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Archives: 5/1/2016 to 12/5/2016

Birkie Capital Campaign St. Paul Fundraiser this Thursday
December 4, 2016
The Birkie folks bring the latest news on improvements to the American Birkebeiner events and facilities, including the new start area as well as plans for a new Nordic Center at Hwy OO and much more. Come out Thursday evening, Dec 8th to O'Gara's Bar and Grill to hear all the details and support their Phase II Campaign.

SuperTour Yellowstone: Classical Distance
December 4, 2016
Sunday featured classical distance races at the Yellowstone SuperTour. Matthew Gelso completed a sweep for the men in taking today's 15K race with the Midwest's Kyle Bratrud just missing the podium by 2 seconds to finish 4th. Elizabeth Guiney won the womens 10K just ahead of junior star Katharine Ogden by less than 8 seconds. Caitlin Gregg had the top Midwest result taking 5th. Other top Midwest results: Brian Gregg 7th, Ben Saxton 8th, Kevin Bolger 14th, Annie Hart 14th, Rosie Frankowski 15th, Felicia Gesior 18th, Deedra Irwin 19th.
Related:
Results: Mens 15K Classical, Womens 10K Classical

World Cup Lillehammer: Classical Pursuit
December 4, 2016
The weekend series in Lillehammer wrapped up on Sunday with some exciting classical pursuit format races. Norway's Heidi Weng started first, based on the sprint and skate races, and never looked back, holding off challenges from her teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and rising Finnish star Krista Parmakoski to win the womens 10K. Jessie Diggins started 3rd and held on to finish 8th, Sadie Bjornsen skied up to 11th. The mens 15K proved to be a tight battle as Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson started first, but was reeled in by a big pack, led by Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Norway. Sundby kept the pace up, and burst away in the final 2K to take the victory as the rest of the pack sprinted for 2nd, Norway's U23 star Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo edging forward of Matti Heikkinen, Finland, to round out the podium. Noah Hoffman had the top US finish, posting 36th. Canada's Alex Harvey skied most of the race with the lead pack, finishing 9th.
Related:
Results: Classical Pursuit
Fischer: Martin Johnsrud Sundby triumphates at Lillehammer Triple
Nordic Combined: Fletcher Cracks Top 10 In Lillehammer Combined

SuperTour Yellowstone: Freestyle Sprints
December 3, 2016
After cancelling the SuperTour races in Bozeman, MT, scheduled for this weekend, the events were shifted south to be run on the trails at West Yellowstone. Saturday's racing action was freestyle sprint races. The Midwest had some strong results as Annie Hart finished 3rd in the womens sprint final, and Ben Saxton was 4th in the mens final. Caitlin Gregg was 8th (2nd in the B-final). Top Midwest qualifiers: Annie Hart 2nd, Ben Saxton 2nd, Caitlin Gregg 3rd, Brian Gregg 7th, Kyle Bratrud 15th, Felicia Gesior 16th, Deedra Irwin 17th.
Related:
Results: Womens Qualifying, Mens Qualifying, Junior Mens Final, Junior Womens Final, Mens Final, Womens Final

World Cup Lillehammer: Freestyle Distance
December 3, 2016
Day two of the Lillehammer World Cup featured freestyle distance races as racers took to another awesome course in full winter. Jessie Diggins rocked the podium, holding off Norway's best to take first in the womens 5K by less than 5 seconds over Heidi Weng! Sadie Bjornsen also raced well, finishing 14th, with Liz Stephen 26th. In the mens 10K, Sweden continues to show some resurgence as Calle Halfvarsson and Marcus Hellner went 1-2, just 0.8 seconds apart. Noah Hoffman skied well, finishing 33rd as the top American. Canada's Alex Harvey had another strong performance, taking 10th.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: World Cup Lillehammer freestyle
Biathlon: Bailey Leads Five Americans in Pursuit Qualification at Oestersund World Cup

The Great Northern
December 2, 2016
The City of Lakes Loppet is combining with the US Pond Hockey tournament and St. Paul Winter Carnival to create one big 10-day winter event called the 'Great Northern'. The idea was spawned from the popular South by Southwest event in Texas, and hopes to draw major attention to the wide range of winter activities, with an eye towards the 2018 Superbowl.
Related:
Loppet to Host the 2017 AXCS National Masters Championship

World Cup Lillehammer: Classical Sprints
December 2, 2016
Starting the three day event, classical sprints were featured Friday for the Lillehammer World Cup. The US women had another strong showing as three qualified in the top 10, including Sadie Bjornsen's 1st. Jessie Diggins ended the round with the highest US finish taking 14th, Bjornsen was 17th with Sophie Caldwell 21st. Erik Bjornsen lead the way for the US men in 24th. Canada's Alex Harvey notched a 10th place finish. Norway's Heidi Weng won the womens final while Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson was victorious for the men.
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints

Biathlon: Top-20 Finishes for Bailey and Burke in World Cup Opener
December 1, 2016
Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke got the 2016-17 World Cup season off to a strong start with a pair of top-20 finishes in Thursday's men's 20-kilometer individual race at the BMW IBU World Cup 1 in Oestersund, Sweden. Bailey placed 15th and Burke was 16th in the field of 104 athletes.

World Cup Lillehammer Series
December 1, 2016
The World Cup travels to famed Lillehammer venue in Norway for a mini-tour weekend. Friday will feature classical sprints, Saturday skate races, and Sunday finishes with an exciting classic pursuit. NBC will have live streaming: sprint finals Friday 5 am CST; Saturday mens 10K 3 am, womens 5K at 5:50 am; Sunday womens pursuit 3 am, mens pursuit 5 am.
Related:
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming, New Season, New Suits
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Lillehammer Facebook Page
World Cup Lillehammer Official Site
Lillehammer Race Program
Peter Graves Honored as FIS Journalist of the Year

Midwest Racing Season Preview
November 30, 2016
With the recent warm weather, it may seem hard to believe that the first races are just weeks away. We've posted our annual breakdown on the new events, major changes, and other notes for the upcoming Midwest racing season.

