Archives 2021

Vasaloppet Online Auction and Saturday Fundraiser

October 13, 2021
The Vasaloppet online auction is underway this week, running until Monday noon, Oct 18th. And on Saturday, Oct 16th there will be a fundraiser social event and raffle at the Fish Lake Resort in Mora.

CSS Ski Team: Raise To Rise Week

October 12, 2021
The College of St. Scholastica Nordic ski team is taking on the rest of the CSS athletics in a fundraising drive this week. Participation will be measured by the total number of gifts, so even the smallest donation helps them win.

Minnesota High School Nordic Coaches Meeting Set for Oct 30th

October 7, 2021
The annual Minnesota State High School Nordic Coaches Association fall meeting will be held on Saturday, Oct 30th at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, MN. An option for coaches to attend virtually via Zoom will be available. Primary topics include: State Meet 2-day format, Charlie Banks Relay status, and various MSHSL updates.

Founder Ernie St. Germaine Shares His Take on the 2022 Birkie

October 6, 2021
Ernie St. Germaine, one of the founders of the American Birkebeiner, shares his message on the 2022 Birkie.

Swedish Mile Trail Run This Weekend

October 6, 2021
Swedish Mile Trail Race and Family Fun Day is this Saturday, Oct 9th. Events include a 10K timed trail race, 5K fun run, kid’s race and an afternoon of family-friendly activities to raise money for snow-making and operations at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center.

Midwest MTB Report

September 29, 2021
With a memorable month of fall riding rapidly coming to a close, so too concludes the 2021 racing season. In his final report of the season, Jay Richards takes a looks back at the recent Chequamegon Mountain Bike Festival, a look into some recent mountain bike related news coverage, and a look ahead to a quiet, yet eventful, remainder of the season on the racing front.

Birkie Trail Run Recap

September 27, 2021
A crisp autumn morning shaped up for ideal conditions as runners and trekkers took to the hills for to the annual Birkie Trail Run Festival. Over 950 runners and trekkers, from 33 states, took part in Saturday’s events.  Joseph Gray collected another USATF half marathon title for the men while Rachel Johnson was the women's champion.  Evan Wetzel and Geneva Finn collected victories in the marathon division while George Nelson and Erin Schmitt topped the 5K fields.

Midwest Coaches Sought for March Junior Trips

September 26, 2021
CXC is seeking candidates for the March junior trips, including Junior Nationals in the Twin Cities,, U18 trip to Maine and U16 trip to Idaho.

Trail Loppet Coverage

September 19, 2021
One of the hotter September days did little to slow down some fast times for the 2021 Trail Loppet races. Mohammed Bati repeated his dominant performance from 2019, taking the half marathon title by more than eight minutes with a blistering 5:55 pace! Craig Cardinal and Kurt Keiser finished second and third, just five seconds separating them. Bethany Kozak won the women's title with Sarah Laugen second and Deanna Nelson third. Half Half victories were earned Samuel Smith and Maddie Mears. Results linked in along with photosets.

Midwest MTB Report

September 16, 2021
As the air gets cooler and the leaves start turning shades of yellow, orange, and red, some of the best riding of the year is on tap for the next month or so. Also on tap: a recap from the rescheduled MNMBS race at Lester Park, a preview of the Chequamegon Mountain Bike Festival happening this weekend, and several cycling related items as racing starts to wind down in the Midwest—all included in this week's Midwest MTB report from Jay Richards.

Price Hike: Fat Tire Birkie

September 15, 2021
The Birkie's big day for fat bikes, the Fat Bike Birkie, is set for March 12th. You can save some money on your registration fees by signing up before Friday, when the next price hike occurs.

CXC Rollerski Cup: NorthShore Inline Marathon

September 14, 2021
The third annual CXC Rollerski Cup wraps up this weekend with the NorthShore Inline Marathon events. Friday features a freestyle sprint event and then Saturday are 21K and 42K freestyle races.

