Archives 2019-2020

NewBirkie Membership Drive and Early Registration Underway

April 2, 2020
Support the American Birkebeiner and start your 2021 Birkie training by taking out a American Birkebeiner membership! As an added bonus, your membership gives you early access to race registration and a custom bib.

Birkie: Stronger Together

March 21, 2020
The Birkie Team has been gathering insightful and inspiring resources to help keep us moving and staying positive during this time of social distancing. Check out their 'Stronger Together' page for activities, articles, podcasts, videos, and workouts you can do from home.

Collegiate Racing Recap: NCAA, USCSA Championships

March 17, 2020
Both the NCAA and USCSA Championships were interrupted last week by the coronavirus outbreak, but Luke Brown brings us a full recap on the racing that was held with some strong Midwest results.

Borah Teamwear Official Jersey Supplier for Intelligentsia Cup

March 16, 2020
Borah Teamwear announces they will supply the Chicago based cycling race series Intelligentsia Cup with the coveted custom winner’s jerseys for the next three years. The Intelligentsia Cup is the largest attened race series in the country.

MNJRC Kickoff Meeting Friday April 3rd

March 15, 2020
Minnesota Junior Cycling (MNJRC) will hold their annual kickoff meeting on Friday, April 3rd, at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge in St. Paul. MNJRC welcomes all junior cyclists, including those racing the Minnesota high school MTB series.

Biathlon: US Biathlon National Championships Canceled

March 14, 2020
The 2020 US Biathlon National Championships and the North American Championships, planned to be held in West Yellowstone, Montana, March 27-29, are officially canceled due to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic.

Junior Nationals: Relay Races Livestream

March 13, 2020

Junior Nationals: Freestyle Races Livestream

March 12, 2020

NCAA Freestyle Race Results

March 12, 2020
The opening race for the NCAA Skiing Championships for Nordic skiing events was Thursday, featuring freestyle 5K and 10K races. The Midwest had a strong representation in the women's 5K as Sarah Goble, MTU, finished 7th and Margie Freed, UVM, was 9th. In the mens 10K, Kjetil Baanerud, NMU, had the top Midwest result in 20th place. Eveliina Piippo, DU, and Ben Ogden, UVM, took the women's and men's titles respectively. It was announced after the race that Saturday's classic race was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Junior Nationals Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

March 12, 2020
Junior Nationals competition is the latest casuality of the coronavirus outbreak as organizers announced on Thursday morning the cancellation of the remaining events.

NCAA Freestyle Race Coverage

March 12, 2020
NCAA Championships kicks off Thursday with the freestyle races being held at Crosscut Mountain Sports in Bozeman, MT. Watch the livestream and checkout live results!

Fastenal Parallel 45 Festival and Minneapolis World Cup Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

March 12, 2020
The growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak has forced the cancellation of the Parallel 45 Festival, including the Minneapolis World Cup at Theodore Wirth!

Junior Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Coverage

March 11, 2020
Wednesday at Junior Nationals featured freestyle sprints races. Another sparse day on the podium for the upper Midwest -- Gus Schatzlein was the lone Midwest representative scoring a third place finish in the boys U20 final. Molly Moening, FU16, also made the sprint finals, taking fifth. Results linked in, along with photos from Jackie Schneider.

Junior Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Livestream

March 10, 2020

World Cup Recap: Norway, North America

March 10, 2020
Off the plane from Europe, Rex Wax tech Chris Hecker reports on last week's World Cup races in Norway and previews the exciting North American remaining races.

USCSA Collegiate National Championships Start Tuesday

March 9, 2020
The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) will host its 5-day long annual Collegiate National Championships from March 10-14th, 2020 in Lake Placid, NY. Nearly 500 competitors will compete for National collegiate titles in alpine, Nordic, snowboard and freeski events.

Junior Nationals: Classic Coverage

March 9, 2020
Junior Nationals opened on Monday in Soda Springs, CA, with classic format racing. Johanna Craig (Great Lakes) skied to the only podium for the upper Midwest teams, taking third place in the girls U20 division. Top ten performances on the day: Anabel Needram 5th (FU20), Cooper Lennox 7th (MU20), Morgan Richter 8th (FU20), and Molly Moening 6th (FU16). Other top Midwest results - MU18:Roger Anderson 12th, Colin Freed 16th; MU20: Gus Schatzlein 11th, Henry Snider 13th, James Schneider 14th; FU18: Libby Tuttle 23rd; FU20: Emma Albrecht 12th, Alice House 13th; FU16: Margo Nightingale 13th, Jordan Parent 14th; MU16: Adrik Kraftson 20th. Results linked in, photos from Jackie Schneider.

Junior Nationals: Classic Races Livestream

March 8, 2020

Central Regional High Performance Coach Sought

March 7, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF), Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC), and the Loppet Foundation are working in cooperation with the intent of creating a regional high performance team based out of The Trailhead, at Theodore Wirth Park, in Minneapolis. They are currently seeking candidates for the head coaching position. Deadline for application is March 22nd!

Junior Nationals Livestream Coverage

March 7, 2020
Livestreams of the Junior Nationals competition this coming week in Truckee, CA, can be watched via the XCOUNTRYLIVE package. And as an added bonus, subscribers have a chance at a pair of Salomon skis! Racing action starts Monday, March 9th at 11 am.

Fat Bike Birkie Results

March 7, 2020
Birkie organizers report: It was a bright bluebird sky and sunshine-filled day at the 2020 Fat Bike Birkie, presented by Freewheel Bike, for the world’s largest on-snow fat bike race, held at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead near Cable, Wisconsin. Nearly 1100 riders competed with riders hailing from 17 states and 3 countries. Big Fat 47K champion in the men’s category was Corey Stelljes with Chris Stevens second and Peter Olejniczak third. Women’s 47K Big Fat 2020 winner was Leia Schneeberger with Sonia Pond second and Heather Stelljes third.

Great Bear Chase Results

March 7, 2020
A huge field of more than 800 skiers hit the Swedetown trails on Saturday for the Great Bear Chase events. Team Gregg ruled the day in the 50K skiathlon as Brian and Caitlin took the mens and womens titles. Zach Nelson and Anna Engel skated to 50K freestyle victories, Eric Patterson and Elspeth Ronnander the 50K classic crowns. Minnesota high school stars Charlie Grabow and Ethan Erickson battled it in the 25K freestyle, Grabow winning by less than two seconds! Inga Wing, in the under 17 category, topped the women's 25K field. The 25K classic titles went to Cedric Keller and Jane Straka.

Biathlon: Cervenka Garners First Career Medal at IBU Junior Cup

March 7, 2020
Vaclav Cervenka (Grand Rapids, MN) was one of only six athletes in the field of 93 to shoot clean, helping him earn the silver medal in the men's 10-kilometer sprint on Saturday at the IBU Junior Cup in Arber, Germany. It marked the first IBU medal of Cervenka's career.

Slush Rush Results

March 7, 2020
Jason Dalebroux reports: The 2020 Hoigaard's/Breadsmith was held Saturday morning on the Hyland manmade snow loop, under sunny skies, warming temps, and fast snow. A quick group of three broke away early, with JoJo Baldus taking the Masters men's 9K win over Ben Creagh and Erik Hendrickson. Other winners included Abigail Turman in the Masters women's division, as Declan Rodefeld and Jackie Larsen took victories in the shorter 4.5K Juniors race.

World Juniors: Junior Men Gold, Junior Women Silver at World Championships

March 6, 2020
It was a historic day for Team USA at the 2020 FIS Junior Cross Country World Championships, as the junior men defended their team relay gold and the junior women’s relay team took the silver medal in Oberwiesenthal, Germany.

Victor C. Dunder Award Nominations Sought

March 5, 2020
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.

Endurance United Junior Program Training Now Open

March 5, 2020
Registration for Endurance United's spring, summer and D-team junior Nordic ski training programs is now open.

World Cup: Holmenkollen World Cup Races Go Spectator Empty

March 5, 2020
Due to the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, organizers at this weekend's World Cup races in Holmenkollen, Norway, have decided to close the event to spectators.

Still a Chance for Snow Ball in Hell

March 4, 2020
Come be part of the Parallel 45 celebration, there are still openings for ski cross and bike cross events called Snowball In Hell! The Minnesota Vikings are sponsoring the event which will feature Vikings decor including a 20 foot tall Viking and cheerleaders on the downhill course. Plus there is great swag for contestants, with the winner receiving a genuine Vikings helmet!

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, RMISA

March 4, 2020
The collegiate conference racing circuit wrapped up its season last weekend with championship events for both EISA and RMISA. Luke Brown has all the racing action, plus great photos from Linda Kerker and Sarah Reinhardt!

MCSA Conference Championship Recap

March 3, 2020
The inaugural season of the Midwestern Conference of United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association racing wrapped up with conference championship racing in Rhinelander, Wisconsin last weekend. Drew Birschbach has a recap of the action, as well as a number of photos from the two days of racing.


Photoset from Drew Birschbach: Day 1, Day 2, Top Pics

World Cup Recap: Lahti, Norway

March 3, 2020
Chris Hecker of Rex Wax reports in from the World Cup, this week recapping the action from Lahti, Finland, and looking ahead to racing action this week in Norway.

CXC Names Championship Teams

March 2, 2020
Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) has named the Midwest and Great Lakes division teams for Junior Nationals, as well as the U16 and U18 NENSA Championship squads. The teams were selected through a series of qualifying events over the past three months. Junior Nationals is set for March 7-14th in Truckee, CA.

Vasaloppet USA Winners Compete at Swedish Vasaloppet

March 2, 2020
A number of Vasaloppet winners competed at the Swedish Vasaloppet last weekend, including Caitlin Gregg and Felicia Gesior, as well as top skiers like Brian Gregg and Kikkan Randall.


Results: Swedish Vasaloppet

Fat Bike Birkie Closes Wednesday Night

March 2, 2020
Your last chance -- registration for the Fat Bike Birkie closes Wednesday night! The big races are this Saturday at the Birkie trailhead in Cable.

World Juniors: Schumacher Grabs Gold in Exciting 10K Classic

March 2, 2020
US junior star Gus Schumacher further cemented his legacy, taking a victory at the World Juniors in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, on Monday. While the 10K classic race was an individual start event, the leaders all went out in the final four positions, with Schumacher starting last, thus providing one exciting finish! The US men had a strong day as Ben Ogden was 9th, Luke Jager 10th, and Johnny Hagenbuch 25th. On the women's side, Sophia Laukli scored 13th with Minnesotan Mara McCollor 60th.

Loppet Winter Triathlon Results

March 1, 2020
A fairly fast ski course gave way to softer conditions as temperatures quickly rose into the 40s for the Loppet Foundations Winter Triathlon race at Theodore Wirth on Sunday. Joel LaFrance posted the top ski and fat bike times to hold off a late challenge from Jacob Keehan and take the victory, repeating their finishing places from last year. Jan Guenther also repeated as the women's champion, logging the 8th fastest ski time (overall) in the process.

World Juniors: Kern Takes Sprint Bronze at U23 World Championships

March 1, 2020
Julia Kern won the bronze medal in the freestyle sprint at the FIS U23 Cross Country World Championships in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, Saturday. Sweden went 1-2 with Emma Ribom winning the gold, and Johanna Hagstroem taking the silver.

Pepsi Challenge Results

February 29, 2020
More than 300 skiers turned out Saturday for the Pepsi Challenge races at Giants Ridge. In the 50K freestyle race, Bryan Cook bested Nick Matelich for the victory by just over 30 seconds with Samuel Olson third. Hannah Olson cruised to nearly a 10 minute margin over Elaine Nelson in winning the women's division, Bethann Chamberlain taking third. Andrew Tilman strided away with the men's 50K classic title, Brandy Stewart led the spare women's group. The biggest field on the day was for the 25K freestyle race which came down to an exciting finish between Forest Lake high school stars Ethan and Noah Erickson vs master champ Andy Schakel, with Ethan taking the sprint, Schakel second and Noah third. Maja Peterson was the women's champion with Rana Kraftson second and Sara Kylander-Johnson third. 25K classic titles went to Logan Jenson and Courtney Gregory.

Trail Kids Superski Age Gap Classic Relay Coverage

February 28, 2020
Kim Rudd reports: TRAIL KIDS Superski Age Gap Classic Relay race had close to two hundred youth and parents out for the event Thursday night! Guest World Cup racer and 2019 Birkie winner Alayna Sonnesyn paired up with one of the TRAIL KIDS for the relay event along with speaking after the race about her recent World Cup races! Some lucky TRAIL KIDS won some of her World Cup race bibs as door prizes! Thank you Gear West for sponsoring the event with incredible Bjorn Daehlie prizes!


Photoset from Todd Anderson: Superski Age Gap Classic Relay
Results: Superski Age Gap Classic Relay

Fat Bike Birkie Nearly Full

February 28, 2020
As of Friday afternoon, there were less than 90 openings left for the Fat Bike Birkie next weekend in Cable. If you want that once a year chance to ride your Fat Bike on the Birkie trail, you'd better sign up soon!

MCSA Northern Division Update

February 27, 2020
The Northern division of the Midwestern Conference of the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (MCSA) reports in on their results at the American Birkebeiner.

NorthStar Development Cycling Programs

February 26, 2020
NorthStar Development is excited to announce its Junior Road Cycling Program for 2020 and are welcoming new and returning riders. Represented locally, regionally, and nationally, NorthStar Development delivers coaching, training, and racing for all abilities age 9-23.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA

February 26, 2020
The CCSA held their Regional Championships last weekend as the line ups for NCAA Championships were determined. Luke Brown has the full breakdown on the racing action.

Great Bear Chase Countdown

February 25, 2020
The Great Bear Chase events in Calumet, MI, are less than two weeks away! Trails are in top condition and there are seven races options to choose from.

World Cup Report: Ski Tour Stages 4-6

February 25, 2020
Chris Hecker of Rex Wax reports on the final stages of the Ski Tour, including some epic change ups on the final day of racing.

