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Erin Bianco, Anna Johnson, Section 7, February 9, 2017 (Photo: Joe Bianco)

LNR College Program heading up the Afton coulee, May 25, 2017

LNR College Program, May 25, 2017

Kyia Anderson racing at Detroit Mountain Shakedown, May 21, 2017 (Photo: MN Trails)

Skiing on fresh snow at Rabbit's Ear Pass, Steamboat Springs, CO, May 23, 2017 (Photo: Scott Beattie)
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Rice Creek Boat Club workout

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Voting Open for High School Nordic Coach, Assistant Coach and Volunteer of the Year
May 26, 2017
Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Coaches Association members can now vote on the candidates for the high school coach, assistant coach and volunteer of the year awards. Voting will closed at noon on Wednesday, May 31st.

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.
Photoset: 151 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video from LNR: Time Trial

Weekend Events
May 24, 2017
May 27 Stillwater Half Marathon - Half marathon with 10K and 5K events as well, all point-to-point races finishing in historic Stillwater.
May 27 Palmyra Road Race - WCA series continues with road race cycling action in SE Wisconsin.
May 27-28 Run Madtown - Twilight running races Saturday evening, and half marathon event on Sunday.
May 27-28 Med City Marathon - Two days of running races in Rochester, including half and full marathon events on Sunday.
May 29 Joy Memorial Crit - Minnesota cycling with Memorial Day event at Victory Park in New Hope.
May 29 Brian Kraft Memorial 5K - Racing around Lake Nokomis, fast 5K event.

New Moon: Northwoods MTB
May 24, 2017
New Moon's latest newsletter highlights CAMBA trails, their rental fleet, and upcoming Borah Epic and Fat Bike tri events.

ABSF Announces Summer Programs for Kids
May 24, 2017
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation announces their summer programming designed to get youth fit and healthy this summer. Four programs expose kids to a variety of different outdoor activities and provide them with experiences and opportunities to grow their love of outdoor sports.

Midwest MTB Report
May 23, 2017
Highlights from this week's Midwest MTB Report by Jay Richards: Recaps on MNMBS and WORS series races, national praise for Duluth trails, and a look ahead to WEM series race this weekend.

Web Roundup
May 22, 2017
Charging Up - Jessie Diggins recaps her whirlwind spring activities, and early ski camp (on-snow) in Bend.
Bourne Recovery - NMU's Kris Bourne and her battle with mono was featured by FasterSkier.
Fittest - The Twin Cities regain the title as the "fittest" city.
Snowverload - Parts of Colorado received three feet of snow last weekend.
Endless Winter - A number of California ski resorts are staying open this summer.
Running Life - Ten running tips applied to everyday life.

Borah Epic Less Than Two Weeks Away
May 21, 2017
Less than two weeks to go until the 5th annual Borah Epic point-to-point MTB challenge. Race organizers are expecting a sellout field (750 riders), but spots are still available in both race distances, including discounted rates for juniors.

Gear West: Fischer Rollerskis Are Here
May 18, 2017
Gear West is now offering Fischer's new RC7 rollerskis in both skate and classic models. Team and high school pricing is available.

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

Finn Sisu: SpringFest Wrapping Up, Summer Training Starting Soon
May 18, 2017
Finn Sisu's SpringFest sale runs through this Saturday, May 20th with deals on saunas and last season's gear. Summer training and condition sessions are starting as soon as May 24th, details are posted.

Ski Hut: Summer Fever Sale
May 18, 2017
Ski Hut is running their Summer Fever Sale, May 21-28. Some of the deals include free gear with a new bike, deals on watercraft and car carriers, as well as info on group rides.

US Ski Team Nominations Announced
May 17, 2017
The 2017-18 season US Nordic Ski Team nominations have been posted. As expected, the strong women's team returns with Jessie Diggins leading the way. Ian Torchia is the other Midwest representative, as a member of the development squad.

Midwest MTB Report
May 16, 2017
Jay Richards's MTB report this week covers a wide range of topics from how MTB is helping small towns, to helibiking, health related issues, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Web Roundup
May 15, 2017
Moto - Gear West's Jan Guenther writes about staying motivated and fit for next year's Birkie.
- Team Gregg got in a fun race, on snow, last week in Norway.
HED Rolls On - Forbes profiled HED cycling and how Anne Hed has taken over after her husband and co-founder passed away suddenly last year.
Skier of the Year
- Jessie Diggins named XC Skier of the Year by USSA.
DP Myths
- Video lesson on double poling technique and debunking some myths.
Still Snowing - More snow is expected this week in the Sierra mountain range!
Droned - Bike racer gets taken out by a drone.

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

Go Spring Trail Run Coverage
May 13, 2017
A warm morning Saturday for the Go Spring Trail running races at Battle Creek, as temperatures soared into the 70s. Photos up from the 10K and 5K races.
Photoset: 10K Race - 134 photos, 5K Race - 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Go Spring Trail Run

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.

