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Archives: 5/1/2016 to 4/26/2017

CXC: Igor Legacy Camps Making a Difference
April 26, 2017
Bruce Manske reports on the impact the Igor Legacy Camps are making with youth skiers in the Midwest. The first camp is coming up, June 16-18, in Stevens Point, WI.
CXC Igor Legacy Camps for U12-U14

Endurance United Hires Liz Peterson
April 25, 2017
Endurance United has announced Liz Peterson as their new Junior Team head coach and programming director. Peterson was a Forest Lake star and skied for St. Scholastica, where she received an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology. Peterson is wrapping up work as an assistant Nordic Coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

CXC Congress Weekend
April 25, 2017
This weekend, Apr 28-30, Central Cross Country Ski Association will host educational workshops for club leaders focused on fundraising, sport committee meetings and recognize some of the organization's top coaches, volunteers and community leaders at the Annual Awards Dinner.
Youth Committee Meeting Agenda
Midwest Junior Committee Meeting Agenda
CXC Awards Presentation and Dinner

Jessie Diggins Welcome Home Celebration
April 12, 2017
A big turnout Wednesday evening at the new Slumberland Headquarters for the Jessie Diggins Welcome Home Celebration. Jessie Diggins signed posters for the first hour then was introduced by her high school coach and best friend, Kris Hansen, before Jessie gave a recap of her World Cup season. At the end of the presentation, Diggins revealed there is an effort underway to bring a World Cup race to the Twin Cities (fundraising needed!). The evening wrapped up with a big raffle, including a pair of Salomon Carbon skis, and more poster signings.
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Mpls Ski Club Spring Training for Juniors
April 11, 2017
Under the direction of Kevin Brochman, the Mpls Ski Club is offering spring junior training sessions. Plus details are up for the summer/fall junior and adult training programs, as well as a new youth program coming next fall.

Summit Lake Biathlon Red Book Class April 22nd
April 11, 2017
Mark Torresani, from Blackhawk Ski Club in Madison along with Birkie Biathlon, are offering a USBA Biathlon Safety Certification Class -"Red Book" on April 22nd. The class open to youth and adults and there will be a small lunch provided. Wisconsin native Paul Schommer from the U.S. National Biathlon Team will be there helping out!

Endurance United Spring Junior Programs Start April 18th
April 11, 2017
The spring training is almost underway, and Endurance United starts their spring junior programs on Tuesday, April 18th. The spring program includes running, rollerskiing, technique work, and strength training.
Endurance United Summer Junior Programs

Finn Sisu Training Programs
April 10, 2017
Finn Sisu's spring and summer training programs have been posted and open for registration, including Vakava Juniors, Vakava Masters, and strength training (which starts April 12!)

Rice Creek Boat Club Informational Meeting April 13th
April 9, 2017
The Rice Creek Boat Club is holding their informational and registration meeting this Thursday, April 13th, in New Brighton. The youth paddling club (middle/high school) offers a summer opportunity to learn to paddle and enjoy great cross training for other sports.

Haig Glacier Trip 2017
April 9, 2017
Matt Liebsch has announced his annual Summer XC Ski Camp on the Haig Glacier in Canada, August 1-8th. The camp offers daily skiing with an emphasis on easy distance workouts at altitude.

LNR Junior Spring Informational Meeting
April 7, 2017
LNR will host an open house this Wednesday evening, April 12th at the Wirth Chalet where head coach Piotr Bednarski will be presenting information about the spring and summer LNR 2016 Junior programs.
Trail Kids Spring MTB Test Drive Sessions

CXC Congress Set for Apr 28-30
April 7, 2017
Central Cross Country Ski Association will host educational workshops for club leaders focused on fundraising, host sport committee meetings and recognize some of the organization's top coaches, volunteers and community leaders at the Annual Awards Dinner.

Out There: Summer Training Opportunities
April 1, 2017
Out There Shop in Rice Lake is getting fired up for summer ski training and highlights the northern Wisconsin opportunities via 4591 Sports Development and the broader CXC training programs. Programs are available for a wide range of age groups, from youth to masters.

MNSA Awards Program Set for April 9th
April 1, 2017
The Minnesota Nordic Ski Association (MNSA) will honor Bonnie Fuller-Kask and Larry Myers with the 2017 Minnesota Nordic Skiing Lifetime Achievement Award during the MNSA Lifetime Achievement Awards Program on Sunday afternoon, April 9th at the Mora Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, MN. A keynote slideshow presentation will be given by Chad Salmela, former St. Scholastica Nordic Ski Coach and Olympic biathlon and cross country events television commentator as well as recognition of top performing female and male Minnesota high school, collegiate, biathlon, and master skiers. RSVP by April 4th!

