With the conclusion of the Mayor’s Challenge SkiX and classic races, the CXC Youth Cup, presented by Bliz, as well as the Skiwerx Series, presented by Fast Wax, are coming to an exciting grand finale.
The Skiwerx Series, which is overseen by the Minnesota Youth Ski League, is in its seventh year and is a Minneapolis based youth series for U10, U12 and U14 racers, The CXC Youth Cup, began two years ago as a cooperative effort between MYSL and CXC Skiing and is a 13-event regional (three-state) youth series for U12 and U14 racers.
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To expand our local youth racing options, we are also announcing, with the support of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, a beta version of the Wisconsin Skiwerx Series, complete with points for selected races and year-end awards. As the first step in establishing this new series, we pointed a selection of races and will have a championship event on Saturday March 4th, either in Minocqua (depending on snow conditions) or in Minneapolis at the Midwest Jr Championships. The Wisconsin Skiwerx Series is designed to provide a local network of quality age group racing and programming.
For points for the Wisconsin Skiwerx Series, we will be using the 6k skating event at the Minocqua Squirrel Hill Loopy Loppet on Saturday March 4th AND the Midwest Junior Championships and Festival Mass Start Freestyle Race on Sunday March 5th.
Our grand finale weekend, the Midwest Junior Championships and Festival, is ON and confirmed for Wirth park in Minneapolis on March 3-5th. We expect over 300 youth and juniors at this capstone event. Registration closes Tuesday Feb 28th.
“We’ve had very challenging and inconsistent winter conditions this season, but I’m confident we can put on a great capstone event on March 3-5. I’m looking forward to sending this winter out with a bang”, states co-race director, Amy Cichanowski of the Minnesota Youth Ski League.
The age group top-ten in the CXC Youth Cup will be awarded medals at the conclusion of the Midwest Junior Championship races.
The top 8 U14 boys and girls from the final points list will be invited to participate in the Dream Camp in July in the Hayward area. The top five Skiwerx Series age group medals will be awarded at the MYSL/Skiwerx Banquet on March 19th. The Wisconsin Skiwerx Series top-five awards will be presented at the spring CXC Congress in late April.
The vision for youth racing in the Midwest, is to have a network of Skiwerx Series that lay the foundation for a robust CXC Youth Cup. We would like to have up to five Skiwerx districts. All with developmentally appropriate exposure to racing and networked programming.
If you are interested in working towards this vision with our Central Youth Committee, please contact Amy Cichanowski, CXC (Central Cross Country) Youth Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.