Finn Sisu: SpringFest
May 10, 2017
Finn Sisu's SpringFest event starts this weekend, with 40% off all past-season ski gear, 20% off all saunas and accessories, and a special appearance by the Traveling Sauna in honor of 100 years of Finnish independence (free Finnish birthday cake and refreshments).

Midwest MTB Report
May 9, 2017
Jay Richards's Midwest MTB report this week catches the action for the WORS and MNMBS series last weekend, the dusty Tinker Classic, junior racer Josie Welch, Duluth trails, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Web Roundup
May 8, 2017
It Ain't Easy - Erin Moening begins training again after post-surgery recovery.
Bridges Coming Down - Minneapolis is rebuilding a number of bridges in south Minneapolis, which will impact the popular Greenway trail.
Bikes Over Cars - Making the case for how bikes may eventually overtake cars in transportation.
Secrets of Two Hour Marathon - A look at how physiology and diet may lead to faster marathon time.
POW - Powassen virus, which is also transmitted by ticks, has been showing up in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The Loppet Foundation: Help Bring The Trailhead To Wirth
May 8, 2017
The Loppet Foundation is seeking to close the funding gap to start the construction of the new Trailhead building at Wirth this summer. Please consider your donation today to help them complete the project in time for this winter.

Snake River Canoe River Coverage
May 6, 2017
A picture perfect morning Saturday for the Snake River Canoe Race as sunny skies, light winds, and temperatures rising to the 60s, along with good water levels, made for another great event in the Mora Classic Series.
Photoset: 194 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Snake River Canoe Race

New Marathon Time Just Misses Two Hour Mark
May 6, 2017
Eliud Kipchoge was 26 seconds from making history on Saturday but the Olympic champion finished just short of becoming the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours. The Nike sponsored event was run on a Formula One race track in Italy.

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.

Midwest MTB Report
May 2, 2017
Jay Richards cranks up the Midwest MTB report for the season, covering a wide range of topics including the passing of Steve Tilford, Midwest race series, Decorah Time Trials, a number of related articles from the web, and the start of the Minnesota and Wisconsin series.

Machinery Hill Criterium Coverage
May 2, 2017
The Tuesday Night Worlds / Machinery Hill Criterium started up in mid-April on the State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. With the return to normal temperatures, big fields turned out Tuesday evening for the race series.
Photoset: Cat 4/5 Race - 74 photos, Womens Race - 49 photos, Mens Cat 1/2/3 Race - 69 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Web Roundup
May 1, 2017
Need for Speed - Elspeth Ronnander shares her training tips for building up her running speed.
Bolger Break - Wisconsin's Kevin Bolger is featured as part of Faster Skier's Wednesday Workout.
Petter and the Greggs - Petter Northug takes the Fossavatan 50K last weekend in Iceland, with Caitlin Gregg second for the women.  Caitlin won the 25K skate race, Brian second and Jake Brown third.
Vonn vs. World - Lindsey Vonn wants to break the World Cup record for victories and race against the men.
RoboBikeCop - Star Tribune profiled Ward Rubrecht, a very active advocate for cyclists rights.
Get Out There - Interesting numbers from a recent survey on outdoor recreation, including XC skiing as the second most largest growth sport.

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.

2017 CXC Award Recipients
May 1, 2017
The CXC Awards Dinner recognized four of the central region's outstanding ski community members at the inaugural CXC Congress weekend in Eau Clair, Wisconsin this past weekend. Ahvo Taipale was awarded the inaugural Lifetime Achievement award, Ben Popp, American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, received the John Hugus leadership award, Kris Hansen, Stillwater Nordic Ski Team, was named the Igor Badamshin Coach of the Year, and Joe Kelsey received the Wayne Fish volunteer of the year award.

Birkie Week Event Registration Now Open
April 30, 2017
Registration for the Birkie week events, including the Birkie, Kortie, and Prince Haakon races opened on Monday, May 1st. Registration is limited. New this year, $35 donation with your registration gets you an exclusive Birkie backpack that can be used on race day.
ABSF and USATF Announce 2017 Half Marathon Trail Championship

Mt Ashwabay Gear Swap on Saturday
April 30, 2017
Mt. Ashwabay is hosting a spring gear swap this Saturday. Buy and sell everything from bikes to skis to kayaks. Proceeds benefit the Ashwabay Outdoor Educational Foundation.

Borah Hires Kevin Johnson as Nordic National Account Manager
April 28, 2017
Borah Teamwear has announced the addition of Kevin Johnson to the sales team as the company's National Account Manager for Nordic Skiing.

Ski Hut: Bike Duluth
April 28, 2017
Ski Hut has revamped their Bike Duluth website for this season. The site features bike routes and MTB trails, as well as places for food and drink.

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