Mesabi East Invite Forms Now Available
November 30, 2016
The huge Mesabi East Invite has published the event information, including online registration. The mega-race is scheduled for Saturday, Jan 7th, but teams will need to submit their forms before Christmas break to ensure a spot on the starting line.

End of Month Price Hikes
November 27, 2016
Two important price hikes coming up at the end of the month...
Jan 6-7 Sisu Ski Fest
Feb 4-5 City of Lakes Loppet
Feb 18-19 Gatineau Loppet

World Cup Ruka: Classical Distance
November 27, 2016
The weekend series at Ruka Finland wrapped up Sunday with a pair of classical races. Norway's Marit Bjoergen resumed her winning ways in taking the women's 10K classical race by just 4 seconds over Finland's Krista Parmakoski with Heidi Weng, Norway, 12 seconds from victory. The US women's squad placed three in the top 30 with Jessie Diggins at 13th, Sadie Bjornsen 17th, and Caitlin Patterson 28th. Finland's pride was strong with Iivo Niskanen topping a tough field besting Norwegian's Emil Iversen and Martin Johnsrud Sundby by 10 and 11 seconds respectively. Erik Bjornsen led the US men in 41st, while Andrew Musgrave of Great Britain notched an impressive 10th and Alex Harvey, Canada, was 11th.
Related:
Results: 10K, 15K Classical
Fischer: Marit Bjørgen triumphates in 10k classic race

Wolverine Ladies Lunch and Ski
November 26, 2016
The Wolverine Nordic Ski Club in Ironwood is hosting a Ladies Lunch and Ski event on Saturday, Dec 17th. Designs for all levels of skiers, come out for some group training and enjoy a lunch afterward.

Yellowstone Ski Festival: Classical Races
November 26, 2016
The Yellowstone Ski Festival held 5K and 10K classical races on Saturday morning. The Midwest participation level was light as most of the juniors were beginning their journey back home. Annie Hart had the top Midwest womens time again, taking 12th, less than 30 seconds off the podium in the 5K event. Wisconsin's Kevin Bolger had a great race in the mens 10K, taking 5th. Elizabeth Guiney and Scott Patterson won the races.
Related:
Results: Womens 5K Classical, Mens 10K Classical

Yellowstone Ski Festival: Freestyle Races
November 26, 2016
Some of Minnesota's best juniors had an early chance to test their racing legs as they competed in the Yellowstone Ski Festival 5K and 10K freestyle races Friday in West Yellowstone, MT. LNR's William Kerker was tops for the Midwest crew taking 28th with Xavier Mansfield just 7 seconds behind in 36th. Bill Bowler was the top citizen from the Midwest men, taking 15th. Annie Hart raced to 7th for the women with Kelly Koch, LNR, the top junior in 28th. Patrick Caldwell and Katharine Ogden won the races.
Most of the LNR athletes also took part in the annual LNR Downhill Time Trial, with William Kerker and Kelly Koch again posting the fastest times.
Related:
Results: Men's 10K Freestyle, Womens 5K Freestyle

World Cup Ruka: Classical Sprints
November 26, 2016
In the World Cup opener Saturday at Ruka, Finland, Sweden's Stina Nilsson picked up where she left off last season, narrowly defeating Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla in the women's classical sprints. Paal Golberg, Norway, collected his first World Cup victory in taking the men's event. Sadie Bjornsen led the way for the US women, qualifying 7th and finishing 17th. Jessie Diggins qualified 13th and finished 26th. Sophie Caldwell and Ida Sargent also notched top 20 finishers for the strong women's squad. Andy Newell was the top American male, posting 40th. Sunday will feature classical distance races.
Related:
Results: Classical Sprints

World Cup Ruka Weekend Series
November 24, 2016
The World Cup season opens this weekend with a pair of classical events in Ruka, Finland. Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins will be in action, as well as the return of Kikkan Randall, as the US fields a very strong line up. Saturday's sprint classical qualifiers start at 3 am CST with finals at 5:30 am. Sunday's racing features women's 10K classical at 2:30 am and men's 15K at 5 am. Watch live streaming on NBC Sports Live.
Related:
USSA: 2017 US Cross-Country Team Named
Video: NBC Sports Live Streaming
Results: FIS Live Results
World Cup Ruka Facebook Page
Ruka Competition Program
USSA: Lapland Set for Nordic Combined Opener

Turkey Trail Trot Coverage
November 24, 2016
A record turnout Thursday morning at Battle Creek East for the annual Turkey Trot Trail run put on by Endurance United. The recent snowfall made for some sloppy and slippery conditions along the 5K course which utilized mostly ski trails.
Related:
Photoset: Lap 1 - 125 photos, Lap 2 Leaders - 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: 5K, 10K

USSA: 2017 US Cross-Country Team Named
November 23, 2016
The 2016-17 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced today, just before the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland on Nov. 26. A total of 16 athletes were named to the A, B and D Teams. Jessin Diggins will be joined by another Minnesotan as Rochester native Ian Torchia was named to the development squad.

Ski Hut: 62nd Anniversary Sale
November 22, 2016
Ski Hut is celebrating their 62nd anniversary with a three day sale, Nov 25-27. Deals on winter gear, plus a free day pass to Giants Ridge with any ski purchase.

