This event is a Super CXC Cup Event and results will be scored to the National Ranking List (NRL). The CXC Cup events are sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard, and this event is final event of the season hosted by the Loppet Foundation. The races will be held on Friday, March 5th; Saturday, March 6th; and Sunday, March 7th, at Theodore With Park in Minneapolis, MN.
The objective of the Super CXC Cup events is to encourage young athletes in the U16, U18, and U20 age divisions to enjoy cross-country skiing and develop their skills, whether they are new to the sport High School skiers, aspiring junior skiers who hope to compete at the top national and international levels, or are somewhere in between. Events mix Olympic-style competition with elements of learning and fun for all levels – from beginning racers to those with International experience.
On Friday evening, skiers will compete in a freestyle SkiX prologue. There will be a classic distance race on Saturday. A freestyle distance race based upon finish times from Friday and Saturday’s races will be held on Sunday.
Relevant information on the weekend’s events can be found below.
This event will take place in the lingering shadow of COVID-19. As such, the event will follow protocols outlined by national, state, and local health officials, as well as in conjunction with rules set forth by the national and regional ski governing bodies.
- U.S. Ski & Snowboard COVID-19 Cross Country Ski Domestic Competitions Guidance
- CXC COVID-19 Guidelines
- Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Guidelines
Theodore Wirth Park CXC Cup Races COVID-19 Mitigation Requirements and Precautions
All coaches, competitors, race officials, and volunteers attending the Theodore Wirth Park CXC Cup races are required to comply with the COVID-19 mitigation plan – This includes during the official practice day.
All athletes, coaches, assistants, race officials, and volunteers must complete a COVID-19 symptom e-screening throughout the weekend: pre-departure, preview/training day, Saturday, and Sunday. Responses must be received each day before you arrive at the venue.
Please register ahead of time using the button below to receive the COVID-19 e-screening which must be completed prior to arriving at the venue. Everyone must complete. COVID-19 e-screening before arriving at the venue. At the venue, everyone must check-in, acknowledge that they have completed the screening, and they will then receive a wristband.
Upon arrival, individuals will be directed to the race secretary building to complete a symptom checklist. Everyone should take their temperature before arriving and be ready to report the results. Each individual will receive a wristband that is to be worn at all times at the facility. This process must be completed each day. Without a valid wristband, a skier, coach, official, or volunteer will not have access to the ski trails and related facilities.
While we discourage spectators, we understand that there are some necessary exceptions. If a skier requires additional assistance which requires an individual to be present at the venue, that individual is required to complete the screening, sign in each day, wear a mask at all times, and stand in designated areas. Those not adhering to these requirements will be asked to leave.
- Masks are required in the Start and Finish Venues.
- Masks may be removed once on course, but please carry with you for emergency situations and the finish area.
- All coaches, assistants and volunteers must wear a mask at all times.
- Please maintain physical distancing of at least 6ft at all times.
- If any athlete, coach, or parent becomes symptomatic during the weekend, they must quarantine, along with their travel companions, immediately and notify the race secretary.
Venue Access / Spectators
All persons at the venue must comply with the COVID-19 plan – whether a coach, athlete, parent, staff, volunteer, or spectator. We discourage spectators and extra personnel from attending the event, but we know that some of the athletes will require adult assistance. U18 and younger skiers are encouraged to only have 1 adult/skier. Older racers are asked to leave their fan section at home or in the car.
Masks are required for all persons at the venue at all times, the only exceptions are for athletes while warming up or racing on course.
There will not be access to The Trailhead building. Port-a-potties will be available at the venue.
Only racers and credentialed coaches, race staff, and volunteers are allowed in the start/finish area and on the course. Non-athletes are not permitted to ski, run, or walk on the course.
These races will be streamed live on the Loppet Foundation’s YouTube Channel.
- To showcase as many competitors as possible at the start and finish lines for parents, family members and friends watching the event at home.
