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CXC: Kent Eriksen Cycles Bike Drawing Update
September 20, 2017
Help support CXC's adaptive Nordic program and have a chance at winning a Kent Eriksen bike (road, cyclocross or MTB)! Drawing closes by Oct 24th, so don't delay.

Endurance United's 55K Rollerski Set for Oct 8th
September 12, 2017
Endurance United is holding their annual 55K rollerski on Sunday, Oct 8th. The long roll starts at Desnoyer Park and runs all the way to downtown Stillwater, almost entirely on trails. Sign up now, and consider donating to their Junior/Youth scholarship fund as well!

CXC Coaches Conference Oct 20-22
September 9, 2017
CXC is hosting their annual Coaches Conference the weekend of Oct 20-22 at Lakewoods Resort in Cable. Some of the guest speakers include Bryan Fish, Ivan Babikov, Pamela Lemons, and Jim Tervo, as well as presentation on budget snowmaking options.

Loppet: Trail Kids Fall Test Drive Events
August 24, 2017
The Loppet Foundation is hosting a pair of test drive events for their Trail Kids program as an opportunity to see what the program is all about. Monday, Aug 28th at Wirth Beach and Tuesday, Aug 29th at Elm Creek chalet. The evening will include outdoor adventures, games, relays and an introduction to orienteering.
Loppet: Trail Kids Program

CXC: Kent Eriksen Cycles Bike Drawing
August 22, 2017
Check out the 4th Annual Kent Eriksen Cycles Bike Drawing fundraiser benefiting Central Cross Country Skiing's Adaptive Program. The winner will choose from Road, Cycle Cross or Mountain bikes. Tickets on sale through October 24 (or until the first 250 tickets are sold).

Wausau Minicamp Recap
August 16, 2017
Scott Putman reports: Wausau Nordic United hosted a ski-summit-swim minicamp last weekend for 15 skiers including five from the Ashwaubenon program. Coaches Ross Dreger and Ernie Luedke led the junior skiers though a late Friday hill bound and run adventure to the summit of Granite Peak, a 9K skate time trial, an over-distance run at Nine Mile, capped off by Sunday's two rounds of roller skiing, skate and classic, up Park Road to the summit of Granite. The athletes used their down time to take on swimming and a raft balancing act, a bonfire, and finished recharged.
Photoset from Scott Putman: 5 photos

LNR Northshore Camp: Tuesday Morning Workout
August 15, 2017
LNR juniors and Canadian development skiers were back out rollerskiing on Tuesday morning in NE Minnesota, as the sun finally broke out. After a warmup on the Gitchi Gami State Trail, the groups did long intervals up the ever climbing Sawbill Trail Rd south of Tofte. LNR classic rollerskied with their northern neighbors opting for a skate workout.
Photoset: Tuesday Morning Workout - 202 photos
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LNR Northshore Camp: Monday Workouts
August 14, 2017
Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) is holding their final big summer camp this week on the Northshore. Monday morning they joined up with Canadian athletes including a number from the National Development Centre Thunder Bay for a classical rollerski workout. The centerpiece of the workout was a brutal rollerski time trial up Ski Hill Rd in Lutsen, finishing under the ski bridge at the top (rough 2.5K). After the TT, the group did additional rollerskiing along Caribou Trail Rd before wrapping up the morning with a lakeside lunch. After some rest, most of the group took to the backroads near Grand Marais for a 7 mile run followed by a dip in Lake Superior.
Photoset: Monday Morning Workout - 195 photos
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EU 55K Rollerski Event Set for Oct 8th
August 3, 2017
Endurance United is planning to host their 55K point-to-point rollerski event again this year, but has shifted date to Oct 8th. They are planning to start again at Desnoyer Park and rollerski all the way to downtown Stillwater..
Sep 16 Northshore Inline Marathon - Rollerski Race

Spotlight: Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team
July 24, 2017
Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team (ANST) held a minicamp last weekend, July 21-23. Scott Putman reports: This was the first of 5 walkouts we did last as part of mini camp 3. We started with poling technique work (broad jumping without poles) and some striding starts (photoset). Then we did a 12k classic rollerski time trial where we saw both the men and women course records fall and pretty much PRs from anyone that participated.
Photoset from Cathy Putman: 37 photos

CXC: Second of 2017 Igor Legacy Camps a Success
July 20, 2017
The Mora Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, Minnesota was the host venue for the second 2017 Igor Legacy Camp on July 14-16. Over 35 boys and girls, ages 10-14, attended the Minnesota camp.