World Cup, Yellowstone Races This Weekend
November 22, 2016
Big action on the elite circuit this holiday break as the World Cup officially gets underway with races in Ruka, Finland - classical sprints on Saturday and classic distance on Sunday. And back stateside, the Yellowstone Ski Festival will host a pair of FIS races - freestyle on Friday, classical on Saturday. While not currently listed, we believe there will be live streaming of the Ruka World Cup races.
Related:
Video: FIS Cross-Country Trailer, FIS World Cup Teaser
World Cup NBC Live Extra Streaming
Ruka Competition Program
Yellowstone Ski Festival Race Info

Minnesota State CX Championships Coverage
November 19, 2016
Fresh snow and typical November weather made for a cold afternoon of racing (and spectating) at the Minnesota State Cyclocross Championships at Bassett Creek in Crystal. Corey Coogan-Cisek pulled away early in the womens Cat 1/2/3 race and went on to win by over a minute. Megan Barr and Stacy Kalemkiarian rounded out the womens podium. In the mens Cat 1/2/3 race Craig Faulkner was challenged by Mark Lalonde but pushed the pace just enough to win by 10 seconds, with Dominic Talerico third.
Related:
Photoset: Womens Cat 1/2/3 - 71 photos, Men Cat 1/2/3 - 100 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Mens Cat 1/2/3 Stair Climb
Results: Day 1

Twin Cities Birkie Capital Campaign Phase 2 Coverage
November 17, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation brought the news on their Capital Campaign Phase 2 to the Twin Cites on Thursday evening at Borton Volvo. Executive Director Ben Popp shared their goals for this second round like a new Nordic Center at Hwy OO and trail upgrades including a Hwy 77 underpass, and was joined by World Champion Jessie Diggins just before she launches her 2016-17 season. The ABSF is part way to their goal, please review their plans and help them achieve their goals!
Related:
Photoset: 23 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Birkie Capital Campaign: Phase 2

CXC On Snow Juniors Camps Registration Closes Friday
November 15, 2016
Registration for CXC's On Snow Juniors Camp in Ironwood, Nov 22-27, closes this Friday, Nov 18th. The junior camp will feature on-snow technique and strength sessions, race preparation and strategies for the December JNQ races.

Kortelopet Registration Closes Wednesday Night
November 15, 2016
This is it -- The Birkie will be closing registration for the Kortelopet tonight, Wed Nov 16th. The 2017 edition features a brand new format: racing on Friday, starting at Hwy OO and finishing in downtown Hayward! Don't miss your chance to be part of the first running of this new format!
Related:
Birkie Capital Campaign Twin Cities Fundraiser this Thursday Evening

Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing Preview and Preseason Rankings
November 14, 2016
With the official start to the Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing season we post a season preview, touching on a few changes on tap, and then take our first crack at the rankings.

Spotlight: Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Practice
November 14, 2016
The Minnesota High School Nordic Skiing season kicked off Monday with the opening day of practice. We visited the growing program at Cloquet-Esko-Carlton (C-E-C) where Hall of Fame coach Glen Sorenson along with assistant coaches Ben Croft, Brent Smith and Arne Maijala herded the latest crop of more than 40 skiers through sign up, general practice and racing info and even a few hill bounding demonstrations. C-E-C has two top ten State Meet returning skiers in Anja Maijala and Erika Fox, along with a solid boys team seeking their own State Meet appearance.
Related:
Photoset: 54 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from Dave Johnson: Cloquet legend Joe Nowak Visitation

Rivet Run Results
November 13, 2016
Eve Graves writes: Sunday was a picture perfect day for a trail run! Temperatures started in the upper 40's and reached the mid 50's by race time. We had a record number of people registered at 115 and 98 who actually participated. The winning time was 20:35 by Seth Korhonen followed closely by Jon Lindberg in 20:36. The female winner was Brenda Swanson of Two Harbors in 23:47.
Related:
Results: Rivet Run Fall

Univ of Alaska Skiing Restored
November 13, 2016
Announced last Thursday: Men's and women's skiing at the University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Fairbanks were spared when University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen reversed his previous recommendation to the UA Board of Regents to eliminate those sports.
Related:
Video: Skiwolf Thank You

Grind Up Granite Results
November 12, 2016
A nice turnout Saturday morning in Rib Mountain for the Grind Up Granite events, including rollerski races. In the freestyle event, Mark Nienstaedt topped the field with young skiers with Olivia Dreger taking the womens title. Dreger also won the womens classic rollerski, with Nick Petersen posting the top time for the men.

Speedskating Talent ID Program
November 11, 2016
US Speedskating is seeking new stars to develop into speedskating champions. Come to one of their tryouts or send in a video, and have a chance to win a development program scholarship.
Related:
Dec 3 Talent Combine in Roseville, MN

Seeking Birkie Warriors
November 10, 2016
In homage to the race's roots, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) is seeking a trio of cross-country skiers to portray two Birkebeiner warriors and Inga in the 44th American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon slated for February 25, 2017. Application deadline is Nov 30th.

Endurance United JNQ Informational Meeting Nov 14th
November 10, 2016
Endurance United will be hosting an informational meeting on the Junior Nationals Qualification series competition this coming Monday, Nov 14th in St. Paul. Any juniors (and parents) interested in learning more about the JNQ series are encouraged to attend.

Midwest MTB Report
November 8, 2016
Jay Richards wrapped up another season of reporting on MTB action in the Midwest. The final report covers The Iceman Cometh, a wide range of news items, new trail developments at Welch Village, and a look ahead to winter riding.