CXC Summer Camps
March 30, 2017
CXC has put out their line up summer training camps for youth and junior skiers, including the Igor Legacy Camps (U12-14), U16 Camps, and Summer Open Camps (U16-20). First camps start up in May!

Jessie Diggins Welcome Home Event Scheduled for April 12th
March 28, 2017
The public is encouraged to come out Wednesday, April 12th, to welcome hometown gal Jessie Diggins from her most successful season yet! The big event will be held this year at the Slumberland Campus in Oakland, MN. The event is free and there will be door prizes!

LNR Adult Spring Training
March 28, 2017
LNR has their full spring line-up of adult training classes posted. Everything from strength sessions to intro to MTB to running and biking classes, and more.

NNF Auction Fundraiser
March 27, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation has launched their late season auction fundraiser. Find loads of unique items to bid on including bibs from the World Cup, autographed clothing and posters, and lots of skiing equipment. Act quickly though, the auction ends next Monday, April 3rd.

CXC Auction Ends Thursday Night!
March 22, 2017
The CXC online auction is active until Thursday, March 23rd, 9pm CST. Winning bids and donations directly support CXC Skiing programming and events.

Endurance United: Jake Morgan Announcement
March 17, 2017
Endurance United announced on Friday that Junior Head Coach and Programming Director, Jake Morgan, will be leaving the organization to attend law school. The search committee will begin looking for a replacement.

CXC Online Auction
March 14, 2017
The 4th Annual CXC Online Auction is officially open. Make sure to bid early and check back often as the auction is only active until Thursday, March 23rd.

NNF: Guided Trip to Seefeld, Austria for 2018 World Cup
March 6, 2017
The NNF and Lumi Experiences are partnering to offer a trip to the 2018 cross-country and Nordic combined World Cup competitions in Seefeld, Austria. The 11-day trip was designed by Olympian (and Minnesotan) Garrott Kuzzy and will ski in the Alps, spectate at World Cup competitions and relax top hotels. Plus an opportunity to participate in the Dolomitenlauf Worldloppet!

Brian Gregg Ski Technique Clinic Saturday Morning
February 24, 2017
Olympian Brian Gregg will be hosting a dryland technique clinic at 11 am at the Birkie start area. wife Caitlin, 4x American Birkiebeiner Champion prepare for their target events. The clinic will apply to both freestyle and classic technique and will help you be more efficient and have more fun on skis.

NNF Announces Funding for FIS World Championships Athletes
January 20, 2017
The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) is excited to announce support for unfunded cross-country athletes attending the 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. NNF will provide $2,000 each to Caitlin Gregg, Chelsea Holmes, Kyle Bratrud, Tad Elliott, Ben Lustgarten, and Cole Morgan to offset travel and lodging expenses.
U18 Nationís Cup Trip Heads to Norway Jan 22

DXC Snow Ball Gala Coming Feb 11th
January 13, 2017
Duluth XC is inviting everyone to join them on Saturday evening, Feb 11th, for their 2nd Annual Snow Ball Gala at the Greysolon Ballroom! Enjoy a great night of food and drink with friends, auctions, and community Nordic ski awards at DXC's biggest party of the year.

Barrron County Sports Development
December 27, 2016
A group of Barron County residents have developed the 4591 Sports Development group. The goal of the organization is to grow Nordic Skiing and other silent Sports in the Barron County area as well as create opportunities for adults to learn and become better skiers and create a funding method to offer more programs for youth to be able to participate in Nordic Skiing, Ski Jumping and more.

CXC: 10 Days, $14K to go
December 22, 2016
CXC's year-end fundraiser is past the halfway point and need your help now to meet the $30K goal and receive a matching challenge grant.

CXC: 17 Days Left in Year-End Fundraiser
December 15, 2016
As of Thursday CXC had raised $10,906 towards their goal of $30K. They have just 17 days to meet our goal - please show your support for this major Midwest intuition with a year-end donation.

Holiday Ski Camps
December 9, 2016
Dec 28-30 Marshall Holiday Ski Camp - Held at Snowflake in Duluth, designed for kids 5-12 of all abilities.
Dec 27-30 CXC Winter Junior Camp - Held on the Telemark trails in Cable, designed for youth racers ages 14-17.

