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Pepsi Challenge Ski Race, March 4, 2017


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Jan.30-Feb.1 Arrowhead 135 Winter Ultramarathon       |  Feb.1 135 miles
7 am

International Falls, MN
The Arrowhead Winter Ultra is an ultramarathon race on bike, foot or skis, covering 135 miles across the Arrowhead Region of Northern Minnesota from International Falls near the Canadian border to Tower, MN.
Feb.4 Moraloppet Ski for the Cure       |  Feb.4 10K, 20K freestyle
11 am

Mora, MN
Starts and finishes at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center on the north end of town and offers numerous class awards. Skiers in the 5K Tour receive completion pins. Partnered with Susan G. Komen to raise donations to fight breast cancer.
Feb.4-5 City of Lakes Loppet       |   |   |  Feb.4, Feb.5 42K, 21K classical Sat; 42K, 21K freestyle Sun
9 am, 10 am Sat; 9 am, 10 am Sun

Minneapolis, MN
An urban point-to-point race! Starts at Theodore Wirth and finishes in the Uptown area. There are also 10K tour events both days, and skijor, ice bike, and kids races and elite/citizen sprints.
Feb.4 Mt. Ashwabay Summit Ski Race       |   |   |  Feb.4 10K classic, 11K freestyle, 21K pursuit
11 am

Washburn, WI
All races start and finish at the Mt. Ashwabay Chalet. Classic and skating lanes are provided throughout the course. Youth 3.5K race and kids 1/2K race too. Awards are homemade pies and other baked goods!
Feb.4 Wolf Tracks Rendezvous       |   |  Feb.4 24K, 42K freestyle, classical
9 am

Minocqua, WI
A one-loop marathon or half-marathon encompassing many of the best trails that Winter Park has to offer, including several technical sections and the normally classic-only Wolf Tracks and Nekoosa trails. A single classic track will be laid on the entire course. The 42km marathon is a Birkebeiner qualifier.
Feb.4 Pilot Knob Ski Race       |   |  Feb.4 9K, 27K freestyle
8:30 am

Forest City, IA
Pilot Knob State Park is a beautiful wooded area in north central Iowa with lots of hills to challenge any skier. Lunch included in racers fee with awards to top 3 overall in each race.
Feb.4-5 National Masters       |  42K, 21K classical Sat; 21K freestyle Sun
9 am, 10 am; 10 am

Minneapolis, MN
National Masters competition will utilize the City of Lakes Loppet races.
Feb.4-5 Ishpeming JNQ       |   |  Feb.4, Feb.5 5K freestyle Sat; 5K, 10K classical Sun
1 pm EST; 10 am EST

Ishpeming, MI
Great Lakes Division JNQ, open to juniors/high school skiers. Individual starts on Saturday, mass starts on Sunday.
Feb.5 Erik Judeen Classic       |   |   |  Feb.5 10K classical
11 am

Duluth, MN
Held out on the Charlie Banks ski trails at Korkki Nordic Center. One of the oldest races in Minnesota! A true test of your classic skills on the single track trails of Korkki Nordic. Kids race too. Great door prizes and medals for top 3 in age categories. Registration online or at Korkki from 9 am until race start.
Feb.5 Langlauf XC       |  Feb.5 5K, 10K freestyle, classical
10 am

Hubertus, WI
Ski race at the Heiliger Huegel Ski Club.
Feb.11 Pre-Birkie       |   |   |  Feb.11 26K, 42K freestyle, classical
10 am

Hayward, WI
Starts on Lake Hayward and finishes at Hwy OO. One big mass start!
Feb.11 Vasaloppet USA       |   |   |  Feb.11 42K classical; 58K, 35K freestyle; 13K freestyle
9 am; 10 am; 12:30 pm

Mora, MN
The largest race in Minnesota. The finish is the best around -- down Main street Mora with the crowds cheering!
Feb.11-12 North American Vasa       |  Feb.11, Feb.12 12K, 27K, 50K classical, freestyle Sat; 6K, 16K classical Sun
8 am Sat; 9 am Sun

Traverse City, MI
This is the big one for lower Michigan. Race starts and finishes at Timber Ridge Resort. Beautiful and challenging trail through State Forest. Two day combined Grand Champion title as well.
Feb.12 Pincusion Mountain Winter Festival       |   |   |  Feb.12 10K, 32K classical
10 am

Grand Marais, MN
A ski festival for the entire family on the beautiful Pincushion Trails, overlooking Grand Marais and Lake Superior. Uses the entire Pincushion trail system. Also kids and skijor races in the afternoon. Plus a fat tire race!
Feb.12 North End Classic       |   |   |  Feb.12 12.5K, 24K classical
10 am

Cable, WI
Utilizing portions of the Kortelopet course, this race starts and finishes at the North End Trail Head. Cookie Classic free kids races .5, 1 and 2 km.
Feb.17-19 NCAA Regional Championships/SuperTour       |   |  Feb.17, Feb.18, Feb.19 freestyle sprints; 15K, 20K freestyle Sat; 10K, 5K classical Sun
9:30 am; 10 am; 10 am

Ishpeming, MI
College Regional Championships and final Central NCAA Nationals qualifying races. Friday is SuperTour (only) freestyle sprints. Saturday is mass start and not a SuperTour event, Sunday's race is individual start (CCSA and SuperTour). USSA license required for entry.
Feb.18 Minnesota Finlandia       |   |   |  Feb.18 25K classical; 50K, 25K freestyle
10 am; 10:30 am