Minneapolis World Cup Tickets Prices Jump Tuesday Night

February 24, 2020
The Minneapolis World Cup festival, March 14-17, has their next price increase coming on the spectator tickets Wednesday. Purchase your tickets by Tuesday night to save some cash!

Minnesota Canoe Association Annual Meeting Monday

February 23, 2020
The Minnesota Canoe Association's Annual Meeting is this coming Monday evening, Feb 24th. Bob Vollhaber and Kendra Liebel will be giving an exclusive presentation about their recent Border Route adventure where they archived a fastest known time.

American Birkebeiner Coverage

February 22, 2020
Beautiful conditions Saturday for the giant American Birkebeiner races from Cable to Hayward. The men's race came down to a pack of eight, with six hitting Main Street for a sprint to the finish. Norway's World Cup veteran Niklas Dyrhaug took the victory just ahead of Minnesota native Ian Torchia with Robin Duvillard, France, third, and Adam Martin, Norwegian Anders Nostdahl Gloersen and Erik Bjornsen round out the top six. Jessica Yeaton, Australia, broke away from the field by Hwy OO and finished 41 seconds ahead of Finnish Olympian Riitta-Liisa Roponen to take the win. Erika Flowers was third, and the top American finisher. Classic titles were won decisively by Peter Holmes and Wisconsin native Nichole Bathe. Results linked in, along with photos from the midway point for the early waves.

American Birkebeiner Livestream Replay

February 21, 2020

Kortelopet Coverage

February 21, 2020
A beautiful winter day for the Kortelopet races as the field raced out of the new Korte start at Hwy OO and finished in downtown Hayward. Veteran Murray Carter planned his final push perfectly, outsprinting the younger pack of four and fending off a late charge by Kieran Mullen to take the win, with Noah Straka taking third, as Zach Nemeth and Sam Stertz all finished within five seconds. Wisconsin Mia Case cruised to a relatively easy victory for the women, more than two minutes ahead of Ingrid Halverson, with Nina Chosy third. Classic titles went to Jacob Rochell-Share and Johanna Craig. Results linked in, along with eight photosets from the races.

American Birkebeiner - Kortelopet Livestream Replay

February 21, 2020

Birkie Week Thursday Events Coverage

February 20, 2020
Thursday brings a whole ramping up of events for the big Birkie week festival as Barkiebirkie (skijor), Barnebirkie (youth), Junior Birkie, and Giant Ski events all take place in downtown Hayward, culminating Thursday evening with the Birkie Bash featuring Kikkan Randall.

Biathlon: Leif Nordgren Takes Career Best 8th Place at World Championships

February 19, 2020
Minnesota native Leif Nordgren shot his way to a career-best finish in the men's 20-kilometer individual on Wednesday at the IBU World Championships in Antholz, Italy. The two-time Olympian was the only competitor in the 104-man field to shoot a perfect 20-for-20 on the range, propelling him to a career-best eighth place. Nordgren's previous best was a 16th-place finish in the same event at last year's world championships.

World Cup Report: Ski Tour Stages 1-3

February 19, 2020
The FIS Ski Tour is underway and World Cup wax tech Chris Hecker of Rex brings us a recap on the first three stages, plus notes on the upcoming events this week.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, CCSA, RMISA

February 19, 2020
Another busy weekend on the collegiate racing calendar as NCAA Championships are rapidly approaching. Luke Brown has the racing breakdown for EISA, CCSA and RMISA divisions. Plus Midwest skier photos from EISA by Linda Kerker.

Price Hike: Pepsi Challenge

February 18, 2020
The Pepsi Challenge, Feb 29th at Giants Ridge, is having their final price hike on Friday, Feb 21st. Register by Thursday night to avoid the price increase.

Frankowski: Minnesota World Cup (aka FIS Sprint Tour) Qualification

February 17, 2020
Rosie Frankowski follows up her World Cup article with details on what it takes to qualify for the Minnesota World Cup in March. Read all the details, and discover the different pathways athletes might be taking.

Mayor's Challenge Classic Coverage

February 17, 2020
Racing Monday at Wirth, the Mayor's Challenge wrapped up the JNQ season with classic technique events. Adam Martin posted a scorching fast 10K time of just over 22 minutes to take the men's victory. Kaitlynn Miller collected the victory in the women's 5K. Top U20 skiers were Gus Schumacher and Canadian Anne-Marie Petitclerc. U18 titles went to Cooper Lennox and Libby Tuttle, and fastest U16 times on the day belonged to Adrik Kraftson and Molly Moening. Results linked in, photos from Jackie Schneider posted.

Mayor's Challenge Freestyle Sprints Coverage

February 16, 2020
The Loppet Foundation began their final push to the World Cup with the Mayor's Challenge freestyle sprints Sunday at Theodore Wirth. The course setup provided the organization another chance to dry-run their World Cup layout. In the senior heats, mens U20 sensation Gus Schumacher posted the top qualifying time and took each heat in route to winning the title. On the women's side, Becca Rorabaugh bested Erika Flowers in the finals. Many juniors raced in the senior heats, thus providing some opportunity for others in the junior heats. Junior titles were earned by Charlie Grabow and Lauren Loppnow, U16 titles for Adrik Kraftson and Molly Moening. Results linked in, photos by Jackie Schneider posted.

Minnesota State Meet Recap and Stats

February 15, 2020
With the State Meet in the books and a day to catch our breath and look over the numbers, we present our meet recap and expanded stats breakdown. Read up on the big movers and interesting team stats, plus see how our predictions panned out.

Minnesota Finlandia Coverage

February 15, 2020
Beautiful weather Saturday for the annual Minnesota Finlandia events in Bemidji. Craig Cardinal collected another rose-mailed axe in taking the premiere 50K title with Jenna Ruzich the women's champion. Soren Dybing pulled ahead for the 25K freestyle victory with Susanne Hill the top female. Classic 25K titles went to Kerrie Berg and Nicholas Youso. And the skiathlon winners were Logan Jenson and Anna Dehler. Results posted, plus some photos from Monte Draper.

Minnesota State Meet Coverage

February 14, 2020
Quite a long day at Giants Ridge Friday for the Minnesota high school Nordic skiing championships. Cold weather delayed and compressed the morning races and some issues with results delayed the afternoon pursuit races even further. Libby Tuttle, Stillwater, grabbed the early lead by posting the top skate time in the morning freestyle race. But it was St. Paul Highland Park's Molly Moening putting on a stunning classic pursuit to overtake Tuttle and win the overall title! Tuttle finished second with Forest Lake's Jordan Parent third. On the boys side, Roger Anderson, Robbinsdale-Armstrong, got the pursuit head start after taking the freestyle race. Starting fourth, Henry Snider of MPA, strided his way up to Anderson, and the two came into the finish together, Snider just edging ahead for the pursuit victory. CJ Young, Maple Grove, rounded out the podium in third. St. Paul Highland Park girls beat out Forest Lake by 12 points for the team title, Stillwater taking third. Forest Lake and Minneapolis Southwest tied on points with Forest Lake winning the tie-breaker based on time (8 seconds difference!), St. Paul Highland Park was third. Results are up along with big photosets and even video highlights!

Biathlon: Susan Dunklee Takes Silver at World Championships

February 14, 2020
American Susan Dunklee earned a surprising silver medal Friday at the World Biathlon Championships in the 7.5K sprint event. Dunklee pulled off a very similar peak with a second place in the 2017 Worlds.

Minnesota State Meet Champions: Where Are They Now?

February 12, 2020
With the 2020 Minnesota State Meet on Friday, we had Luke Brown take a roll call of the last 20 years of State Meet champions, checking in to see where they are now, the memories they have from that big day, and more. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Birkie Reveals Handcrafted Champion Awards

February 12, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has revealed the 2020 overall champion awards which will be awarded to the top three male and female winners in the Slumberland American Birkebeiner (male/female, skate/classic), the Kortelopet (male/female, skate/classic) and Prince Haakon (top three overall winners) during podium ceremonies next week.

Minnesota State Meet Preview

February 11, 2020
The Minnesota High School State Nordic Skiing Championships are this Friday at Giants Ridge. We offer our take on the ones to watch, including predictions for top three individuals and teams. Best wishes to all the skiers!

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, RMISA

February 11, 2020
The Eastern (EISA) and Rocky Mountain (RMISA) divisions were in play last weekend, with Midwest skiers once again posting some excellent results. Luke Brown has the full breakdown on the latest collegiate racing action and top Midwest performances.

World Cup Report: Falun Recap, Ski Tour Preview

February 11, 2020
Rex World Cup Wax Tech Chris Hecker recaps last weekend's racing action in a very warm and slushy Falun, Sweden, and then provides a brief preview of the new Ski Tour series which will race across Sweden and Norway over the next week.

Biathlon: World Championship Teams Announced

February 11, 2020
The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee has announced the rosters for the upcoming IBU Biathlon World Championships in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy, Feb. 13-23, as well as the teams competing at the IBU Open European Championships in Otepaeae, Estonia, Feb. 26-March 1. From the Midwest, Leif Nordgren, Jake Brown and Paul Schommer along with Deedra Irwin as alternate will be headed to the World Championships. Luke Brown and Raleigh Goessling have been selected for the Open European Championships.

US Nordic Cross World Championship Set for March 21st

February 10, 2020
Stay Skinny, Get Sendy: The third annual US Nordic Cross World Championship race is set for March 21st at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, MN. The course will be mostly downhill with obstacles (including big jump) as well as a short but steep climb. Plus, bring those rocks skis for the big air competition.

Frankowski: Skiing Beyond High School

February 10, 2020
Olympian and World Cup skier Rosie Frankowski shares her thoughts on options available to post-secondary skiers including the perks of a collegiate skiing program, gap years, and even going straight to an athletic career.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Final Round

February 10, 2020
We take our final crack at sorting out the Minnesota high school Nordic ski rankings! No major changes at the top, but definitely some movers that should help generate one exciting State Meet this Friday. Watch for our State Meet Preview on Wednesday.

Minnesota State High School Meet Rescheduled to Friday

February 10, 2020
Due to forecast cold weather Thursday, the Minnesota high school state Nordic skiing championships have been rescheduled to Friday, Feb 14th. Note: The Charlie Banks Relays have been cancelled.

Wisconsin State High School Championships Day 2 Results

February 9, 2020
The Wisconsin State High School Championships wrapped up on Sunday with freestyle pursuit competition. As expected, Johanna Craig of Lakeland, held off all challengers as she again posted the top time on the day to take the freestyle title and overall pursuit victory. Alice House, Blackhawk, and Mia Case, Lakeland, held their same positions to complete the girls podium. Eli Gore, Madnorski, overcame the three second deficit and went post the top freestyle time and collect the pursuit title with Ryan Thieme, ANST, sticking second and Jakob Craig, Lakeland, taking third. The Lakeland girls easily won the team title, the ANST edging out Lakeland for the boys title by just two points.

Vasaloppet USA Coverage

February 8, 2020
A big turnout on Main Street Mora for the annual Vasaloppet USA races on Saturday. While utilizing many common trail segments, the major races all had their own variations to build 50K freestyle, 44K classic and 34K freestyle distances. Matt Liebsch, Brian Gregg and Garrett Beckrich broke up the main 50K lead pack on the second lap, with Liebsch pulling away for yet another Vasaloppet title. Gregg edged out Beckrich in a sprint finish for second. Caitlin Gregg won the women's division, over four minutes ahead of second place's Claire Trujillo with Jan Guenther third. Nathan Porath and Paul Olson, both previous champions of the Dala race, made it a two-man race early on and took it down to the Main Street finish with Porath besting Olson for the 34K victory. Nicholas Youso collected third. The women's 34K race was a tightly contested affair as the top five all came in one pack for the downtown finish. Margaret Nelson collected the title with Mary Mckelvey second, Angie Robinson third as Sara Kylander-Johnson and Mindy Benton completed the group finish. The men's 44K classic was another tense battle as the lead pack of four double-poled in a finishing frenzy, Karl Holub taking the top time followed by Andrew Tilman, Thomas Kenderick, and David Chamberlain. Classic queen was once again Josie Nelson, with Elspeth Ronnander second, Kerrie Berg third. Full results linked in and photosets posted.

Wisconsin State High School Championships Day 1 Results

February 8, 2020
Day 1 of the Wisconsin high school state championships were held Saturday at the Birkie trailhead, with classic format events. Johanna Craig, Lakeland, hammered the girls field by a whopping 1:15 to take what looks like an insurmountable lead into Sunday's freestyle pursuit. Alice House, Blackhawk, and Mia Case, Lakeland will be doing the chasing. On the boys side, Ryan Thieme, ANST, collected the boys classic victory but with less than a three second margin of victory, he'll be closely pursued by Eli Gore, Madnorski, and Jakob Craig, Lakeland, in what should be a very excitement conclusion on Sunday.

Pre-Birkie Results

February 8, 2020
Nearly 700 skiers turned out Saturday for the annual Pre-Birkie races, based out of Hwy OO trailhead on the Birkie trail. Joel LaFrance took the men's 42K freestyle with Zach Varty and Nick Ross rounding out the podium. Hannah Olson was the women's marathon freestyle champion, followed by Patti Harvieux and Elaine Nelson. 42K classic titles went to Evan Wetzel and Bonnie Weiskopf. The 26K freestyle races were won by Stephen Wilbers and Annalisa Peterson, classic crowns for Gregory Shuster and Brandy Stewart.

Minnesota High School Canoe Racing League

February 7, 2020
The Minnesota Canoe Association is announcing the formation of a High School Canoe Racing League this spring. Supporting the formation of new youth clubs, the MCA is offering a number of $500 grants.

