February 20-21, 2022

Mayor's XC Ski Challenge

Regional Super CXC Cup

The Mayor’s XC Ski Challenge is a competitive ski race for skiers ages U10 to Senior/Master level and is part of the Junior Cup & Youth Cup event series in 2022, which is governed by Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC). The Mayor’s XC Ski Challenge is the 2022 Midwest Division CXC Cup Finals. The races will be held on Sunday, February 20th, and Monday, February 21st, at Theodore With Park in Minneapolis, MN.

Below you’ll find the relevant information you need for you and your athletes.

Other Information

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.

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 to receive the COVID-19 e-screening which must be completed prior to arriving at the venue. Everyone must complete a COVID-19 e-screening before arriving at the venue. Registered athletes will be signed up for the e-screenings through their race registration and do not need to complete this separate e-screening registration.

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.

COVID-19 Precautions

  • 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.

Live Streaming

These races will be streamed live.

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.

  1. To showcase as many competitors as possible at the start and finish lines for parents, family members and friends watching the event at home.
  2. Provide athletes, coaches and volunteers realtime race progress in the stadium area as they get ready for their competition.

Registration is available at the CXC Youth Cup website or the CXC Junior Cup website.

For questions about the CXC Youth Cup or Junior cup, please contact CXC at 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.

A Note About the Data We Collect

Proceeds from the Mayor's Challenge benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.

Age Groups:

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 or 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: 1991 and earlier
  • Senior: 1992 – 2001
  • U20: 2002 – 2003
  • U18: 2004 – 2005
  • U16: 2006 – 2007
  • U14: 2008 – 2009
  • U12: 2010 – 2011
  • U10: 2012 – 2013

Volunteers are needed in a number of areas. Click here to view and sign up for volunteer positions. Contact for more information.


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.

Sunday, February 21: TBD

Saturday, February 20: TBD

Entry & Start Lists

The official entry list will be available Friday evening the week of the event. Athletes are responsible for ensuring they have been registered for the proper event and that all their information is accurate. Start lists will be posted when available from Superior Timing:

Sprint Race Maps

The skate sprint course for U16+ racers will feature two banked downhill turns, an uphill feature, rollers, and an optional jump which has a bypass for those who choose to opt out of the feature. 

Distance Race Maps

The distance course for U16+ racers will feature two banked downhill turns, an uphill feature, and rollers.

Venue/Stadium Maps

Youth Race Maps

Bib pickup will be at the venue near the start area on the morning of each race.


This race is governed by the International Ski Federation (FIS) Rules as well as the US Ski & Snowboard rules.


U.S. Ski & Snowboard license holders will be seeded per their rankings. All athletes are required to have a U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership or CXC competitor membership.

Fluorocarbon Ban

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.

Youth Rules

  • During this COVID season where Youth racers are encouraged to focus on racing in their local area rather than traveling to chase points throughout the season, seeding will be by random draw amongst age groups.
  • Please review the Rules of Racing/Participant Responsibilities on the Skiwerx Series info page. Especially the definition of classic technique. 

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).

Space for team waxing will be made available throughout the event beginning on Saturday, February 19, at noon through Monday, February 21. 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.

Contact John Daniels at with any questions.

Race Director: Mike Bono,
Chief of Competition: Doug DeBold,

The Loppet Foundation
1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422

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