Thunder Bay Alignment Camp: Sunday Morning Workout
July 2, 2017
After a tough afternoon of rollerski racing Saturday, the Thunder Bay Alignment Camp skiers were back out on Sunday morning for a classical workout on some smooth roads west of town. Most of the group did sets of zone 3 eight minute double pole intervals, while some juniors did short sprints. The camp continues their two-a-day workouts through next weekend.
Photoset: Saturday Morning Workout - 113 photos
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Thunder Bay Alignment Camp: Saturday Morning Workout
July 1, 2017
Thunder Bay is hosting the Canadian National Alignment Camp, bringing together many of Canada's top cross-country senior and junior skiers for a week of training. Caitlin and Brian Gregg are also participating. On Saturday morning at Centennial Park, the group has led through a mobility session with Scott Perras, then did an easy hour hour run.
Photoset: Saturday Morning Workout - 60 photos
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Spotlight: DXC Juniors Program
June 29, 2017
Thursday afternoon we caught up with the DXC Juniors Program, under the leadership of Jason Kask, as they did a hill workout at Spirit Mountain downhill area. The group started with a short warmup run and some stretching, then did uphill bounding 6 minute sets, 4 minutes with poles, and finishing with sets of full out uphill sprints for 30 secs. A warm up run wrapped up the roughly two hour workout.
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DXC Summer Juniors Program

Spotlight: Ely Nordic Juniors Program
June 29, 2017
Making the trip up north, we hooked up with the vaunted Ely Nordic Juniors Program on Thursday morning for a classical rollerski workout under a steady drizzle. Led by Tyler Fish and Ellen Anderson, the group did an initial warmup ski on a quiet county road, then went through a series of drills for power and agility using a variety of courses setup by the coaches. After nearly two hours in the wet conditions, the group skied a warm down before wrapping up.
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Ely Nordic

Midwest Regional Biathlon Dev Camp Recap
June 26, 2017
Bill Meyers provides a recap on recent summer training by Midwest division biathletes up at the Regional Development Camp at Mt. Itasca, June 14-24. Nearly 20 athletes attended, along with six coaches.

Spotlight: Vakava Juniors Program
June 26, 2017
Monday morning we caught up with the Vakava Juniors Program at Battle Creek Waterpark for a classical technique workout. Coaches Ahvo Taipale, Greg Weier, Richard Clark and Chris Torvi split the more than 50 skiers into small groups, working on fundamentals, double-pole and striding technique. Taipale collected video and did on the spot analysis with the groups.
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Vakava Juniors Program

CXC: Igor Legacy Camps in Minnesota, Michigan
June 25, 2017
Igor Legacy Camps are still open for July in Minnesota and August in Michigan. The camps are designed for juniors ages 10-13 and include an introduction to ski specific dryland training, rollerskiing, and cross training activities such as agility and obstacle courses, pole hiking and bounding, and outdoor games.

Mpls Ski Club Afton Camp this Saturday
June 19, 2017
The Minneapolis Ski Club, led by Kevin Brochman and Alice Flanders, will host a skate and classic rollerski camp this Saturday, Jun 24th, in Afton. The camp will include video analysis, and all abilities are welcome.

Thunder Bay Rollerski Race on Canada Day
June 19, 2017
Thunder Bay will be hosting their first Cross Country Canada sanctioned rollerski race on Canada Day, July 1st, in the Port Arthur section of downtown Thunder Bay. US skiers are invited to participate!

