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Womens champ Serkalem Abraha, Twin Cities Marathon, October 4, 2015

Laddies Loppet, September 6, 2015

Adam Loomis rollerskiing to second place, US Summer Nationals, August 1, 2015

Trail Loppet, September 28, 2015

Overall winners Sarah Bezdicek and Tamer Mische-Richter, Ringer Roll, August 7, 2015

St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon, August 22, 2015


Birkie Waves Closing Fast
October 5, 2015
The Birkie is rapidly filling, and a number of waves have already been closed for the 2016 event. If you haven't registered already, get on it!

Twin Cities Marathon Coverage
October 4, 2015
Near perfect conditions Sunday morning for the Twin Cities Marathon with temperatures in the low 40s rising to the mid 50s under sunny skies. Dominic Ondoro broke from the lead pack of runners and held off Elisha Barno to take the overall title with a blazing time of 2:11:16. Serkalem Abraha outsprinted Jane Kibii to claim the womens title, clocking 2:31:39.
Photoset: Mile 1 - 84 photos, Mile 9 Leaders - 210 photos, Mile 17 Front runners - 94 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Marathon, TC 10

2018 World Masters Cup Awarded to Twin Cities
September 29, 2015
In early 2018, the Loppet Foundation will host the Masters World Cup on the trails at Theodore Wirth in Minneapolis. The World Masters Cross-Country Ski Association awarded the bid at their annual meeting in Klosters, Switzerland last Friday, Sep 25th. Exact dates are yet to be decided.

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 26, 2015
A beautiful fall morning for the Trail Loppet events at Theodore Wirth on Saturday. The half marathon race came down to a tight group as the top four all finish in a 30 second spread with Justin Grunewald taking the victory. Jillian Tholen hammered out an incredible pace in taking the womens title, finishing 14th overall. Ben Janke won the three way battle for the 13.1K title, with Candice Todryk cruising in for the womens crown. In the 5K race, victories were earned by Andrew Crocker and Susie Kelleher.
Photoset: Half Marathon - Wave 1 Start - 43 photos, Half Marathon - Wave 2 Start - 17 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 2.75 - 49 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 3.5 - 131 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 8.5 - 43 photos, 13.1K - Mile 2.5 - 42 photos, 13.1K - Mile 4.5 - 125 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet Results
Trail Loppet Recap

Upcoming Trail Runs
September 25, 2015
A couple of additional trail runs this fall that will help support area ski trails...
Oct 3 WIllow River Trail Challenge - 6.6K and 10.6K trail runs, along with a kids race, supporting the Willow River ski trails.
Oct 17 Grantsburg Trail Run - 5K and 10K trail runs, plus kids race, for support of the Grantsburg ski trail grooming.

Birkie Trail Run and Trek Features New 100K Division
September 22, 2015
The 14th annual American Birkebeiner Birkie Trail Run and Trek will be held on the iconic Birkie Trail this Saturday, September 26th. From the challenge and intensity of a new 100K Ultra Marathon to the fun of a 5k run/walk, an estimated 1000 runners and trekkers from around the Midwest will take to the trails.

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Recap Edition
September 22, 2015
Jay Richards weekly MTB report is out, providing a recap on the 2015 Chequamegon with some exclusive interviews from the winners, Jeff Hall and Chloe Woodruff, as well as a couple of top ten riders flying in under the radar. Plus the usual look to upcoming events.

Northshore Inline Marathon Rollerski Results
September 20, 2015
A cool start did little to slow down the speeds Saturday morning for the Northshore Inline Marathon rollerski race. Anders Osthus, Tamer Mische-Richter and Daniel Rasmussen brought the 26 mile race down to a final runout with the trio finishing just six seconds apart. Amanda Schubert won the womens division.

Bangin In The Brush Results
September 19, 2015
Cool fall weather made for some nice conditions at Korkki Nordic for the annual Bangin' in the Brush 10K trail run. Greg Hexum cleaned house, winning the event by nearly five minutes! Annalisa Harrington-Peterson was the top women, and notched sixth overall to boot.
Results: Bangin In The Brush

Chequamegon Fat Fire Festival Coverage
September 19, 2015
Jeff Hall put on an impressive tour de force Saturday morning in the Chequamegon 40, breaking away early on, and then holding off a late challenge to take the mens victory -- an amazing performance, made all the more impressive when considering Hall won his first Chequamegon 40 title in 1995! Chloe Woodruff had a powerful race, repeating as womens champion. Short and Fat titles went to Samuel Elson and Sophie Farrow.
Photoset: Short and Fat - Mile 4 - 128 photos, Cheq 40 - Leaders Mile 18 - 47 photos, Cheq 40 - Leaders Mile 21 - 47 photos, Cheq 40 - Fire Tower Hill - 171 photos, Cheq 40 - Mile 31 - 84 photos
Photoset: Short and Fat Top Picks (high res), Chequamegon 40 Top Picks (high res)
Results: Chequamegon Fat Fire Festival

Midwest MTB Report: Chequamegon Preview Edition
September 15, 2015
Jay Richards brings us up-to-date on the recent racing at St. Cloud, rides at the Gitchi Gummi Traverse and Durango's Dirt Fondo, and then breakdowns the Chequamegon 40 field of favorites in his annual preview.

Headwaters Canoe Race Coverage
September 13, 2015
Brett Arenz reports perfect weather, 70 degrees and 5-8 mph wind from the south, for the Headwaters Canoe race on Saturday in Bemidji. Todd Johnson and Rick Lorenzen took the pro race title with the top three boats finishing just over 30 seconds apart.
Photoset from Brett Arenz: 57 photos
Results: Bemidji Headwaters Canoe Race

Announcing the CXC Marathon Cup Series
September 10, 2015
CXC in cooperation with some of the major Midwest marathon ski races announces the inaugural CXC Marathon Cup series. The series features two races from MN, WI, and MI: Seeley Hills, Noque, Loppet, Vasaloppet, Birkie and Great Bear Chase. Four competition divisions, including a team/club title.

Midwest MTB Report
September 8, 2015
Jay Richards reflects back on his years of running Laddies Loppet and recaps the 25th anniversary edition held this past weekend at Maplelag. Plus the look ahead as Minnesota and Wisconsin high school MTB seasons get up to speed.

Laddies Loppet Sunday Coverage
September 6, 2015
Surviving some heavy rain overnight, racers hit the trails again Sunday morning for the kids comp and citizen races for the Laddies Loppet series at Maplelag. Sunday evening short track races across the Maplelag campus wrapped up the series.
Photoset: Kids Comp - 82 photos, Citizen - 100 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from Jens/Jack Richards: Short Track Races

Laddies Loppet Saturday Coverage
September 5, 2015
Maplelag celebrated their 25th anniversary Laddies Loppet MTB weekend with 11 and 22 mile cross-country races on their extensive trail system Saturday morning. Sara Kylander-Johnson and Jeff Hall collected the victories in the main event, with warm, humid weather adding another factor to the technical course. Sunday will feature kids and citizen races, as well as evening short-track events.
Photoset: Saturday Races - 254 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Saturday Overall

Midwest MTB Report
September 1, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report takes a look at the impacts of trail development, reviews some homebrew trails in northern Minnesota as well as new trails being developed at Andes Tower Hills, and wraps up with a big selection of upcoming events, including Maplelag's own Laddies Loppet!

USSA: Fletchers Lead USA in Summer Grand Prix
August 30, 2015
Olympian Taylor Fletcher set a torrid pace with the second fastest roller ski time to finish 12th in a FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix Sunday in Oberwiesenthal, along the Czech border. Eau Claire native Adam Loomis was 28th.

Midwest MTB Report
August 25, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report this weekend includes recaps from the Flugly in Moorhead and the Seeley Pre-Fat and a look ahead to the 25th anniversary Laddies Loppet coming Labor Day weekend.

USSA: Toppidrettsveka Day 3 - Diggins Top 10 in Final Stage
August 22, 2015
In front of a packed crowd that felt more like a winter World Cup than a summer roller ski race, Jessie Diggins led the U.S. Ski Team in the 15k pursuit finale at the Toppedrittsveka stage race that concluded Saturday in downtown Trondheim. Diggins finished 10th, just ahead of Kikkan Randall (11th), as four Americans cracked the top 16.

St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon Coverage
August 22, 2015
The St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon brought a record field Saturday morning as athletes ran from Battle Creek to lowertown St. Paul. Windy conditions and warm temps kept the trails dry, providing for nice course conditions. Ryan Albu won the mens marathon by over 15 minutes, with Lauren Opp taking the womens title. Half marathon winners were Erik Solberg and Ariella DePrenger-Gottfried.
Photoset: Marathon Opening - 189 photos, Half-marathon Opening - 161 photos, Indian Mounds Park - 45 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon

Birkie Seals Land Deal for Start Area
August 21, 2015
Upon completion of their Phase I Capital Campaign, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has secured land and easements for a permanent start area and is looking forward to the construction of two new buildings for the 2017 event!

USSA: Toppidrettsveka Day 2 - Stephen, Randall Top 10
August 21, 2015
Liz Stephen and Kikkan Randall cracked the top 10 in the third stage of Toppidrettsveka—a 15k skiathlon at the Knyken ski center in Orkdal, Norway, on Friday. Caitlin Gregg had a strong race, taking 11th, with Jessie Diggins 16th.

USSA: Toppidrettsveka Day 1 - Caldwell Takes 5th
August 20, 2015
Olympian Sophie Caldwell opened the three-day Toppidrettsveka rollerski stage race, finishing fifth in a classic sprint. Topidrettsveka is an annual weekend festival that this year has attracted the top World Cup cross country ski racers from Norway, Italy, Germany and the U.S. Ski Team. The stage race opened with an uphill foot run in the morning that saw the USA scored a pair of podiums with both Noah Hoffman and Liz Stephen finishing third.

USSA: Cross Country Team to Compete at Toppidrettsveka
August 19, 2015
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team will kickoff its 2015-16 season on wheels. Eight members of the team are training in Norway in anticipation of this weekend's three-day Toppidrettsveka roller ski competition, which will feature a World Cup-caliber field. Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg will be part of the crew!

Midwest MTB Report
August 19, 2015
Featured in Jay Richards MTB report this week: Race reports from Leadville 100 and WORS Coffee Bean Classic, and the look ahead to a number of popular events this weekend.

Big Island and Back Paddle Coverage
August 16, 2015
Rick Carter reports: We had nearly 150 register for the 2015 Big Island and Back Paddle event, raising over $10,000 together with our nordic ski version in February. Kate Ellis and Dana Henry took top honors.
Photoset: Big Island and Back Paddle

Trail Loppet Waves Filling Up
August 15, 2015
The Loppet Foundation is reporting waves for the 2015 Trail Loppet, to be held Saturday, Sep 26th, having been filling up and it appears the race could eventually fill. Get your registration in now!

Legacy of the American Birkebeiner
August 13, 2015
Wednesday evening in Hayward, Tom Kelly presented The Legacy of the American Birkebeiner at the Park Center to a large crowd of supporters. Kelly discussed the origins of the Birkie, the brainchild of Tony Wise, and shared some legendary stories from the early days. Watch the entire presentation, courtesy of CXC.
Birkie Announces Museum Plans, Legacy Event Aug 12th
Video from CXC: Legacy of the American Birkebeiner

Top 10 Reasons to Hit up the Birkie Trail Run
August 12, 2015
The American Birkebeiner crew has listed their top 10 reasons for participating in the annual Trail Run and Trek, Sept 26th. And starting off at #10 -- register by Sat, Aug 15th and avoid the next price hike!

Midwest MTB Report
August 11, 2015
Jay Richards latest MTB report covers the racing action at Ore to Shore and Red Wing Classic, along with a report from Singlespeed USA, and a number of trail updates, and the usual look ahead to weekend events.

USSA: World Cup Athlete Qualification
August 11, 2015
USSA has posted the qualification criteria they'll be using to select athletes for the World Cup races this season. There are four racing blocks to qualify for, as well as the Tour de Ski event.
USSA and FIS Rankings for 2014-15 Season
FIS Athlete Lookup
SuperTour Final Standings
World Cup Standings

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Final Results
August 9, 2015
The 2015 Hoigaards Paddle Derby has wrapped up its season. They had a good year with no weather cancellations in ten race dates and 734 total participants over the summer, and are already making plans for 2016.
Results: Final Results

Saint Paul Trail Marathon Capped
August 8, 2015
The St. Paul Trail Marathon has announced they will be instituting a field limit for this year's race! If you'd like to be part of the big August 22nd event, get your registration in pronto!

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 7, 2015
A record field turned out Friday morning for the annual Ringer Roll rollerski races at Baker Park. Overnight rains and cloudy weather provided a few damp, and sometimes slippery, sections on the course after many years of perfect conditions. Tamer Mische-Richter strapped on some rocket classic rollerskis and powered to the top time overall. Sarah Bezdicek, using stock Marwe skates, topped womens field and posted the only sub 26-time for group. Anders Sonnesyn had the best mens skate time. Kris Hansen notched the fastest womens classic time. Full results posted along with a big photoset.

USSA: New Nordic Director Announced
August 6, 2015
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has named longtime Nordic business leader and enthusiast Robert Lazzaroni as its new Nordic domestic program director.

Midwest MTB Report
August 5, 2015
Jay Richards report this week includes a recap from the brutal hot and truly epic Mah Dah Heey 100, the Grit Skills Clinic at Spirit Mountain, a couple mountain bike related items to note and the look ahead.

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 5, 2015
Drawing nearly 250 cyclists for the big race, John Acker took the pack sprint to win the Firehouse 50 on Saturday. Anna Johnson was the top female finisher.
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: Firehouse 50
Results: Firehouse 50

Birkie Announces Museum Plans, Legacy Event Aug 12th
August 4, 2015
To commemorate the legacy of the race and inspire future generations, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has announced plans for the Museum of the American Birkebeiner, slated to open in 2016. On Wednesday, Aug 12th, Tom Kelly will give a free presentation on the legacy of the Birkie, with a reception at the future museum space afterwards - the public is welcome to attend.
Birkie 2016 T-Shirt Contest Voting Now Open

Nordic Combined: Repeat Title for Bryan Fletcher, Adam Loomis Takes Silver!
August 3, 2015
On a hot summer evening on the Olympic trails of Soldier Hollow, Olympian Bryan Fletcher notched a repeat national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships. The jump leader from the Utah Olympic Park HS134-meter large hill earlier in the day, Fletcher held off a hard-charging Adam Loomis by just 5 seconds for gold with Loomis taking silver and Taylor Fletcher bronze.
Ski Jumping: Christian Friberg Takes Bronze at US Championships

Midwest MTB Report
July 28, 2015
Jay Richards MTB report this week covers a big weekend of racing as the PRO XCT came to the upper Midwest, Minnesota checked off one more race in it's series, and Gooseberry Park in Moorhead was host to the Wild Goose Chase. First hand reports from all three events, along with couple mountain bike related articles to note plus a look ahead all in this week's report.

Midwest MTB Report
July 21, 2015
This week's MTB report from Jay Richards highlights trip reports from out west, racing at US MTB Nationals and a look ahead to the weekend which includes the big PRO XCT stop in Wisconsin.

Southside Sprints Coverage
July 19, 2015
Road bike racing came to the streets of south Minneapolis Sunday for the Southside Sprints. The event featured a fast criterium course which included a finishing stretch past the popular 48th and Chicago neighborhood, with Minnesota state criterium championship titles on the online. We captured images from the morning races.
Photoset: Masters Cat 4/5 - 104 photos, Citizen/Cat 5 - 43 photos, Cat 4/5 - 115 photos, Juniors - 105 photos, Womens Cat 4 - 42 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Southside Sprints

Run for Snow Results
July 18, 2015
Supporting the snowmaking efforts at Mt. Itasca, the Run for Snow 5K attracted nearly 50 athletes from the community on Saturday morning. Youngster Geno Uhrbom logged the only sub-20 time, taking the victory at 19:13. Hannah Baird was the top female, clocking in at 21:36.
Results: Run for Snow

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
July 17, 2015
Results are up from last Thursday's Paddle Derby, #7 in the series. Racing continues into August for the Thursday evening events.
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th
Results: July 16th

Midwest MTB Report
July 14, 2015
In Jay Richards MTB report this week: The summer heats up and so has the racing and riding. This week's report is highlighted by first hand reports from both the Minnesota and Wisconsin mountain bike series, the Otter Creek 55 at Harmon Lake in Bismarck, ND area and the Tatanka 100 which saw a healthy contingent from MN and WI. A look ahead caps off the report.

St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon Features New Route
July 13, 2015
Endurance United's St. Paul Urban Trail Marathon is featuring a new course this year. The event will now start at Battle Creek, taking on the challenging hills first, then working its way towards downtown St. Paul with a finish right outside the new Saints Stadium!

Rivet Run Coverage
July 12, 2015
Eve Graves reports: Sunday's Rivet Run was a muggy one! 61 people started the race and had a great time navigating the beautiful trails of Pattison State Park to race money for the trails. Paul Mueller, 17, of Indiana won the race with a time of 20:30 setting a new course record, followed by Jon Lindberg, 53, of Wisconsin with a time of 21:10. Winning for the women, and also in 3rd place overall just behind Lindberg was Kaelyn Williams of the University of MN Duluth, age 21, with a time of 21:25 setting a new course record also. The next Rivet Run will be November 8th.
Photoset from Eve Graves: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run 5K

Birkie Board of Directors Elections and Annual Meeting on Aug 8th
July 12, 2015
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation will be holding their Annual Meeting and elections for Board of Directors positions on Saturday, August 8th. The day will include a number of outdoor activities in the morning, a memorial to Dave Nelson, along with the meetings.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
July 10, 2015
Results are up from Thursday's Paddle Derby run by Hoigaards. The series has just four events left on the calendar!
Hoigaard's Paddle Derby Starts June 4th
Results: July 9th

Midwest MTB Report
July 7, 2015
The Midwest MTB Report, by Jay Richards, this week covers multi-day racing across British Columbia, recap on last week's WORS race, highlights from recent articles, new funding for Cuyuna trails, and some key races coming up.

Afton Trail Run Coverage
July 5, 2015
Enduring some extra heat and humidity to go with the infamous hills, over 500 runners hit the trails Saturday for the Afton Trail run. In the 50K division, Chris Lundstrom cracked the four hour window to win with a time of 3:47:41. Rebekah Metzdorff posted the top womens time at 4:49:26. The 25K titles went to Adam Dohm and Christine Loza.
Photoset from North Woods Photos: Race Start, Northern Hill
Video from North Woods Photos: Race Start
Results: Afton Trail Run

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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