The past weekend featured the fourth and fifth races on the CXC Youth Cup series at the new Birkie Start Trailhead. Although the crazy winter weather continues, the venue and the course made for an exciting weekend of racing for over 100 young skiers in the U10, U12, and U14 age categories.
Racing began with the Classic Individual Start event on Saturday afternoon; skiers raced a two-lap race, which created excitement for the spectators, as skiers lapped through the stadium area out the American Birkebeiner Trail. Sunday’s race was a Mass Start Freestyle event along the same course.
“Both events were fun and exciting for both spectators and participants. An award ceremony was held on Sundayafternoon under the torch of the American Birkebeiner to honor all participants. The Nordic smiles of these young skiers and their families were priceless.” – Said CXC CODP director Bruce Manske
CXC Youth Cup racing continues this coming weekend in Duluth (MN). We hope to see you at Marshall School trails!
One Northwoods school will branch out from the usual gym class activities by adding skiing to its curriculum. The Three Lakes School District received 30 pairs of skis after applying for a grant through American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.
“It’s a lifelong activity that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives with their families,” said Three Lakes School District’s Athletic Director Charlie Volk.
The school found out it won the $1,500 to buy the skis in October. Volk expects to hold skiing lessons for students in third grade and up.
“Winter is here and it’s long, and if we don’t give [the kids] something to do during the winter then they spend a lot of time inside,” said Volk. “It’s just another way to get the kids outdoors and active.”
The school received the skis from the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools Program. The skis will be shared between the Sugar Camp School District and the Three Lakes School District.
After being on the road for 4 weeks for the opening Supertour Races, CXC Team athlete Kyle Bratrud returned to the Midwest and notched a victory in the 15km Freestyle Individual Start this past Sunday at the Season Opener Junior National Qualifier in Houghton, MI.
Bratrud topped the field with a time 43:20.0, 14.6 seconds ahead of former CXC Post Graduate skier, now skiing for Northern Michigan University, Adam Martin. The two skied most of the race together after starting only 15 seconds apart. Rounding out the podium was another Northern Michigan skier and standout junior skier, Zak Ketterson, finishing +1:00.4 back.
Photo Credit: Jen Brisbois Photography
Kyle was pleased with how the race went and his progress leading up to National next month.
“I picked up a small cold just after getting back from our month on the road for the Western Supertours. It felt good to shake off the cobwebs and race at sea level again. As always, I have enjoyed racing on the Michigan Tech Trails and I am satisfied with my race effort and to finish the day in the top spot.”
Kyle will return home for the holidays and put in his final block of training before heading out to U.S. Nationals in Park City, UT on the 30th of December. Racing will start on January 7th with the 15 km Freestyle Individual Start, the race in which Kyle won his first national championship in 2015.