Archives 2020

Vasaloppet Livestream Friday Evening

December 2, 2020
Vasaloppet USA organizers will be hosting a livestream session this Friday evening, Dec 4th, to discuss the latest plans for the 2021 Vasaloppet weekend. Tune in to catch all the details and ask your own questions.

World Cup Update: Ruka Recap, Davos Preview

December 2, 2020
Jeremy and Chris Hecker comment on last weekend's racing action in Ruka, Finland for the World Cup opener, and share news on what lies ahead on the World Cup calendar.

Biathlon: Brown Scores Career Best Top 30 in World Cup Opener

December 1, 2020
U.S. biathletes returned to the comforting confines of competition last weekend as the IBU World Cup got underway for the 2020-21 season in Kontiolahti, Finland. The U.S. team’s performance was highlighted by a career-best 30th by Minnesotan Jake Brown in Sunday’s men’s sprint. Midwest natives Leif Nordgren finished 48th and Paul Schommer 75th.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Opening Day: Highland Park

November 30, 2020
With Covid 19 restrictions in place across Minnesota until Dec 19th, Monday's opening day of the high school Nordic season was all virtual. St. Paul Highland Park shares their plans for virtual meetings and training as the skiers prepare for the racing season.

Mesabi East Nordic Invitational Cancellation

November 30, 2020
Organizers have announced the cancellation of the Mesabi East Invite for this season due to the pandemic. They are already beginnng plans for the 2022 event.

World Cup Ruka: Freestyle Pursuit

November 29, 2020
Another fantastic performance from Rosie Brennan on Sunday in Ruka, Finland, as she started the 10K freestyle pursuit in 11th place and moved up the field to finish 5th! Jessie Diggins started 21st and climbed to 15th. Brennan and Diggins posted the 3rd and 5th fastest times on the day! Gus Schumacher again led the US men's field, pushing through the field to finish 32nd after starting 41st. Therese Johaug easily took the women's victory while Johannes Klaebo had to use his sprinting prowess to hold on to the men's title.

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Results: 10K, 15K Freestyle

World Cup Ruka: Classic Distance

November 28, 2020
Rosie Brennan scored a fantastic top ten finish on Saturday in the women's 10K classic race in Ruka, Finland, placing 8th and just over 20 seconds off the podium! Jessie Diggins was 22nd. Gus Schumacher lead the US men's squad, placing 39th. Norwegian favorites Therese Johaug and Johannes Klaebo took the victories in closely contested races. Sunday concludes the weekend racing with freestyle pursuit races.

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Results: 10K, 15K Classic

World Cup Ruka: Classic Sprints

November 27, 2020
In the opening event of the 2020-21 World Cup season, held in Ruka, Finland, Rosie Brennan lead the way for the US squad finishing 17th, with Hailey Swirbul 18th and Jessie Diggins 24th. The US men failed to crack the top 30 to qualify for the sprint heats, as JC Schoonmaker topped the mens side in 35th. Sweden swept the women's podium with Linn Svahn taking victory. Norway collected all the podium spots on the men's side, leading with a first-time victory for Erik Valnes. Racing continues on Saturday with interval start classic races.

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Results: Classic Sprints

World Cup: Ruka, Finland

November 25, 2020
Rex Wax brings us up-to-date on the World Cup racing scene as Jeremy and Chris Hecker respond to some questions about the season and this week's opening races in Ruka, Finland. Racing action gets underway Friday (no official broadcast in the US).

CXC Cancels First Two Events in CXC Cup Series

November 21, 2020
Because the latest executive order in Minnesota, the first two events in the CXC Cup series have been cancelled. Those first two events were weekend series at Grand Avenue in Duluth and Mount Itasca in Coleraine. Athletes, coaches and supporters should cancel plans for those events.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Season Delayed Again

November 20, 2020
Due to Minnesota Governor Walz executive order 20-99, the high school league (MSHSL) has delayed the start of the Nordic skiing season to Dec 19th. Guidance from MSHSL states virtual meetings with athletes can be held, but no group workouts are allowed.

Birkie 2021 Update and Q/A Session

November 16, 2020
The American Birkebeiner held a live event on Monday evening to bring folks up-to-date on the latest developments with the 2021 Birkie, especially toward race day selection, and answered a number of questions from the audience. Watch the full replay and check out their FAQ for even more answers.