Gear West: Twilight Run and Adventure Race
June 18, 2017
Gear West is hosting a Twilight 5K and Kids Adventure 1K on June 23rd in Long Lake. The kids race course includes a cargo net, balance beam, 4 foot wall, and more.

Hoigaards: Tri-Loppet Training
June 18, 2017
Excited to give the Tri-loppet a try but nervous about the paddling section? Prepare yourself by entering the Tri-loppet training division of the Hoigaard's Paddle Derby. They offer a three week course for both canoe or kayak, helping you to develop efficient paddling strokes, practice buoy turns and gain confidence going into the sometimes chaotic mass start.

39th Annual Tofte Trek in July
June 18, 2017
The popular trail run, Tofte Trek, is celebrating their 39th anniversary on July 4th. The event features 10K race as well as kids run and walk.

Spotlight: Nordicwerks SkiKlubb Program
June 16, 2017
Friday marked the end of the first official week of juniors Nordic training in Minnesota, and we stopped out south of Forest Lake for Nordicwerks SkiKlubb's infamous Friday Farm Workout. After warming up (and finishing) a short run, the power and strength training session covered three hours and included tire-pull sprints, Russian box jumps, power/balance on trampoline, slideboard, rollerboard, and a number of routines with weights.
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Video: Friday Farm Workout

Spotlight: Mpls Ski Club Juniors Program
June 15, 2017
Lower dewpoints and temperatures made for perfect conditions Thursday morning for a Minneapolis Ski Club Juniors Program workout at the Wabun Picnic area next to Minnehaha Falls in south Minneapolis. The groups started with a warmup jog to the falls and back, then did a short strength session followed by a few laps of a no-pole skate warmup. The advanced group then headed out for a distance skate rollerski and a few pickups, while the newer skiers worked with head coach Kevin Brochman on technique.
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Mpls Ski Club Junior Programs

Spotlight: Endurance United Summer Juniors Program
June 14, 2017
Wednesday morning we caught up with the Endurance United summer juniors program, training out of Desnoyer Park just a few blocks from the east bank of the Mississippi River. The group started with a warm up run, then worked on strength with three sets of pullups, planks, lunges, and other drills. The skiers geared up and headed out for a roughly hour and half easy classic rollerski along the bikeways above the Mississippi with new head coach Liz Peterson while some stayed back to work on technique with coach Jake Morgan.
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Endurance United Junior Programs

Spotlight: LNR Summer Juniors Program
June 13, 2017
Summer junior training programs across Minnesota started up this week. On Tuesday morning we dropped in with the LNR Juniors in Afton (the group was much smaller than normal as many are taking part in training camps in the Black Hills and Hayward areas this week). Led by coaches Piotr Bednarski and David Chamberlain, the group skied from the construction mess in downtown Afton out to Trader Post Rd, where most did 4-5 long classic intervals.
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LNR Junior Programs

Out There: Green Mountain Valley School Summer Camp
June 12, 2017
Out There ski shop is offering a unique opportunity for juniors to spend a week out East, training with Green Mountain Valley School, Jul 29th - Aug 6th. Kris Hanson will lead the trip which will including endurance, intensity, and strength workouts. Space is limited!

Igor Legacy June Camp
June 10, 2017
CXC's first Igor Legacy Camp of the summer is scheduled for Standing Rocks County Park located near Stevens Point, Wisconsin on June 16-18th. There are still a few openings remaining. Camps are also scheduled for July and August.
2017 Igor Legacy Camps

Andorra Mountain Running Trip
June 10, 2017
Eric Carter is offering a unique adventure in the Pyrenees Mountains, the Principality of Andorra, mountain running on beautiful trails and rugged peaks. Group size is limited.

Wessling Fitness
June 10, 2017
John Wessling is offering customized training programs via Training Peaks.

LNR Adult Summer Training Programs
June 8, 2017
LNR adult summer training programs have started up, but it's not too late to join up! Strength, rollerskiiing and running options are available.

