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Trail Loppet, September 20, 2014

Trail Loppet, September 20, 2014

Trail Loppet, September 20, 2014

Blue Awning Sale at Finn Sisu, September 19, 2014

Tent Sale at Hoigaards, September 19, 2014

Fall Coaches Meeting, October 23, 2010

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.

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February 5, 2009
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Bangin in the Brush Coverage
September 20, 2014
The Bangin in the Brush trail run was held at Korkki Nordic Saturday morning. Eve Graves reports: The first place male, Mark Johnson, dominated the men's field by nearly 5 minutes while the first place female, who was also 5th overall, Kaelyn Williams, dominated the womens' field by nearly the same margin.
Photoset from Eve Graves: Bangin in the Brush
Results: Bangin in the Brush

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 20, 2014
Nearly ideal conditions for the Trail Loppet (including a smooth bib pickup) as runners enjoyed temps in the mid 60s with bright skies and a decent breeze in the open sections. Chris Lundstrom took the mens half marathon victory, with skiers Matt Liebsch and Erik Fagerstrom sprinting it out for the remaining podium spots. Ladia Albertson-Junkans took the womens title, as well as posting 12th overall. In the 13.1K race, Michael Hartnett and Faith Leicht collected the titles. Andrew Quinn (posted the only sub 20 minute time) and Caitlin Gregg took the 5K victories.
Photoset: Half Marathon - 75 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet
Trail Loppet Recap

Fall Ski Swaps and Sales
September 18, 2014
We've updated our fall ski swap and sale schedule. Dig out your old gear, unload at your favorite swap and restock with new equipment!

Endurance United Hires Jacob Morgan as Programming Manager
September 18, 2014
Endurance United recently hired Jacob (Jake) Morgan to be its new Programming Manager and Junior Team Coach. Jake will also help coach the youth and adult training programs offered by Endurance United and will working along side Head Coach and Executive Director, Chris Sachs.

Ski Hut Avoid the Circus Sale
September 18, 2014
Not wanting to be left out on the big sales weekend, Ski Hut is running their own sales fest this weekend. With over 300 pairs of Nordic race skis in stock, select should be great.

Weekend Events
September 17, 2014
Sep 20 Singletrack Escape - The MN MTB series rolls on with racing on the "jail" trails in St. Cloud.
Sep 20 Trail Loppet - Trail running race winding through the woods and over the hills of Wirth Park in Minneapolis.
Sep 20-21 Trek CXC Cup - Two days of cyclocross racing, right on the Trek cycling campus.
Sep 20 Bangin in the Brush - Korkki Nordic hosts their annual fall trail running race.
Sep 20 Porcupine Mtns Trail Marathon - Epic trail run through the vast wilderness of the Porcupine Mountains.

Minnesota Fall Coaches Meeting and Education Opportunity
September 17, 2014
The annual Minnesota High School Fall Coaches meeting will be October 25th at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. The 2015 state meet will be a primary topic. And if there is sufficient interest, there may be CXC/USSA Level 100 Coaches Certification session as well.

Ski Hut: Salsa Demo at Lester
September 17, 2014
Ski Hut will be demo'ing Salsa bikes, including the new Bucksaw, this Saturday, Sep 19th at Lester/Amity near Hawk Ridge.

Finn Sisu Blue Awning Sale
September 17, 2014
Finn Sisu's annual Blue Awning sale this weekend, Sep 19-21, is a pre-season ski extravaganza featuring fitting and advice from manufacturers' reps (Rick Halling, Fischer and Isaac Wilson, Salomon & Atomic), free SNS bindings on Salomon and Atomic skis, and special deals on summer and winter clothes.

Gear West Pig Out Sale
September 16, 2014
Starting Thursday and running through Sunday, Sep 18-21, is the Gear West sale you've been waiting for - the Pig Out Sale. Best prices of the year on skis, boots, poles, accessories and clothing. Bacon samples on the barbie Saturday morning (until it's gone)!

Hoigaards Tent Sale
September 16, 2014
Hoigaard's is proud to announce that their Tent Sale will return for it's 47th year this weekend, Sep 19-21. For 47 years, the Hoigaard's Tent Sale has served as a kick-off for the winter season as thousands of skiers, snowboarders and outdoor lovers converge upon the "big tent" that fills much of the western side of the Miracle Mile Mall parking lot.

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 16, 2014
A big Chequamegon recap is the primary feature this week in Jay Richards weekly MTB racing report, along with the usual look at upcoming events.

Local Stars
September 15, 2014
Ambassador Hart - The Birkie introduces their first ambassador, Annie Hart.
- Jessie Diggins enjoying some "down time" in her training schedule.
Pep Talk - Rosie Frankowski shares her favorite pep talk.
Fall - Adam Loomis updates with some high intensity work out in Park City.
Movement - The Birkie office is being remodeled, so they have moved to new, temporary digs off Hwy 77.