USCSA Announces Cancellation of National Championships

November 16, 2020
The U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA) has cancelled the 2021 US Collegiate Ski & Snowboard National Championships. Citing concerns from its membership regarding the safety of attendees and travel restrictions, the USCSA will focus on enabling the regular season and local competitions where conditions permit.

Collegiate Racing Season Preview

November 15, 2020
With many things still very much up in the air, Luke Brown takes a snapshot of where the collegiate racing season is today. Plus check out where many of the Midwest's top juniors landed for this season and along with some assorted collegiate news.

Birkie Live Q&A Tonight

November 15, 2020
Join the Birkie staff on Monday evening, Nov 16th, at 7pm for a Birkie Week Q&A Session. Ben Popp, ABSF Executive Director, and Kristy Maki, Event Director, will provide updates on the Birkie, Korte, and Prince Haakon race day selection process and other Birkie Week updates.

Price Hikes: Fat Bike Birkie, SISU Ski Fest

November 10, 2020
Fat Bike Birkie - The huge Fat Bike winter festival is March 12-13th; register by Thursday night to save some bucks.
SISU Ski Fest - Ironwood's season opener citizen races have their next price this weekend, register by Saturday night!

US Ski Team Named for 2020-21 Season

November 10, 2020
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the 23 athletes of the Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team for the 2020-21 season who will kick off competition with the traditional World Cup season opener in Ruka, Finland, Nov. 27-29. Midwesterners announced include Jessie Diggins (A team), Kevin Bolger (B team), and Chris Hecker (World Cup service tech).

MSHSCA Nordic Fall Meeting Tuesday, Nov 10th

November 7, 2020
Minnesota High School Coaches Association Nordic Skiing Fall Meeting will be held online this year via Zoom call on Tuesday evening, Nov 10th. Topics include covid protocols, State Meet status, new State Meet format, wax policies and more.

World Cup Streaming on NBC Peacock Premium

November 6, 2020
Livestream coverage of the FIS World Cup Nordic races this season will be carried on NBC's new Peacock channel, under their Premium subscription. The channel will also carry biathlon, alpine, Nordic combined, ski jumping and more. Premium plans run $4.99 to $9.99 (no ads) per month.

Price Hikes Coming

November 2, 2020
Two price hikes coming this week...
Three Rivers Rennet - The signature ski race at Hyland Lake Park, register before pricing goes up on Nov 5th.
American Birkebeiner - The Korte, Birkie and Haakon races all go up on Nov 6th, so sign up before Friday.

US Elite Racing: Season Preview

November 1, 2020
Michaela Keller-Miller is one of a number of native Midwest skiers that will be making the transition from collegiate to elite racing this season. Keller-Miller will be covering US elite racing for us this season and to kick things off, has provided a solid breakdown on recent Midwest skiers racing on the elite circuit this winter across the US.

Minnesota High School League Releases Nordic Skiing Guidance

October 30, 2020
The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) has released their guidance for the upcoming Nordic skiing season. Major points include: meets limited to three teams; no invitationals or tournaments; schools under distance learning must hold virtual practices only. The season will begin on Nov 30th.

Trail Kids Loppet Games

October 29, 2020
Around 130 youth competed on Tuesday at Theodore Wirth in the Loppet Foundation's Trail Kids Loppet Games. The events included orienteering, obstacle course, capture the flag, hill run challenge and tug of war.

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Photoset from KME Photography: Loppet Games
Photoset from TMB Images: Loppet Games

Birkie 2021 Live Event Monday Evening

October 18, 2020
The American Birkebeiner will host a live event Monday evening, Oct 19th, at 6 pm to discuss more details on their plans for the 2021 events, as well as a question and answer session.

Birkie Outlines Plans for 2021 Events

October 14, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has outlined the basic plan for the 2021 Birkie week events. The races will be stretched out over five days in late February, starting and finishing at the Birkie trailhead. Check out the brief recap video from Ben Popp, then join their live video meeting on Monday evening, Oct 19th for more details.

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Video: Birkie 2021 Update

World Cup Update: Fluoro Ban News

October 14, 2020
Jeremy Hecker of Rex Ski Wax updates us on the current fluoro ban information, including the delayed action by FIS and the current plans in the US and Canada. World Cup racing begins in just over a month!

Fall Rivet Run On Now

October 9, 2020
The Fall Rivet Run trail run/walk event is virtual this year, with participants able to complete their 5K anytime between Oct 8th and Nov 9th. Proceeds will go towards a new grooming sled at Pattison State Park.