Birkie Phase 2 Campaign Coming to Twin Cities
November 8, 2016
The Birkie Foundation has been on tour this fall, spreading word on their Phase 2 campaign. Phase 2 includes creating new venues, like a modern Nordic Center at Hwy OO, trail and infrastructure improvements, including a Hwy 77 underpass. Join Birkie executive director Ben Popp for a presentation, good food and drinks, an auction and celebration with friends on Thursday, Nov 17th at Borton Volvo in the Twin Cities. Special guest Olympian Jessie Diggins!
Related:
Birkie Capital Campaign: Phase 2

Luminary Loppet Now Accepting Applications for New Installations
November 7, 2016
In tradition with showcasing local creative talent, the Loppet Foundation has released its official application calling for community members and artists interested in contributing to the Luminary Loppet. The big event is the first weekend in February, with an application deadline set for Nov 20th.

Save Alaska Skiing Effort
November 7, 2016
The groundswell to support skiing at the University of Alaska campuses continues to grow. Show your support by signing the petition and contacting the board of regents!
Related:
Drive for 25 Nordic Skiing
Drive for 25 Nordic Combined/Ski Jumping

Great Bear Chase Registration Now Open
November 7, 2016
The first snowfall is coming any day now ... the Great Bear Chase registration is now open! The Great Bear Chase offers a premiere March marathon event (with shorter distances available).

Up Up and Away Rollerski Race Coverage
November 6, 2016
Felicia Gesior and Chris Pappathopoulos posted the top times Saturday morning in the Up, Up and Away classic rollerski race at Blue Mound State Park. Results and photosets posted.
Related:
Nov 12 Grinding Up Granite Uphill Rollerski Race

Minnesota State CC Meet Coverage
November 5, 2016
Above average temperatures, almost balmy by afternoon, made for a great day of spectating, but a little rough on the racers in the 2016 Minnesota State High School Cross-Country Championships, held at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The opening event, the boys class A race, featured a very tight battle with Mound Park Academy's Declan Dahlberg taking the victory as the top seven all finished within 10 seconds. Tierney Wolfgram, Math and Science Academy, sailed away with the girls class A crown, winning by over 30 seconds. The Mora boys and Fairmont girls took the team titles. In the afternoon boys AA race, Edina's Patrick Roos used an impressive final kick to move from third to first and the win. Eighth grader Anna Fenske, Farmington, pulled away from teammate Lauren Peterson in the final kilometer to top the girls AA field. Wayzata boys added another team title to their trophy case, with Edina taking the girls victory.
Related:
Photoset: Boys A - 148 photos, Girls A - 176 photos, Boys AA - 149 photos, Girls AA - 185 photos
Photoset: Class A - Top Picks (high res), Class AA - Top Picks (high res)
Results: Boys A, Girls A, Boys AA, Girls AA

Frozen Thunder: Sprint Races
November 3, 2016
Racing on the man-made snow loop at the Canmore Nordic Centre wrapped up Thursday with the freestyle sprints. The event format was shortened to just a skate qualifier (no heats). Caitlin Gregg cranked out a fast loop to take third in the senior women's field. Brian Gregg was 10th for the senior men. On Tuesday, Brian competed in the classic sprints, finishing 11th in a very competitive field.
Related:
Video from Shaw TV: Classical Sprints
Results: Classical Sprints, Freestyle Qualifying Times (no heats)

Price Hike: Three Rivers Rennet
November 3, 2016
Another price hike looming -- The Three Rivers Rennet Festival features racing for high school and citizen cross-country skiers, as well as Fat Bike racing, the weekend of January 20-21. The fees jump after Nov 6th, so get signed up this weekend.

NNF: Cosmic Shift in US Skiing
November 3, 2016
Noah Hoffman shares his appreciation for the National Nordic Foundation (NNF), and how it has made a huge impact in the growth and development of Nordic racing.
Related:
Drive for 25 Nordic Skiing
Drive for 25 Nordic Combined/Ski Jumping

Birkie Price Hike Friday
November 2, 2016
The Birkie is nearly full, and the next price hike comes on Friday -- don't delay any longer if you want to get into the 2017 races!

World Junior Championships and U18 Nation Trips Staffing
November 1, 2016
Staff positions for the World Junior Championships (WJC) and the Nordic Countries Junior Competition (U18) are posted. The WJC will be held at Soldier Hollow, Jan 26-Feb 5, with the U18 in Orkdal, Norway (near Trondheim), Jan 22-Feb 1. Application deadline is Nov 12th.
- World Junior Championships application
- Nordic Countries Junior Competition (U18) application

How to Support the Sport You Love
October 31, 2016
Deb Diggins, mother to superstar Jessie, shares their passion for cross-country skiing and how you can step up to help the US achieve even more in this sport, at many different levels.
Related:
NNF: Madshus Pole Giveaway, New $10K Challenge

Marshall Holiday Ski Camp
October 31, 2016
The 11th Annual Marshall Holiday Ski Camp will be held Dec 28-30 at Snowflake Nordic Ski Center in Duluth.The camp is designed for kids ages 5­-12 and is supervised by the Marshall Nordic Ski Team Coaching Staff with instruction provided by the members of Marshall Nordic Ski Team and Alumni.

MN HS Nordic Ski Coaches Fall Meeting Recap
October 29, 2016
There was a strong turnout Saturday morning in Mora for the annual Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association Fall Meeting, where a spirited discussion was held on a new State Meet proposal, along with approval of a new waxing policy. Read a full recap, including some initial plans for changes to high school skiing policies at Wirth this winter.
Related:
Pine Journal: Lumberjacks Nordic coach headed into Hall of Fame

Frozen Thunder: Distance Freestyle Results
October 28, 2016
Racing action on Canmore's famous Frozen Thunder loop opened on Friday with freestyle distance races. Caitlin Gregg shined for the Midwest, taking second overall just six seconds off the winner Chelsea Holmes. Deedra Irwin notched 11th. Brian Gregg skated to 14th in the mens elite field. Next week will feature classic and skate sprints at Canmore.
Related:
Results: Distance Freestyle

Birkie, Kortie Events Almost Full
October 28, 2016
American Birkebeiner officials announced Friday morning that there are less than 250 openings left for the 2017 Birkie and Kortie events! Register now before its too late...

