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Hoigaards Paddle Derby, July 2, 2015 (Photo: Craig Stolen)
Photoset from Craig Stolen: Hoigaards Paddle Derby

Central Regional Elite Camp time trial, July 7, 2014

Riding the trails in White Butte, ND, June 28, 2015 (Photo: Jay Richards)

Adam Loomis and other Nordic combined athletes training out east, June 2015 (Photo: Spencer Livingston)

Skinnyski FAQ
December 4, 2011
We've collected together a bunch of common questions to assembly our own FAQ for cross-country skiing in the Midwest and using the Skinnyski website.

Skinnyski Photos
February 5, 2009
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Ramsey County Winter Recreation Area Meeting on July 9th
July 2, 2015
The Ramsey County Winter Summer group has issued their June meeting notes, and is continuing to press forward. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 9th at 6 pm (and at a new location). Please RSVP by Monday, July 6th, if you plan to attend.
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Administration Building

REG Camps
July 2, 2015
Regional Elite Group training camps are happening across the nation this summer. CXC spotlights these special opportunities, with the Midwest REG Camp being held next week in Hayward.

Weekend Events
July 1, 2015
Jul 4 Muggy Buggy Fun Run - Minocqua Winter Park has their summer trail run, with 5K and extreme runs.
Jul 4 City on the Bay Races
- Walker, MN hosts their 4th of July 5K and 10K running races.
Jul 4 Red, White and Boom - Twin Cities Marathon hosts half marathon and relay races for Independence day.
Jul 4 Tour d'Amico - Fourth of July bike rides in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities.
Jul 4 Afton Trail Run - One of the most popular trail running events of the season, tackle the big hills of Afton State Park.
Jul 4 Nisswa Firecracker Races - Celebrate the 4th for 5K and 10K running races in the tourist town of Nisswa.

Midwest MTB Report
July 1, 2015
A big report this week as Jay Richards highlights trails in Colorado as well as North and South Dakota (with lots of photos), plus racing updates from PRO XCT circuit, Lutsen 99er, and Cuyuna Crusher.

2017 Nordic Junior Worlds Coming to Utah
June 30, 2015
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has awarded the 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships to Utah's Olympic venues in Park City and Midway. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association put forward the joint bid with the Utah Olympic Park and Solider Hollow, both of which will host events throughout the championships.

Local Stars
June 29, 2015
Summer Survival - Jessie Diggins shares tips on surviving the summer heat (and announces a Twin Cities Fast and Female event!).
Loomis Update - Adam Loomis revives his blog with a big update on his spring/summer training, which has included a lot of cycling.
And some health news...
Water water - Excessive water consumption during workouts can lead to some serious conditions.
Crazy Lyme - Lyme disease has a major impact on pop star Avril Lavigne.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
June 28, 2015
The first month of competition in the Hoigaards Paddle Derby wrapped up last week, and results are now tallied. The racing continues throughout this summer on Thursday evenings at Lake Calhoun.
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th

More Job Opportunities
June 28, 2015
A number of new job openings have been posted, include sales positions at Gear West and Joes, as well as Sports Director at CXC.

Tri-Loppet Coverage
June 28, 2015
Perfect weather for the Tri-Loppet races across Minneapolis on Saturday. This year featured the new race and general (stock) boat categories, and based on finishing times, it appears the competition was much tighter. Matt Liebsch won the mens general division with Zach Handler roughly 1:30 behind. The womens general was even closer, with Josie Nelson holding off Kim Rudd by 44 seconds for the title.
Photoset from Steve Kotvis: Tri-Loppet
Results: Tri-Loppet

Out There: Summer is Flying By
June 26, 2015
Out There shop is celebrating summer with deals on CRAFT Bike & Run, Karhu Shoes, Bjorn Daehlie and FITS with 20% off all instock items.

Midwest MTB Report
June 23, 2015
In Jay Richards MTB report this week, an interview with Tristan Schouten, reports on Chequamegon 100, and the look ahead to weekend races.

Igor Legacy Camp Recap
June 23, 2015
Bruce Manski provides a recap on the recent Igor Legacy Camp, held in Iola, WI. Additional camps are scheduled for July and August.

Local Stars
June 22, 2015
Photo Real - Rosie Frankowski posts a photojournal for her latest training update.
Pain Cave - Annie Hart enters the pain cave, and finds herself welcoming the experience.
Laughing off Stress - Alice Flanders extolls the benefits of laughter in releasing the stress of training and racing.
Drive - Jessie Diggins writes on determining your inner drive and how she feeds hers.
Sufferfest - USSA had a feature on Sufferfest, a unique road bike climb test with many of the top ski team athletes.
And from the category of "use your head"...
Interstate - Two tales of cyclists taking to the Interstate highways in the Twin Cities for shortening their route.

Hoigaards: Monday Evening Rides
June 19, 2015
Hoigaard's has started up their Monday evening rides. Everyone is welcome, the group ride is moderate pace and usually runs 1.5 to 2 hours.

NNF Funds International Junior Camp
June 17, 2015
The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) has announced financial support for the International Junior Camp, August 6-14, in Norway. The new junior camp is designed for rising cross country skiers, with Midwest stars Alayna Sonnesyn and Zak Ketterson earning spots on the roster.

Finn Sisu: Father's Day Deals
June 17, 2015
Finn Sisu's latest newsletter highlights deals on running gear for Father's Day, plus advice on early summer training.

USSA: Rookie Camp
June 17, 2015
New members of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Freeskiing and U.S. Snowboarding will be in Park City at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's (USSA) Center of Excellence this week for the teams' annual Rookie Camp. Included in the camp is Caitlin Gregg and Nita Englund.