UW-Green Bay Names Sam Myers as New Head Nordic Coach

September 14, 2021
UW-Green Bay Director of Athletics Josh Moon has named Sam Myers the next head coach for the Green Bay Phoenix Nordic ski teams. Myers will begin his first day as head coach on Monday, Sept 13th, and will serve as the leader and director for both the men's and women's Nordic ski programs at UW-Green Bay.

Midwest MTB Report

September 10, 2021
The first week of September is already well behind us, but there is still plenty to look forward to. Bringing us up to speed and thinking ahead, this week's Midwest MTB report from Jay Richards includes highlights from the Dakota Five-O in Spearfish, SD and the Laddies Loppet weekend races at Maplelag, as well as a couple of mountain bike related articles and a look ahead to the end of the season.

Price Hike: Seeley Hills Classic

September 10, 2021
The Seeley Hills Classic is one of the favorite events for classic skiers in the Midwest. The big races are set for Jan 29th. If you register before Saturday night, Sep 11th, you'll avoid the next price hike.

SISU Ski Fest Planning In-Person Races this January

September 7, 2021
The SISU Ski Fest in Ironwood, MI, is planning in-person races this January, and has been making improvements in the events including a widened start area and new "Finnish" line in downtown Ironwood. Registration opens Oct 1st.

Gear West: Gearwestern Half Marathon and 5K on Oct 16

September 5, 2021
Register is open for the Gearwestern Half Marathon and 5K, hosted by Gear West and featuring the quiet backroads and trails in Long Lake.

CXC Rollerski Cup: Grinding Up Granite this Sunday

September 5, 2021
The third annual CXC Rollerski Cup will be making its next stop in Wausau with the Grinding Up Granite Race, set to take place on Sunday, Sept 12th. Grind up Granite will feature classic and skate race options to race to the top of Rib Mountain with a total climb of 700 feet in 2.5 miles.

NNF: Double the Drive for 25

August 29, 2021
While still a few months until the start of the Drive for 25, the National Nordic Foundation (NNF) is already planning big goals including doubling their $25 donations and unlocking a large matching grant. One of the ways you can help with this prep is becoming an ambassador fundraiser.

US Ski Team: Riding, Running, Roller Skiing, and Racing

August 27, 2021
Members of the US Ski team continue their summer prep for the upcoming FIS World Cup and Olympic season with a mix of gym time, trail running, mountain biking, and roller skiing. Toss in a few victories and a course record along the way, and so far the summer has been very rewarding.

Vasaloppet: Swedish Mile Set for Oct 9th

August 27, 2021
The Vasaloppet's Swedish Mile returns with a fall festival format on Oct 9th. This year's event features a 10K trail race, 5K Fun Run, Kid's Races, and food, drink, and lots of fall-focused activities for the whole family around the Vasaloppet Nordic Center with proceeds supporting snowmaking and operations.

Vasaloppet Price Hike Coming End of Month

August 25, 2021
Vasaloppet snow makes registering early and saving on registration fees an easy decision. So make sure to register before midnight August 31st to save some cash. After that, all you have to do is focus on skiing while they focus on making the snow.

Midwest MTB Report

August 18, 2021
A weekend of epic proportions with multiple events occurring in every direction means a Midwest MTB Report from Jay Richards is all but essential. Recaps from the Leadville 100 and GRIND, highlights from the Ore to Shore, links to a couple of mountain bike related articles, and a look ahead—it's all there in this week's report.

US Biathlon Summer Championships Recap

August 11, 2021
With the 2021-2022 season fast approaching, the 2021 US Biathlon Summer Championships served as the first round of qualifying for international racing, and for some, the first step toward Olympic qualification. A full recap of the event is brought to us by Luke Brown.

Up, Up and Away Classic Rollerski Race this Saturday

August 10, 2021
The CXC Rollerski Cup continues this Saturday, Aug 14th, with the Up, Up and Away classic rollerski race uphill at Blue Mound State Park in Wisconsin. The event features additional rollerski divisions, as well as a running race.