Marshall Holiday Ski Camp Set for Dec 28-30
December 2, 2016
The 11th Annual Marshall Holiday Ski Camp for children ages 5-12 is set for December 28-30 (holiday break) at Snowflake Nordic Ski Center in Duluth. Members of Marshall Nordic Ski Team and alumni will be providing instruction, working to bring each skier to their next level.

Winter Trail Kids Starts Tuesday
December 1, 2016
The Loppet Foundation's Winter Trail Kids program starts up this Tuesday, Dec 6th, at both Wirth and Hyland. The program is for youth ages 7-14 and provides coaching instruction for both classic and skate ski technique.

NNF: Team Gregg - We Believe
November 21, 2016
Brian and Caitlin Gregg make their case for supporting the National Nordic Foundation and the Drive for 25 campaign, highlighting how important funding is for junior development and elite skiers trying to make it to the next level. The Drive for 25 campaign ends on Dec 1st, and has a matching grant for $40K.

Adaptive Coaches Clinics
November 21, 2016
Join U.S. Paralympics athletes and Nordic National Team coaches at an adaptive coaches clinic aimed to facilitate growth of Paralympic Nordic athletes and programming throughout the Midwest. The clinics are open to anyone interested in learning more about adaptive Nordic skiing.
Dec 11 Twin Cities Clinic - Held at Boulder Nordic and Hyland Lake Park.
Dec 20 Duluth Clinic - Held at Snowflake Nordic Center.

Loppet Seminars this Sunday
November 12, 2016
The Loppet Foundation is hosting two seminars this Sunday, Nov 13th.
Dryland Technique Clinic for Adults - Some drills outdoors and then inside for classroom review.
JNQ and Collegiate Racing - For parents and juniors, learn about the JNQ series and collegiate opportunities.

Yellowstone Ski Festival Prepares Backup Plans
November 11, 2016
The warm fall weather continues to impact snow conditions throughout the United States, including West Yellowstone. However, organizers are still planning for a big week and have outlined several contingency plans. Historically, Yellowstone will get a November snowfall, though sometimes it has been as late as Thanksgiving week.

NNF: Warp Drive - Donations Double
November 10, 2016
The National Nordic Foundation is double up this weekend -- the next $20K for XC, $10K for Nordic Combined, will earn matching grants. If you've held off so far, now is the time to step up.

Yellowstone Ski Festival Announces Adaptive Sports Grant Award
November 1, 2016
Albany County, in partnership with the Wyoming Consortium for Veterans Activities, was awarded a $200,735 Adaptive Sports Grant to assist disabled veterans across Wyoming. The Casper Mountain Biathlon Club was part of the consortium awarded funding to improve access to sports activities for veterans across Wyoming.

Ride and Glide Ski Club Workouts Begin Nov 1st
October 23, 2016
Ride and Glide provides weekly technique and workout sessions at Lake Elmo Regional Park and at Elm Creek on Tuesday nights. Formal sessions begin on Nov 1st and run through February. The group is open to all levels.
Midwest Training Programs

CXC On Snow Juniors Camps
October 21, 2016
CXC is offering a couple of on-snow training camps this winter, including weekends at Wolverine Village in Ironwood and Telemark Condos in Cable. The camps are open to juniors 14-19 years old and will be led by coaches Karmen Whitham and Bruce Manske.

Three Rivers Park District Ski Clubs
October 20, 2016
Three Rivers Parks District offers cross-country ski clubs for beginning, intermediate, and advanced skiers. Whether the goal is to get out and ski with other beginners, or get conditioned and learn racing techniques for a citizen ski race, there are several ski clubs to choose from.

Team XC United 2016-17 Season
October 19, 2016
Matt Liebsch has announced details on the 2016-17 Team XC United, which is open to all abilities while focusing on intermediate to advanced skills and training techniques. There are a number of perks with the team including wax services discounts and lactate profile with video. The first training session is this Sunday, Oct 23rd.

Web Roundup
October 17, 2016
More - Team Gregg helps support fellow In-The-Arena athlete Zoila Gomez during the Twin Cities Marathon.
Slacking - Paul Schommer updates on his fall training, including slack line sessions and correlations to life.
Duluth Recovery - Trail clearing after the July windstorm in Duluth is taking longer than expected.