Minnesota Section 4 Championships Coverage

February 6, 2020
Hyland Lake was the site for the Section 4 Championships Thursday as the high school sections wrapped up. Libby Tuttle, Stillwater, showed top form in taking the girls pursuit title by almost a minute with Forest Lake's Jordan Parent and Margo Nightingale, MPA (both freshman) taking second and third. MPA's Henry Snider won boys pursuit with Ethan and Noah Erickson, Forest Lake, rounding out the boys podium. Forest Lake swept the team titles, with Stillwater collecting the runner up positions. Awaiting full results, photos from the freestyle pursuit posted now.

Minnesota Section 7 Championships Results

February 6, 2020
Racing on the State Meet course, Section 7's Championships provided some exciting racing action on Thursday. Grand Rapid's Elsa Viren grabbed a narrow one second margin in the morning girl's freestyle race, with Ely's Zoe Devine second and Duluth East's Gretchen Haggenmiller another eight seconds back. In the pursuit, it was Haggenmiller's turn to shine, hammering out an impressive 30 second best classic leg to take the section title by 22 seconds over Devine, with Viren third. Ely's Jasper Johnston skated to the only sub-14 minute time in the morning and then posted the best classic time to win the pursuit title by 30 seconds over Sam Stertz, Grand Rapids, with Benjamin Bauer, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, following in third. The Duluth East girls and Ely boys won the team titles, with the Ely girls edging out Mesabi East in a tie-breaker for second to join the Cloquet-Ekso-Carlton boys heading to State. Results linked in (looking for community photos?)

Minnesota Section 6 Championships Coverage

February 6, 2020
Near flawless conditions Thursday as Section 6 held their championship at Theodore Wirth. The morning's freestyle race saw Wayzata's Colin Freed and Robbinsdale-Armstrong's Roger Anderson tie for the top time, ensuring a fantastic afternoon classic pursuit. Anderson showed the better set of heels, pulling away to win by over 30 seconds. Tommy Brandes, Robbinsdale-Armstrong was the best of the rest, taking third. Wayzata's Lauren McCollor used a stellar freestyle race in the morning to spot herself a 47 second margin to take into the afternoon classic pursuit. McCollor easily claimed the title while teammate Ingrid Halverson moved up from third to second, edging out Robbinsdale-Armstrong's Sophia Pung by a second. Wayzata girls and Armstrong boys won the team titles, with Hopkins girls and Wayzata boys earning the running up bids. Resulted linked in along with photos from the morning freestyle races.

2020 Wisconsin High School Nordic Championship Prediction

February 6, 2020
Ken Schoville is back with his annual breakdown on the Wisconsin high school Nordic skiing Championship contenders! The big event is this Saturday and Sunday at the Birkie Trailhead in Cable.

Weekend Racing

February 5, 2020
Feb 8 Vasaloppet - Starting and finishing in downtown Mora, and a huge course this year!
Feb 8-9 Wisconsin State Meet - Wisconsin high school championships at the Birkie trailhead.
Feb 8 Pre-Birkie - The Birkie warmup, starts and finishes at Hwy OO.
Feb 8-9 North American Vasa - Freestyle races Saturday, classic races on Sunday.
Feb 9 North End Classic - 12.5K and 25K classic races finishing at the North End cabin.
The Racing Outlook will have any race updates we receive.


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Vasaloppet Race Course Shaping Up

February 5, 2020
Organizers report they've been able to utilize a lot of natural snow to make a very large course for the races this weekend. The big Vasa race will be two laps for 50K total, the Dala is a two laps for 34K, and the Classic is two laps for 44K total.

Minnesota Section 5 Championships Coverage

February 5, 2020
Another day of fast racing on the man-made snow trails at Theodore Wirth as Section 5 held their championship Wednesday. Maple Grove's Christina Bolcer posted the only sub-15 minute classic time in the morning for the girls, then cruised in the freestyle pursuit to take the title by almost a minute and a half. Coon Rapids Abby Ellenbecker was second, Mora's Johanna Schwinghamer third. Cooper Lennox, Mora, opened the morning classic with a 31 second margin of victory and added a bit more to that lead in the freestyle pursuit, taking the boys title over Maple Grove's CJ Young, Nicholas Kjome of Osseo in third. Maple Grove swept the team titles with Elk River/Zimmerman girls and Champlin Park boys earning runner up bids to State. Results linked in along with photos from the afternoon pursuit races.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, CCSA

February 5, 2020
Colby Carnival out east and Rhinelander weekend for central, Luke Brown has a full recap on the collegiate racing action across the US from last weekend.

Minnesota Section 3 Championships Coverage

February 4, 2020
Theodore Wirth turned all red on Tuesday as St. Paul Highland Park dominated the Section 3 championships. Leaving nothing to doubt, Molly Moening and Cole Johnson swept their classic and freestyle pursuit races in clear fashion to collect their section titles. Teammates Celeste Alden and Anna Schmidt rounded out the girls podium, while Calvin Boone and Otto Schmidt did the same for the boys. Team titles (obviously) went to St. Paul Highland Park, with the St. Paul Central girls and Minneahaha Academy boys earning a trip to State as well. Results linked in, along with photos from the pursuit races.

Minnesota Section 1 Championships Coverage

February 4, 2020
Hyland Lake was the venue for Section 1 racing on Tuesday, providing a very firm and fast race course. In the girls race, Brianne Brewster, Lakeville, took the classic race by six seconds over Anni Skillicorn of Winona, with Gabby Kraemer, Eastview, just 4/10s of a second back! Brewster's margin was just enough to take the girls pursuit title, holding off a charging Kramer who finished second, Skillicorn third. In the boys race, Magnus O'Connor, Prior Lake, was the first skier out, and posted the top classic time by nine seconds over teammate Tom Beyer with Jonas Trombetta, Winona, third. Trombetta passed Beyer in the pursuit, but neither were fast enough to overtake O'Connor, who won the pursuit title. Teams advancing to State: Eastview and Rosemount girls; Prior Lake and Eagan boys. Results linked in, plus photos from the classic races.

Minnesota Section 8 Championships Results

February 4, 2020
Jay Richards reports: Maplelag Resort was host to Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships under a beautiful sunny day. Temperatures down to negative double digits set the deck up hard overnight making for fast conditions but warming up quickly and softening the snow as the day passed. In the girls race, Moorhead freshmen Abbie Ishaug who has come on in the Section the second half of the year, put a dominating performance in the skate race, building up a 30 second lead, and was able to hang on for the overall pursuit title over a chasing Gwendoline Youso from Bemidji, Kaisa Bosek from Alexandria and favorite Wren Scott-Lumbar from St. Cloud Tech. Ishaug's strong performance led the Moorhead girls team to it's first ever title in just five years of existence. Brainerd girls took the second spot by just one point over Alexandria. In the boys race, it was the Nemeth brothers from Sartell Cathedral stealing the show at the top as both brothers posted the same time in the skate race. The classic pursuit race saw little change in the top 10 as the Nemeth boys battled for the top spot with Zach taking the win over Will by 11 seconds after Will caught an edge on a corner near the end of the race. Jackson Grant of Little Falls took the third spot 20 seconds back from Will. Just like the girls, the racing was tight as the overall title went to defending Section and State Champs Sartell Cathedral. Second place saw a tie between Little Falls and Bemidji with Little Falls taking the win by just four seconds on the combined time of the top four skiers.

Frankowski: World Cup Starts 101

February 3, 2020
Rosie Frankowski provides a full breakdown on the process to get a World Cup start, and what it takes to actually make it to the start line.

Minnesota Section 2 Championships Coverage

February 3, 2020
Minnesota high school Nordic skiing sections got underway Monday with Section 2 racing at Theodore Wirth on some fast trails. Minneapolis Southwest's Sudie Hall took the morning classic victory to spot herself an 11 second margin for the pursuit race. But it was the Edina duo of Morgan Richter and Maggie Wagner that hunted Hall down by the halfway point of the 5K skate. Wagner eventually gapped Hall to take the surprising victory, Hall holding on for second with Richter third. On the boys side, Jacob Rochell-Share, Minneapolis Southwest, took the early lead with a classic victory by eight seconds over teammate Victor Sparks. In the afternoon pursuit, Sparks skated his way up to Rochell-Share with the pair leading the field until Sparks pulled away for the victory in the final stretch. Charlie Grabow collected third, completing the podium sweep for Southwest. The team competition was intense for the girls as Edina took first but Minneapolis Washburn and Eden Prairie tied on points, Eden Prairie winning the tie-breaker. Minneapolis Southwest boys handily won the title with Minneapolis Washburn second. Results linked in, plus photos from the afternoon pursuit races.

World Cup High School Ticket Sales Promo

February 2, 2020
The MN World Cup is offering a special prime for the top 5 teams with the most people signed as of Feb 15, each ticket holder will receive a Parallel 45 Festival buff.

Minnesota Sections Preview

February 2, 2020
Minnesota high school Nordic skiing sectional competition is this week! We breakdown all the sections and preview the favorites. Plus a new set of rankings as been posted!

City of Lakes Loppet Freestyle Coverage

February 2, 2020
Surviving an overnight warmup, the City of Lakes Loppet was able to pull off the freestyle races running from Lake Bde Maka Ska all the way up to the Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Sunday morning. Once again in the men's marathon race it came down to a battle between Brian Gregg and Matt Liebsch, this time going right to the wire and a tremendous crash finish. Liebsch was awarded the victory with Alex Reich third. Caitlin Gregg sailed away with the women's marathon title, Vivian Hett taking second with Bonnie Weiskopf third. Kristofer Johnson and Susanne Hill won the 20K titles. Results linked in, along with photos from Margaret Adelsman.

City of Lakes Loppet Classic Coverage

February 1, 2020
Near perfect conditions Saturday morning for the City of Lakes Loppet classic races as skiers streamed from the Minneapolis chain of lakes up to a finish at the Trailhead at Theodore Wirth. As usual, Brian Gregg and Matt Liebsch quickly made it a two-person race for the 37K marathon, with Gregg pulling ahead at the end of the victory. Taking third was David Joda. In the women's race, Caitlin Gregg took a commanding lead going on to win by four minutes over Felicia Gesior with Vivian Hett third. In the 20K race, John Rock and Maria Hauer were champions. Results linked in and photos from Margaret Adelsman posted.

Biathlon: Germain 'Super Good' in Winning Youth Worlds Bronze

January 31, 2020
The four-year medal drought for the U.S. team at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships is over after Maxime Germain (Anchorage, AK) captured the bronze medal in Friday's men's 7.5-kilometer sprint in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Germain finished just 11 seconds out of first. Grand Rapids native Sam Stertz notched a top 25 performance.

Weekend Racing

January 29, 2020
Another busy weekend on the calendar...
Feb 1-2 City of Lakes Loppet Festival - Two days of epic point to point racing across the Twin Cities urban landscape.
Feb 1 Moraloppet - 10.5K and 21K races with proceeds benefitting cancer research.
Feb 1 Mt. Ashwabay Summit - A new 10K classic course, 15K freestyle, or do both in pursuit format for 25K.
Feb 1 Wolf Tracks Rendezvous - 42K marathon using all the trails at MWP, or choose the tamer 24k event.
Feb 2 Lumberjack Jaunt - Their 46th year for this old school race with 6K and 16K events.
As usually, we'll post any race updates we receive in the Racing Outlook.


Waxing Recommendations

World Cup Report: Oberstdorf Recap, Falun Preview

January 29, 2020
Rex Wax Tech Chris Hecker posts his weekly World Cup report, recapping the racing in Germany last weekend and previewing the events in Sweden next weekend.

Collegiate Racing Recap: EISA, CCSA, RMISA

January 28, 2020
Another busy weekend in the collegiate racing scene, with some great Midwest results being posted by new and old faces across all three divisions. Luke Brown brings us the full report.

Epic Conditions Expected for Sleeping Giant Loppet

January 28, 2020
Organizers report excellent conditions at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park has they head into the final month before big races and are expecting one of their largest fields ever. Next price hike comes Feb 1st, so register by Friday night!

Great Bear Chase Celebrates 40 Years

January 27, 2020
The Great Bear Chase will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with their events Saturday, March 7th. Organizers are encouraging skiers to register now, before the Feb 1st price hike and start making those lodging plans.

US Ski Team: Diggins Third, Leads Four Americans in Top 16 at Classic Sprint

January 26, 2020
Jessie Diggins snagged her second classic sprint podium of the season to lead four U.S. Ski Team athletes into the top 16 in Oberstdorf, Germany, Sunday. Sophie Caldwell was fourth, Sadie Maubet Bjornsen was ninth and Rosie Brennan was 16th.

Marine O'Brien Coverage

January 26, 2020
Another big day of racing for the annual Marine O'Brien races Sunday at William O'Brien State Park. After the wooden ski competitors cut loose on the trails, the 12.5K and 25K classic races strode out, with the freestyle division taking off 30 minutes later. Craig Cardinal quickly established a commanding lead in the men's 25K classic, going on to win by over three minutes. Stillwater's own Nora Gilbertson strided to the women's title. Jakob Ellingston pulled away from Zach Handler in the final kilometer to take the 25K freestyle race with Marybeth Tuttle topping the women's division. In the one lap 12.5K races, Everett Meyers and Stella Powell were classic champions, while freestyle titles went to Ryan Houseman and Louisa Ward. Full results linked in, along with photosets from the classic and freestyle races.

Cable JNQ/CCSA Classic Races Coverage

January 26, 2020
The Gitchi Gami Games wrapped up the Cable JNQ/CCSA meet on Sunday with individual start classic races. The men's 10K podium was an all-Norwegian party as NMU's Kjetil Banerud and Mathias Rolid finished 1-2 with CSS's Emil Book Bratbak losing to Banerud in a photo finish to collect third. MTU's Sarah Goble continued her strong season taking the women's 10K, teammate Oda Hovland, Norway, second and NMU's Malin Boergesjoe, Sweden, third. Top U16 juniors were Noah Straka and Sylvia Meza. Results linked in along with photos from Jackie Schneider of the 10K races.