- Provide athletes, coaches and volunteers realtime race progress in the stadium area as they get ready for their competition.
By live-streaming the CXC Cup we hope to minimize the number of spectators at the venue as well as athletes and coaches in the start/finish area to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To achieve this our livestream will focus on two main objectives.
Registration is available at the CXC Youth Cup (U10 / U12 / U14) website or the CXC Junior Cup (U16 / U18 / U20 / U23 / Senior) website depending on your associated age group.
For questions about the CXC Youth Cup or Junior cup, please contact CXC at email@example.com or call (608) 294-0433.
In accordance with U.S. Ski and Snowboard sanctioning requirements, all non-youth skiers (U16 and over) must have a current U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership to enter and compete.
By registering, you agree that if you fail to return your timing transponder after the race to an appropriate race official, you will pay to replace the transponder.
Registration and transaction fees are non-refundable, including in the event of delay, rescheduling, or cancellation of an event or program. An event or program registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. Participating under another person's name will result in disqualification.
Proceeds from the Junior Regional Championships benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.
Volunteers are needed in a number of areas. Find more information on specific positions and register to volunteer using the button below. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding volunteering.
This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change. All times are approximate and are subject to final registration numbers. Detailed schedule coming soon.
Thursday, March 4:
- 5:30pm – Coaches Virtual Meeting – Email email@example.com for link.
Friday, March 5: Course Preview and SkiX Prologue
- 3:00pm – Course marked and open for preview
- 4:50pm – Course Closed
- 5:00pm – U16, U18, U20, and older Men (1.3 km green course)
- 5:30pm – U16, U18, U20, and older Women (1.3 km green course)
- 5:45pm – U14, U12, U10 (1.0km)
- 7:10pm – Course reopens to the public
Saturday, March 6: Classic distance individual start
- 7:00am – Bib Pickup Opens / Course marked and open for preview
- 8:50am – Course Closed
- 9:00am – U18 and older Women (10 km – 3 laps of the 3.3 red course)
- 9:45am – U16 Girls (5 km – two laps of the 2.5km blue course)
- 10:15am – U18 and older Men (10 km – 3 laps of the 3.3 red course)
- 11:15am – U16 Boys (5 km – two laps of the 2.5km blue course)
- 11:35am – U14 Boys & Girls (2.9 km), U12 Boys & Girls (2.1 km), U10 Boys & Girls (1.4 km)
- 12:30pm – Course reopens to the public
Sunday, March 7: Freestyle distance individual start
- 6:00am – Bib Pickup Opens / Course marked and open for preview
- 7:50am – Course Closed
- 8:00am – U18 and older Men (10 km – 3 laps of the 3.3 red course)
- 9:00am – U16 Boys (5 km – two laps of the 2.5km blue course)
- 9:25am – U18 and older Women (10 km – 3 laps of the 3.3 red course)
- 10:10am – U16 Girls (5 km – two laps of the 2.5km blue course)
- 10:40am – Adaptive Race
- 10:50am – U14 Boys & Girls (2.9 km), U12 Boys & Girls (2.1 km), U10 Boys & Girls (1.4 km)
- 11:30am – Course reopens to the public
Maps + Distances
Sprint (SkiX) Race Maps
- Sprint Course – 1.3k Green Course Map & Technical Map
- The course is the 1.3 sprint loop with short additions added around the course. Approximate length is 1.5km.
Description of Technical Features (as numbered on course map)
- 3 moderate slalom S-turns out of stadium incorporating the roundabout.
- S-turns before you get to catwalk climb, on flat terrain.
- Drop to descending trail and quick climb back up.
- Pump roller on downhill across the gulley.
- Steep Uphill feature skiing over backwards over the top of snowboard hill jump.
- Uphill Slalom: like Tour de Ski final climb. Lateral zig zag across uphill.
- Upper Stadium drop into Jump or Bypass then 180 banked turn with roller as you line up for climb back into stadium. No jump feature.
