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Getting some air, Chippewa Valley Firecracker, July 1, 2007

Trail Kids June Camp (Photo: Loppet Foundation)

Minneapolis Ski Club Afton rollerski workout, June 20, 2018

Minneapolis Ski Club Afton rollerski workout, June 20, 2018

Weaving through the drops, Welch MTB Jam, August 12, 2007

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December 4, 2011
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Salomon: Sophie Caldwell - Why I Joined Salomon Nordic
June 22, 2018
Salomon has a write up from Sophie Caldwell, who finished third in the FIS sprint rankings last season, on why she has made the switch to Salomon Nordic for the upcoming season, joining Jessie Diggins.

Weekend Events
June 21, 2018
Jun 23 Lutsen 99er - Epic mountain bike racing along the Northshore, with divisions from 19 miles all the way up to 99!
Jun 23 Run and Roll for the Roses - Inline skate and 5K and 10K running races, part of Roseville's Rosefest.
Jun 23 Lakes Area Endurance Half Marathon - Half Marathon running race starting in Alexandria and looping through downtown Garfield.
Jun 24 Mount Wirth Loppet
- Featuring miles of new trail developed at Wirth, the MNMBS series comes to Minneapolis for race #4.
Jun 24 Red Flint Firecracker - WORS series hits Eau Claire for racing at Lowes Creek Park.

CXC: First of 2018 Igor Legacy Camps a Success
June 21, 2018
CXC reports a very productive first Igor Legacy Camp of the season, with nearly 30 youth athletes for the three days of camp at Standing Rocks County Park. Next up, CXC will have back to back weekends of Igor Camps come July in Duluth and Mora, Minnesota. Space is limited and filling fast, so get your registration in!

What's Your Birkie Story?
June 21, 2018
Jessie Diggins shares her Korte story, love for the Birkie and how it helped develop her into an Olympic Gold Medal. Register for the Birkie events by June 28th to avoid the next price hike!
Video: Jessie, the Korte and her Gold Medal Journey

Loppet TRAIL KIDS June Camp Hosts Four Sets of Twins
June 21, 2018
Fifty youth ages 7-13 and twelve coaches made up the 2018 June TRAIL KIDS camp. Unique this year's camp roster was two sets of identical twins along with two sets of fraternal twins. Over the five days youth enjoyed mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing, exploring nature, rollerblading and playing lots of camp games.

Spotlight: Minneapolis Ski Club Juniors
June 20, 2018
Summer training programs are in full swing now! Wednesday evening we caught up with the Minneapolis Ski Club juniors, under the direction of head coach Kevin Brochman, for a skate rollerski workout on the roads near Afton. The group skied out to Trading Post Rd for a couple of sets of L3 intervals, then moved on to the hills on Valley Creek Rd and eventually 15th Street before wrapping up back in Afton reviewing technique video.
Photoset: Afton Rollerski Workout - 162 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Gear West Yard Sale
June 20, 2018
Gear West is hosting a Clearance Sale this weekend, Jun 22-24th! Save up to 50% off Nordic and Alpine ski gear plus Run, Soccer, Lacrosse, Bikes, Bike Gear and Clothing!

Midwest MTB Report
June 19, 2018
Jay Richard's weekly Midwest MTB Report is up and includes a full report from race #4 in WORS, a report from the Chequamegon 100, the Duluth Enduro Series and the usual look ahead.

Hoigaard's Paddle Derby - Solo Night
June 19, 2018
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby is celebrating the Summer Solstice with their third annual Solo Race Night - this Thursday, June 21st. Everyone is encouraged to find a solo canoe for this one night and since the sun won't set until after 9 pm, there's plenty of time to cross the finish line. New this year for Solo Night they are adding a stock solo boat division paddling the 6 mile Derby course in addition to the usual 7 mile race division.
Tri-Loppet Training with Rice Creek Boat Club

4591 Sports Development Camp with Deedra Irwin
June 18, 2018
Out There Shop is promoting the 4591 Sports Development Camp for U16/U18 juniors this weekend, Jun 22-24, in Rice Lake. The camp will feature top athlete Deedra Irwin with classic and skate rollerski sessions, pole hiking, trail running, and strength and conditioning. There are only a few spots remaining!

