Nordic Combined: USA Nordic Announces 2018/2019 Junior National Team
May 31, 2018
USA Nordic has announced that 23 athletes from around the country have been named to the 2018/2019 USA Nordic Junior National Teams in the disciplines of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined. Included on the roster are two Minnesota siblings, Aiden and Charolette Ripp of Cloquet, MN. Jumpers from Wisconsin, Illinois also made the squad.

Midwest MTB Report
May 29, 2018
In his Midwest MTB recap this week, Jay Richards hits on Keweenaw festival, ticks, high school racing, Chequamegon openings, and a look at the upcoming MNMBS and WORS races.

Brian Kraft Memorial 5K Coverage
May 28, 2018
Steamy hot conditions Monday morning for the annual Brian Kraft Memorial 5K run in south Minneapolis. Temperatures were pushing upper 70s with high dewpoints for the race around Lake Nokomis. Joel Reichow topped the men's finishing trio for the victory at 14:32, followed closely by Kevin Lewis and Aaron Easker. Katy Moen won the women's division handily with a time of 16:13, a full minute ahead of Meghan Peyton with Dakotah Lindwurm taking third. Nearly 500 runners completed the race.
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Photoset: 102 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Brian Kraft 5K

Birkie Announces Groundbreaking for Hwy OO Outdoor Center
May 25, 2018
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday, June 9th for the Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center. The new 4,000 square foot facility will be located at the halfway point of the Birkie trail at the Hwy OO Trailhead. When completed, the facility amenities will include a gathering hall, heated restrooms, changing rooms, and a waxing and bike repair room.

Nordic Combined: USA Nordic Sport Announces 2018/2019 National Teams
May 24, 2018
USA Nordic Sport has announced nominations to the National Teams in the disciplines of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined for the upcoming 2018/2019 season. Ben Loomis of Eau Claire, WI, headlines the Nordic Combined team as the sole A team representative. Nita Englund of Florence, WI was nominated to the Women's Ski Jumping B team.

US Ski Team: 2018-19 U.S. Ski Team Cross Country Nominations
May 24, 2018
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced its U.S. Ski Team cross country nominations for the 2018-19 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. Kevin Bolger earns a spot on the B team for his sprint performances last season, and of course, Jessie Diggins remains on the A team. Ian Torchia remains on the D team.
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Three CXC Athletes Named to U.S. Team

Midwest MTB Report
May 22, 2018
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers the MBMNS Woolly Race, WORS Englewood, midwest racers on the World Cup, and new IMBA Ride Centers.

MNMBS: Woolly Race Coverage
May 20, 2018
The Minnesota Mountain Bike Race Series kicked off on Sunday with the Woolly Race in St. Croix Falls, WI. Photographer Cece Boyle was out catching images from the afternoon races, Jay Richards will have a full report in his weekly MTB column later this week.
Related:
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Afternoon Events - 146 photos
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Woolly Race

City Trail Loppet Results
May 20, 2018
Nearly ideal weather Sunday morning for the City Trail Loppet as runners linked a mixed of streets, trails and singletrack to go from downtown Robbinsdale to the Walker sculpture garden. Brian Gregg bested Matt Liebsch by 13 seconds to win the men's 10 mile race. Laura Mead was the top female, just 29 seconds ahead of Caitlin Gregg.
Related:
Results: CityTrail Loppet
CityTrail Loppet Official Recap

Midwest MTB Report
May 15, 2018
Jay Richards MTB Report this week catches the first two big MTB races of the season -- Iola Bump and Jump and the start of the Thursday night races at Buck Hill. Plus some scenic riding in the Paul Bunyan State Forest and a look ahead to upcoming events.

NSC Velodrome’s Thursday Night Lights Returns May 17
May 12, 2018
The 2018 race season is almost here -- with an early start to the year on May 17, the NSC Velodrome is excited to have an extra week of racing. Racing starts each Thursday at 7 PM. Admission is $5 and kids 12 and under are free with food available at the Track Shack concession stand. There are only two seasons of racing left at the National Sports Center, so come up to watch the racing before it's gone! The Fixed Gear Classic will return on August 24-25.

Weekend Events
May 9, 2018
May 12 Lake Wogebon Trail Marathon - Fast and flat marathon on the Lake Wobegon trail, based out of Holdingford.
May 12 Ice Age 50 - Choose 50K or 50 mile trail run on the Ice Age trail in La Grange.
May 12 Get in Dunn - 5K and half marathon (racing around Lake Menomin), expect fast times.
May 12 Donut Dash - Fun 5K (and shorter mini) in Eden Prairie with, of course, donuts at the finish.
May 13 Iola Bump and Jump
- WORS MTB series fires up with the popular race on the Iola trails.

Giants Ridge Summer Training Camp Set for June 7-10
May 9, 2018
Coaches Jason Kask and Ellen Anderson will be leading a special multi-day summer training day at Giants Ridge, focused on northern skiers. Rollerskiing, mountain biking, trail running, bounding, and swimming are just some of the activities planned. Package includes lodging, meals and coaching. Register soon, camp is nearly full!

Midwest MTB Report: Season Kickoff
May 8, 2018
Jay Richards of Maplelag is back again this season with his review of the Midwest mountain biking scene! Kicking off the season, Richards rolls out a big update with news on CAMBA, skills building, Hard Enduro, Buck Hill racing and the two big Midwest series, MNMBS and WORS.

Snake River Canoe Race Results
May 5, 2018
A beautiful Saturday morning in Mora for the annual Snake River Canoe Race with temps in the 70s, sunny and little wind. Nearly 150 paddlers turned out for the big race down the Snake River to Mora. Top Pro boat: Fred Kueffer/Dana Henry and Emily Broderson/Lilly Brick, mixed Jessica Kozarek/Ryan Peterson.
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Results: Snake River Canoe Race

Chippewa Triathlon Registration Open
May 4, 2018
The popular Chippewa Triathlon is scheduled for June 9th in Cass Lake and registration is now open. Event includes 14-mile canoe leg, 27-mile bike leg and finishes with 5-mile run (compete solo or as a team).

Collegiate Racing: From Cross-Country Skiing to the Marine Corps
May 3, 2018
Minnesota native and Colby College skier Andrew Egger outlines his journey from cross-country skiing to the Marine Corps, and reflects on the many benefits and support he received along the way.

2017-18 Season Highlights
May 1, 2018
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2017-2018 high school racing season.

2017-18 Season Highlights
May 1, 2018
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2017-2018 collegiate racing season.


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