US Ski Team: Mixed Results For Cross Country World Champs Preview

January 25, 2020
And up and down day for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team as the FIS Cross Country World Cup continued with a skiathlon race in Oberstdorf, Germany, Saturday. Rosie Brennan led the team with a 17th place finish, Jessie Diggins was 22nd. Midwest skiers Alayna Sonnesyn was 51st, Ian Torchia DNF'd.

Minneapolis World Cup Tickets Prices Jump Monday Night

January 25, 2020
The Minneapolis World Cup festival, March 14-17, has a price increase coming on the spectator tickets Tuesday. Check out their new promotional video to ramp up your fever and get those tickets by Monday night to save some bucks!

Cable JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Sprints Coverage

January 25, 2020
The Great Lakes Junior National Qualifying division along with a few of the CCSA collegiate teams competed in freestyle sprint races, the Gitchi Gami Games, at the Birkie Trailhead Saturday. Maria Schoening, UWGB, had a dominating day taking each of her heats and winning the women's final by four seconds over Mae Barnes, CSS, with Annika Viren, CSS, third. Jackson Adler, UWGB, edged out teammate Sam Myers in the men's final with Jack Christianson, CSS, third. U16 titles went to Owen Williams and Ashley Grossklaus. Results linked in, along with photos from Jackie Schneider.

Noquemanon Results

January 25, 2020
A field of more than 900 skiers turned out Saturday for the Noquemanon races in Marquette. Matt Liebsch took the men's 50K classic title by more than three minutes over Chris Pappathopoulos with Sam Holmes third. Vivian Hett won the women's division, Ellen Wiitala second and Anna Mooi third. The 50K freestyle race came down to three way fight for the victory with Zachary Nelson besting Derek Rasmussen by just over one second with Zach Varty third by seven seconds. Stacey Marion collected the women's 50K skate title, Kaitlyn Patterson second and Mari Hardel third. In the 24K events, Jordan Woods and Hanna Torvi collected the classic titles, Tryg Solberg and Lindsey Dehlin the freestyle victories.

Frankowski: Sickness and Racing

January 22, 2020
Rosie Frankowski shares her experiences dealing with sickness and the decision to race, including at US Nationals earlier this month. Plus she offers some of her own tips on staying healthy.

Racing Outlook

January 22, 2020
Racing updates for the week: Marine O'Brien in great shape (online reg closes Wed night!), update on the Ironbull Triathlon.

World Cup Report: Nove Mesto Recap, Oberstdorf Preview

January 22, 2020
Chris Hecker, Rex World Cup wax tech, reports on last weekend's racing in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, including a note on the plethora of yellow cards handed out. And a look ahead to this week's racing action in Obertsdorf, Germany.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, EISA, RMISA

January 21, 2020
The first big weekend of collegiate racing across the US! Luke Brown brings us all the action from the three big conferences, including Mara McCollor's continued stellar freshman season start.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 4

January 20, 2020
Finally, a fresh batch of rankings for the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing scene. With a lot of action in the books, there has been some significant shuffling in the rankings! Lauren McCollor, Wayzata, takes over the top girls spot, Cooper Lennox, Mora, just barely holds the boys ranking. St. Paul Highland Park girls and Forest Lake boys remain on top.

Minnesota World Cup: Price Increase Coming

January 19, 2020
The excitement over the Minnesota World Cup, coming March 17th to the Trailhead at Theodore Wirth continues to grow! If you haven't purchased spectating tickets yet, you should get on it this week -- the next price hike is on Tuesday, Jan 28th, so you'll need to grab your tickets before then.

Marine O'Brien Race this Sunday

January 19, 2020
The Marine O'Brien ski races, which hold the claim as one of the oldest ski races in the Midwest, will be held this Sunday, Jan 26th at William O'Brien State Park. This will be the 49th year for the race, which is a significant fundraiser for the St. Croix Valley Ski Club youth skiing program. Race distances include 12.5K and 25K with both skate and classic divisions, as well as a wooden ski event and kids races.

US Ski Team: Three Americans in Top 20 at Nove Mesto

January 19, 2020
Jessie Diggins once again lead the way for the US Ski Team in Sunday’s FIS Cross Country World Cup 10k classic pursuit in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, finishing in 10th. Rosie Brennan was 13th and Sadie Maubet Bjornsen was 20th. Midwesterners Alayna Sonnesyn was 51st, Ian Torchia 64th.

Coleraine JNQ/CCSA Classic Results

January 19, 2020
Second day of racing at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine, MN, featured classic mass start events. The men's 20K came down to a battle of two Norwegians, as Mathias Rolid, NMU, and Emil Book Bratbak, CSS, were separated by just over two seconds as Rolid took the victory. MTU's Reid Goble collected third for the second straight day. NMU swept the women's 15K podium with Hilde Eide, Norway, first, Molly Miller, Canada, second, and Malin Boerjesjoe, Sweden in third. In the 10K junior races, Henry Snider and Lauren McCollor pulled off amazing victories. U16 titles were repeats of Saturday: Adrik Kraftson and Margo Nightingale the champions again.

US Ski Team: Diggins Fourth at Nove Mesto Freestyle, leads Four U.S. Athletes Into Top 30

January 18, 2020
Racing through deep, sugary snow in her first race since finishing the Tour de Ski earlier this month, Jessie Diggins led four US Ski Team athletes into the top 30, finishing fourth in Saturday’s 10k FIS Cross Country World Cup freestyle in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. Alayna Sonnesyn notched 46th in her first overseas World Cup, Ian Torchia was 67th.

Coleraine JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Results

January 18, 2020
The Midwest division of the Junior National competition competed along with the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) in freestyle races on the trails at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine, MN, Saturday. In the women's 5K, Sarah Goble, MTU, took the victory 13 seconds ahead of Swiss native Nadine Matter, NMU, with NMU's Katerina Hyncicova, Czech Republic, in third. The men's 10K saw Norwegians Kjetil Banerud and Mathias Rolid, both of NMU, take first and second with Reid Goble, MTU, third. Top juniors on the day: Anabel Neednam, FU20; Libby Tuttle and Lauren McCollor tied as the best FU18; Henry Snider, MU20; Jasper Johnston, MU18. In the U16 division, Adrik Kraftson and Margo Nightingale had the top times.

Seeley Hills Classic Results

January 18, 2020
Over 350 skiers successfully navigated to the Birkie Trailhead for the Seeley Hills Classic races Saturday morning. Brian Gregg and Matt Liebsch took the 43K race right down to the finish with Gregg besting Liebsch by a half second. John Bauer was third. Caitlin Gregg put on a showcase performance to take the women's division as well as posting 11th overall! Vivian Hett was second, Elaine Nelson third. In the 23K races, Alex Reich and Michelle Flanagan-Haag were the victors.

World Cup Report: Dresden Recap, Nove Mesto Preview

January 15, 2020
A slushy weekend of World Cup racing in Dresden, Germany, highlight Rex Wax tech Chris Hecker's recap of the World Cup. Plus a look ahead to this weekend in the Czech Republic, and hopefully starts of two Midwest rising stars, Alayna Sonnesyn and Ian Torchia.

U23 World Championship Team Announced

January 15, 2020
With US Nationals conclusion the previous week, US Ski and Snowboard has finally announced the U23 World Championship team that will be competing in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, at the end of February. The Midwest will be strongly represented by Zak Ketterson (NMU), Sarah Goble (MTU) and Amanda Kautzer (MTU). The Junior Championship and U18 teams were previously announced, with Mara McCollor earning a spot on the Junior squad.

CCSA Spotlight: Michigan Tech Women’s Team

January 14, 2020
The CCSA highlights the rise of the Michigan Tech women's Nordic skiing program in recent years. The team won the College Cup at U.S. Nationals earlier this month.

Three Rivers Rennet Coverage

January 11, 2020
A crisp Saturday morning as temperatures struggled to creep above zero for the Three Rivers Rennet races at Hyland Lake. For the first time in their history, the Rennet was able to use the full course, taking in sections of natural snow on the Lake Trail while still utilizing much of the snowmaking loop for the 26K distance events. A tough group of four broke away early as Kyle Bratrud, Brian Gregg, Matt Liebsch and Joel LaFrance pushed the gas pedal hard. By the end of the second lap, LaFrance was off the back, with Gregg soon to follow. The finish came down to a sprint dual between Bratrud and Liebsch with the cagey veteran Liebsch scoring the inside of the curve to just nip Bratrud at the line. Caitlin Gregg cruised to the women's 26K title. Andrew Tilman and Erik Hoeg repeated their classic distance battle of 2019, Tilman coming out on top again but in a very close finish. Margie Nelson (and Tilman's sister) collected the women's 26K classic crown. In the 13K races, Tryg Solberg and Carollyn Bramante won the freestyle race, Karl Holub and Brandy Stewart the classic. Full results linked in, along with photos from the 26K races.

Sisu Ski Fest Results

January 11, 2020
Well over 600 skiers turned out Saturday for the Sisu Ski Fest races in Ironwood! In the premiere 30K freestyle race, Adam Swank edged out Olympian John Bauer for the victory by just under 3 seconds. Kristen Monahan took the women's title. The 30K classic victories were earned by Evan Wetzel and Delaney FitzPatrick. Devor Byers and Susanne Hill won the 15K skate races, with Scott Shield and Nina Chosy the classic 15K winners.

Biathlon: Irwin 6th in Slovakia IBU Cup

January 10, 2020
U.S. athletes continued their run of success at this season's IBU Cup events on Friday as Deedra Irwin (Pulaski, Wis.) raced to a sixth-place finish in the women's 12.5-kilometer short individual race at Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia.

Detroit Lakes Invite Results

January 10, 2020
Jay Richards reports: Maplelag Resort was host to the 26th Annual Detroit Lakes Invitational on Thursday which included most of the schools from Section 8. The unique 9km continuous pursuit featured separate classic and skate courses and provided an opportunity for racers to preview segments for the upcoming Sectional race. In Varsity boys race, Nick Youso took top honors over Jackson Grant of Little Falls followed by Jack Lee of Moorhead. Girls Varsity saw 9th grader Abbie Ishaug of Moorhead taking the win followed by Elle Juranek and Lililiana Schaeffer, both of Brainerd. Team titles went to the Little Falls boys and Brainerd girls.

Weekend Racing

January 8, 2020
Jan 11 SISU Ski Fest -  Great natural snow conditions, a point to point course and a large turnout should make this one of the best SISU Ski Fests to date!
Jan 11 Three Rivers Rennet - Major distance racing on one of the most popular metro ski trails - Hyland Lake.
Jan 11 Snekkevik - Wausau hosts 12K and 24K events at Nine Mile.
Jan 12 Buena Vista Snowjourn - One of the oldest races on the calendar, the Snowjourn continues the tradition racing at Buena Vista (note Sunday date now).
There are also big high school races with the ABC Relays and Marshall Sprints.   Check the Racing Outlook for our latest event updates.


Waxing Recommendations

US Nationals Recap: Days 3 and 4

January 8, 2020
Luke Brown recaps the last two events of US Nationals, the classic mass start and sprint races, with quotes from a number of competitors, highlights on the top juniors, and who will be racing later this winter on the World Cup!

World Cup Report: Tour de Ski Wrap up, Dresden Sprints

January 7, 2020
World Cup tech wax Chris Hecker of Rex Wax provides a recap of the final stages of the Tour de Ski, as well as a look ahead to a pair of weekend sprint races in Dresden, Germany.

US Nationals Classic Sprints Coverage

January 7, 2020
US Nationals in Houghton, MI, wrapped up on the Mich Tech trails Tuesday with classic sprints. Canadian Julien Locke won the men's sprint final, with Hunter Wonders second overall and the US Champion, Luke Jager third. Hailey Swirbul added to her Nationals haul, taking the women's title with Caitlin Patterson second and Alayna Sonnesyn third. Junior titles went to Lane Myshrall and Emma Albrecht. Results linked in, photos by Chris Schmidt featured later tonight.

Birkie Is Closing Thursday Night!

January 6, 2020
The American Birkebeiner Skate and Classic races will officially close this Thursday night, Jan 9th! If you haven't registered yet, and are hoping to do the big dance in Hayward, you'd better get on this right away!

US Nationals: Classic Sprints Livestream

January 6, 2020

U.S. Teams Named for World Junior Championships and U18 Championships

January 6, 2020
Based on the results from US Nationals, US Ski and Snowboard has named the teams for World Junior Championships in Oberwiesenthal, Germany and the U18 Scandinavian Championships in Falun, Sweden. Making the World Junior team from the Midwest is Mara McCollor!

Racing Outlook

January 5, 2020
Lots of action coming up on the calendar for next weekend, and a number of event updates have already been posted. Sisu Ski Fest is nearly full! Plus news on the Marshall Sprints and ABC Relays. And the Hoigaards/MYSL team sprints fire up this Wednesday evening as well!

US Nationals Classic Race Coverage

January 5, 2020
A snowy Sunday for the mass start classic races at US Nationals in Houghton, Michigan. In the men's 30K, a lead pack of roughly 25 broke apart on the final lap as Erik Bjornsen and Kyle Bratrud pulled away, Bjornsen out double poling Bratrud to take the men's title. Bratrud was second, and two more Midwesterners were in the top 5 as Ian Torchia took third, Adam Martin fifth. The women's 20K saw star Hailey Swirbul pushing the pace and taking the victory with Caitlin Patterson edging out Finland's Riitta-Liisa Roponen for second. Rosie Frankowski was the top Midwest in 5th. In the junior womens 7.5K race, the trio of Sydney Palmer Leger, Sophia Laukli, Kendall Kramer made a decisive move in the opening 2K and went on to finish in that order. Former Minnesota state champ Mara McCollor made a great late charge, finishing 5th at the line. And in the final event on the date, the junior mens 10K featured one of the World Junior Championship gold medalists, Luke Yager, taking the win as JC Schoonmaker was second, Zanden McMullen third. LNR's Roger Anderson was the top Midwest skier in 18th. Results linked in, along with nearly 800 photos from the four events and another 325 images from Jackie Schneider.