Midwest MTB Report

August 9, 2021
With point-to-point and endurance events taking place among the series races, and riders getting in those last trips out West or checking out the plethora of new trail in the Midwest, one of the busiest months of the mountain bike season is upon us. Included in this week's Midwest MTB Report from Jay Richards are highlights from the iconic Maah Daah Heh races in the Badlands of North Dakota, recaps of the MNMBS "Powder Monkey" race at Spirit Mountain, and a look ahead to a busy middle of August.

Borah Epic Donated to American Birkebeiner

August 5, 2021
After nine years, the Borah Foundation is passing ownership of the Borah Epic to the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.

Machinery Hill Rollerski Criterium Results

August 4, 2021
The CXC Rollerski Cup opened up on Tuesday evening with racing action on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Machinery Hill. The men's open race came down to a photo finish between Brian Gregg and Magnus Boee, Gregg taking the victory, with Adrik Kraftson not far behind in third. The women's open race saw Inga Wing pull away from the field to win by almost seven seconds over Greta Hansen with Elsa Bergman third. In the combined U16 boys, masters men, youngster Daniel McCollor edged out veteran Torry Kraftson for the title, with Jacob Kensy taking third. Results posted, plus video from Caitlin Gregg.

Birkie Lumberjack Run in Hayward this Saturday

July 28, 2021
The Birkie Lumberjack 5K Run returns this Saturday, July 31st, to the Lumberjack World Championships Festival. Popular with Midwest skiers, the event rolls through backstreets in south Hayward, starting and finishing at the historic Lumberjack bowl.

Midwest MTB Report

July 27, 2021
August is just around the corner, but the weather stays the same: hot and dry. With the same consistency, Jay Richards checks in with another Midwest MTB Report—this one featuring a recap from the MNMBS race at Mount Kato, a brief highlight of the mountain bike events in the Olympics, a peak at the new trails in Cuyuna, and a look ahead to some upcoming events.

Loppet Rollerski Criterium at Machinery Hill Aug 3rd

July 26, 2021
The Loppet Foundation is hosting the CXC Rollerski Series kickoff event on Tuesday, August 3rd at Machinery Hill on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds! The event will use matched pair rollerskis with a limited set available so register now!

CXC Rollerski Cup Expands to Five Events

July 25, 2021
The CXC Rollerski Cup series will have five events this season, kicking off on August 3rd in the Twin Cities. The series will have additional stops in Blue Mound, Wausau, and Duluth.

Midwest MTB Report

July 22, 2021
The wheels keep moving despite the recent hot, hazy, and dry stretch of weather. In this week's Midwest MTB Report from Jay Richards: a recap from the BCBC race series in North Dakota; examining the transition from old school trails to newer, flowier ones; a couple bike related items to note, including a look at the Olympic mountain bike course in Tokyo; and the usual look ahead.

Midwest MTB Report

July 13, 2021
With the halfway point of the summer fast approaching approaching, Jay Richards reports on racing action from across the country—from the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in Winter Park, CO, to series racing action back up in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. Also included in this week's Midwest MTB Report: a few interesting related items, along with the usual upcoming events.

Shoreline Sprints Recap

July 13, 2021
A very competitive field turned out Saturday for the inaugural Shoreline Sprints rollerski races in Rice Lake, WI. Hosted by Out There, with numerous contributing sponsors, the event featured some fast racing by elite athletes. Victories were earned by Zak Ketterson and Nichole Bathe. Check out the full results plus photos and videos from the event, as well as plans for next year!

Birkie Trail Run Hosts National Championships

July 7, 2021
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation has announced that the Birkie Trail Run half marathon, part of Birkie Trail Run Festival events, has once again been named the USA Track and Field (USATF) Half Marathon Trail Championship.   The Birkie Trail Run weekend is Sept 24-25, with registration now open.

Midwest MTB Report

July 6, 2021
Returning from a midsummer hiatus, this edition of Jay Richard's Midwest MTB Report features recaps from both the Lutsen 99er and the Chequamegon 100, highlights and review of new trail, the naming of the US Olympic team, and upcoming events to look forward to.