Ashwaubenon Camp Recap
June 18, 2018
Cathy Putman reports on Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team this past weekend, Jun 15-17, which featured Biathlon Team member and team alumna, Deedra Irwin for an in town camp to kick off summer training.

CXC: Don Becker Brings Outdoor Passion to CXC
June 17, 2018
Don Becker has been one of the great pioneers behind CXC for 15 years. But his real passion is the future, in his role as head of the CXC Foundation.

Spotlight: Giants Ridge Ski Camp
June 13, 2018
Ellen Anderson reports: High school skiers from Duluth East, Mesabi East, and Ely gathered at Giants Ridge last weekend for the inaugural Northern Powers Ski Camp. This camp was about having fun, training smart, and getting to know skiers from other teams. Workouts included rollerskiing (occasionally through big puddles), ski walking up the muddy alpine hill, running on the State Meet skate course, and strength sessions using rocks instead of medicine balls. In between, recovery included swimming, ultimate, and the occasional plank challenge (winner Raif Olson went for 16 minutes!). The weekend concluded with an adventure workout (running, rollerskiing and swimming) around the Ridge. We are already looking forward to the second camp in August!
Photoset from Paula Anderson: 4 photos

Swix Sport Becomes Brav
June 13, 2018
Swix Sport Group has announced that it's changed its name to BRAV reflecting the group's evolution into a house of brands that include Lundhags, Toko, Ulvang, Helsport, Hard Rocx, Skisporet and Original. The group has subsidiaries in eight countries, and the brands are distributed in more than 30 countries.

Pioneer Midwest: Fathers Day Sale
June 13, 2018
Pioneer Midwest is running a Father's Day Sale with deals on rollerski equipment as well as Northstar Canoes.

Midwest MTB Report
June 12, 2018
Featured in Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week: Race reports from Borah Epic and Duluth Hard Enduro, highlights on Midwest stars at the Missoula Pro XCT, NICA partnership, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Introducing Arrival Point Footwear
June 10, 2018
A Twin Cities group is launching a revolutionary new footwear design for winter activities. Designed by Nordic skiers for Nordic skiers. Check out their kickstarter campaign and get your pair!

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Hwy OO Outdoor Center
June 10, 2018
On Saturday, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center at the Hwy OO trailhead. The facility will include a gathering hall, heated restrooms, changing rooms, and a waxing and bike repair room and may be open as soon as this winter.

Borah Epic in the Books
June 10, 2018
The Borah Epic held its sixth annual event Saturday and welcomed a sold-out field for the combined half and full race distances. Cole House took the mens full Epic with Leia Schneeberger riding away with the women's title. Half distance trophies earned by Emmett Donohue (photo finish with Bennett Gargulak) and Emma Albrecht.

Chippewa Triathlon Results
June 10, 2018
Well over 100 athletes came out Saturday morning for the Chippewa Triathlon races in Cass Lake. Solo titles went to Mike Brumbaugh and Inga Roen, doubles male John Kallemeyn/Daniel Luoma, doubles female Maria Janowiak/Sara Wall and mixed doubles Samuel Olson/Hannah Bettendorf.
Photoset from John Arenz: Triathlon - 30 photos, Canoe Race - 45 photos
Video: Canoe Race Photo Finish
Results: Chippewa Triathlon, Smilin' Joe's Mississippi Classic

Lederhosenlauf 5K Coverage
June 9, 2018
Avoiding thunderstorms in the area, runners took to the streets of St. Paul Saturday morning for the annual Lederhosenlauf 5K race. The course starts and finishes at the Germanic-American Institute on Summit Avenue and winds past the St. Paul Cathedral and races up Selby Ave to Victoria and back. Prizes are awarded to the best German costumes!
Photoset: 83 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Lederhosenlauf 5K

Web Roundup
June 6, 2018
Jump In - Jessie Diggins latest blog highlights the annual Bend, Oregon training camp on snow and team dynamics.
Doing You - Paul Schommer reflect on doing what's right for you, rather than following the herd.
Team Up - FIS has a short social update on Nationals teams back in training.
Working Brain
- Recent study looks at the amount of exercise needed for keeping your brain sharp.
Wheelie - Mountain bike wheel sizes explained.