Midwest MTB Report
June 16, 2015
This week's Midwest MTB Report, compiled by Jay Richards, has recaps from the WORS event, Red Eye Rendezvous, the 25 hour event of Dirt Wirx, and spotlights an amazing downhill run with no chain(!), plus the usual look ahead.

Gear West: Father's Day Sale
June 16, 2015
Gear West Father's Day Sale runs thru Sunday - Buy one clothing item, get a second at 1/2 price. Plus big savings on run shoes, Nordics skis and boots. And while you're out there, check out the new Gear West Adrenaline building.

Birkie Completes Fundraising for Phase I of Capital Campaign
June 16, 2015
In just seven months, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has reached their goal of $650,000 fundraising for Phase I of its first-ever major fundraising capital campaign. Phase I includes securing a permanent trailhead and race start area in Cable, WI, near the old Telemark Lodge, improving safety, traffic flow, and participant experience at the finish line area in Hayward, WI.

Local Stars
June 15, 2015
EU Agility - Endurance United athletes working on their rollerski agility in this Youtube highlight video.
LNR Hayward - Some photos from the LNR training camp going on in Hayward.
Hot, Humid, Happy - Jessie Diggins is fult-tilt in summer training with the SMS T2 gang in Vermont.
Jump Shot - Annie Hart is also back with the SMS crew, and blogs her theories on the ubiquitous jump shot photos.
Living with Altitude - Caitlin Gregg writes on her training at altitude in Park City over the past month.  Brian's take on altitude training as well.
Wave One Project - Gear West featured blogger Tony Mommsen outlines his goal of qualifying for wave one of the Birkie.
North State Revival - MinnPost features the revival of the North Star Bike Festival, which kicks off this week.

Midwest Mountaineering: Father's Day Coupons
June 15, 2015
Midwest Mountaineering celebrates upcoming Father's Day with some freebie and 50% off coupons, plus check out their sales and upcoming events. And the $5,000 wilderness/environmental grant application deadline has been extended to June 30th.

USSA Expands Membership Options
June 15, 2015
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is rolling out a new expanded membership structure. The new structure will diversify the existing membership base with a host of new categories designed to make the sports more affordable and accessible. USSA membership pricing has also changed, with general and entry-level memberships starting as low as $15.

Joe's Seeking Retail Sales Candidates
June 15, 2015
Joe's is hiring part-time retail sales associates for their camping/water sports/snow sports department. Experience with outdoor equipment a big plus. Apply online.

Chippewa Triathlon Coverage
June 14, 2015
Beautiful conditions Saturday morning in Cass Lake for the annual Chippewa Triathlon. Doubles titles went to David Nelson/Ryan Peterson and Elspeth Ronnander with Elaine and Grant Nelson taking the mixed crown. Solo champs were Mike Brumbaugh and Deanne Kivi. The top relay team was Big Al and the Funky Bunch (Joshua Tesch, Al Rundquist, Megan Brown and Kell Peterson).
Photoset from John Arenz: 54 photos
Photoset from Nikolai Olson: Chippewa Triathlon
Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Hoigaards: 120th Anniversary Sale
June 10, 2015
Hoigaards is celebrating their 120th anniversary with a sales event that starts this Friday, June 12th and runs through the 22nd. Nearly everything on sale, plus a $10 of $50 coupon is available.

Midwest Junior National Wax Techs Application
June 10, 2015
The Midwest Junior National Committee is seeking candidates for the positions of head glide and kick wax coaches for the 2016 Junior National competitions next March in Cable, WI. Application deadline is July 14th.
2016 Junior Nationals

Save The River Bottoms
June 10, 2015
A coalition is working to save the Minnesota River bottom trails in the Twin Cities, and is currently asking for supporters to contact their state representatives to strike out a provision that requires the natural river bottom trails to be paved.

Midwest MTB Report
June 9, 2015
Recaps from the Dirt Wirx, National Press on WORS, area rides, an update on Ore to Shore, Minneapolis global bike city, St. Cloud HS racing, and the usual look ahead are all part of this week's Midwest MTB report from Jay Richards.

Spotlight: LNR Advanced Group
June 9, 2015
The summer junior training officially fired up this week in Minnesota, with warm weather to boot. Tuesday morning brought the Loppet Nordic Racing Advanced Group to Afton for a session of classic rollerskiing on the quiet country roads. Coach Piotr Bednarski rode with the girls group while David Chamberlain strided with the boys.
Photoset: 130 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
LNR Summer Junior Training

Local Stars
June 8, 2015
Pep Talk - Paige Schember provides a little "pep talk" for the hard work of summer training.
Songs of Summer - Annie Hart features her own music playlist for every type of summer training session.
First Camp - Jessie Diggins wraps up her Park City training camp (and rolls out a new website).
Altitude - Caitlin and Brian Gregg post a short update on their altitude training, including a recent trail running race.
The Update - Alice Flanders gets back on her blog, posting an update on the last couple of months as she graduates from MTU.

Continental: Tuesday Night Rides
June 8, 2015
Nikolai Anikin and Continental Ski and Bike will lead a Free Tuesday night no-drop group ride. The location of the ride will rotate each week and will start at 6pm and last around 2 hours. When the mountain bike trails are too wet we will road ride.

Summer Classifieds
June 7, 2015
A full mix of gear on sale in the classifieds as summer gets into full swing.

APU Masters Eagle Glacier Camp
June 6, 2015
APU has some short-notice openings in their Masters Camp on the Eagle Glacier at the end of June. Athletes will receive coaching from Erik Flora while skiing and living on Eagle Glacier near Girdwood, Alaska.
Haig Glacier 2015

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