BNS: Last Call for Hand Selected Race Skis
June 6, 2017
Boulder Nordic Sport in Bloomington is making a "last call" for hand-selected race skis - you'll need to act by Thursday, June 8th. After that, their buyer will be heading overseas to begin the selection process. Stop in with your skis to get a free evaluation and sign up for the service.

NNF Board Elects Peter Ashley as New Chairman
June 6, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation has announced the election of a new Chairman of the Board, Peter Ashley. Ashley succeeds former Executive Director and long-time Board Chair, David Knoop who is moving into an unofficial advisory role with the organization.

LNR College Program Training Session
May 25, 2017
Thursday morning the new LNR College Training Program successfully navigated the major Afton road construction to hold time trial and interval classical double pole set on the big coulee.
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Video from LNR: Time Trial

CXC Adds Joe Haggenmiller To Staff
May 18, 2017
Central Cross Country Skiing has announced Joe Haggenmiller as the new Director of Athletics. Haggenmiller was the former head coach for Michigan Tech's Nordic ski team and as well as coaching track and field. He will be based out of Duluth, MN.
CXC Membership in Now Open

Rice Creek Boat Club Test Drive Sessions
May 14, 2017
The Rice Creek Boat Club will be offering a series of free "Try it out" events for families, adults, and kids to try out paddle sport boats. The first session is this Saturday, May 20th.
Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Class for Juniors

Hoigaards: Rollerski 101 Clinic
May 11, 2017
Hoigaards is running an introduction to rollerskiing clinic this Saturday, May 13th. Class size is limited to eight, demo equipment is available.

Loppet: Juniors Endurance Training Presentation Monday
May 4, 2017
LNR coaches Piotr Bednarski and Chris Harvey will give a presentation on the basics of endurance training for juniors this Monday evening, May 8th at Hopkins High School. The talk will cover how the body adapts to training as well as how training should change as an athlete matures and focuses on a particular sport. Presentation is free and open to all.

Trail Kids Events this Week
May 1, 2017
The Loppet Foundation has a number of Trail Kids events this week, including mountain bike test drives on Wednesday and Thursday, and a girls MTB clinic on Sunday.

Northstar Ski Touring Club 50th Anniversary Spring Banquet Recap
April 26, 2017
The North Star Ski Touring Club kicked off the celebration of their 50th Anniversary at the Spring Banquet last Sunday evening, April 23rd. The program consisted of a reflection of the Club's 50 years starting from the summer meeting of 1967 when the 19 founders created a constitution and the club was born.

CXC: Igor Legacy Camps Making a Difference
April 26, 2017
Bruce Manske reports on the impact the Igor Legacy Camps are making with youth skiers in the Midwest. The first camp is coming up, June 16-18, in Stevens Point, WI.
CXC Igor Legacy Camps for U12-U14

Endurance United Hires Liz Peterson
April 25, 2017
Endurance United has announced Liz Peterson as their new Junior Team head coach and programming director. Peterson was a Forest Lake star and skied for St. Scholastica, where she received an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology. Peterson is wrapping up work as an assistant Nordic Coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

CXC Congress Weekend
April 25, 2017
This weekend, Apr 28-30, Central Cross Country Ski Association will host educational workshops for club leaders focused on fundraising, sport committee meetings and recognize some of the organization's top coaches, volunteers and community leaders at the Annual Awards Dinner.
Youth Committee Meeting Agenda
Midwest Junior Committee Meeting Agenda
CXC Awards Presentation and Dinner

Jessie Diggins Welcome Home Celebration
April 12, 2017
A big turnout Wednesday evening at the new Slumberland Headquarters for the Jessie Diggins Welcome Home Celebration. Jessie Diggins signed posters for the first hour then was introduced by her high school coach and best friend, Kris Hansen, before Jessie gave a recap of her World Cup season. At the end of the presentation, Diggins revealed there is an effort underway to bring a World Cup race to the Twin Cities (fundraising needed!). The evening wrapped up with a big raffle, including a pair of Salomon Carbon skis, and more poster signings.
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Mpls Ski Club Spring Training for Juniors
April 11, 2017
Under the direction of Kevin Brochman, the Mpls Ski Club is offering spring junior training sessions. Plus details are up for the summer/fall junior and adult training programs, as well as a new youth program coming next fall.

