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Caitlin Gregg, Andy Newell heading out for training run in Norway, August 10, 2015 (Photo: Jessie Diggins)

DXC Juniors workout at Chester Bowl, July 26, 2016

Igor Legacy Camp, Bemidji, MN, July 25, 2015 (Photo: Bruce Manske)

FAST Kids Adventure Race, October 8, 2015

Upcoming Events
Training events coming up over the next two months...

Highlights

Loppet Fall Programs
August 22, 2016
The Loppet Foundation has a number of fall activities ramping up soon, including...
Trail Kids Fall Program - The Trail Kids program is designed for youth ages 7-13, featuring activities like mountain biking, trail running, dryland training and more (test drive sessions available).
Adult Fall Programs - A wide range of fall adult program options available, including dryland, rollerskiing, and strength training.  Price hikes for many programs are coming August 31st.

International Junior Camp - Uphill Time Trial
August 18, 2016
On Tuesday the athletes at the International Junior Camp competed in an uphill time trial. Guest World Cup star Astrid Jacobsen set the benchmark time, and once again, Midwest's own Nicole Schneider lead the way for the US juniors taking 15th. Zane Fields was the lone US junior in the mens race, placing 30th.

Endurance United 55km Rollerski Coming Sep 10th
August 18, 2016
After an extremely popular inaugural event last fall, Endurance United will again host a supported 55K point-to-point rollerski event. Starting at Desnoyer Park in the heart of the Twin Cities, this year the course will roll east, following the Mississippi and then connecting trails to Gateway and eventually the new Browns Creek trail to finish in downtown Stillwater. Reserve your spot today for the Sep 10th rollout.

NNF: International Junior Camp Update 1
August 15, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) posted a new update on the International Junior Camp going on this week in Norway. Top Midwest juniors Zak Ketterson and Nicole Schneider are participating in the camp (and can be seen in some of the photos/videos).

International Junior Pre-Camp Update
August 12, 2016
Zak Ketterson shares some of the junior athlete experiences in Sweden, including some ski tunnel time, before they attended the official International Junior Camp in Norway.

Birkie Development Grants Applications Available
August 10, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation annually provides grant funding opportunities to skier development programs. Priority will be given to organizations that are cross country ski focused, but organizations that support running, biking, and other off-season programs for skiers are also encouraged to apply. Applications are available now, deadline is Sept 15th.

Schneider, Ketterson Shine at International Junior Camp
August 10, 2016
A number of top US juniors are over in Hamar, Norway, for the International Junior Camp. On Wednesday, the group participated in a 10K skate rollerski race against the best juniors from around the world. Nicole Schneider, starting from near the back of the field, rocketed to the 4th best time in the U20 category! And Zak Ketterson, attending the camp for the second time, hammered out a 10th place finish (after suffering a broken pole tip). The International Junior Camp participation is funded largely by NNF.
Related:
Results: International Junior Camp - Rollerski Race
NNF: What We Fund
NNF: International Junior Camp Preview

Vakava Time Trial Coverage
August 7, 2016
Members of the Vakava Team took to the hills of Afton Sunday morning for a test drive of a time trial course they hope to utilize for future events. The group went off on skate rollerskis with interval starts first, then after an equipment change and brief warmup, many of them went at it again in classic technique.
Related:
Photoset: Skate - 43 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

American Birkebeiner Museum Grand Opening Coverage
August 5, 2016
The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation celebrated the grand opening of the Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner on Friday evening in Hayward. The new museum is full of memorabilia from past events, as well as a giant 3D model of the trail system and numerous multimedia kiosks. Saturday the excitement will continue with the unveiling of the new start area and trailhead, plus the annual foundation meeting and elections.
Related:
Photoset: 29 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Tony Wise Museum of the American Birkebeiner

CXC Eriksen Road Bike Drawing
August 4, 2016
Help grant a child with physical disabilities and visual impairments the opportunity to try the joy of cross country skiing, via the CXC Adaptive Program, by entering their drawing for a custom Eriksen road bike.
Related:
CXC's Staff is Growing

Loppet Trail Kids Programs
August 2, 2016
The Loppet Foundation has a number of kids programs designed to introduce them to great activities outdoors.  Just a few of the upcoming events:
- Aug 10 Intro to Orienteering
- Aug 22-28 Trail Kids half day camp
And fall is just around the corner, you'll find a wide assortment of opportunities in their Fall programs.