Team Birkie Reborn

July 2, 2021
The Loppet Foundation, CXC Skiing and the American Birkebeiner announce the formation of a new, elite racing team for the Midwest, Team Birkie. Caitlin Gregg will be the head coach for the squad that initially will include Zak Ketterson, Christian Gostout, Julie Ensrud, Amanda Kautzer, and more.

Shoreline Rollerski Sprints Schedule Posted

June 29, 2021
Just over 10 days away, the big Shoreline Sprints rollerski races, hosted by Out There shop, now have a detailed schedule posted. There are still some openings for elite/pro skiers to get in on the action. And plan to come out and cheer them on July 10th!

Shoreline Rollerski Sprints in Rice Lake Coming July 10th!

June 15, 2021
Out There shop has announced a pro-level rollerski event coming to Rice Lake on July 10th. Over $5000 in payouts is being offered, with the races being held on an 800 meter course along the Rice Lake shoreline. Open to elite/pro-level skiers and biathletes, register now! Spectators strongly encouraged.

Chippewa Triathlon Results

June 12, 2021
Beautiful weather on Saturday brought out a nice field for the annual Chippewa Triathlon in Cass Lake. Solo titles were earned by Mike Brumbaugh and Janele Shepard, Doubles victories for John Kallemeyn and Maria Janowiak. The 2-4 person relay title went to Fighting Squirrels (Mark Morrissy, Kim Carroll, Louis Morrissey, Mike Meehlhause).

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Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Midwest MTB Report

June 8, 2021
Despite an early heat wave in place making for an extra challenge when riding and racing, there is still plenty to cover in this week's Midwest MTB Report from Jay Richards. Featured are highlights from both the Borah EPIC and race #3 of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, a couple mountain bike related items, and a look ahead.

US Ski Team: Diggins Honored With Overall Athlete Of the Year Award

June 7, 2021
Jessie Diggins was honored by U.S. Ski & Snowboard with its Beck International Award as overall athlete of the year. Diggins was one of eight athletes recognized for their accomplishments in the 2020-21 season. It was her third time winning the overall athlete honor.

Seeley Hills, Birkie Tour Breakup

June 6, 2021
An early update to the 2021-22 season calendar, the American Birkebeiner has split the pairing of the Birkie Tour and Seeley Hills Classic events into separate weekends. Birkie Tour will be Jan 15th while the Seeley Hills Classic is set for Jan 29th. Registration is now open for both events.

Borah Epic Coverage

June 5, 2021
On a very hot early June day in Hayward, riders hit the course to compete in the annual Borah Epic. In the full Epic, Daxton Mock took the victory in 2:36:34 with Pavel Nelson second, Logan Schlough third. Courtenay Mcfadden raced to the women's top time at 3:08:25 with Elaina Griffiths second and Kenzie Statz third. Titles in the half Epic went to John Kubiak and Lyllie Sonnemann. Long gravel champions were Luke Beirl and Sabine Furlong, while short gravel winners were Kim Neitzel and Rob Weum. We've got photos from the full Borah Epic by Jackie Schneider!

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Results: Borah Epic

World Cup Returns to Midwest in 2024

June 4, 2021
FIS released a long-term planning calendar that tentatively awards Minnesota and Wisconsin with World Cup events in 2024! The Loppet Foundation could get a second chance after Covid halted the 2020 World Cup, with Theodore Wirth possibly hosting three events, and then the World Cup would move to Hayward for two more possible races, coinciding the 50th anniversary of the Birkie.

Midwest MTB Report

June 2, 2021
With summer riding conditions in full swing and much warmer weather in the forecast, this week's Midwest MTB Report from Jay Richards covers racing action from over the Memorial Day weekend, including Enduro events on the Copper Harbor Trails, along with other news from Copper Harbor and additional coverage of upcoming races and events from around the Midwest.

Mighty Miss Paddle Coming Aug 14th

June 2, 2021
The Mighty Miss Paddle, offering a 55 mile relay/paddle, 25 mile, and 12 mile race/tour will return this summer on the Mississippi River starting in St. Cloud, Monticello, or Elk River with all finishing at Two Rivers Peninsula Point Park in Anoka.