UAF/UAA Seek to Cut Nordic Programs
October 27, 2016
On Thursday, University of Alaska officials announced plans to cut the Nordic skiing programs at UA-Anchorage and UA-Fairbanks starting next season. The proposal will need to be approved by the board of regents next month, and UAF will need a waiver to maintain their NCAA membership.
Related:
UAF seeks NCAA waiver; may cut Nordic ski programs
Petition: Save Alaska's Collegiate Skiing

Midwest MTB Report
October 26, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week covers Blacks Grove Crossing, the Sawtooth Challenge, updates on Minnesota and Wisconsin high school racing (as well as articles on programs out east and west), the new Otso bikes, Red Bull Rampage, and the usual look at upcoming events.

SuperFit Weekend at Finn Sisu
October 24, 2016
CXC's Super Fit series makes their first stop this season, working with Finn Sisu this weekend, Oct 28-30. Stop in and get top advice from CXC athletes and coaches, as well as the Finn Sisu experts, and bring your old equipment for evaluation.

SISU Ski Fest First Price Hike Nov 1st
October 24, 2016
The Sisu Ski Fest will have their first price hike coming up on Nov 1st. Read up on some of the changes they have planned this year, and get registered at the ground floor pricing!

LNR MEA Time Trial Coverage
October 22, 2016
Loppet Nordic Racing held an MEA weekend time trial in the Hayward area on Friday. Skiers competed on classic rollerskis over a 5.8K course. Xavier Mansfield and Kelly Koch posted the top times for the field.

Fast and Freaky 5K Fundraiser
October 21, 2016
Orono Nordic Ski Club is holding a Fast and Freaky 5K Halloween Fun Run on Saturday morning, Oct 29th. Post race activities include a bonfire, treats and awards.

Drive for 25 Matching Grant Challenge
October 20, 2016
Make your donate worth double -- contribute now to the NNF Drive for 25 campaign and help them earn a $25,000 match grant. And check out their great promotional video!
Related:
Video: Why Drive for 25?

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.

MN High School Fall Coaches Meeting Update
October 17, 2016
The Minnesota High School Fall Coaches meeting is coming up at the end of the month, and they are requesting RSVPs for those planning to attend.

State of MN HS Skiing Round Table Meeting Oct 16th
October 13, 2016
Doug Boonstra, Eden Prairie coach and President of the Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association is hosting a round-table discussion this Sunday evening, Oct 16th, at Eden Prairie high school. A wide range of current events are on the agenda.

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.

Ramsey County High School Scheduling Meeting Oct 19th
October 11, 2016
Ramsey County will hold their fall high school coaches practice and meet scheduling meeting on Wednesday, Oct 19th, at the Parks and Rec Dept. The high school meet scheduling is done at the meeting, so it is important for team coaches to be in attendence.

Drive for 25 Begins!
October 10, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation kicked off their Drive for 25 event on Monday. The event is the primary fundraiser for NNF, supporting junior and elite skier development across the US and internationally as well. Become an ambassador or find your favorite skiers on the fundraising list and kick in today!

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!).
Related:
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.

MN High School Coaches Awards and Inductees
October 2, 2016
The Minnesota High School Nordic Coaches Association has announced the 2016 awards for Coach, Asssitant Coach. and Volunteer of the Year, as well as the Hall of Fame Inductees. There will be a recognition ceremony at the annual Fall Coaches Meeting Oct 29 in Mora.
Related:
MNHSNSCA 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
MNHSNSCA 2016 Coach/Asst Coach/Volunteer of the Year Recognitions

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.
Related:
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

MNHSNSCA State Meet Proposal Updates
September 30, 2016
Doug Boonstra, President of the Minnesota High School Nordic Coaches Association (MNHSNSCA) has posted revisions to the State Meet proposal that features a new Team Sprint and multi-day format. And find details on the State of MN HS Skiing round-table discussion, planned for Oct 16th.
Related:
State of MN HS Skiing Round Table Update

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.
Related:
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.

Minnesota State HS Coaches Association Fall Meeting and Proposals
September 20, 2016
The Minnesota State High School Nordic Coaches Association has scheduled their annual Fall Meeting for Oct 29th, at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. Ahead of the meeting, they have released details on the new State Meet format (with Team Sprints), and are hoping to hold a roundtable meeting in mid-October to discuss the State of MN HS Skiing. Check out the proposal details and fall meeting agenda for more details.
Related:
Oct 21-23 CXC/Wayne Fish Coaches Certification and Conference

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.
Related:
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.
Related:
Photoset: Start - 44 photos, Pirate Hill (Mile 20) - 237 photos, Early Finishers - 216 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Chequamegon Fat Tire Fesitval

CXC Seeking Applicants for Junior Nationals, U16 Championships Trips
September 16, 2016
The Midwest Coaches Committee is opening the application process for both the 2017 Junior National Championships in Lake Placid, NY as well as the U16 NENSA Trip in Farmington, ME. This application process is for Head Wax Coaches, Assistant Wax Coaches, Age Group Coaches, and Support Staff.