National U16 Camp - Friday Coverage
July 29, 2016
The National U16 Camp had another epic day on the Northshore of Lake Superior as the group took in the sights (and hills) from Split Rock Lighthouse State Park Friday morning. Adding extra star power, Jessie Diggins flew into town for the workout, leading the group in warmups and participating in the classic rollerski drills. After the two and half hour workout, most the athletes enjoyed the cool waters of the big lake, including a brave few that did a little cliff jumping! The U16 camp wraps up Saturday.
Related:
Photoset: Friday Rollerski Session - 191 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Friday Rollerski Session

Spotlight: DXC Juniors Program
July 27, 2016
After chasing the National U16 Camp around the front part of the week, we dropped in Tuesday afternoon to catch one of the local clubs, the Duluth XC (DXC) Juniors for a dryland workout at Chester Bowl. The group started with a 20 minute trail run warmup, before working on strength and quick power drills at the downhill area. The group did a number of repeats including balancing/hoping skills, core strength, and some hill bounding. The session wrapped up with a short warm down run.
Related:
Photoset: 35 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

National U16 Camp - Tuesday Coverage
July 26, 2016
The string of warm, humid weather continued Tuesday as athletes in the National U16 Camp in Duluth took to the hills of Spirit Mountain for a morning uphill time trial. Novie McCabe and Ben Ogden posted the top times in the grueling run. There was some rest scheduled for the afternoon, with an optional stand-up paddleboard session on the big Lake Superior.
Related:
Photoset: Tuesday Uphill Run TT - 202 photos
Results: Uphill Run TT
Top Picks (high res)

National U16 Camp - Monday Coverage
July 25, 2016
The National U16 training camp is being held in Duluth, MN, this summer, on the campus of the College of St. Scholastica. Monday was the first full day of training, starting with a morning rollerski technique/drills session, to be followed in the afternoon with strength assessment testing. Numbers tallied from the strength assessment had Anders Sonnesyn and Novie McCabe collecting the top scores.
Related:
Photoset: Monday Rollerski Session - 112 photos, Monday Strength Assessment - 71 photos, Monday Presentation - 20 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Monday Rollerski Session, Monday Strength Assessment
Results: Strength Assessment

Web Roundup
July 18, 2016
Olympics - Annie Hart writes about Olympic dreams and one of her new sponsors.
Alaska Pt 1 - Jessie Diggins covers her early training sessions in Alaska before heading up for glacier skiing.
Is it the bike? - Does a $2000 bike simulator make you fitter?

Mora Welcomes Swedish Juniors
July 15, 2016
The Mora community has been host to junior athletes from their sister city, Mora, Sweden, for a week of training and bonding with the Mora Mustang Nordic training program.

National Development Project Grants Awarded
July 13, 2016
New for 2016, the National Development Project is a program designed to directly benefit the many clubs, coaches and officials that play a tremendous role in skiing development across the United States. Wayata Nordic, Iola Winter Sports Club and CXC were part of the inaugural recipients.

REG and Dream Camp Coverage
July 6, 2016
CXC is holding the Central Regional Elite Group camp, as well as their Youth Dream Camp up in Marquette, MI, this week. The REG group took in an uphill time trial run and agility testing on rollerskis in the opening days.
Related:
Photoset from CXC: REG Camp, Youth Dream Camp
Results: Uphill Run TT, Double Pole Time Trial

CXC Coaches Symposium at REG Camp
June 30, 2016
CXC is hosting a coaches symposium at the Midwest Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp, open to coaches of all levels (and free). The symposium will be held July 9th at the Superior Dome in Marquette and will feature Bryan Fish, Sten Fjeldheim, Andy Keller and more. The REG Camp runs July 5-11th.
Related:
2016 REG Camp

Loppet Trail Kids Girls July Session
June 29, 2016
The Loppet has cooked up a special month of July for girls ages 7-13, feauturing mountain biking with an emphasis on the importance of goal-setting and promoting healthy lifestyles.
Related:
LNR MTB Race Results/Photos

APU: Masters Camp on Eagle Glacier
June 24, 2016
APU is hosting another Eagle Glacier Master camp this summer, July 27-30, with top coaches Erik Flora, Dylan Watts and Galen Johnson. The camp is open to nearly all ages and abilities.

Clubs Uniting to Bring New TRAIL KIDS Program to Midwest Youth
June 20, 2016
The Loppet Foundation, Endurance United, American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, Out There, and MadNorSki have united to promote the broader mission of fostering outdoor lifestyles by offering year-­round activities for youth ages 8-­13 within all of their programming under the TRAIL KIDS name. Each TRAIL KIDS chapter will operate from within the umbrella of the club but will share common traits.

CXC: Igor Legacy Camps
June 18, 2016
CXC still has some openings for their July Igor Legacy Camp in Minnesota, July 29-31 at Myre-Big Island State Park. The camps promote growth and development of junior cross country ski racers by exposing young athletes to the fundamental building blocks required for high-level cross country ski racing.

NNF Announces Training Season Funding
June 9, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) has announced over $28K in training season funding for grassroots skiing support. Supported projects include the National U16 Camp which will be held in Duluth in late July.

Loppet Trail Kids Summer Programs Starting Up
June 5, 2016
The Loppet Foundation's Trail Kids summer programs begins this Monday, June 6th. The program offers a wide range of outdoor activities for youth ages 8-13 years old. There is even some test drive sessions for mountain biking.
Related:
Full Listing of Midwest Training Programs

Hoigaards Paddle Derby Starts up Thursday
May 28, 2016
Hoigaard's 35th Annual Paddle Derby begins this coming Thursday, June 2nd. Racing action kicks off fromt Thomas Beach on the south end of Lake Calhoun. Divisions for recreational paddlers and experienced racers. They encourage recreational canoers, kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders try the short course!