Midwest MTB Report

May 25, 2021
Jay Richards' Midwest MTB Report returns with coverage of greasy racing conditions for race #2 in the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, in addition to information on "Ride The Range", details on IMBA's Trail Accelerator grant, the impact of mountain biking on nature, and a look ahead to the Wisconsin Mountain Bike Endurance Series.

CityTrail Loppet Coverage

May 23, 2021
Temps in the 70s and humid conditions for the 2021 edition of the CityTrail Loppet on Sunday. The loop courses, due to covid, stretched through south Wirth around Brownie Lake, adding Cedar Lake for the 10K runners, before winding back along the east side of south Wirth to finish near Wirth Beach. Zak Ketterson powered to the men's 10K top time, running just under 38 minutes. Aaron Bartnik finished second, Brian Gregg was third. Becca Loman finished just under 44 minutes for the women's best time, Renae Anderson second and Caitlin Gregg third.

Midwest MTB Report

May 19, 2021
In this edition of the Midwest MTB report, Jay Richards is back again with in-depth coverage of the Pro XCT race at Englewood Farms, which also served as race #1 in the Wisconsin series (WORS). Highlights of a new trail app for Midwest riders, group rides, Redhead's grand opening, a couple other related items to note, and a look ahead is included as well.

Join the Board: American Birkebeiner

May 14, 2021
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) is looking for four amazing ABSF members to join our 13-member Board of Directors. Any ABSF member can submit a nomination form and be placed on the ballot for the 2021 ABSF Board of Directors Election. Applications due by June 23.

Midwest MTB Report

May 13, 2021
Another weekly Midwest MTB report from Jay Richards brings coverage of the Hungry Bear 100, links to upcoming clinics and events, and reporting on both constructive and destructive trail building efforts. A preview of the upcoming UCI race at Englewoods Farm is also featured.

CityTrail Loppet Price Hike

May 8, 2021
Entry fees for the Sitka Salmon Shares CityTrail Loppet are increasing at 11:59pm on Sunday, May 9th. That is also the deadline to be guaranteed free race swag (a tech t-shirt from Craft)!

US Ski Team 2021-22 Nominations Announced

May 5, 2021
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced the Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team nominations for the 2021-22 Olympic season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. Making the list from the Midwest: Jessie Diggins (A) and Kevin Bolger (B). Two new stars get updated to A team: Gus Schumacher and JC Schoonmaker.

Birkie Registration at Record Pace

May 5, 2021
Sign up for American Birkebeiner events has been at a record pace for May, with Tier 1 pricing already full. Act quickly to still get in on the lower price levels, once they're full the price will go up!

Midwest MTB Report

May 4, 2021
Jay Richards turns out a jam packed Midwest MTB report this week with local recaps from the Fat Fish 40 and race #1 in the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series (MNMBS) at St Croix Falls as the racing season is underway. Also reports on the Midwesterners at the PRO XCT race in Soldier Hollow UT, US women posting solid results in the Swiss Power UCI XC race plus a handful of mountain related links.

Snake River Canoe Race Results

May 1, 2021
With temperatures soaring into the upper 80s, the annual Snake River Canoe Races was one of the warmest on record. Over 130 entries competed on the smooth running Snake River. Pro Boat winners: Joe Manns/Allen Limberg (male), Maria Schilling/Greg Zophy (mixed); Open racing: Kari Henry/Jan Guenther (female), Jeremiah Menk/Steven Menk (male), Chris Godwin/Amy Godwin (mixed). Check out the full results for all the division winners.

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Results: Snake River Canoe Race

Birkie Registration Now Open

May 1, 2021
Registration for the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, Prince Haakon, Birkie Tour, and Fat Bike Birkie opened on May 1st. Secure your wave placement and get in on ground floor pricing by registering now!

2020-21 Season Highlights

May 1, 2021
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2020-2021 collegiate racing season.

2020-21 Season Highlights

May 1, 2021
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2020-21 high school racing season.