February 20-21, 2022

Mayor's XC Ski Challenge

Midwest Divisional CXC CUP FINALS

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 Wirth Park in Minneapolis, MN.

This event is a Midwest Division CXC Cup Event only. Great Lakes Division athletes may participate. Results will be scored on the Midwest Divisional Ranking List and the National Ranking List (NRL). Great Lakes results will be scored only on the National Ranking List (NRL). This CXC Cup event is sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard: current 2021-22 Cross Country General or Competitor U16+ required to enter a race. Only competitors with the Competitor U16+ membership will score points on the National Ranking List (NRL). Midwest Divisional Ranking List is used for the Midwest Junior National Team qualification.

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

Livestream and Key Info

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.

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.

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

* Online registration closes Tuesday before the race at 10:00 pm.

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. NOTE that the Classic Sprint is only open to JUNIOR and YOUTH categories. Interval Start Skate race open to Senior and Master age categories

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.

Schedule & Start Lists

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.

Team Coaches Meeting –  Saturday , February  19 2019 at 6:00 PM and  Sunday, February  20,  2022 at 6:00 PM, Virtual meeting.  Email

Saturday, February 19

9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Official training – NOTE that SPRINT course will close at 12:00pm. A portion of this loop is on the Snowboard hill and will not be available for preview after 12:00pm.

6:00 pm –  Virtual Team Coaches Meeting.  Email

Sunday, February 20: Classic Sprint 

7:00 AM              Course Opens

7:00 AM              Race Secretary Office open (bib pick-up available)

8:50 AM              Course Closes   

9:00 AM              Male/Female Qualifier  

9:50 AM           Adaptive Qualifier         

9:55 AM           Course Open & Bib Pickup for heats    

10:55 AM           Course Closed  

11:00 AM           Adaptive Heat  

11:20 AM           U18/20 Men Quarter Finals       

11:35 AM           U18/20 Women Quarter Finals 

12:00 PM            U18/20 Men’s Semi Finals           

12:10 PM            U18/20 Women Semi Finals       

12:20 PM            U18/20 Mens Finals A/B             

12:30 PM            U18/20 Women’s Final A/B         

12:35 PM            Short Break       

12:45 PM              U16 Boys Quarter Finals

1:10 PM              U16 Girls Quarter Finals

1:35 PM              U16 Boys Semi Finals    

1:45 PM              U16 Girls Semi Finals     

1:55 PM              U16 Boys Finals A/B      

2:05 PM              U16 Girls Finals A/B       

2:15 PM              Adaptive Finals && U16 Awards

2:25 PM              U14/12 Qualifying         

2:45 PM              U14 Boys/Girls Heats/Finals 

6:00 pm –  Virtual Team Coaches Meeting.  Email

Monday, February 21: Freestyle (Skate) Individual Start 

7:00 AM              Course Open

7:30 AM              Bib pick-up opens

8:50 AM              Course Close

9:00 AM              U18/20 Women’s 10km Start

10:00 AM           U18/20 Men’s 10km Start

11:00 AM           Course Open

11:25 PM            Course Closed

11:30 PM            U16 Girls 5km

12:00 PM            U16 Boys 5km

12:25 PM              U14 Girls/Boys 2.5km

12:40 PM              U12 Girls/Boys 2.5km

12:50 PM              U10 Boys & Girls

1:30 PM              Midwest Team Naming

This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change. All times are approximate and are subject to final registration numbers.

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:

Classic Race Maps

The classic sprint course for U16+ racers will feature several rollers.

Distance Race Maps

The distance course for U16+ racers will feature a banked downhill turn and several rollers.

Venue/Stadium 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 teams and ski equipment suppliers will be made available at no charge throughout the event beginning at noon on Saturday, February 19. Wax stations will accommodate 10ft x 10ft tents with adequate space between tents. Space is plentiful – each team/business/organization will have adequate space for a tent and adjacent outside space. Teams must supply their own tents, tables, extension cords, and etc. Electrical service will be provided and is available in the designated areas. All waxing stations will be located on the snow in the Lower Stadium adjacent to the start/finish area. Wax station locations will be assigned by Loppet personnel. No electrical service will be provided in the parking lots for this event.

Only racers and credentialed coaches, race staff, and volunteers are allowed in the start/finish/waxing areas. All personnel in the waxing area will be expected to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols. 

The Loppet has expanded electrical service capacity for the 2022 event. There will be adequate space and power for all. To allow us to prepare and plan for an orderly and efficient wax facility layout, it is imperative that each team, business, or organization who will need space register at the following link. Please register for waxing space as soon as possible, but no later than February 1, 2022.

Click Here to register your team/business/organization for waxing space. 

Contact John Daniels at with any questions or to arrange for any special needs.

Race Director: Mike Bono,
Chief of Competition: Doug DeBold, ddebold56@ddebold

Race Secretaries: Ben Clarke and Nicole Clarke

US Ski and Snowboard Technical Delegate: Craig Hughes
US Ski and Snowboard Assistant TD: Thomas Shaw

Online Registration Questions:  CXC ( ) or (608) 294-0433

The Loppet Foundation
1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422