NNF: National U16 Summer Camp Selections Announced
May 20, 2016
The seventh edition of the NNF/USSA National U16 Camp will be held July 24-31 on the campus of St. Scholastica in Duluth. The NU16 camp brings together the top U16 boys and girls from across the USA for a week of intensive training and ski sport education as one of the first steps in the USSA National Development Pipeline. Representing the Midwest: Anders Sonnesyn, Peter Moore, Abigail Jarzin, Kelly Koch, and Siri Bohacek.

Final Chance for Haig Glacier 2016
May 9, 2016
Matt Liebsch is taking final reservations for the Haig Glacier trip, June 27-July 4th. There are just a few spots left and reservations are due very soon, otherwise those remaining spots will be filled by a Canadian group.

Loppet Spring Trail Kids Mountain Bike Program
April 28, 2016
The Loppet Foundation is offering a MTB program, covering all skill levels, for kids ages 8 to 13 years old. Sessions start on May 2nd, and there is an open house with bikes to test drive this Saturday at Wirth.
Related:
Apr 30 Girls Spring Mountain Bike Test Drive Clinic

CXC Summer Training Camps
April 26, 2016
CXC has a number of summer training camps available for juniors, including the Igor Legacy Camps, U16, Open and Regional Elite Group camps, with options across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.

North Star Ski Touring Club Announces Major Gift to the Loppet Foundation
April 20, 2016
The North Star Ski Touring Club (NSSTC) recently provided a gift of $20,000 to the Loppet Foundation to help finance construction of the Adventure Welcome Center at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.
Related:
Adventure Center at the Loppet

Haig Glacier 2016
April 16, 2016
Matt Liebsch has posted preliminary plans for the 2016 trip to the Haig Glacier (Canada). This year's trip will be going a little earlier on the calendar, scheduled for June 27-July 4. Limited openings, reserve your spot now.
Related:
Haig Glacier Packing List

NNF: Kashiwa Named Executive Director
April 15, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation announced Thursday the hire of Hennie Kashiwa as Executive Director. The Steamboat Springs, Colorado native assumes the leadership role in the National Nordic Foundation on May 1st and will work in tandem with outgoing director James Southam to ensure a smooth transition.
Related:
National Development Project Grants Open

Igor Legacy Camps
April 12, 2016
CXC has published the dates for the summer Igor Legacy Camps, honoring Igor Badamshin's commitment to the sport and designed for youth ages 10-13. Camps will be in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.

Endurance United Weekly Speaker Series
April 7, 2016
Endurance United is hosting a new weekly speaker series this spring, covering a variety of topics. First up on Monday, April 11th, is Ben Bruno, personal trainer and endurance athlete, with a presentation about sports nutrition for endurance.

Jessie Diggins Welcome Home Event this Sunday!
April 6, 2016
There will be a 'Welcome Home' event for Jessie Diggins, this Sunday, April 10th, at Stillwater Area high school. Everyone is encouraged to attend! Jessie will do some poster signings, as well as a presentation on her 2015-16 season.

USSA Membership Prizes Still Available
March 28, 2016
Therešs still time to support the successful athletes of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team by joining the USSA as a general member. For as little as $15 you can be a part of the USSA program, and, perhaps best of all, therešs still time to win one of the weekly prizes being offered.

Jessie Diggins Welcome Home Event
March 28, 2016
There will be a community welcome home event for Jessie Diggins, Sunday April 10th, at Stillwater high school. Diggins will give a short presentation on her 2015-16 season and sign posters -- the event is free, everyone is encouraged to come out and cheer on the hometown superstar!

CXC Season Finale Auction
March 27, 2016
CXC is running their season finale online auction, with over 100 items up for bid. Find deals on clothing, wax service, skiing equipment, and more.
Related:
USSA Membership Prizes Still Available

MNSA Lifetime Achievement Awards Program Set for April 9th
March 22, 2016
MNSA Lifetime Achievement Awards Program is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, April 9th, at the Mora Vasaloppet Nordic Center. Bob Montebello, currently the oldest active ski trail groomer in North America will receive the 2016 Minnesota Nordic Skiing Lifetime Achievement Award. MNSA will also posthumously honor Nikolai Anikin, Robin Baker, Charlie Banks, John Burton, Earle Dickinson, Tim Knopp, Jinny McWethy, Brother Jerome Rademacher, Toni St. Pierre, Al Waverek, and Don Wolter. In addition, there will be a keynote presentation by Minnesota's own Jessie Diggins. Limited seating available, RSVP is requested.

MYSL/Skiwerx Awards Banquet Mar 20th
March 10, 2016
MYSL/Skiwerx will wrap up the 2015-16 season with an awards banquet on Sunday, March 20th. Review the final standings and order your tickets online.


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