Midwest MTB Report
June 5, 2018
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week features recaps and interviews from the Singletrack Escape and Battle of Camrock series races, a job opening at Chequamegon, and a look ahead to the Borah Epic and Duluth Hard Enduro events.

Machinery Hill Criterium Coverage
June 5, 2018
A beautiful evening Tuesday for bicycle racing on the grounds of the Minnesota State Fair for the Tuesday night Machinery Hill Criterium series. Photographer Cece Boyle was on the scene, capturing some great shots from the races.
Photoset from Cece Boyle: 172 photos
Photoset from Cece Boyle: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Machinery Hill Criterium

Twin Cities Girls Selected for National Ski Jumping Camp
June 4, 2018
Adeline Swanson, Sophia Schreiner and Daisy Forester, members of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Ski Clubs have been selected to participate in USA Nordic's Fly Girls Camp this July in Steamboat Springs, CO and Park City, Utah. Please help support their trip with a donation.

New Brighton Triathlon Coverage
June 3, 2018
A cool Sunday morning for the New Brighton Triathlon as temps were in the upper 50s for the start. The triathlon was based out of Long Lake Park with participants starting with a swim then biking the roads around the lake and finally finishing with a running leg on the trails at the park.
Photoset: Swim - 32 photos, Bike - 117 photos, Run - 71 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Nordic Combined: USA Nordic Announces 2018/2019 Junior National Team
May 31, 2018
USA Nordic has announced that 23 athletes from around the country have been named to the 2018/2019 USA Nordic Junior National Teams in the disciplines of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined. Included on the roster are two Minnesota siblings, Aiden and Charolette Ripp of Cloquet, MN. Jumpers from Wisconsin, Illinois also made the squad.

Midwest MTB Report
May 29, 2018
In his Midwest MTB recap this week, Jay Richards hits on Keweenaw festival, ticks, high school racing, Chequamegon openings, and a look at the upcoming MNMBS and WORS races.

CXC Establishes New Governance Direction
May 29, 2018
A brief recap of the recent CXC Congress has been posted, and featured among the topics is the decision leading CXC to function more as a governing organization, with a committee comprised of representatives from a far range of skiing related interests.

Pioneer Midwest: Rollerski Technique and Fitness Clinic Sunday
May 29, 2018
Pioneer Midwest is hosting a free skate rollerski technique and fitness clinic, designed for immediate to advance skiers who want assistance with their form and help on building strength and endurance. Meets at Baker Park this Sunday, June 3rd.

Brian Kraft Memorial 5K Coverage
May 28, 2018
Steamy hot conditions Monday morning for the annual Brian Kraft Memorial 5K run in south Minneapolis. Temperatures were pushing upper 70s with high dewpoints for the race around Lake Nokomis. Joel Reichow topped the men's finishing trio for the victory at 14:32, followed closely by Kevin Lewis and Aaron Easker. Katy Moen won the women's division handily with a time of 16:13, a full minute ahead of Meghan Peyton with Dakotah Lindwurm taking third. Nearly 500 runners completed the race.
Photoset: 102 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Brian Kraft 5K

Endurance United Summer Programs Firing Up Soon
May 28, 2018
Endurance United's full slate of summer junior training programs starts up on June 11th. There is still time to sign up for sessions, with a variety of levels available.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Begins this Thursday
May 27, 2018
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby begins this Thursday, May 31st. This is the first race of a ten race series on the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. Paddlers of all abilities are encouraged to attend!

Birkie Announces Groundbreaking for Hwy OO Outdoor Center
May 25, 2018
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday, June 9th for the Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center. The new 4,000 square foot facility will be located at the halfway point of the Birkie trail at the Hwy OO Trailhead. When completed, the facility amenities will include a gathering hall, heated restrooms, changing rooms, and a waxing and bike repair room.

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