Bangin In The Brush Results

October 8, 2020
The Duluth area held their annual Bangin in the Brush trail run as a virtual event with participants completing a 10K course between Sept 15th and 30th. Over 90 runners logged race times, including a number of families.

Midwest MTB Report

October 7, 2020
Jay Richards checks in this fall with updates on the recent Telemark Ascent MTB race and news and reviews on a number of new area trails.

Birkie Trail Run Showcases Covid Safe Practices

October 7, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has rolled out a feature video on the Birkie Trail Run event, showing how they implemented processes and procedures to ensure a pandemic safe event while still allowing participants to compete outdoors on the Birkie trails.

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Video: Birkie Trail Run Recap

Sisu Ski Fest Registration Now Open

October 6, 2020
Sisu Ski Fest is adapting for the coronavirus season with a virtual format event this year. Race on home trails or hit the course at ABR, record your event and upload, and you'll have your age factored into the results which could make you eligible for some amazing prizes!

Swedish Mile Trail Run This Weekend

October 5, 2020
The Vasaloppet Swedish Mile Trail Run is set for Oct 10th on the Vasaloppet Nordic Center trails in Mora, Minnesota. The annual Swedish Mile Trail Race is a 10K timed trail race and a 5K fun run to raise money for snowmaking operations at the Nordic Center.

CXC Cup Schedule Released

October 2, 2020
CXC has released their tentative schedule for CXC Junior, Youth and Super Cup events this winter. Racing action is scheduled to kickoff on Dec 12th in Duluth and wrap up with a regional finals event early March in Minneapolis.

Minnesota High School Nordic Season Shortened

October 1, 2020
The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) announced on Thursday evening that most of the winter sports seasons would be shortened by 30% to accommodate pandemic issues. For Nordic skiing, the season's start date has been delayed by three weeks, moving from Nov 9th to Nov 30th. Side note: The MSHSL board voted to deny a request for a state meet event for cross-country running.

Birkie Trail Run Recap

September 30, 2020
Nearly 500 runners turned out over two days for the Birkie Trail Run events last weekend in Cable with fall colors at their peak. The event implemented a variety of changes to ensure a pandemic safe format for all the races. USTAF half marathon champions were crowned in Andy Wacker and Dani Moreno. Marathon titles went to Evan Wetzel and Rachel Ragona.

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Results: Birkie Trail Run

Vasaloppet Announces Race Plans

September 29, 2020
Vasaloppet USA has announced their preliminary plans for racing this February, complete with the famous downtown finish. Races will be spaced out, with some field limits, and the classic races will now all be on Sunday. Get your registration in to ensure your place in the field!

Collegiate Fall Update

September 28, 2020
Luke Brown takes a look at the current collegiate Nordic scene as the conferences and teams try to put together training and racing plans for the upcoming season while contending with the ever changing procedures resulting from the ongoing pandemic.

Birkie Trail Run this Weekend

September 22, 2020
The American Birkebeiner is hosting their big trail running events this weekend, based out of the Birkie trailhead in Cable. The organization has worked hard to setup a safe operation with events spread out over the weekend. Fall colors are at their peak and there is still time to register -- registration closes Friday evening.

US Nationals, Junior Nationals Replaced with Regional Competitions

September 12, 2020
US Ski and Snowboard announced earlier this month that the major national competitions, including SuperTour, US Nationals, and Junior Nationals, will be replaced with regional level competitions this season due to the ongoing pandemic. This has a large impact on the Midwest as Houghton, MI, was due to host US Nationals and Minneapolis, MN, Junior National competitions.

Price Hike: Birkie Trail Run Thursday Night

September 9, 2020
If you're still hoping to participate in the Birkie Trail run events, Sept 26-27, either in-person or virtual and haven't registered, jump on it before midnight Thursday to avoid the next price hike!

FIS Alpine Cancels North American Schedule

August 26, 2020
Due to the impacts of the coronavirus, FIS has decided to cancel early season North American events and hold the entire FIS season in Europe for 2020-21.

Loppet Completes First Race in MTB Series

August 25, 2020
Last Saturday, nearly 150 riders turned out at Theodore Wirth to race in the Loppet Foundation's first event of their mountain bike time trial series. The event featured socially distanced starts with a wide range of ages competing.