Drive for 25 Ambassadors
October 17, 2016
The Drive for 25 fall event is will underway, and a number of Midwest individuals and teams are seeking your support:
- Adam Loomis
- Ben Loomis
- Brian Gregg
- Caitlin Gregg
- Bryan Fish
- Alayna Sonnesyn
- Abby Jarzin
- Matt Liebsch
- Kelly Koch
- Vivian Hett
- Tamer Mische-Richter
- Nicole Bathe
- Team Gregg

DXC Wednesday Night Hill Bounding Sessions
October 17, 2016
Duluth XC is offering Wednesday evening hill bounding workouts with Jason Kask at Chester Bowl. The sessions are free.

Over the Peak Kick Off Party Nov 12
October 16, 2016
Come out Saturday evening, Nov 12th, for a discussion about cross country skiing in Southeastern Wisconsin and beyond. Guest speaker Ben Popp, Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, will describe the exciting changes coming for Birkie 2017!

Loppet Games this Weekend
October 10, 2016
The fifth annual Loppet Games are scheduled for this weekend, Oct 15th, at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Open to kids 7-14, the event features six events: an adventure race, obstacle course, running long jump, Medicine ball throw, SkiErg double pole competition, orienteering Race and wraps up with age-gap relays.

NSSTC: October Meeting
October 6, 2016
North Star Ski Touring Club is holding their October meeting on Tuesday, Oct 11th, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Richfield. This month's featured speaker is Cathy de Moll who will discuss her book, Think South: How We Got Six Men and Forty Dogs Across Antarctica.

Web Roundup
October 3, 2016
New Partnerships - Caitlin Gregg posts a big update, including news on a new sponsor, and some great fall training including an interval video with Annie Hart.
Nothing - Paul Schommer puts the wraps on a big testing week out East, training with some of the best biathletes in the country.
Outside Life - Outside Magazine ran a profile on Kikkan Randall and how she is handling the dual roles of full-time athlete and mother.
Reverse Climb - The famous Climb to the Castle rollerski race course -- in reverse.
Blink Mass - The men's mass start skate rollerski race at the 2016 Blink Festival.

TRAIL KIDS Fall Adventure Race Running Series
October 3, 2016
The Loppet Foundation has posted an update on their Fall Adventure Race series. The final event is coming up this Thursday evening and features the infamous stream crossings!

Rollerski Clinic with Team Gregg this Sunday
September 30, 2016
Brian and Caitlin Gregg will be leading a brief clinic and then overdistance rollerski event on Sunday morning, Oct 2nd, starting in Cable. The clinic is open to everyone, the overdistance rollerski is generally recommend for more advanced skiers (plan to be self sufficient).

CXC: Final Days Before Eriksen Bike Drawing
September 28, 2016
There are less than a week before the end of the Eriksen Bike Drawing to support the CXC Adaptive Program for children with physical disabilities and visual impairment. The first place drawing winner will receive a custom designed, hand crafted, Eriksen titanium road frame built worth over $8,000.

CXC Fall Junior Open Camp Series
September 26, 2016
CXC is continuing their series of fall/winter open training camps for juniors with the next event planned for Oct 14-16 in Madison, WI. The focus of the camp will include fitness assessment, skill and fitness preparation for the racing season, health and wellness, and developing performance techniques.

NNF: We Believe
September 24, 2016
The Drive for 25 is coming this fall, and right now they are looking for supporters to help communicate their love of Nordic skiing via their "I Believe" campaign.

Yellowstone Trail Passes on Sale
September 22, 2016
Discount trail passes are now on sale for the big November Yellowstone Ski Festival. The Yellowstone Ski Festival brings in skiers from across the country for early season skiing on the Rendezvous trail system, Nov 22-26.

Saturday Morning Dryland Workouts at Battle Creek
September 22, 2016
Bruce Fiedler will once again be leading the Dryland Workouts on Saturday Mornings at the Battle Creek Winthrop Site. The workouts will run every Saturday from Sep 24th thru Dec 10th, or until we have skiable snow. Bring hiking poles!

Park Nicollet Ski Program
September 19, 2016
Park Nicollet has developed a new sports program specifically designed to treat injured cross country and downhill skiers. A team of physical therapists with extensive skiing experience and expertise created this rehabilitation program to help get skiers back to skiing, with better performance and less risk of reinjury.

Gear West Women's XC Clinic
September 18, 2016
Gear West will be hosting their annual Women's XC Ski Clinic, December 10-11. on the Birkie Trail. The clinic provides women a positive, female friendly place to work on your technique and efficiency with Gear West owner Jan Guenther and Riverbrook Bike and Ski owner Cindy Swift. Food, friends, and falling snow...what more could you want?

West Yellowstone Fall Training Camp: Train With a Pro
September 15, 2016
The huge West Yellowstone Ski Festival is Nov 22-26 this season. Registration is now open for their XC ski training clinics featuring coaching staff is composed of an elite group of XC ski professionals which includes retired world class skiers, coaches and professional instructors.
Yellowstone Ski Festival

XC Skiing with Nikolai Anikin
September 15, 2016
Nikolaki Anikin will host training sessions this fall and winter in Duluth on Tuesday evenings.
Training Programs

Gear West: Free Rollerski Clinic this Saturday
September 12, 2016
Gear West is offering a free Learn to Rollerski Clinic this Saturday morning, Sep 17th. The clinic is for beginners who want to learn the basics of roller skiing and Gear West will supply the rollerskis (skate or classic). RSVP required, and bring your boots, poles and helmet.

EU 55K Rollerski Coverage
September 10, 2016
A big turnout Saturday morning for the Endurance United 55K rollerski event. Conditions were ideal with temps in the low 60s to start and only rising to around 70 by end. The route this year looped down the east side of the Mississippi River into downtown St. Paul, then connected the Bruce Vento, Gateway and eventually Browns Creek bike trails to finish in downtown Stillwater.
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Video: Highlights

Bjorn's Workout Starts Saturday
September 6, 2016
The famous Bjorn Lasserud format workouts at Hyland downhill area in Bloomington will start up this Saturday, Sep 10th. Open to all abilities, starts at 8:30 am prompt!

Endurance United 55km Rollerski this Saturday
September 6, 2016
Endurance United's big 55K point-to-point rollerski event is this Saturday, Sept 10th. Park in Stillwater, catch the shuttle bus to the start at Desnoyer Park in St. Paul, and rollerski back. Supported stops, including the ability to change equipment halfway.

Finn Sisu: Fall Training Programs
September 1, 2016
Sign up for one of Finn Sisu's training programs and be a better skier this winter. Vakava Juniors fall training program starts Tuesday, Sep 6th, Vakava Masters begin Oct 6th. And they are offering strength training (for all ages) starting Sep 28th.

Loppet: Fall Training Seminar, Wirth Trailhead Building Update
August 31, 2016
Loppet Nordic Racing head coach Piotr Bednarski will hold a Fall Training seminar for adult XC skiers as well as a short presentation on the Wirth Trailhead building project and associated trail/stadium improvements coming this fall.

Web Roundup
August 22, 2016
Training Update - Caitlin Gregg updates on her recent training with LNR, gains made in technique, as well as sharing some of her upcoming season goals.
Sore Legs - Jessie Diggins logs some big training out East, including her first trail marathon, as she prepares to head to New Zealand.
Saddled - Insight into how Team GB overcame cycling issues as they tuned up for the Rio Olympics.
Get Up - Recent statement on the hazards of sitting too much, even if you exercise regularly.

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.

Weekend Events
August 10, 2016
Aug 13-14 Wisconsin State Championships - Wisconsin holds their cycling road race, time trial, and criterium championships this weekend!
Aug 13 Ore to Shore - The epic point-to-point mountain bike race across the UP is this weekend.
Aug 13 Gopher to Badger - Starting in Stillwater and finishing in Hudson, 5K and half marathon running races.
Aug 13 Mighty Miss Race - Paddling races of 12 and 55 miles on the Mississippi River, finishing in Champlin.
Aug 13 Dairyland Dare - Cycling distances from 50K up to 300K across Iowa, starting/finishing in Dodgeville.
Aug 13 Deux Pipe Paddle Race
- In their 21st season, canoe and kayak racing on the St. Louis River near Duluth.
Aug 14 Great Hawk Chase - The Minnesota MTB series comes to Spirit Mountain in Duluth.

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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Photoset: Friday Rollerski Session - 191 photos
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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.
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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.
Photoset: Tuesday Uphill Run TT - 202 photos
Results: Uphill Run TT
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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.
Photoset: Monday Rollerski Session - 112 photos, Monday Strength Assessment - 71 photos, Monday Presentation - 20 photos
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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.

Weekend Events
July 13, 2016
Jul 16 Henderson Road Race - An 18 mile loop course with 300 feet of climbing, based out of Bender Park in Henderson, MN.
Jul 16 Mudrutters MTB Race - Ashland host MTB races on Saturday, with novice and experience courses.
Jul 16 In and Out of Luck - 5K running race, part of Luck Days festival.
Jul 16 Stump Farm 100 - Endurance MTB races on the Stump Farm trail system.
Jul 17 Rivet Run - 5K run on the trails at Pattison State Park.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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