- Trail 18 descent with roller next to container. Descending the normal way (not over the container and thus bypassing the 3 pack jump line).
- The Lump: uphill feature.
- Banked turn: 45 degree berm to turn you to the small roller line. Same feature as was at Major Challenge but skiers will be routed up onto the berm.
- Small roller line: 4 small rollers (4 ft high) on flat section between Trail 18 and Tubing Hill.
- Drop: 1 foot drop at top of the Tubing hill descent. From here its a downhill and left turn past the trailhead and sprint finish into the stadium.
Distance Race Maps
- Distance Course – 2.6k Blue Course Map & Technical Map
- Distance Course – 3.3k Red Course Map & Technical Map
Youth Race Maps
Wax Testing, Warm-up & Venue Maps
This race is governed by the International Ski Federation (FIS) Rules as well as the US Ski & Snowboard rules.
All events are restricted to non-fluorinated glide waxes. Randomized testing will be conducted – primarily in the start pen – and all athletes will be subject to a mandatory ski check pre-race. All competitors will be required to report to Ski Control in the start pen prior to their start at selected events.
Classic Pole Length
Per FIS rules (ICR 343.8.2), race officials will be enforcing the 83% classic pole length rule. Please ensure that you arrive at the start corral with sufficient time prior to the start time. For your reference, the athlete’s height will be measured with the race boots on and to the top of the uncovered head.
Diagonal Technique Zones
The Organizing Committee is informing all competitors that, per FIS ICR 310.2.1, “the jury may ban or enforce the use of specific techniques on marked sections of the course.” The Jury has decided to use zones where only Diagonal Technique (including Herringbone with NO glide phase) with diagonal movement of both arms and legs are allowed. In Diagonal Technique when only one pole is in the ground at any time. ALL other techniques are not allowed. Course controllers will be present to enforce the technique rule.
Space for team waxing will be made available throughout the event beginning on Friday, March 5, through Sunday, March 7. Waxing stations will accommodate 10ft x 10ft tents with adequate space between tents. Teams must supply their own tents, tables, extension cords, etc. if so desired. Electrical power will be provided by the Loppet Foundation to serve 1-2 wax irons per station at one time. Teams may also choose to bring and use individual team-owned generators. All personnel in the waxing area will be expected to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols including masks and proper social distancing at all times.
Up to ten stations will be available on a first come-first served reservation basis. If more than 10 spaces are requested, the Loppet Foundation will work to schedule waxing space to accommodate team needs as well as possible.
To reserve waxing space for your team, click the button below and complete the requested information:
Contact John Daniels at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Parking for athletes, coaches, and families will be at the Mortenson parking lots (700 Meadow Lane and 4100 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley, MN 55422).
Start Lists / Results
- Open: Collegiate, Elite, Senior, and Master skiers can participate in the Open category. A valid U.S. Ski & Snowboard General Membership or CXC Competitor Membership is required to participate.
- Junior (U16 – U20): CXC Junior Cup. A valid U.S. Ski & Snowboard General Membership or CXC Competitor Membership is required to participate.
- Youth (U10, U12, U14): CXC Youth Cup and Skiwerx Series. A MyXC Skiwerx membership is needed in order to score points and be seeded.
Year of Birth:
- Master: 1990 and earlier
- Senior: 1991 – 2000
- U20: 2001 – 2002
- U18: 2003 – 2004
- U16: 2005 – 2006
- U14: 2007 – 2008
- U12: 2009 – 2010
- U10: 2011 – 2012
The official start lists are available using the button below. Athletes are responsible for ensuring that all their information is accurate.
Results will be posted at the links below when they are available:
Awards will be available once all results are in, and they must be picked up at the conclusion of the event from the awards table. Awards will NOT be mailed to participants who fail to pick them up.
Awards will be given to the top three male and female competitors in the following categories:
Awards will be given to the top ten male and female competitors in the following categories: