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Hannah Rudd, Ringer Roll, August 12, 2016

Trail Kids Adventure Race, October 6, 2016

Womens half marathon champ Caitlin Gregg coming into the finish, Birkie Trail Run, October 1, 2016

Stockyard Days Sprint, August 7, 2016

Laddies Loppet, September 3, 2016

Dave and Josie Nelson, Trail Loppet, September 24, 2016


Midwest MTB Report
October 18, 2016
Jay Richards MTB report this week covers border crossing MTB racing, Robin Williams bike collection, Steve Tilford's accident, trail repairs in Duluth, and a look ahead to Black's Grove Crossing race.

Midwest MTB Report
October 11, 2016
This week's Midwest MTB report by Jay Richards covers the Armageddon at Cuyuna (and how Cuyuna has helped the community), Singletracks video of the week, and a look ahead to two racing events this weekend.

Trail Kids Adventure Race Coverage
October 6, 2016
The Trail Kids fall adventure series wrapped up Thursday evening with the final race, complete with hay bales and two river crossings (no hay bales!).
Photoset: U10 Race - 88 photos, U12/U14/U16 Race - 83 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Kids Adventure Running

Midwest MTB Report
October 4, 2016
In this week's MTB report, Jay Richards covers last weekend's racing action from across the Midwest, highlights the current state of suspension forks, more on the Marji Gesick, insight into race day support at Chequamegon, and the usual look ahead.

Birkie Trail Run and Trek Coverage
October 1, 2016
A cool, dewy morning eventually gave away to clear skies and sunshine Saturday morning for the Birkie trail running events in Seeley. Andy Elvester pulled away from the lead trio in the second half of the marathon to post the only sub three hour time in taking the victory. Corrine Malcolm cruised to the women marathon title, finishing in 3:27 (and 7th overall). Team Gregg, Brian and Caitlin, took the half marathon titles.
Photoset: Marathon - Start - 20 photos, Marathon - Mile 3.5 - 102 photos, Marathon - Mile 10.5 - 45 photos, Half Marathon - Start - 21 photos, Half Marathon - Mile 3.5 - 119 photos, Top Finishers - 139 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Birkie Trail Run

Midwest MTB Report
September 27, 2016
Jay Richards's latest Midwest MTB report covers the grueling Marji Gesick race, features an awesome endurance ride around Lake Tahoe, some new trail celebrations, and the usual look at upcoming events.

Trail Loppet Coverage
September 24, 2016
Recent rains and cloudy skies made for a damp and sometimes muddy Trail Loppet Saturday at Theodore Wirth. Ben Cogger broke away from the mens half marathon field early and won by over four minutes. Josie Nelson topped the womens field. In the 13.1K event, the duo of Brian and Caitlin Gregg scored the titles.
Photoset: Half Marathon Start - 69 photos, Half Marathon Mile 2.75 - 55 photos, Half Marathon Mile 3.5 - 55 photos, Half Marathon Mile 8.5 - 58 photos, 13.1K Mile 2.5 - 30 photos, 13.1K Mile 4.5 - 90 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Trail Loppet

Midwest MTB Report
September 20, 2016
In his MTB report this week, Jay Richards scoops an interview with Chequamegon 40 rookie (and 4th place finisher!) Samuel Elson, finds time to score his own win at Keppel's Challenge, and has a number of interesting tidbits from around the web.

SISU Ski Fest Registration Now Open
September 18, 2016
The SISU Ski Fest in Ironwood, Jan 6-8, has announced several changes for the 2017 event, including revamped courses. Registration is now open!

Bangin the Brush Results
September 18, 2016
Over 70 participants came out Saturday morning for the annual Bangin the Brush 10K trail run at Korkki Nordic. Andre Watt topped the mens field with a time of 52:32, and Kim Holak was the first female, and fourth overall, finishing at 58:25.
Results: Bangin the Brush

NorthShore Inline Marathon Rollerski Results
September 18, 2016
A field of just under 25 competed in a damp rollerski race at the NorthShore Inline Marathon on Saturday morning. The mens race came down to a field of four, with Tamer Mische-Richter taking the victory by two seconds over Dan Rasmussen. Andrea Potyondy-Smith was the womens champion.

Chequamegon Coverage
September 17, 2016
A cool and misty morning for the annual Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival races Saturday in Hayward. The damp conditions, along with some course reroutes, lead to a tough 2016 edition of the Chequamegon 40. Corey Steljes, from Eau Claire, broke away from an elite mens field to solo in for the victory. Abby Krawczyk, St. Paul, pulled away for the womens title. Short and Fat victories went to Bjorn Larson and Rebecca Ireland.
Photoset: Start - 44 photos, Pirate Hill (Mile 20) - 237 photos, Early Finishers - 216 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Chequamegon Fat Tire Fesitval

Birkie Trail Run Announces New Race Designation, Hydration Perk
September 14, 2016
In conjunction with the 15th anniversary Birkie Trail Run, organizers are pleased to announce a new USATF Marathon designation, exciting new steps toward a clean cup-free race, along with a robust new Birkie Vendor Fair. The big event is Oct 1st this year.

Midwest MTB Report
September 13, 2016
In Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week: reports from the Inspiration 100 and Treadfest, looking ahead to this weekend's Chequamegon races, Kappels Challenge and Mari Gesick, along with a number of key events down the road.

Headwaters Canoe Race Coverage
September 11, 2016
The Headwaters canoe Race took place in Bemidji on Saturday. Post the fastest time on the day was the combination of Maria Schilling and Joe Manns. Photos and results submitted.
Photoset from John Arenz: 71 photos
Results: Headwaters Canoe Race

USSA: USA Continues to Dominate NZ Nationals
September 10, 2016
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team had another strong day at the New Zealand National Championships at the Snow Farm near Wanaka Saturday. Andy Newell won for the second day in a row, leading a U.S. sweep in the men's 15k classic mass start. Jessie Diggins took the women's 10k, also heading a full USA podium. Minnesota's own Ben Saxton showed strong form, posting one of his best placings in taking second.
Jumping: Englund Top-10 in Summer Grand Prix

Midwest MTB Report
September 6, 2016
After a long weekend hosting the Laddies Loppet MTB series, Jay Richards still manages to crank out his weekly report, providing in-depth coverage of the weekend racing, plus highlights on top trails and the upcoming Treadfest.

Vasaloppet Announces Major Trail Changes and New Start Times
September 6, 2016
Vasaloppet organizers have announced some big changes to the 58K course, using more of the northern loops. But fear not, the races will continue to be point-to-point events from Warman to downtown Mora, with a safety net plan of a man-made snow course similar to the 2016 event in low-snow years. Also checkout the new start times.
New Vasaloppet Course Map

Laddies Loppet Short Track Coverage
September 4, 2016
Two days of racing at Maplelag Resort wrapped up Sunday morning with high speed short track races. Kyia Anderson broke away early in the womens race for the expert division victory. In the mens expert race, a pack of 5-7 riders exchanged the lead throughout the race with Kasey Bacso punching forward to take the mens title.
Photoset: Kids Comp - 40 photos, Citizen - 45 photos, Sport - 51 photos, Comp/Expert Women - 85 photos, Expert Men - 74 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Laddies Loppet XC Coverage
September 3, 2016
Breezy conditions with temps in the 70s provided the perfect setup for Saturday's Laddies Loppet cross-country races at Maplelag. The day started with kids comp races and progressed through the MN MBS series categories, wrapping up with the expert events in the afternoon. Veterans Jeff Hall and Sara Kylander-Johnson collected the titles in the expert field. Sunday will feature short-track format racing.
Photoset: Kids Comp - 60 photos, Citizen - 79 photos, Sport - 114 photos, Comp/Expert - 134 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Mora Bike Tour Sept 17th
September 2, 2016
Part of the Mora Classic Series, the annual Mora Bike Tour will be held on Saturday, Sept 17th. The event features bike routes of 25 and 50 miles, with lunch afterwards at the Nordic Center in Mora. Routes roll through the generally flat terrain of Kanabec County.

Midwest MTB Report
August 30, 2016
Bringing you the latest Midwest MTB news, Jay Richards this week covers the Cuyuna Crusher, some interesting news stories, the Strava Ride of the Week, and a brief look ahead to a big weekend of racing at Maplelag.

Deedra Irwin Wins Australian Worldloppet
August 30, 2016
Former Michigan Tech star, Deedra Irwin, took the 42K Kangaroo Hoppet last Saturday in Falls Creek, Australia. Matt Gelso won the mens race, completing a sweep for the Sun Valley athletes.

St. Cloud State Reinstates Nordic Skiing
August 30, 2016
St. Cloud Times reports: St. Cloud State University will reinstate temporarily its women's Nordic ski team as part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by women's tennis players who alleged Title IX violations.

Nordic Combined: Taylor Takes Top 10 in Euro Opener
August 29, 2016
USSA reports: Taylor Fletcher put down the gauntlet in the opening FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix, winning the roller ski segment and finishing seventh overall in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, on Sunday. Norway's Jarl Magnus Riiber took a 2.8 second win over Austrian Mario Seidel. Bjoern Kircheisen of Germany was third.
Utah Prepares for 2017 Nordic Junior and U23 Worlds

Midwest MTB Report
August 23, 2016
Jay Richards MTB report this week includes recaps from the Great Deer Chase, the Seeley Pre-Fat, and mountain bike access in National Wilderness areas along with other news, and the look ahead.

