MINNEAPOLIS – Just a week after taking the Noquemanon Ski Marathon in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Brian Gregg (Minneapolis) made it back-to-back wins in the CXC Marathon Cup with a win in the City of Lakes Loppet 22k skate.
The City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival featured four days of fun and racing in Minneapolis’ Theodore Wirth Park. The park will be the site of a March, 2020 International Ski Federation sprint World Cup.
It was Gregg’s third win in four CXC Marathon Cup races this season. He battled with fellow Twin Cities skiers Andrew Brown (St. Paul, Minn.) and Joel LaFrance (Plymouth, Minn.) before taking the win by one minute, 19 seconds over Brown. Gregg covered the 20k course in 40 minutes, 43 seconds.
Former Northern Michigan University racer Felicia Gesior (Marquette, Mich.) won the women’s 20k race in :45:50 for an eight second margin ahead of Hannah Cole (Bozeman, Mont.).
The weekend ski festival attracted thousands for both racing and recreational events. Produced by The Loppet Foundation, the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival is a showcase of winter sport in the Twin Cities area and a big motivator to encourage citizens to get out and ski.
This weekend the CXC Marathon Cup stays in Minnesota, rolling into the small town of Mora for the 52k Vasaloppet USA – the longest race of the season. The Vasaloppet USA is one of the oldest races in the country, starting in 1973 – the same year as the first American Birkebeiner race. It is now part of an international series of races patterned after the nearly century-old Vasaloppet in Mora, Sweden. Similar races are held in Japan and China, as well as the original Vasa in Sweden.
The 52k Vasaloppet USA is one of a series of races of varying distances that will be held next weekend in Mora.
CITY OF LAKES LOPPET
20k Skate Marathon / Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019
Men’s 20k Skate
- Brian Gregg, Minneapolis, :40:43
- Andrew Brown, St. Paul, Minn., :42:02
- Joel Lafrance, Plymouth, Minn., :42:02
Women’s 20k Skate
- Felicia Gesior, Marquette, Mich., :45:50
- Hannah Cole, :45:58
- Marit Sonnesyn, :46:15