Tour de Ski: Three Americans in Top 15 Overall at Tour de Ski

January 5, 2020
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team wrapped up the 14th Tour de Ski Sunday with three athletes in the top 15 overall, including Sadie Maubet Bjornsen with a career-best seventh, Jessie Diggins in ninth, and Rosie Brennan a career-best 15th. Russian Alexander Bolshunov and Therese Johaug, Norway, won the overall titles.

Pre-Loppet Results

January 5, 2020
Another strong field for the Pre-Loppet race at Theodore Wirth on Sunday morning. Joel LaFrance collected the victory with Chris Hecker pulling out second in a sprint with Andy Schakel. Kim Rudd won the women's title, Jordyn Ross second and Margie Nelson third.

Price Hike: City of Lakes Loppet

January 4, 2020
The City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival is Jan 31-Feb 2, with sprint races and relays Friday, and then the major events on Saturday and Sunday. If you register by Monday night, Jan 6th, you'll beat out the next price hike!

US Nationals: Classic Mass Start Races Livestream

January 4, 2020

First Chance Results

January 4, 2020
Vasaloppet's First Chance races on Saturday morning had a big turnout with nearly 100 skiers participating in the 21K race and another 25 in the 5K. Andrew Brown skied away from the field to win the 21K freestyle event by over 1:30 with Andy Schakel second and Cory Ellertson third. Aly Welch collected the women's 21K title with Jenna Ruzich second, Rebecca Kolstad third. In the 5K race, Thomas Hedman and Cailyn Smith were the champions.

Mesabi East Invite Results

January 4, 2020
Nearly 900 skiers turned out for the biggest high school meet in the nation at the Mesabi East Invite Saturday. Taking to the challenging terrain of the Giants Ridge trail system, skiers competed in 5k classic and freestyle events. Taking top honors on the day, Anni Skillicorn, Winona, and Adrik Kraftson, Stillwater for the classic races; Jordan Parent, Forest Lake, and Jasper Johnston, Ely for the freestyle events. Team titles were swept by the Forest Lake crew.

Tour de Ski: Diggins, Maubet Bjornsen 3-4 in Stage 6 Classic Sprint

January 4, 2020
Jessie Diggins and Sadie Maubet Bjornsen finished 3-4 in Stage 6 classic sprint at the 14th Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme, Italy, Saturday. The podium result was Jessie’s second career World Cup classic sprint podium, and 25th overall individual career World Cup podium.

US Nationals Recap: Days 1 and 2

January 4, 2020
With the first two days of racing in the books, Luke Brown provides a recap of the early US Nationals racing with some course insights and comments from Midwest skiers.

Tour de Ski: Solid Seventh For Maubet Bjornsen in Stage 5

January 3, 2020
Through five stages of the 14th Tour de Ski, the fatigue is starting to pile on. But it's at this point of the race where athletes see the light at the end of the pain cave. Sadie Maubet Bjornsen dug deep Friday, finishing seventh, just 17 seconds off of the winning time of Norway’s Astrid Jacobsen in the women’s 10k classic mass start in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Jessie Diggins was 17th.

US Nationals Freestyle Race Coverage

January 3, 2020
Near perfect conditions on Friday with temps in the 20s at the Michigan Tech trails in Houghton for the US Nationals freestyle individual start races. Kyle Bratrud secured yet another national championship title with a rocket fast performance, besting yesterday's sprint star Gus Schumacher by 13 seconds, with another Midwest native, Ian Torchia and Erik Bjornsen tying for third. In the women's race, Olympic medalist Riitta-Liisa Roponen topped the field, with Caitlin Patterson best of the US, and Alayna Sonnesyn standing on another podium in third. Results linked in, along with photosets posted.

Birkie Trail Run Moves to New Venue, USATF Half Marathon Championship

January 2, 2020
The 2020 Birkie Trail Run Festival will be held entirely at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead, Cable, WI. In addition, organizers have announced that the Birkie Trail Run half marathon has once again been named the USA Track and Field (USATF) Half Marathon Trail Championship. Registration is now open!

US Nationals: Freestyle Individual Start Races Livestream

January 2, 2020

US Nationals Freestyle Sprints Coverage

January 2, 2020
Opening day of US Nationals saw Midwesterners take to the podium in the freestyle sprint competition. Alayna Sonnesyn (SMS) continues to show herself strong in all competitions, Thursday sprinting to second place in the womens' final as Hailey Swirbul (APU) won with Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury) third. In the men's final, junior sensation Gus Schumacher (AWS) took the victory while Minnesota native Ben Saxton (SMS) notched second, and Bill Harmeyer (UVM) was third. In the junior heats, James Kitch (Harvard) won the final heat for the guys (Anders Sonnesyn third), Waverly Gebhardt (UVM) for the gals. Results linked in along with photosets.

Tour de Ski: Maubet Bjornsen 12th in Stage 4 Pursuit

January 1, 2020
Sadie Maubet Bjornsen was the top finisher for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in stage 4 of the 14th Tour De Ski in Toblach, Italy, Wednesday. Jessie Diggins was 14th, followed by Rosie Brennan in 21st, Sophie Caldwell in 27th and Katharine Ogden in 38th. In the 15k men’s classic pursuit, David Norris was the top American in 44th, followed by Kevin Bolger in 61st and Logan Haneman finishing 71st.

Weekend Racing

January 1, 2020
Jan 4 First Chance Race - Vasaloppet crew host an early season race on some of the trails near the Nordic Center.
Jan 4 River View Loppet - After Hours ski trails showcase their excellent trails in these 12K and 24K events.
Jan 5 Pre-Loppet - A chance to race some of the trails at Wirth in tune up for the big event in February.
And there is also the Mesabi East Invite, Loppet Invite, and US Nationals going on -- whew!   Read the latest event updates we've received in our Racing Outlook.


Waxing Recommendations

Biathlon: Youth/Junior Worlds Team Named

January 1, 2020
U.S. Biathlon has announced the 2020 Youth (U19) and Junior (U21) Biathlon World Championship Teams, which will compete at the IBU Youth/Junior World Championships taking place in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Jan. 26-Feb. 2. Earning their way onto the elite squad are a bunch of Minnesotans: Emma Stertz (Grand Rapids), Kaisa Bosek (Alexandria), Garrett Beckrich (Grand Rapids), Vaclav Cervenka (Grand Rapids), and Sam Stertz (Grand Rapids).

US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Livestream

January 1, 2020

Michigan Tech Hosts U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships

January 1, 2020
Michigan Tech Univ has released a preview of the US Nationals Cross-Country Ski Championships being held Jan 2-7 on the Tech trails in Houghton.

Tour de Ski: Diggins Leads U.S. Cross Country Team in Stage 3

December 31, 2019
Jessie Diggins once again led the way for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in stage 3 of the Tour De Ski Tuesday in Toblach, Italy, pacing three American's into the top nine.

CXC Year-End Fundraising Drive

December 30, 2019
CXC's end-of-year drive is wrapping up but still needs your support to reach their goal! Help sustain and expand ski opportunities for all ages and abilities through their youth and junior athlete support, club development, coaches' eduction, Nordic Rocks program, and adaptive program.

Flash Sale: Three Rivers Rennet

December 30, 2019
Three Rivers Park District is offering another flash sale on the upcoming Three Rivers Rennet citizen and high school races in mid January. You'll need to act quickly, the 20% discount is only available Dec 31st and Jan 1st!

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 3

December 29, 2019
After a little holiday break, we dive into the recent results and crank out a new set of rankings. A little shuffling in the individuals, but Cooper Lennox and Libby Tuttle remain firmly entrenched at the top. The Forest Lake boys and St. Paul Highland girls hold the #1 spot.

Price Hikes: Minnesota Finlandia, Great Bear Chase

December 29, 2019
Two races have price hikes at the end of the year...
Minnesota Finlandia - The legendary race in the land of Paul Bunyan, with a great course and fantastic prizes!
Great Bear Chase - One more chance to use that Birkie-fitness, racing on the wonderful trail system at Swedetown.
Get your registration in by New Years Eve to avoid the fee increase!

World Cup Report: Tour de Ski Recap Stages 1, 2

December 29, 2019
The first two stages of the Tour de Ski are already in the books and the US Ski Team has three skiers in the top 25. Rex Wax tech Chris Hecker as the full recap on the early stages. Racing action continues on Tuesday in Toblach, Italy, with another pair of freestyle distance races.

Tour de Ski: Brennan Leads Three Americans Into Top 30 in Opening Stage

December 28, 2019
Rosie Brennan finished 20th to lead three U.S. Cross Country Ski Team athletes into the top 30 in Saturday’s opening stage of the 14th Tour de Ski in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Jessie Diggins out-sprinted teammate Sadie Maubet Bjornsen for 29th in Saturday’s mass start 10k freestyle. In the men’s 15k mass start, David Norris was the top American finisher in 58th. Kevin Bolger was 64th and Logan Hanneman 69th.

Winter Warmup Cancelled

December 28, 2019
Freezing drizzle overnight has created dangerous road conditions in the Twin Cities, forcing organizers of the Winter Warmup to cancel the race this Saturday morning.

Minnesota World Cup: Team Ticket Sales Promotion

December 27, 2019
World Cup organizers for the March 2020 event in the Twin Cities are seeking to help increase the spectator field with a new promotion. Any high school, collegiate, or community ski clubs thatsells 100 or more World Cup tickets will be given their own space in the World Cup course interior to use for their own benefit. And the team that sells the most tickets receives a special Grand Prize.

Price Hike: Sisu Ski Fest

December 26, 2019
The end of the year is coming, and along with it some price hikes. First up is the Sisu Ski Fest, held on Jan 11th, which has a price increase starting on Dec 29th. The big race is also filling up fast, with around 30 spots left in the classic event. Register by the end of Saturday to save some cash!

Collegiate Racing: Dec 21-22 Recap

December 25, 2019
Luke Brown brings us a holiday inspired take on the collegiate racing action across the US as he recaps the Pre-Nationals races in Houghton, MI, last weekend, as well as some east coast and Rocky mountain events.

World Cup Report: Planica Recap, Tour de Ski Preview

December 25, 2019
The World Cup continues on, racing last weekend in a very wet Slovenia and then comes the huge Tour de Ski event: seven races over just nine days, including the infamous hill climb finale! Rex Wax technician Chris Hecker has the full Plancia recap and Tour de Ski preview.

Racing Outlook

December 24, 2019
Note the Elm Creek series this week is on Thursday, Winter Warmup (also at Elm Creek) is Saturday. Also some interesting changes to the River View Loppet. And coaches, get those Mesabi East Invite rosters in -- registration closes on the 31st!

XCountryLive: Livestream of US Nationals and More

December 24, 2019
XCountryLive will be livestreaming all the events from US Nationals in Houghton, MI, in early January. A single season pass provides access to the coverage, along with Kortelopet, American Birkebeiner, and US Junior Nationals!

Ski the Re-Mastered in Idaho

December 22, 2019
The McCall Re-Mastered is one of the more popular races out West, offering 15K, 30K and 45K races held at Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Idaho. The location hosted the 2008 World Masters and the events use much the same courses. Make your plans now, the race is Saturday, Jan 18th.

US Ski Team: Snowy Team Sprints Sunday in Plancia

December 22, 2019
After dealing with spring like weather all week, competitors in the World Cup freestyle team sprint races in Plancia, Slovenia Sunday had to overcome a sudden return of winter as heavy snow made for very difficult conditions. The women's pairing of Sophie Caldwell and Julia Kern finished fifth with the men's combination of Kevin Bolger and Logan Hanneman taking seventh.

Houghton JNQ/CCSA Classic Distance Coverage

December 22, 2019
The weekend series on the Michigan Tech trails in Houghton wrapped up Sunday with classic distance races. Ian Torchia stretched out the lead pack en route to taking the men's 10K victory with NMU's Kjetil Banerud second and Zak Ketterson third. Alayna Sonnesyn won the women's 10K, a full 40 seconds ahead of NMU's Malin Boerjesjoe with Sophia Mazzoni third. Cooper Lennox and Libby Tuttle posted the top high school times. U16 5K winners were Molly Moening and Adrik Kraftson. Results linked in, along with photos from Chris Schmidt.

Houghton JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Sprints Coverage

December 21, 2019
Warming up the courses for US Nationals in January, skiers took to the Michigan Tech trails on Saturday for freestyle sprint races. Zak Ketterson, sporting his US Ski Team suit, hammered out the fastest qualifying time and then bested the men's final field for the title. Alayna Sonnesyn had an equally strong performance, crushing the qualification field and then taking the women's final. Alex Nemeth and Elsa Viren won the U20/U18 sprints, Adrik Kraftson and Molly Moening took the U16 finals. Results linked in now, along with photos from Christopher Schmidt.

US Ski Team: Kern Earns First Career World Cup Podium Result

December 21, 2019
Julia Kern overcame challenging snow conditions, rain, and lightning delays to claim her first career World Cup Podium, finishing third Saturday in the World Cup freestyle sprints at Planica, Slovenia. Sophie Caldwell was fourth. On the men's side, Simi Hamilton led three Americans into the heats, finishing 12th, Kevin Bolger was 18th and Logan Hanneman was 25th.

Skinnyski Santa Solstice Ski Coverage

December 21, 2019
Perfect weather of sunshine and temps in the low 20s along with world-class course conditions were on tap Saturday morning for the Skinny Santa Solstice Ski races at Woodland trails in Elk River. The Pioneer Midwest squad of Matt Liebsch, Andy Brown and Joel LaFrance broke away early and never looked back, with Liebsch cruising in the for the victory in the 20K race. Kim Rudd topped the women's 20K field. Results posted along with photos from the 20K.

CXC Year-End Fundraising Drive

December 20, 2019
CXC's end-of-year drive is underway! Help sustain and expand ski opportunities for all ages and abilities through their youth and junior athlete support, club development, coaches' eduction, Nordic Rocks program, and adaptive program.

Biathlon: Silver Day For Schommer at IBU Cup

December 20, 2019
Wisconsin native Paul Schommer notched U.S. Biathlon's second IBU Cup podium of the season on Friday during the men's 10-kilometer sprint race in Obertilliach, Austria. Schommer went a perfect 10-for-10 on the range to cross the line 19.5 seconds behind winner Aleksander Fjeld Andersen of Norway, who also shot clean.

Weekend Racing

December 18, 2019
Dec 21-22 Houghton JNQ/CCSA - A second weekend of JNQ racing, with the full CCSA complement, competing in freestyle sprints and mass start classic distance races.
Dec 21 Skinny Santa Solstice Ski  - The famous Elk River trail system is in primo conditions for Minnesota's first natural snow race of the season!
Check the Racing Outlook for any last minute race updates we receive.


Waxing Recommendations

World Cup Report: Davos Recap, Panica Preview

December 18, 2019
Another exciting weekend of World Cup racing with two podiums for the US women, plus the sun made an appearance in Davos! Chris Hecker of Rex Wax has a full recap along with a preview of an all-sprint weekend coming up in Slovenia.

TCNSC/Mpls Conf Meet Coverage

December 18, 2019
Brad Moening reports: The Minneapolis Ski Conference and the Twin Cities Nordic Ski Conference skate raced on the Skyline Trail at Wirth on Tuesday. A broken sewer pipe at the start/finish line provided a unique ambiance with many skiers deciding to go with their #2 skis. The 2K loop was full (looked like the Birkie) with about 350 racers. Senior Calvin Boone from Highland Park won the boy's race, leading his team to a first place finish. The Central Boys finished second. Highland Sophomore Molly Moening darted around the traffic to win the girl's race with teammate Celeste Alden right behind. The Highland girls finished first and the Washburn girls were second. Results posted, along with some race video.

Collegiate Racing Recap: CCSA, EISA, RMISA

December 17, 2019
Luke Brown reviews the racing action from all three major associations as collegiate skiers get in some of their first races of the season.

Racing Outlook

December 16, 2019
JNQ races in UP of Michigan this weekend, registration closes Tuesday night! Wednesday Night at Elm Creek is the Fulton Team night. And Woodlands in Elk River looks to be in fantastic shape for a final pre-Holidays race this weekend.

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 2

December 16, 2019
The season's first Junior National Qualifying races were held last weekend in Duluth, and that combined with some early season meets, has given us some data to rework the rankings. While nothing has changed at the top, there are a number of significant moves in the individual rankings this week.

SuperTour Sun Valley: Torchia Victory and Top Tens

December 16, 2019
The SuperTour series raced in Sun Valley, Idaho, over the weekend, and once again, Midwest skiers made their way into the top ten. In Saturday's classic sprints, Ben Saxton and Alayna Sonnesyn both advanced to the finals, both finishing 6th. In Sunday's 15K freestyle race, Ian Torchia took the victory by nearly 30 seconds with Adam Martin narrowly missing the podium in 4th. Caitlin Gregg scored a 4th place finish in the women's 10K, with Alayna Sonnesyn 8th.


Results: SuperTour Sun Valley

US Ski Team: Diggins Leads Five U.S. Women into Top 25 at Davos

December 15, 2019
Jessie Diggins kept the podium streak alive for the US Ski Team, finishing third and leading five American women in the top 25 in the 10k individual freestyle event in Davos, Switzerland, Sunday. Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski scored World Cup points with a 23rd place finish. And Kyle Bratrud led for the US men, taking 38th.

Duluth JNQ Classic Sprints Coverage

December 15, 2019
Crisp morning temps forced the delay of events on Sunday but once the action got underway, there was some tight competition in the classic sprints at Grand Ave in Duluth. Cooper Lennox, Mora, posted the top qualifying time and kept those fast skis running all the way to the mens U18/U20 title. Mae Barnes of St. Scholastica absolutely crushed the womens U18/U20 sprint field, posting a qualifying time 12 seconds faster than the rest of the field, and then winning the final by almost four seconds. U16 titles went to Owen Williams, Iola, and Jordan Parent, Forest Lake. Results linked in now, photos coming later tonight.

Price Hike: Three Rivers Rennet

December 14, 2019
The Three Rivers Ski Rennet races are Saturday, Jan 11th for citizen and Friday, Jan 17th for high school skiers. Held at Hyland Lake Park with a major snowmaking operation, the events are sure to go off! The next price hike is Dec 17th, so register before Tuesday to save some cash.

US Ski Team: Caldwell Third, Hamilton Sixth in Davos Sprint

December 14, 2019
Sophie Caldwell landed another podium performance for the US, finishing third in the World Cup freestyle sprints in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday. On the men's side, Simi Hamilton, who was in the podium hunt in the finals, posted the best result of the season in sixth. Jessie Diggins was bumped out in a tough quarterfinal, as was Kevin Bolger.

Duluth JNQ Freestyle Coverage

December 14, 2019
The Midwest Junior National Qualifying racing got underway on Saturday with mass start freestyle races in Duluth, utilizing the new Grand Ave facility. In the women's race, Libby Tuttle powered away from the field to take the victory by 30 seconds with Hannah Bettendorf second, Lauren McCollor third. In the U18 and above men's race, College of St. Scholastica swept the podium with Emil Book Bratbak first, August Schatzlein second, and Nick Matelich third. Cooper Lennox was the top high school and U18 skier, finishing 5th overall. In the U16 division, Noah Straka and Jordan Parent collected the titles. Results linked in and photos from Jackie Schneider and Hansi Johnson posted!

Hoigaards Relays Coverage

December 14, 2019
Hoigaards Relays held their annual event on the trails at Elm Creek on Saturday morning. With many top skiers racing in Duluth, and a bounty of snow offering lots of natural skiing, turnout was a little lower than previous seasons. Still, the racing action was exciting across the board. The duo of Alex Reich and David Joda took the men's citizen field with Maria Schilling and Patti Bohaty the top female team, and Dennis Curran and Jenny Beckman taking the mixed title. Junior boys was a tight battle between Champlain Park and Mpls Southwest with the trio of Miguel Frisco, Jack Wenz and Owen Lindseth moving ahead for the victory. Irondale's duo of Siri Stolen and Elizabeth VanLoon won the girls title. Results and photos up now.

Collegiate Racing Season Preview

December 11, 2019
With some collegiate teams taking on warm up races this weekend, we kick off another season of collegiate racing coverage with preview of all three of the major conferences and where Midwest skiers are racing this season. We welcome Luke Brown as one of our new writers this season, covering primarily the collegiate scene.

Weekend Racing

December 11, 2019
The racing season picks up speed this weekend...
Dec 14-15 CXC Opener in Duluth - The first JNQ of the season, and a chance for some collegiate athletes as well.  Classic sprints and mass start freestyle events.
Dec 14 Hoigaards Relays - The popular kickoff to the racing season with two-person relay racing at Elm Creek Saturday!  Citizen and high school divisions.
Dec 14-15 NMU Opener - The UP college teams hold their own scrimmage at Al Quaal in Ishpeming.
Find our latest race updates in the Racing Outlook.

Frankowski: Behind the Scenes of the World Cup

December 11, 2019
Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski checks in while racing on the World Cup this month to give us a behind the scenes look at how the series rolls through Europe from week to week. Read about Christmas celebrations in Lillehammer, visiting Santa's homeland, and favorite desserts of some World Cup stars!

World Cup Report: Lillehammer Recap, Davos Preview

December 10, 2019
Rex Wax's Chris Hecker recaps last weekend's exciting World Cup racing in Norway where the US women shined, and previews the races in Davos, Switzerland this weekend.

Racing Outlook

December 9, 2019
Duluth JNQ registration closes Tuesday night, Hoigaards Relays set for this weekend, Winter Warmup bumps back a weekend on the calendar, and more.

Canmore NorAm: Midwest Skiers Shine

December 9, 2019
Canmore Nordic Center in Alberta, Canada, hosted three days of racing over the weekend with Midwest skiers posting some excellent results. On Friday, Alayna Sonnesyn made it to the sprint heats semifinals. Saturday saw Zak Ketterson taking the victory in the 10K classic event with Adam Martin 4th and Ian Torchia 7th. Caitlin Gregg showed her skate format is sharp as ever as she won the women's 10K freestyle race with Alayna Sonnesyn taking 6th. In the men's 15K freestyle, Ian Torchia missed the podium by 10 seconds to finish 4th, Zak Ketterson just 4 seconds behind in 6th.


Results: Canmore NorAm

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Rankings - Round 1

December 8, 2019
It's finally here -- we post our first round of Minnesota high school rankings! Coming as no surprise, King and Queen are Cooper Lennox, Mora, and Libby Tuttle, Stillwater. Teams starting out at the top are the St. Paul Highland Park girls and Forest Lake boys.

US Ski Team: Second in Lillehammer Team Relay

December 8, 2019
The U.S. Cross Country Team of Sophie Caldwell, Sadie Maubet Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan and Jessie Diggins battled to a second-place finish in Sunday's FIS Cross Country World Cup 4x5k team relay in Lillehammer, Norway. Diggins skied to the fastest time on the day in ensuring the number two position on the podium.

US Ski Team: Diggins Second, Maubet Bjornsen Eighth in Lillehammer Skiathlon

December 7, 2019
Jessie Diggins finished second in the 15k skiathlon, tying a career-best World Cup result, to lead the U.S. Cross Country National Team Program in Lillehammer, Norway, Sunday. Sadie Maubet Bjornsen was eighth, Rosie Brennan 16th, and Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski 33rd. For the US men, David Norris led they way in 34th, while Midwest's Kyle Bratrud was 47th.

Skadi's Chase Coverage

December 7, 2019
Skadi's Chase 8K race at Elm Creek on Saturday morning kicked off the start of the big Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener event, hosted by Three Rivers Park District. Matt Liebsch coasted in the men's lead pack until the final 300 meters, when he pressed the gas pedal and took the victory with McEwan Rodefeld taking the best of the rest and U of M student Tony Mathie collecting third. In the women's race, Jenna Ruzich skied off the front to win with Cheryl Dubois second, Greta Koppy third. High school victories went to Declan Rodefeld and Naomi Ohman. Results and photos posted.

Flash Sale: Three Rivers Rennet

December 6, 2019
Three Rivers Park District is holding a special flash sale this weekend, Dec 7-8, for the Three Rivers Rennet events with an amazing 20% discount! You must register this weekend to get the big discount.

MCSA Racing Schedule Announced

December 5, 2019
The Midwestern Conference of the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (MCSA) has determined 2019-2020 season schedules for their Northern and Southern Nordic divisions. Clubs and teams from at least ten colleges are expected to compete in the races. And Swix Sport USA has thrown their support in as a major sponsor.

High School Racing Underway!

December 4, 2019
The Minnesota high school racing season is underway and the SEC conference scores the first post results of the season! Racing at Como golf course on Tuesday, Libby Tuttle, Stillwater, narrowly edged out Jordan Parent, Forest Lake, for the victory, with Ella Niznik, Forest Lake third. The boys race was even closer as Forest Lake's Ethan Erickson bested Stillwater's Adrik Kraftson by a single second, with Nick Parent of Forest Lake taking third.
Both NWSC groups were in action on Wednesday, you'll find all these results in our high school section.

World Cup Report: Ruka Recap, Lillehammer Preview

December 3, 2019
Chris Hecker of Rex Wax highlights the racing action from the opening World Cup races in Ruka, Finland as well as a look ahead to an interesting weekend in Lillehammer, Norway, with relays on tap!

Korteloppet Race Closing by Friday

December 3, 2019
Birkie officials have announced that registration for the Kortelopet ski race will close on Friday, December 6th. Anyone still hoping to get to the start line for the race needs to register by Thursday night!

Mesabi East Invite Info Posted

December 3, 2019
The big Mesabi East Invite, the largest high school meet in the nation, is scheduled for Jan 4th at the Ridge. Full meet information has been posted including registration details and the popular spaghetti feed.

Racing Outlook

December 3, 2019
The racing season is upon us as the Wednesday night Elm Creek races series starts up this week and Three Rivers hosts a new race, Skadi's Chase on Saturday morning as part of the Nordic Opener festival. Plus a short-notice high school race, Marshall Nordic Invite, on the Birkie trail!

St. Scholastica Open House Event Dec 13-14

December 2, 2019
With the season's first JNQ/CCSA race in Duluth at the Grand Avenue venue next weekend, Dec 13-14, the College of St. Scholastica will be hosting an open house event for prospective students and families on both Friday and Saturday evenings. RSVP requested.

Vasaloppet USA Doubles Snowmaking, Adds Ninth Ski Race

December 1, 2019
Vasaloppet organizers have announced the completion of a second snowmaking operation center to help speed the process of covering the course. And new for this season, a 20K classic race has been added to the Sunday of Vasaloppet weekend.

Minnesota Skiers Snowbound in Yellowstone

November 29, 2019
Duluth area skiers are getting an extra day on snow in West Yellowstone as some bus drivers are opting to delay the return trip home due to the weekend storm.

Price Hike: Sisu Ski Fest

November 28, 2019
The season's first marathon event, the Sisu Ski Fest on Jan 11th will have their next price hike on Dec 1st. Skiing conditions are already very good in Ironwood, so register by the end of Saturday to save some money!

US Ski Team: Cross Country Team Kicks Off World Cup Season in Ruka

November 28, 2019
The World Cup season kicks off on Friday with racing in Ruka, Finland. Midwest skiers expected to compete include Jessie Dggins, Rosie Frankowski, Kevin Bolger and Kyle Bratrud. Coverage on the Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold.

Vasaloppet: Black Friday, Cyber Monday Special

November 27, 2019
Get something for yourself this Black Friday weekend -- save some cash on a 2020 Vasaloppet entry! Use their special promotion code now through next Monday, Dec 2nd to get this special rate.

World Cup Report: Preseason Recap, Ruka Weekend Series

November 26, 2019
Rex's Chris Hecker provides a recap on last weekend's preseason racing in Norway and Sweden, and a preview of this weekend's World Cup kickoff in Ruka, Finland.

Elm Creek XC Race Series Starts Dec 4th

November 24, 2019
The popular Elm Creek weekly race series fires up on Wednesday, Dec 4th. Due to some holiday schedules this season, make sure you check their full list of dates. And the Fulton Team Night returns on Dec 18th.

Frankowski: On the Road

November 22, 2019
Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski is over in Europe, racing this weekend in the season opening events in Beitostoelen, Norway in preparation for the first period of the World Cup. Before she hit the start line, Frankowski shared some of her secrets to preparing for a successful road trip.

Kortie Nearly Full

November 22, 2019
Birkie officials reported on Friday that the Kortelopet race is nearly full and could be closing any day now. And if that doesn't send you in a panic, the Birkie has less than 25 of the reusable gear backpacks available. If you're planning to be at the start line this February, you'd better register very soon!

FIS: Beitostoelen Weekend Series

November 21, 2019
Most of the World Cup skiers will get in their first races this weekend with races in Norway and Sweden. The US squad will be competing in Beitostoelen, Norway, with sprint races on Friday, classic races on Saturday and freestyle events Sunday. Midwest natives Jessie Diggins, Kevin Bolger, Kyle Bratrud and Rosie Frankowski are all expected to compete.

World Cup Report: Season Preview

November 17, 2019
Rex Wax's Chris Hecker will be reporting on the World Cup this season as excitement continues to build for the Minneapolis event in March. Check out Hecker's season preview, with US skiers expected to get in their first racing events of the season this weekend!

Vasaloppet First Chance Race Coming Jan 4th

November 16, 2019
Vasaloppet fires up the racing season in the New Year with their First Chance 5K and 15K races at the Vasaloppet Center on Saturday, Jan 4th. And a bargin at just $20 up through Jan 3rd!

2020 Birkie Poster Unveiled

November 15, 2019
The 2020 American Birkebeiner poster has been announced and is now available for sale in the Birkie store! The design is a beautiful old-style look, an instant classic.

Skadi's Chase Race Kicks Off Nordic Opener

November 14, 2019
Three Rivers Park District will open the big Nordic Opener Day on Dec 7th with a brand-new race, Skadi's Chase at Elm Creek.

Up, Up and Away Rollerki Race Cancelled Due to Early Winter

November 14, 2019
The Madison Nordic Ski Club has announced the cancellation of the Up, Up and Away Roller Ski Race scheduled for this Saturday, November 16th due to southern Wisconsin's early winter.

Frankowski: Time Travel Advice

November 10, 2019
Olympian and Minnesota native Rosie Frankowski is back with another article just before her departure for the World Cup season. In this round, Frankowski reflects on what advice she might give to her junior self if she could travel back in time.

Rivet Run Fall Coverage

November 10, 2019
Eve Grave reports: Sunday's Rivet Run had record cold temperatures, record high numbers for the Fall event, along with a record fast winning time! With temps in the low 20's and increasing winds along with cloudy skies made for a chilly November event. The course was frozen ground, a few frozen puddles and fast. Ninth grader from Cloquet Miles Fischer won the event in 18:57, setting a new Fall course record! The first female was repeat winner Laura Gubelman, in 25:31.


Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run Fall
Results: Rivet Run Fall

Frozen Thunder Event

November 8, 2019
Canmore Nordic Center kicks off the North American racing season with two days of events. Classic sprints are on Wed, Nov 13th with freestyle distance races on Thurs, Nov 14th.

Price Hike: Birkie Races

November 4, 2019
The cold weather is here and snowmaking guns will be firing up soon -- and if you want to save some money on your Birkie registration (or Kortelopet or Prince Haakon), get your registration done before midnight Thursday. The final Birkie price hike jumps Friday, Nov 8th!

USCSA: Midwest Collegiate Meeting Recap

November 3, 2019
The weekend of Oct 27th representatives from Midwest Nordic skiing teams and clubs came together on the campus of UW-Stout to discuss the development of a new racing calendar and ways they can work together and with the ski community to foster better collegiate opportunities. Read the full recap from USCSA.

Rollerski Loppet Coverage

November 2, 2019
The road to the Minneapolis World Cup in March kicked off on Saturday with a set of chilly rollerski races on the streets of downtown Minneapolis. After juniors started off the racing, things heated up with the elite mens race as crowds witnessed a true photo finish between Twin Cities native Kyle Bratrud and sprinter Andy Newell, Newell taking the win by millimeters! Jessie Diggins blasted away in the womens top field and celebrated with the crowd on her final lap. After awards, a huge crowd lined up for autographed posters from Diggins.

Price Hike: Three Rivers Rennet

November 2, 2019
The Three Rivers Ski Rennet races are Saturday, Jan 11th for citizen and Friday, Jan 17th for high school skiers. Held at Hyland Lake Park with a major snowmaking operation, the events are sure to go off! The next price hike is Nov 5th, so register before Tuesday to save some cash.

Weekend Events

October 30, 2019
Nov 2-3 Star Cross - Minnesota cyclocross scene is racing in Crystal with a double header event this weekend.
Nov 2 Rollerski Loppet - Hit the streets of downtown Minneapolis for some criterium style rollerski racing!
Nov 2 Fall Back Blast Trail Run - Trail running races at Lowes Creek Park in Eau Claire.
Nov 2 State CC Meet - Minnesota high school cross-country running season wraps up this Saturday with the State Meet at St. Olaf in Northfield.

Rollerski Loppet in Downtown Minneapolis This Saturday

October 30, 2019
Register by October 31st (tonight) for the unique opportunity to race through the blocked off streets of downtown Minneapolis in the Juniors, Citizen, or Masters rollerski races this Saturday, Nov 2nd. Stick around after your race and cheer for the Elite Race skiers, like Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins, World Championship medalist Caitlin Gregg, 4-time Olympian Andy Newell, and US National Champion Kyle Bratrud, and collect some autographs and pictures after the event.

Price Hike: Sisu Ski Fest

October 29, 2019
One of the season's first marathon races, the Sisu Ski Fest is set for Jan 11th in Ironwood, MI. Register before Nov 1st and get in on ground floor pricing!

Loppet Games Coverage

October 28, 2019
Kim Rudd reports: Around one hundred youth came out Saturday on a beautiful fall October morning for the Loppet Games event at the Trailhead! Competition included an obstacle course race, SkiErg double pole challenge, bike skills course, orienteering, tug of war, capture the flag -O and two person adventure race.


Photoset: Loppet Games

Biathlon: Nominations for Opening World Cup, IBU Cup

October 28, 2019
Following the completion of the U.S. Biathlon Fall Festival and IBU Cup Trials held over the weekend in Soldier Hollow, Utah, 15 athletes have been nominated to the U.S. Biathlon teams competing at the opening events of the 2019-20 season. From the Midwest, Jake Brown and Paul Schommer have earned IBU Cup starts along with Scholastica alumni Kelsey Dickinson.

Birkie Waves Continue to Close

October 27, 2019
Birkie waves have been filling up, the latest about to close is wave 4 of the classic race -- will close Monday night! Wave 6 of the skate race is almost full as well. And the next price hike is a little over a week away!

Annual Fall Coaches Assn Meeting this Weekend in Mora

October 23, 2019
The annual fall Minnesota State High School Nordic Skiing Association meeting will be held this Saturday, Oct 26th, at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora. The big topic on the agenda this fall is the approval of a new State Meet format which will include team sprints! Other topics include waxing restrictions, access to man-made snow, adaptive skiers inclusion, and season dates.

Frankowski: Park City Camp -- Sixth Time's the Charm?

October 22, 2019
Minnesota native and elite skier Rosie Frankowski reports on her recent Park City camp with some lessons learned as she prepares for the World Cup season.

New Moon: Tuesday Evening Dryland Workouts

October 19, 2019
New Moon is offering a free community workout (and potlock dinner) on Tuesday evenings, beginning this Oct 22nd and running into late November. Come out and kickstart your Nordic ski training with a fun group workout.

Minneapolis World Cup Tickets are Now on Sale!

October 18, 2019
Dreaming of seeing all those famous elite skiers racing in your backyard? The World Cup is coming to Minneapolis in March and tickets are on sale now. Limited numbers available, so don't delay!

CXC Rollerski Cup Returns

October 18, 2019
The second annual CXC Rollerski Cup will roll off this November as a prelude to the 2019-20 ski season. New this season, the Rollerski Loppet held in downtown Minneapolis in early November joins the calendar.

SISU Ski Fest 2020 Is Rolling

October 15, 2019
The SISU Ski Festival, set for Jan 10-12th, is rolling out new updates for the event as they open registration. Read about course improvements and new timing company details. Save some cash, register by Oct 31st to avoid the price hike!

Snow Pass Returns for World Cup Coverage

October 13, 2019
US Ski and Snowboard has announced NBC Sports Gold will be offering full coverage of the World Cup season again this year under their Snow Pass subscription package. The package tentatively has all the stops, including Ruka, Tour de Ski, the Minneapolis stop, and Canmore finale.

Kenyan Posts First Sub Two Hour Marathon

October 12, 2019
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge became the first marathon runner to break the 2-hour barrier on Saturday morning in a special format event in Vienna, Austria.

Frankowski: Alaska and Beyond

October 6, 2019
Rosie Frankowski is a Twin Cities native, training and racing with APU, and skied for the US at the 2018 Winter Olympics. She is working to compete this season on the World Cup. This introduction article brings us up to speed with Frankowski and how she manages her life balance.

Trail Kids Adventure Trail Running Race #4 Coverage

October 5, 2019
Thursday was the 4th race in the Fall Trail Kids Adventure trail running series. Kim Rudd reported a record number of kids, included a busload of Somalia youth!

USCSA: Midwest Colleges Organize to Grow Nordic Competition

October 4, 2019
Midwest region clubs and teams are coming together Sunday, Oct 27th at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI, to discuss how to develop and grow competitive skiing at the collegiate level including a new Midwest collegiate racing circuit. All interested parties are encourage to attend the meeting.

Birkie Trail Run Festival Coverage

September 28, 2019
A beautiful fall day for the annual Birkie Trail Run Festival races at Birkie Ridge Saturday. The marathon race proved to be a blowout as Ben Vaske took the victory in 3:19, more than 25 minutes ahead of the next male. Josie Nelson had an impressive showing in her marathon victory at 3:40, not only winning by 25 minutes but finishing 2nd overall! The half marathon race featured a small pack early on that broke up by midway with Nicholas Tseffos taking the title for the men. The women's half was a much closer affair as Jessica Gravesen-Seis bested Emily Tseffos by 12 seconds for the victory.

Vasaloppet Swedish Mile Recap

September 23, 2019
Thirty-six runners completed the five-and-10-kilometer races in the Third Annual Swedish Mile trail run held at the Vasaloppet Nordic Ski Center north of Mora on Sunday. Taking the titles were Phil Carlson and Amy Oberbroeckling. Read the full recap, view results and a few photos.

Trail Loppet Coverage

September 21, 2019
Very humid and damp conditions made for some tough traction Saturday morning for the Trail Loppet events at Theodore Wirth. Highland Park high school star Mohammed Bati crushed the half marathon field, even after losing one shoe shortly into the race, taking the victory by almost 10 minutes over Brian Gregg with Chris Harvey third. Josie Nelson and Kelly Trom battled for the women's title with Nelson pulling ahead to win by just over a minute, Anna Neumeister third. Seven mile titles went to Jared Genteman and Lacey Bourgois, 5K victories were earned by Saed Aden and Sophia Pung.

Endurance United Junior Cup Meeting Tuesday Evening

September 20, 2019
Interested or planning to race in the Junior Cup races this winter? Or wondering what the Junior Cup races are? Attend an info meeting on Tuesday evening, Sept 24th at the EU Offices in St. Paul.

MSHSL Considering Admission Fees for State Meet

September 19, 2019
Facing an over $400K deficit, the Minnesota High School League is considering charging admission fees for events that have traditionally been free, including cross-country running and Nordic skiing championships.

Northshore Inline Marathon - 42K Rollerski Race Story

September 18, 2019
Dave Knoop, a.k.a. Nordic Dave, shares his experience racing the Northshore Inline Marathon's 42K rollerski race. Brian and Caitlin Gregg topped the field on a beautiful day of racing.

Rollerski Loppet Comes to Downtown Minneapolis Nov 2nd

September 18, 2019
Meet Jessie Diggins and catch high speed rollerski racing on the streets of downtown Minneapolis on Saturday, November 2nd in the Rollerski Loppet - a kickoff event for the World Cup 2020 in Minneapolis!

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Recap

September 17, 2019
Jay Richards posts a big report this week with a full Chequamegon review, including first hand reports from women's champion and Richards himself, a report from Copper Peak Trails Fest, some cool events coming up, and a collegiate MTB report as well!

Price Hike: Trail Loppet

September 17, 2019
The Trail Loppet is this weekend -- Saturday, Sep 21st. You can save some money by registering by Thursday night.

Bangin In The Brush Results

September 15, 2019
Jakob Wartman and Sarah Grenberg collected victories in the annual Bangin in the Brush trail running race at Korkki Nordic on Saturday.