Midwest MTB Report
August 16, 2016
In his MTB report this week, Jay Richards offers a recap from Ore to Shore, his own first-hand report from the Great Hawk Chase, news on the Leadville 100, the Strava Ride of the Week, Olympic MTB watching, and his usual round-up of upcoming events.

Mighty Miss Results
August 15, 2016
Roland Ring-Jarvi reports: Perfect conditions with high water led to record times for the 55 mile and 12 mile Mighty Miss races Saturday. 50 paddlers in 32 boats competed in the three events. Dan Luoma and Patrick Nelson won the 55 mile race from St. Cloud to Champlin with a time of 6:09:17 breaking the old record by 20 minutes. Joe Zellnar was first on a surf ski and third overall beating Josh Flatten by a second. In the 12 mile race Doug Berg and Greg Zophy won in a record time of 1:23:21 beating the mixed team of Dave Dahl and Mary Bauer by only 22 seconds.
Results: Mighty Miss

Deux Pipe Canoe Race Results
August 14, 2016
Eve Graves reports: We had picture perfect conditions Saturday for the Deux Pipe Canoe race in Duluth. Jason and Caley Larsen won the short 8 mile course race by hundredths of a second in a last minute sprint with two other boats in a time of 1:03:52. Fred Kueffer and Kira Stolen beat out the rest of the boats by a hair in the Long 12 mile Course in a time of 1:37:48. The first women's team to finish in the Long course were Maria Schilling and Emily Johnson in a time of 1:40:53.
Results: Deux Pipe Canoe Race

Ringer Roll Coverage
August 12, 2016
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race at Baker Park Friday morning drew another large field. Clouds kept the temperatures down for the race. After completing the 10K course, many skiers tested their skills on a new agility course while waiting for the awards ceremony. Posting the top junior times (stock skis) on the day: Hannah Rudd and Xavier Mansfield.

Midwest MTB Report
August 9, 2016
In the weekly Midwest MTB recap, Jay Richards posts stories from the Maah Daah Hey 100, Minnesota and Wisconsin MTB series, a new Strava Ride of the Week, along with a number of other news tidbits and a look at upcoming events.

Ringer Roll Friday
August 8, 2016
The annual Ringer Roll rollerski race is this Friday Aug 12th at Baker Park. The 10km event is an end of summer training tradition and offers both skate and classic options. New this year, there will be an optional agility course competition in the parking lot with prizes for the top 3 boys and girls.

Stockyard Days Sprints Coverage
August 7, 2016
New Brighton's Stockyard Days rolled out a new criterium race for the northern suburbs, with riders doing circuits on a short rectangle just east of Long Lake Park. Photos from the final two races on the day.
Photoset: Womens Cat 1/2/3 - 31 photos, Mens Cat 1/2/3 - 100 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Stockyard Days Sprints

Firehouse 50 Coverage
August 6, 2016
Over 400 cyclists participated Saturday in the annual Firehouse 50 events in Grand View, WI. The big 50 mile citizens race came down to a two person breakaway as Adam Hanson edged out Matt Muyres for the victory, with both riders posting the only sub two hour times. Angela Engel was the top womens finisher. In the time trial, Jason Frank rocketed to a winning time of 1:53, more than six minutes faster than the next rider. Deanna Willems topped the womens field, just five seconds ahead of Judy Schmidt.
Photoset from Kelly Randolph: TT/Ride the Divide, Race
Results: Firehouse 50

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Finale
August 3, 2016
The last Hoigaard's Paddle Derby of the 2016 series is this Thursday evening, August 4th. Their goal is to have 50 plus boats at the starting line so invite everyone to show up! Following the race they will move to Hoigaard's for a Paddler's Potluck and awards presentation. Hoigaard's will be grilling, so bring a dish to share and celebrate paddling in Minnesota!

Midwest MTB Report
August 2, 2016
In the Midwest MTB Report this week, Jay Richards has reports from the Singletrack Six and Yeti Tribal Annual Gathering, plus notes on a Midwest Rio Olympic star, MTB camps at Cuyana and Lebanon, a new MTB trail being developed near Cohasset, and a look ahead to some of the weekend events.

Birkie Museum Grand Opening this Friday
August 1, 2016
The public is welcome to attend the Grand Opening of the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner this Friday evening, August 5th, in Hayward. Members of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, the Wise family, and race fans, will gather for the landmark event. There is no fee for admission to the museum or the Grand Opening event. And on Saturday, there will be a celebration of the new American Birkebeiner Trailhead/start area, just before the annual meeting.
ABSF Annual Meeting Aug 5-6
New American Birkebeiner Permanent Start And Trailhead a Reality

USSA: Debut Gold for Taylor Fletcher
July 31, 2016
Taylor Fletcher broke away from the pack with a kilometer remaining to take his first national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championship at Soldier Hollow on Saturday. Brother Bryan Fletcher took silver with Ben Berend earning bronze after leading the jump. The Loomis brothers, Adam and Ben from Eau Claire, WI, finished 4th and 5th.

Midwest MTB Report
July 26, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week covers the recent racing action in the Minnesota and Wisconsin series, a short update from Telluride 100 from a Midwest racer, the Strava Ride of the Week, a number of interesting bike related news, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

LNR Time Trial at Soldier Hollow Coverage
July 25, 2016
Loppet Nordic Racing juniors have been out in Utah, training at Soldier Hollow, in part as preparation for US Nationals and possibly the World Junior Championships. On Sunday, LNR joined Wasatch Nordic for a skate rollerski time trial. Results and photos posted.

Nordeast Grind Coverage
July 23, 2016
Bike racing action came to the streets of Northeast Minneapolis Saturday for the Nordeast Grind, part of the new Big Waters Classic three day series. After a steamy morning, the water finally broke out on the field for the womens Cat 4 race and most of the afternoon events as well. Photos from most of the morning races, with results linked in.
Photoset: Cat 5/Citizen - 65 photos, Mens Cat 4/5 - 57 photos, Juniors - 94 photos, Womens Cat 4 - 99 photos
Results: Nordeast Grind

Midwest MTB Report
July 19, 2016
This week's Midwest MTB Report has a major international flavor as Jay Richards writes about an epic trip to Iceland, including participating in their National MTB Championship. Plus catch up on the local races, some national stars, the Strava Ride of the Week, and the upcoming events.

Rivet Run Coverage
July 17, 2016
Eve Graves reports: The impending storms luckily stayed away for Sunday's 5k Trail Rivet Run/Walk at Pattison State Park. We had light rain pre-race and sunny skies with temps in the lower 70's during the event. Participants ranged in age from 3 to 67, with well over 100 registered and 82 starting and finishing. Braden Curnow was the first overall male in a time of 20:36 (and he ran the 26 mile grueling Curnow trail race yesterday too!). Laura Mueller was the first female to cross the line in 28:13.
Photoset: Rivet Run
Results: Rivet Run

USSA: Bryan Fletcher Talks Future in Nordic Combined
July 8, 2016
USSA reports: After winning the annual Fourth of July nordic combined cup on Howelsen Hill, soon-to-be-dad Bryan Fletcher talked with Joel Reichenberger of Steamboat Today about his Olympic history, his hopes for future medals...and why he was wearing a hot pink suit.

Midwest MTB Report
July 5, 2016
This week's Midwest MTB report by Jay Richards covers a wide range of topics, from Buck Hill races to the World Championships, viral videos and bear attacks, and of course, the Strava Ride of the Week and a look at the upcoming events.

Afton Trail Run Coverage
July 2, 2016
Beautiful conditions Saturday morning for the annual Afton Trail Run events at Afton State Park. Temperatures were in the low 60s to start and rose into the upper 70s by late morning as runners did one (25K) or two laps around the big park. In the 50K, Kurt Keiser took the lead early and stretched it to a five minute margin of victory. Annika Hempel won the womens division, just a minute ahead of runner up Lisa Dunnigan. Matthew Berens also had a strong performance for the men in the 25K, winning by over three minutes. Kate Pallardy cruised to nearly a five minute lead over the womens 25K field.
Photoset: 50K - 264 photos, 25K - 414 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - 50K Race, Top Picks (high res) - 25K Race
Results: Afton Trail Run

Hoigaards Paddle Derby: C1 Day
June 29, 2016
The weekly Thursday evening paddle race series at Lake Calhoun, the Hoigaards Paddle Derby, this week highlights the solo canoes with a C1 derby division. Plus Paddler's Potluck this week!

Midwest MTB Report
June 28, 2016
Jay Richards has a jam-packed MTB report this week, covering the Lutsen 99er, the Duluth Enduro series, and WORS Firecracker races, the Strava Ride of the Week, and a look at some upcoming races and clinics.

USSA Announces Seven Stop Super Tour for 2016-17
June 27, 2016
Top cross country athletes from across America will participate in 16 races at seven different stops as part of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's (USSA) annual USSA SuperTour. There will be two stops in the Midwest this season: Feb 17-19 in Ishpeming, MI and Feb 25 at the Birkie.

Tri-Loppet Coverage
June 25, 2016
A very steamy 2016 edition of the Tri-Loppet for racers on Saturday morning as temperatures soared into the upper 80s with dewpoints in the 70s. Matt Liebsch scored the mens individual title with Brian Gregg 2nd and Jonah Lidberg 3rd. Josie Nelson held off Jan Guenther for the womens individual title with Karen Bebchuk third. The top time on the day went to the Gear West corporate team relay.
Photoset: Paddling - 116 photos, Running - 96 photos, Cycling - 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Tri-Loppet Results

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