CSS Nordic Skiing Fundraising Challenge

August 24, 2020
The CSS Nordic Ski Team taking on a challenge to best the other CSS athletics during the campus wide Week of Giving. Any contribution will help in their goal, and will go to the purchase of Ski Ergs, additional wax stations, and high visibility clothing for roller ski safety.

Midwest MTB Report

August 21, 2020
In this week's Midwest MTB Report Jay Richards covers one of the first races of the summer, the Giants Ridge Grind, highlights the start of the Loppet MTB TT series, cancellation of Chequamegon, new trail development, and some awesome trail exploration in South Dakota.

Vasaloppet Seeks Race Coordinator

August 19, 2020
Vasaloppet USA in Mora is looking for an individual to join their team as a race coordinator.

Eden Prairie/Minnetonka Rollerski Time Trial Results

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

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Results: 4K rollerski

Midwest MTB Report

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

Birkie Trail Run Price Hike Friday

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

Lumberjack Run on for August 1st

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

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

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

Midwest MTB Report

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

Trail Mix is On Now

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

Birkie Events Nearly Full for Tier 2

July 15, 2020
If you'd like to save some money on the 2021 American Birkebeiner races, you'll need to act quickly. Tier 2 is expected to close Thursday night, July 16th!

Midwest MTB Report

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

Hayward Area Trail Runs in August

July 14, 2020
The American Birkebeiner and North End Ski Club are planning to hold trail running events the first weekend in August in the Cable/Hayward area.   
Aug 1 Lumberjack Run - Moved to the Fish Hatchery trailhead this season, and can also be run as a virtual race.
Aug 2 North End Classic - The trail run will be based out of the North End trailhead, just south of Cable.

Worldloppet: Bill Brown Shares Story on Completing All 20

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

John Munger Resigns from Loppet Foundation

July 10, 2020
In a surprising move Friday, founder and executive director John Munger stepped down from the Loppet Foundation as announced by the board of directors. Ray Aponte has been named as interim executive director.

Midwest MTB Report

June 30, 2020
The Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards this week features updates from a Minnesotan out West, updates on several Midwest races, and the Strava ride of the week.

Midwest MTB Report

June 24, 2020
This week's Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards provides a firsthand tour of some incredible new trails in Minnesota, virtual race updates, a report from Badlands 100, tips on biking with family, and more.

Birkie Lumberjack Run Set for Aug 1st

June 17, 2020
While the Lumberjack World Championships were cancelled for this year, the Lumberjack 5K run event will be held on August 1st. The event has been moved to Fish Hatchery Park, and runners have the option to compete virtually.

USCSA Summer Conference Recap

June 16, 2020
Last weekend USCSA held their summer conference and midwest student representative Luke Dykowski and members of the publishing team at the USCSA put together a summary press release which includes info on the 2021 Nationals venue, covid plans, as well as race and racism in the sport.

Midwest MTB Report

June 16, 2020
by Jay Richards
Jay Richards' Midwest MTB report this week includes a recap from the Otter Creek MTB race, an update from pro cyclist and Minneapolis native Corey Coogan Cisek, a couple of cycling related items to note including some virtual events.

Vasaloppet Registration Now Open

June 15, 2020
Registration for the 2021 Vasaloppet events is now open. Help support this community and their snowmaking efforts by registering today!

Midwest MTB Report

June 9, 2020
Another jam-packed mountain bike report this week from Jay Richards! Included in the write up: the new Redhead trail system on the Mesabi iron range, riders staying fit with "notta races" and building backyard tracks, a review of Fargo-Moorhead trail work, Strava ride(s) of the week, and much more.

Midwest MTB Report

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

Junior Nationals Returns to Theodore Wirth

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

Midwest MTB Report

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

CXC Announces Regional Elite Group Athletes

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

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

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

CityTrail Loppet Coverage

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

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

Endurance United Summer Junior Announcement

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

2020 Collegiate Tally Board

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

Gogebic Community College Nordic Skiing to Start This Winter

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

CityTrail Loppet Goes Virtual Next Week

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

US Ski Team: Over 20 Skiers Nominated for the US Ski Team

May 4, 2020
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced nominations for the 2020-21 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. Jessie Diggins and Kevin Bolger are the Midwest representatives in the line-up.

2019-20 Season Highlights

May 1, 2020
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2019-2020 collegiate racing season.

2019-20 Season Highlights

May 1, 2020
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2019-2020 high school racing season.