Chequamegon Results

September 15, 2019
Featuring a number of changes, including a new finish, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival saw over 2,250 competitors on the trails Saturday. In the new pro/elite race (held separate from the main event), pro cyclist Alexey Vermeulen took the victory, more than two minutes ahead of Brian Matter with Jorden Wakeley third. Taking the pro/elite women's title was multi-time champion Jenna Rinehart with Leia Schneeberger second, Sara Kylander-Johnson third. In the "regular" Cheq 40, Josh Molnar and Tracy Paradise topped the field. The Short and Fat race came down to a tight four way sprint with Braeden Anderson taking the win. Zoe Camp easily topped the women's field, winning by over four minutes. Watch for a full report from Jay Richards later this week.


Results: Chequamegon Results

Price Hike: Birkie Trail Run

September 10, 2019
Birkie's annual Trail Run Festival is coming up fast, Sep 27-28th, and the next price hike is coming this Friday! Register by Thursday night to save some cash.

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Preview

September 10, 2019
This week's Midwest MTB report,by Jay Richards, includes highlights from the World Cup final including a first hand recap from Caleb Swartz, a preview of the favorites for the Chequamegon 40, forest road riding in the White Earth State forest in NW Minnesota, excitement for Mpls World Cup ski races and a look ahead to some sweet grass roots events this fall.

Price Hike: Birkie Races

September 4, 2019
The next price hike for the American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet and Prince Haakon events is Friday, Sep 6th! So register by end of day Thursday if you want to save a little cash.

Midwest MTB Report

September 3, 2019
Pulling double-duty this week, Jay Richards hosted the Laddies Loppet at Maplelag last weekend and then turned around for a full recap for the Midwest MTB report this week, along with updates on the Copper Harbor Fest, Dakota 5-0, World Championships, some e-bike news, and brief update on Chequamegon.

Laddies Loppet Short Track Coverage

September 1, 2019
A light mist all morning did little to dampen the enthusiasm for the short track racing events in Laddies Loppet at Maplelag Resort Sunday. Season long wet conditions made for some soft conditions and caused some minor course alterations. Eleanor Bacso collected her second title of the weekend, taking the victory in the expert women's race in a tough duel with Zoe Camp. The men's expert race came down to a battle between young and old as Jeff Hall was challenged by two young riders, Calvin Sandberg and Tom Beyer. Hall pulled ahead on the final lap to earn his weekend sweep of the titles.

Worldloppet: Diggins Collects 4th Victory at Merino Muster

August 31, 2019
Jessie Diggins collected her fourth title in a row at New Zealand's Worldloppet race on Saturday, the Merino Muster. Diggins was 6th overall, less than three minutes from taking the overall victory in the 42K event held at Snowfarm. Julia Kern, another US Ski team member, won the women's 21K event, finishing 3rd overall!

Laddies Loppet Cross-Country Coverage

August 31, 2019
A perfect fall day Saturday for the cross-country races in the Laddies Loppet weekend series at Maplelag as temps ranged from low 60s to low 70s under a blue sky. Big fields turned out for the events and were treated once again to new sections to ride. In the expert race, Jeff Hall and Eleanor Bacso both formed early breaks and went ahead to take victories.

US Biathlon Nominates 2020 Youth Olympic Games Athletes

August 27, 2019
Six young biathlon athletes have been nominated by U.S. Biathlon for spots on the team for the Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020. Included in the six is Minnesota native Kaisa Bosek, from Alexandria.

Midwest Coaches Sought for Spring Trips

August 27, 2019
Coaching and support positions have been posted for the spring junior trips including Junior Nationals, U16 Championships and U18 Trip. Applications are due by Oct 1st.

Mighty Miss 2019 Results

August 26, 2019
Roland Ring-Jarvi reports: Saturday's Mighty Miss paddling race had roughly 60 paddlers participating in three races – 55 miler with 5 boats, 25 miler had 6 boats and 12 mile race/tour saw about 22 boats. Race summary, results, a few photos, and video highlight posted.

Midwest MTB Report

August 20, 2019
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week covers the Cuyuna Crusher, Reforestation Rambler, Seeley Pre-Fat races, and Giants Ridge Grind races and looks ahead to the Minnesota high school racing season, WORS finale, and Maplelag's own Laddies Loppet weekend.

Midwest MTB Report

August 13, 2019
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week highlights on the big Ore to Shore race, Mt. Kato series event, a wild Leadville 100 story, definitions of current mountain bikes, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Ringer Roll Coverage

August 9, 2019
A perfect summer morning Friday for the annual Ringer Roll race at Baker Park as dewpoints dipped into the lower 50s and temps in the low 70s. Caitlin Gregg and Alayna Sonnesyn put on quite the battle for the women's title, with Gregg coming out on top by just four seconds. Alex Kelling secured the top time overall on some rocket Marwes. Photos up now along with preliminary results.

Midwest MTB Report

August 6, 2019
The Midwest MTB Report, by Jay Richards, this week features first-hand reports from the Duluth Bike Festival and the Maah Daah Hey 100, contributions from the Borah Epic, and a number of upcoming races on the calendar.

Price Hike: Birkie Trail Run

August 5, 2019
The annual Birkie Trail Run Festival is Sept 27-28th at Birkie Ridge, just north of Seeley. The event offers everything from kids races to ultramarathon distances. The next price hike is coming this Friday, so register by Thursday night to save some cash.

Lumberjack Run Results

August 4, 2019
A veritable field of skiers topped the results in the 2019 Lumberjack Run in Hayward on Saturday. Nick Ross won the 5K race with a time just over 17 minutes, with Brian Gregg second and Anders Sonnesyn third. Sisters Marit and Alayna Sonnesyn finished first and second for the women, and 5th and 6th overall (their father Steve taking 7th) and Caitlin Gregg third, and 8th overall. Over 260 participants crossed the finish line, making it one of the largest Lumberjack Runs in the event's history.


Results: Lumberjack Run

Ringer Roll Set for Friday, August 9th

August 2, 2019
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race at Baker Park will be this Friday morning, August 9th. The event features the top juniors and masters from around the area, competing on a 10K asphalt trail course. Registration is open now.

CXC: Dan LaBlanc Named CXC Youth Director

August 2, 2019
Central Cross Country Skiing has named Dan LaBlanc as it's new youth director. LaBlanc will oversee an award-winning youth sports program including CXC's Nordic Rocks for Schools and Parks.

Midwest MTB Report

July 30, 2019
The Midwest mountain bike report this week highlights National Championship age class victories for a Minnesota native, how this year's Tour de France champion got his start, and a look at some favorite upcoming events.

Birkie Waves Closing Fast

July 24, 2019
Waves have been closing fast for the American Birkebeiner. This Friday, July 26th, wave 3 is expected to close. Act fast to reserve your place at the 2020 Birkie start!

Midwest MTB Report

July 24, 2019
The Midwest MTB report, by Jay Richards, this week covers the WORS Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic, a look at the how and why of ultra-endurance athletes, digital dopers, and some upcoming events (and a pre-postponement).

National U16 Camp Coverage

July 24, 2019
The National U16 Camp is being held this week in Duluth, with top juniors from across the United States training along the North Shore, based out of the College of St. Scholastica. On Wednesday morning, the group hit the Munger State Trail to work on classic rollerski technique through a series of four stations. In the afternoon, the group used the Scholastica fieldhouse to execute a strength test session (pullups, situps, pushups, box jumps and dips).

Midwest MTB Report

July 17, 2019
Packed into this week's Midwest MTB report, by Jay Richards, is highlights on CAMBA and Tioga trails, the Welch Enduro, US Cycling MTB Nationals coming up, Pre-Fat price hike, and upcoming WORS and MNMBS events.

River Run Summer Results

July 14, 2019
Eve Graves reports: We had a nice breeze and temps in the 70's Sunday for the Rivet Run/Walk. Alex Kasparek repeated his win with a time of 18:37 while Anna Lahti won for the women in 22:13.


Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

CXC: Athletes Invited To Regional Elite Camp

July 6, 2019
The top elite junior athletes in Central Region will have a unique training opportunity this July. Invited athletes will take part in a six-day Regional Elite Group Camp under the leadership of both Central Cross Country Skiing and U.S. Ski Team staff.

Midwest MTB Report

July 2, 2019
In the Midwest MTB Report this week, by Jay Richards, find recaps from the Lutsen 99er and Duluth Hard Enduro events and previews of the weekend races in the MNMBS and WORS series.

Midwest MTB Report

June 25, 2019
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week recaps the Mount Wirth Loppet, WORS Firecracker, UP Junior MTB camp, big changes for Chequamegon, and the usual look ahead to events this weekend.

Price Hike: Birkie Races

June 24, 2019
Prices on the American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon events jump this Friday. Get your registration in by Thursday to save some cash and ensure your place on the start line!

Mount Wirth Loppet Coverage

June 23, 2019
Humid and tacky conditions Sunday afternoon for racing on the twisting singletrack for the Mount Wirth Loppet, part of the Minnesota Mountain Bike series. Photos up from the pro/comp afternoon races.

Midwest MTB Report

June 18, 2019
The Midwest MTB Report, by Jay Richards, this week includes highlights from the WORS race at Mt Morris, the Otter Creek 55, the Chain Drive Festival in the UP and Wednesday Night at Wirth Midweek mountain bike series.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby: Solo Race Night

June 18, 2019
Solo Race Night is returning to the Hoigaard's Paddle Derby on Thursday, Jun 20th. Everyone is encouraged to find a solo canoe and celebrate the Summer Solstice on the city lakes!

Midwest MTB Report

June 11, 2019
Featured in this week's Midwest MTB report by Jay Richards, recaps from the Borah Epic (indeed), summary on Gold Rush Gravel Grinder, upcoming women's MTB skills clinic, new bike park for Two Harbors, and WORS race this weekend.

Chippewa Triathlon Results

June 8, 2019
A big field turned out on Saturday morning in Cass Lake for the annual Chippewa Triathlon event. Taking solo titles were Mike Brumbaugh and Deanne Hart. Doubles titles went to David Nelson and Maria Janowski, with mixed division title for Fred Kueffer.


Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Midwest MTB Report

June 5, 2019
The Midwest MTB report, by Jay Richards, this week includes recaps from the WORS and MNMBS series, highlights on the Loppet Cycle Works MTB summer skills series, the Dulutrh Hard Enduro, and the weekend coming up that features the Borah Epic.

CXC: Introductory Summer Camps for Aspiring Racers

May 29, 2019
Central Cross Country Skiing's summer camp lineup features a wide array of programs from newcomers to elite. Foremost among the programs coming up this summer is the annual series of Igor Legacy Camps designed for newcomers to cross country ski racing offering skills, camaraderie with friends and fun.

Midwest MTB Report

May 28, 2019
This week's Midwest MTB Report is wide ranging with recaps from Thursday Night Racing at Buck and Iola Bump and Jump, reports from Le Grand du Nord and Badlands Gravel Battle, an epic World Cup victory for a Midwest gal, exploring trails in Arkansas, and the standard look ahead to upcoming events.

Midwest MTB Report

May 22, 2019
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week highlights impressive performances on the World Cup, Enduro racing series, Buck Hill series, and the upcoming Minnesota Mountain Bike Summit.

CityTrail Loppet Results

May 19, 2019
Over 500 runners turned out Sunday morning to endurance cold, wet and muddy conditions for the CityTrail Loppet. The event ran from downtown Robbinsdale through streets and trails (many very slick) winding its way down to Theodore Wirth and then eventually over to finish at the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center. Brian Gregg captured the men's title in the 10 mile distance, finishing in 1:03:40 with Kary Nygren second, Louis Sigtermans third. Alex Sharp was the best of the women's field with sisters Vivian Hett and Erica Wagner collecting second and third. In the 10K, junior Alex Nemeth took the overall title with Caitlin Gregg topping the women's field.


Results: CityTrail Loppet Results

Midwest MTB Report

May 14, 2019
In the Midwest MTB Report this week, Jay Richards hits on USA Cycling Marathon National Champs, Fat Fish 40, the environmental impact of MTB trails, Kikkan's Gran Fondo, and his usual look ahead.

Gear West Duathlon Returns June 23rd

May 13, 2019
The popular Gear West Duathlon returns to the calendar this season, now scheduled for late June with the hopes of better spring weather, as well as adding a new shorter, Friends and Family non-competitive option.

CXC Congress Recap

May 7, 2019
Clubs and leaders from around the Central Region came together for a weekend of collaboration at the Central Cross Country Skiing's CXC Congress April 25-28 in Eau Claire. The four days of meetings and workshops were highlighted by the presentation of awards to regional coaches and officials.

Midwest MTB Report

May 7, 2019
The Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards this week features recaps of the major WORS and MNMBS opening events, highlights on Vermont riding, National Women's MTB day, and CBD and MTB.

US Ski Team: Twenty Athletes Nominated to 2019-20 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team

May 6, 2019
U.S. Ski & Snowboard has announced its U.S. Ski Team cross country nominations for the 2019-20 season. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. Midwest skiers include Jessie Diggins (A team), Kevin Bolger (B team), and Zak Ketterson (D team).

2019 Collegiate Tally Board

May 5, 2019
We've fired up the collegiate tally board for the class of 2019. Let us know your college plans so we care share with the rest of the skiing community!

Snake River Canoe Race Results

May 4, 2019
Beautiful Saturday morning in Mora for the annual Snake River paddling races with over 125 entries competing. Pro Boat winners were Dana Henry and Bill Briggs for the men, Kate Ellis and Maria Schilling for the women, and Lilly Brick and Joes Manns the top mixed pairing.


Results: Snake River Canoe Race

NNF: Join the Board

May 1, 2019
The National Nordic Foundation is seeking candidates for their board of directors! Help support junior development across the US by lending your experience and expertise to this valuable organization. Application deadline is May 12th.

Midwest MTB Report

May 1, 2019
Jay Richards cranks out another update on the Midwest mountain bike scene, this week highlighting the Decorah series, Miesville ride, Minnesota MTB summit, Pump track in Cable, and racing series firing up this weekend.

2018-19 Season Highlights

May 1, 2019
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2018-2019 collegiate racing season.

2018-19 Season Highlights

May 1, 2019
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2018-2019 high school racing season.