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.
Related:
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.
Related:
Jumping: Englund Top-10 in Summer Grand Prix

Weekend Events
September 7, 2016
Sep 10 EU 55K Rollerski - Endurance United hosts a big rollerski event, rolling from Minneapolis all the way to downtown Stillwater (almost entirely bike trails).
Sep 10 Trout Trot - River Falls, on the scenic Kinnikinnic River, holds 5K, 10K and half marathon running races.
Sep 10 Apple Dumping Day Races - Elroy celebrates Apple Dumpling Days with a number of running races, most of which feature the famous tunnel trails.
Sep 11 Treadfest - WORS comes to Lake Geneva for an event billed as the toughest courses on the Wisconsin circuit.
Sep 11 City of Lakes Half Marathon - One of the grand fall races in the Twin Cities, and frequent tuneup for the Twin Cities Marathon.
Sep 11 Cross of the North - Wisconsin's cyclocross season in in full swing, this Sunday racing at Sunny Vale Park in Wausau.

Birkie Price Hike
September 7, 2016
The next price hike for the Birkie and Korte events is Friday, Sep 9th. Register by midnight Thursday to save some cash (and be aware the waves are filling fast).

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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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.

Price Hikes
August 30, 2016
A couple of end of month price hikes....
Oct 1 Birkie Trail Run 
Feb 3-5 City of Lakes Loppet

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.
Related:
Utah Prepares for 2017 Nordic Junior and U23 Worlds

Web Roundup
August 29, 2016
Int'l Camp Recap - A video recap of the recent International Junior Camp in Norway.
Leadville - Gear West has a report by Josh Riff on his rookie experience with the infamous Leadville 100 trail race.
End of Summer - Jessie Diggins covers her last week of training in Vermont (and a recipe for perfect pasta sauce), as she heads to NZ and snow.
Hed Prospers - Star Tribune update on Hed Cycling posted last month, highlighting their continued success after the death of founder Steve Hed.
Fitness Study Primer - Breaking Muscle has a guide to interpreting fitness study news.
Oh Deer - Running into a deer -- during a triathlon!

Cyclocross Season Spinning Up
August 29, 2016
The cyclocross season is getting underway, and here are a couple of events to mark on your calendar:
Sep 24-25 Duluth CX Series - Racing at Mont du Lac and Marshall School in Duluth.
Oct 15-16 Green Acres CX - Two days of racing uphills, around ponds and through corn fields at Green Acres.

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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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.

Minnesota Coaches Association Website Overhaul
August 11, 2016
The Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association website has been completely revamped.  Two important proposals to check out:
State Meet Proposal - New proposal introduces a team sprint element, used for qualifying for sections and at the State Meet.
Wax Truce Proposal - A proposal to limit the use of expensive flurocarbon waxes in regular conference meets.
Update:  The State Meet proposal is undergoing additional revisions, watch for a new proposal later this fall.

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.

Maria Stuber Named Head Coach at St. Scholastica
August 9, 2016
The College of St. Scholastica announced the hiring of Maria Stuber as the school's next head men's and women's nordic ski coach on Monday. Stuber has been the Nordic Program Director of Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club since 2013.

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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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.
Related:
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.

Spotlight: Nordicwerks Program
July 18, 2016
On a warm Monday evening Nordicwerks training program hosted a combined workout and rollerski time trial with Endurance United elite members. After an easy warm up rollerski tour around the time trial course, the teams got down to business with an interval start skate rollerski time trial. Endurance United's Jack Christianson passed Tamer Mische-Richter in the final meters to post the top time on the evening. Fellow teammate Erin Moening raced to the top time for the women. After the time trial wrapped up, skiers finished with a warm down on the quiet backroads near Scandia.
Related:
Photoset: 210 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Warmup

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.
Related:
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.

Birkie Price Hike
July 6, 2016
Get in on the ground floor for Birkie/Kortie fees -- the first price hike comes this Friday, July 8th! Register by Thursday night to get the best pricing.
Related:
Birkie T-Shirt Contest Voting

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.

Wisconsin High School Nordic Championship Venue Change
July 5, 2016
The Wisconsin State High School Nordic Championships have announced they will help christen the new Birkie start area with their big event scheduled their for early February.

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.
Related:
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!

Spotlight: Loppet Nordic Racing Summer Juniors
June 29, 2016
Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) is one of the largest programs in the country. We caught up with them Wednesday morning in south Minneapolis. The group did a overdistance rollerski, splitting into a number of small groups with coaches to pair up skiers with similar abilities. Most of the advanced and immediate girls headed east, crossing the Mississippi River and skiing to downtown St. Paul, lead by Olympian Caitlin Gregg and head coach Piotr Bednarski. Most of the groups finished the 2-3 hour workout with some running and short drills.
Related:
Photoset: Overdistance Rollerski - 95 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Overdistance Rollerski

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.

Price Hike: Birkie Trail Run
June 28, 2016
The Birkie Trail Run and Trek will be on October 1st this fall. Save some money on the registration fees by registering before the end of June!

Web Roundup
June 27, 2016
Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda - Finn Sisu features skiing advice from the old and new:  Jim Carlen and Tom Woolhouse share some of the things they'd do differently in hindsight.
Back At It - Nichole Bathe checks in with an update on her recent vacation and summer training.
Headwind - Annie Hart reflects on perceptions and training, enjoying the time with teammates and some sun. 
Training with the Enemy - Norwegian VG spotlights Jessie Diggins's training with the Norwegian womens team.
Coach Babikov - Canadian's Russian import, Ivan Babikov, has announced his retirement and the start of a career in coaching.
Motivation Monday - The fierce competition level of Petra Majdic, overcoming some major injuries was featured on the Olympic website.
Shocko Choco - A recent study uses electrical shocks to generate a healthier (and tastier) version of chocolate.
Doping - HBO Humorist John Oliver takes on dopers in a recent Last Week Tonight segment.