Bemidji, MN
A challenging course with many good hills and lots of woods! One of the best run races in Minnesota (especially the wave starts)!
Feb.18 HinderBinder       |   |   |  Feb.18 23K classical, freestyle
10 am

Camp Forest Springs, WI
A place to find snow even in snow-impoverished winters. They have a dedicated, meticulous grooming crew to deliver great ski conditions. The course is hilly and wooded. They also have 8K high school and 4.4K middle school races, plus citizen tour and free kids race.
Feb.18 Book Across the Bay       |   |  Feb.18 10K freestyle
6 pm

Ashland, WI
A candlelit, evening race for skiers and snowshoers of all abilities and ages. The course runs from Ashland to Washburn, across Chequamegon Bay.
Feb.18 Snowflake and Inga-Lami Races       |   |  11K freestyle men; 11K freestyle women
8:30 am; 9 am

Maple Plain, MN
Cancelled due to poor snow conditions. The Snowflake race is one of the oldest in Minnesota. The Inga-lami is a special women's only race. The two events are run separately. Held at either Baker Park or Elm Creek, in association with Gear West.
Feb.18-19 Minneapolis JNQ       |   |   |  Feb.18, Feb.19 classical sprints; 5K, 10K classical

Minneapolis, MN
Known as the Mayor's XC Challenge, features JNQ races at Theodore Wirth (with open, college and youth divisions). Sprints on Saturday, mass start on Sunday.
Feb.18 Ice Age Challenge       |   |  5K freestyle; 15K, 22.5K freestyle
9:30 am; 10:30 am

Madison, WI
The Ice Age Challenge cross-country ski race will be hosted at the Elver Park Ski Trails and includes several separate race distances throughout the day. The courses range from flat sections, gently rolling hills to challenging climbs and exciting downhills.
Feb.18 Eirawen20 Ski Race       |   |   |  Feb.18 10K, 20K freestyle
9 am, 9:15 am

Sturgeon Bay, WI
Lap course, mix of flat terrain and hilly, wooded. Small section double tracked, a few narrow sections, but most trail is 14 feet width.
Feb.19 Beaver Dam Classic       |  5K, 10K, 20K classical
1 pm

Mora, MN
Cancelled due to lack of snow. The Beaver Dam Classic is a classic stride race/tour. The start and finish are near the Mora Ski Club Lodge and travel the flat to gently rolling terrain, through old growth forest and frozen swamps of the Beaver Lodge Trail.
Feb.19 Woodland Loppet       |   |  10K, 20K freestyle
10 am

Elk River, MN
Cancelled due to the lack of snow. The 20 km course will take full advantage of the trail system; winding through the hilltop loop, triple hills, up Big Tooth Shoot to Top-of-the-World, Stoney Rollers and back through the city park's trails to start the second loop. The 10 km courses will follow the same path with only one loop.
Feb.24 Kortelopet       |  29K freestyle, classical
10:45 am

Hayward, WI
Cancelled due to poor snow conditions. In 2017, the Kortelopet moved to it's own date, and now starts at Hwy OO and finishes on the streets of Hayward.
Feb.25 American Birkebeiner       |   |  51K freestyle; 55K classical
8:20 am

Hayward, WI
Cancelled due to poor snow conditions. The benchmark race. The largest ski race in North America. Sign up early!
Feb.26 Short-notice: Hamsterbeiner Ski Race       |  25K freestyle, 5K freestyle
9 am, 11 am

Plymouth, MN
Pioneer Midwest is hosting a short-notice race at Elm Creek. Clif Bars for everyone!
Ongoing Race Series
Dec.7-Feb.22 Elm Creek Series       |   |   |  Dec.14, Dec.21, Dec.28, Jan.4, Jan.11, Jan.18, Jan.25, Feb.1, Feb.8, Feb.15, 5K freestyle, 5K classical
7 pm, 7:30 pm (repeats Wednesdays)

Maple Grove, MN
This is a great little training race series held Wednesday nights. Separate skate and classical races. The 5K lighted trail at Elm Creek is a nice mix of hills and flats.
Dec.7-Mar.15 Duluth XC Wednesday Night Ski Series       |  4-5K
6:30 pm (repeats Wednesdays)

Duluth, MN
A weekly Wednesday evening race series in Duluth. The venue rotates between Snowflake, Spirit Mtn, Lester Park and Pine Valley. Starts at first good snow; continues into early March, depending on conditions.
Jan.3-Feb.7 Madnorski Race Series       |   |  Jan.3, 5K, 10K freestyle, classical
7 pm (repeats Tuesdays)

Madison, WI
A series of races held on Tuesday evenings at Elver Park. Put on by Madison Nordic Ski club. Individual and team racing divisions.
Jan.4-Feb.15 Lapham Peak Series       |   |   |  Jan.4, Jan.11, Jan.18, Jan.25, Feb.1, Feb.8, Feb.15, 4.9K freestyle, classical
7:40 pm (repeats Wednesdays)

Delafield, WI
Held on the lighted trails at Lapham Peak, starting at the Evergreen shelter. There are also youth and high school series, which start earlier in the evening.
Jan.4-Feb.15 Hoigaards/MYSL Team Sprint Series       |   |   |  Jan.11, Jan.18, Jan.25, Feb.1, Feb.8, Feb.15, team sprints
6:30 pm (repeats Wednesdays)

Minneapolis, MN
This informal Wednesday night race series at Wirth Park is based on two-person relays with a different format each week. Bring a partner or sign up to be matched with a skier of similar ability. Adult, child and adult/child divisions. Great way to introduce kids and adults to racing or get your interval workout in.
View a full list of Race Series and combined awards.

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