2014 CXC/Wayne Fish Coaches Certification and Conference
September 15, 2014
CXC will be offering a coaches certification and conference, Oct 17-19, at Lakewoods Resort in Cable. The weekend will be focused on CXC/USSA Level 100 Coaches Certification and will introduce the CXC/USSA Level 200 Coaches Certification with specific hands-on session for Adaptive coaching.

Borah Teamwear: Donít Wait for Snowflakes!
September 15, 2014
Borah Teamwear is sounding the horn -- get those orders rolling, snow season is just around the corner!

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
September 15, 2014
A number of coaching positions have been recently posted, as well as sales positions.

Lester-Amity Chalet Open House Sep 20-21
September 14, 2014
There will be a Lester-Amity Chalet Open House this Saturday and Sunday, Sept 20th and 21st. The purpose of the open house is to showcase the chalet, share with the community our vision for the building and grounds, and gather support from the community as we move forward with this exciting project.

Northshore Inline Marathon Rollerski Race Results
September 13, 2014
A small by very competitive field cranked it up Saturday morning for the Northshore Inline Marathon rollerski race. Flying from Two Harbors to Canal Park in Duluth, Andre Watt and Caitlin Compton took top honors.

Chequamegon 40 Coverage
September 13, 2014
Brian Matter held off Jeremy Bishop to repeat as the Chequamegon 40 champion Saturday morning in Cable. Travis Woodruff along with five other riders all cracked the two hour barrier in the fastest race on record. Jenna Rinehart took the womens title, also posting a new course record time. Area crew did a fantastic job clearing the trail of major storm damage from the prior week, including a huge amount of fallen trees.
Photoset: Kids Race/Start - 20 photos, Rosies Field - 45 photos, Mid-race - 106 photos, Finish - 98 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Saturday Recap
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival Sunday Recap

Request For Midwest Team Coaches Applications
September 11, 2014
Junior Nationals will be held March 5-15 in Truckee, California. Applications are now being taken for the head coach, glide and kick coaches, as well as general coaching staff positions. Application deadline is November 1st.

Gear West's New Grind
September 11, 2014
Gear West is the proud new owner of a Tazzari RP23, the only grinder designed specifically for nordic skis and the same grinder used by nearly every World Cup racer on the planet. Now serious master, collegiate and high school racers can get the Tazzari edge at Gear West.

FAST KIDS Fall Adventure Run Series
September 10, 2014
The Loppet Foundation's Fall Adventure running series for kids kicks off this Thursday, Sep 11th at Wirth. There will be four events in the series, including age-gap relays and singletrack races.
Photoset from LNR: FAST KIDS Adventure Race

Midwest MTB Racing Report
September 9, 2014
Jay Richards latest MTB racing report highlights the Treadfest WORS event, the first race in the MN high school MTB series, plus updates on the mighty Chequamegon and the rescheduling of Blacks River Crossing race.

Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon Fee Increase Approaching
September 9, 2014
CyclovaXC, major supporter of the new Gandy Dancer Trail Marathon is encouraging athletes to get their registrations in by Sept 15th to avoid the final price hike. The inaugural event is Oct 11th in Luck, WI, with 500 participants expected.

Willow River Trail Challenge Oct 4th
September 9, 2014
Willow River State Park will be home to a trail running events on Saturday, October 4th. The course is a scenic mix of steep climbs and descents though Willow River State Park totaling 10.6K (with a shorter 6.6K option available).

Local Stars
September 8, 2014
Momma Bear - Mary Beth Tuttle goes mano a mano with a Yellowstone black bear.
- Jessie Diggins writes on the benefits of shadowing fellow athletes to work on technique.
Super Power - The mighty Loppet Nordic Racing club is profiled in a recent FasterSkier article.
Baking Queen - Annie Hart maintains a regular baking column, with recipes and photos.
Training Days - Caitlin Gregg has been working high intensity, including a great showing in the Climb to the Castle event.  Husband Brian writes about his workouts with inner city youth and the Heart of the City 5K.

Chequamegon 40 Update
September 8, 2014
The Chequamegon and Birkie crews have been active every day since the big storm rolled through last Thursday, knocking down a lot of trees and dropping a lot of water on the trail system. Progress is being made, but expect some reroutes along the course for the Chequamegon 40.

Illinois Roller Ski Race Series Results
September 7, 2014
Organizers report great conditions Sunday for race #2 in the Illinois rollerski race series. Jan Myrda and Maria Castellese posted the top mens and womens times in the 10K race. The next event will be Oct 5th.
Illinois Roller Ski Race Series Race Report

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