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.
Related:
Photoset: Paddling - 116 photos, Running - 96 photos, Cycling - 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Tri-Loppet Results

Spotlight: Endurance United Juniors Summer Program
June 23, 2016
A surprisingly cool morning Thursday for a Endurance United juniors summer workout in Afton. The group started off with an easy warm up rollerski along River Rd, before the big focus: 5-7 skate rollerski L3 intervals up the Afton coulee.
Related:
Photoset: Afton Workout - 121 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Afton Intervals

Midwest MTB Report
June 21, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report this week covers racing action from Chequamegon 100, Keweenaw Tread Fest, and even the Missoula PRO XCT. Plus check out the Strava ride of the week and the look ahead.

Web Roundup
June 20, 2016
Risky Business - Rosie Frankowski juggles work, training, and more as she reflects on the start of her second season as a pro.
Better Together
- Jessie Diggins extols the SMS team atmosphere as she updates on her early summer training (as a special upcoming trip).
Throwback Camp - Brian Gregg updates on summer training at Cresthill Resort and the summer routine.
Project Rollerskiing - NNF shares an update from Park City and the NTG podium training group.
Eagle Glacier - Eric Packer and friends crank out another highlight training video, this one of June skiing on the Eagle Glacier.
Its the Shoes - Study sheds new light on the impacts of footwear on running muscles.
Work It Out - Exercise after studying shown to improve memory retention.
Headdope? - New headphones claim to improve the effectiveness of athletic training sessions.

Midwest MTB Report
June 14, 2016
The Midwest MTB report this week, by Jay Richards, covers last weekends WORS and MNMBS series races, the Strava Ride of the Week, a couple of interesting news items, and the usual look ahead to upcoming events.

Spotlight: Minneapolis Ski Club Summer Juniors Program
June 14, 2016
Most of the Twin Cities summer junior training programs kicked off officially this week. We caught up with the Minneapolis Ski Club east side juniors on Tuesday morning. Coach Kevin Brochman led the group through some strength training drills, then skiers put on the classic rollerskis and warmed up on the Greenway trail before splitting into two groups. The advanced group wound their way down to the base of the Franklin hill, then worked on classic technique before wrapping up with a distance ski.
Related:
Photoset: East Side Summer Juniors - 109 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Chippewa Triathlon Results
June 11, 2016
Warm conditions Saturday for the annual Chippewa Triathlon event in Cass Lake. John Kallemeyn posted the top time on the day with Dave Nelson taking second and Ryan Peterson and Jonah Lidberg posting the same times in third. Maria Janowiak won the womens overall with Emily Johnson not far behind.
Related:
Photoset from John Arenz: Canoe Segment - 45 photos
Results: Chippewa Triathlon

Midwest MTB Report
June 7, 2016
Featured in Jay Richards Midwest mountain biking report this week: Detroit Mountain, Mt. Borah Epic, and Battle of Camrock recaps/first-hand reports, the Strava Ride of the Week, and the usual look ahead on events.
Related:
Official Borah Epic Recap

ABSF Phase 2 Kickoff Event at Rivers Eatery, June 27th
June 6, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation kicks off their Phase 2 capital campaign with an event at the Rivers Eatery in Cable on Monday, June 27th. Besides getting all the details on the new developments, you'll enjoy pizza, a custom pint glass, live music, and auction.

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Results
June 4, 2016
Hoigaards held their first paddling race of the season on Thursday. Brent Arenz and Matt Liebsch combined for the mens racing victory, with Sarah Tokos and Cheryl Dubois taking the womens division.
Related:
Hoigaards Paddle Derby

Gear West SUP Events
June 3, 2016
Gear West is hosting a pair of stand-up paddle (SUP) events coming July 23rd at Long Lake. Sup-Athlon is a 5K run combined with a 5K SUP paddle race, while the Sup-Tour is a friendly 5K tour.

Midwest MTB Report
May 31, 2016
Driving home his Midwest MTB report this week, Jay Richards climbs on the saddle for some first-hand racing action in Canada, highlights the upcoming Lutsen 99er, Mt Borah Epic, new Longass ride event, and MN and WI series races, as well as news on Chloe Woodruff's Olympic bid, and the Strava Ride of the Week.

Midwest MTB Report
May 24, 2016
This week Jay Richards Midwest MTB Report goes out west for a first-hand report from the Gunnison Meowler, Strava rides of the week, and a wide range of interesting news and interest items, including a look at some of the eMTB products.

Birkie Board of Directors Elections/Annual Meeting Set for August 6th
May 23, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Annual Meeting will be Saturday, August 6th. Come check out the new, permanent Birkie start venue, dedication of the new Birkie trailhead cabin, and tour the new Great Hall. Registration for the annual meeting begins this Friday, May 27th.
Related:
Video: Birkie Great Hall and New Start Area Preview

CityTrail Loppet Coverage
May 22, 2016
Bright sunshine and warm temperatures graced the race courses for the CityTrail Loppet on Sunday morning. Skiers topped the 10 mile field as Craig Cardinal edged out Brian Gregg for the victory with Matt Liebsch taking third. Josie Nelson was the womens champ, with Vivian Hett taking second in a sprint out with Martie Kuzzy and Erica Sharbono. Andrew Towne pulled away from Xavier Mansfield for the mens 10K title with Christina Roberts taking the womens division by a large margin. A small set of photos posted from the 10 mile race course.
Related:
Photoset: 10 mile course - 39 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: 10 mle, 10K
CityTrail Loppet Recap

CXC: Top Junior Skiers Will Come Together for the 2016 REG Camp
May 19, 2016
The 2016 Regional Elite Group camp is scheduled for July 5-11 in Marquette, bringing together over 20 of the top Juniors from the Midwest.
Related:
2016 CXC Dream Camp Athletes Named

City Trails Loppet Volunteers Needed Sunday
May 19, 2016
Volunteers are still needed for the City Trails Loppet Sunday, May 22. Assistance in the areas of Aid Stations, Finish Area, Start Area, T-shirt Distribution, Finish Food, Beer Ticket Sales and Green Team. All volunteers will receive a commemorative t-shirt, Surly beer, hot dog, and a big thank you!