Summit Lake Biathlon Red Book Class April 22nd
April 11, 2017
Mark Torresani, from Blackhawk Ski Club in Madison along with Birkie Biathlon, are offering a USBA Biathlon Safety Certification Class -"Red Book" on April 22nd. The class open to youth and adults and there will be a small lunch provided. Wisconsin native Paul Schommer from the U.S. National Biathlon Team will be there helping out!

Endurance United Spring Junior Programs Start April 18th
April 11, 2017
The spring training is almost underway, and Endurance United starts their spring junior programs on Tuesday, April 18th. The spring program includes running, rollerskiing, technique work, and strength training.
Endurance United Summer Junior Programs

Finn Sisu Training Programs
April 10, 2017
Finn Sisu's spring and summer training programs have been posted and open for registration, including Vakava Juniors, Vakava Masters, and strength training (which starts April 12!)

Rice Creek Boat Club Informational Meeting April 13th
April 9, 2017
The Rice Creek Boat Club is holding their informational and registration meeting this Thursday, April 13th, in New Brighton. The youth paddling club (middle/high school) offers a summer opportunity to learn to paddle and enjoy great cross training for other sports.

Haig Glacier Trip 2017
April 9, 2017
Matt Liebsch has announced his annual Summer XC Ski Camp on the Haig Glacier in Canada, August 1-8th. The camp offers daily skiing with an emphasis on easy distance workouts at altitude.

LNR Junior Spring Informational Meeting
April 7, 2017
LNR will host an open house this Wednesday evening, April 12th at the Wirth Chalet where head coach Piotr Bednarski will be presenting information about the spring and summer LNR 2016 Junior programs.
Trail Kids Spring MTB Test Drive Sessions

CXC Congress Set for Apr 28-30
April 7, 2017
Central Cross Country Ski Association will host educational workshops for club leaders focused on fundraising, host sport committee meetings and recognize some of the organization's top coaches, volunteers and community leaders at the Annual Awards Dinner.

Out There: Summer Training Opportunities
April 1, 2017
Out There Shop in Rice Lake is getting fired up for summer ski training and highlights the northern Wisconsin opportunities via 4591 Sports Development and the broader CXC training programs. Programs are available for a wide range of age groups, from youth to masters.

MNSA Awards Program Set for April 9th
April 1, 2017
The Minnesota Nordic Ski Association (MNSA) will honor Bonnie Fuller-Kask and Larry Myers with the 2017 Minnesota Nordic Skiing Lifetime Achievement Award during the MNSA Lifetime Achievement Awards Program on Sunday afternoon, April 9th at the Mora Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, MN. A keynote slideshow presentation will be given by Chad Salmela, former St. Scholastica Nordic Ski Coach and Olympic biathlon and cross country events television commentator as well as recognition of top performing female and male Minnesota high school, collegiate, biathlon, and master skiers. RSVP by April 4th!

CXC Summer Camps
March 30, 2017
CXC has put out their line up summer training camps for youth and junior skiers, including the Igor Legacy Camps (U12-14), U16 Camps, and Summer Open Camps (U16-20). First camps start up in May!

Jessie Diggins Welcome Home Event Scheduled for April 12th
March 28, 2017
The public is encouraged to come out Wednesday, April 12th, to welcome hometown gal Jessie Diggins from her most successful season yet! The big event will be held this year at the Slumberland Campus in Oakland, MN. The event is free and there will be door prizes!

LNR Adult Spring Training
March 28, 2017
LNR has their full spring line-up of adult training classes posted. Everything from strength sessions to intro to MTB to running and biking classes, and more.

NNF Auction Fundraiser
March 27, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation has launched their late season auction fundraiser. Find loads of unique items to bid on including bibs from the World Cup, autographed clothing and posters, and lots of skiing equipment. Act quickly though, the auction ends next Monday, April 3rd.

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