Midwest MTB Report
May 17, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest report on mountain biking this week covers the WORS opener, Buck Hill races (and the return of a legend), a sundry of news and interesting topics, including a new feature: Strava Ride of the Week.

Endurance Training Retreat June 3-5
May 17, 2016
Elite runner Nichole Porath (Team Nichole Coaching) is hosting her third annual Endurance Training Retreat, June 3-5, in Hayward, WI. This year, Brian and Caitlin Gregg will join up for part of the camp. Just a few spots left, so act soon!

USSA Announces Winners for Annual Awards
May 16, 2016
Minnesota native Jessie Diggins was among the honorees at the USSA Annual Awards banquet last Friday, May 13th, in Park City, Utah. Diggins received the Beck International Award for her performance in international competition, marking the first time a cross-country athlete has won this award since Bill Koch in 1982!

St. Scholastica: Salmela Stepping Down as Nordic Coach
May 16, 2016
Chad Salema has announced he will be stepping down as College of St. Scholastica's head Nordic ski coach to take up a new position as the head cross-country running and assistant coach for distance running at St. Scholastica. Salmela and the school will work to hire a replacement Nordic coach in the coming months.

Moose Valuable Skier Nominations
May 14, 2016
Moose Nordic is seeking nominations for their Moose Nordic Moose Valuable Skier of the year. This award will be presented to a Nordic athlete who lives the four core values of sportsmanship, humility, empowerment, and integrity. The winner will be announced at the Moose Nordic Picnic on Tuesday, May 31st.

Head Coaches for Junior Nationals and U16 Championships Announced
May 14, 2016
The head coach and trip leaders for the Midwest and Great Lakes teams for Junior Nationals, as well as the U16 Championships, have been named. Piotr Bednarski and Andy Keller will lead the Midwest squad, while Tom Wood and Nick Baic direct the Great Lakes team.

Midwest MTB Report
May 10, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest MTB report this week highlights the Thursday evening racing at Buck Hill, pro racer and cancer survivor Jen Hanks, a Woolly baby recap, profile on Hansi Johnson, Detroit Lakes group ride, Movil Maze trail development, and the start of the big WORS series.

Borah Epic and Trek Team Up for Custom Bike
May 10, 2016
Celebrating the upcoming Borah Epic race, Trek's project one team has created the Epic bike. Featuring Trek's Procaliber 9.8 SL build, its sports a custom color scheme and matching Borah Epic and CAMBA logos. The Borah Epic is June 4th (registration still open).

CXC Announces New College Summer Residency Program
May 9, 2016
CXC has announced a new summer residency training program at Northern Michigan University for current, past and developing college athletes. The program will be led by Andy Keller and Shane MacDowell, and also provides living, studying and training options.

Survey: Opinions on SuperTour and Points
May 8, 2016
Annie Hart is soliciting opinions on the SuperTour structure and system for qualifying for international trips with a short online survey. The opinions will help with discussions coming up at the USSA Congress later this month.

Snake River Canoe Race Coverage
May 7, 2016
It was a beautiful May morning Saturday for the annual Snake River Canoe Race in Mora. The event is the first in the Classic Series, which also includes a bike race, running race, and of course, the Vasaloppet. Pro boat victories were earned by Scott Nesvold/John Mundahl and Io Harberts/Amy McLaughlin, with Dave and Josie Nelson taking the mixed division. Kira and Craig Stolen conquered the aluminum canoe division. Mike Brumbaugh posted the top kayak time (and fastest overall).
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Results: Snake River Canoe Race

Hoigaards: Rollerski 101 this Saturday
May 6, 2016
Hoigaards Andy Turnbull will be leading a beginners rollerski session this Saturday morning, May 7th, at Hoigaards. Demo equipment can be provided, please RSVP as class size is limited. There will be a second session on Saturday, May 21st.

Midwest MTB Report
May 3, 2016
Jay Richards Midwest mountain bike report this week features a big recap from the St. Croix Valley Woolly, info on upcoming events including a cool short MTB film festival, and more new trail development up north.

US Ski Team: 2016-17 Team Nominations
May 3, 2016
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team has announced its nominations for the 2016-17 season, based on published selection criteria in the prior season. From the Midwest, Jessie Diggins continues her run on the A squad, with NMU's Ian Torchia joining the D (development) team.

CXC Announces 2016-17 Elite Team
May 3, 2016
Central Cross Country Skiing has announced that Felicia Gesior (NMU) and Oscar Friedman (Dartmouth) will be joining the CXC Team for the 2016-2017 season. Nichole Bathe and Kyle Bratrud will return for another season.

Midwest Junior Committee Meeting Recap
May 2, 2016
The Midwest Junior Committee Meeting was held in late April in Eau Claire. Among the topics discussed were the JNQ schedule, bylaw amendments on scoring, team composition, and waxing restrictions, and election of new head coach, Piotr Bednarski. Read the full meeting summary for more details.

MN Spring Coaches Association Meeting Minutes
May 2, 2016
The annual spring Minnesota High School Nordic Ski Coaches Association meeting was held back on April 16th at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. The meeting covered a broad range of topics, including a proposal for on a new State Meet format, as well as one to limit high school conference racing to non-fluro waxes. Doug Boonstra was named the new president. Full meeting minutes posted.


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