February 16-17, 2020

Mayor's XC Ski Challenge

SuperTour · CXC Junior Cup · CXC Youth Cup · Skiwerx Series

Welcome to the Mayor’s Challenge! This is a competitive ski race for skiers age U10 to Elite Super Tour racers. The races will be on Sunday, February 16 and Monday, February 17 at Theodore With Park in Minneapolis, MN.

On Sunday, February 16, we will have a freestyle sprint race and on Monday, February 17 we will have an individual start classic race. Below you’ll find the relevant information you need to register you or your athletes.

Other Information

Registration for the 2020 Mayor’s Challenge is now closed.

For any questions regarding online registration for the CXC Junior and Youth Cup events please contact CXC at or 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 $95 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 and Master skiers can particiate in the Open category. A valid FIS Competitor License or U.S. Ski & Snowboard General or Competitor Membership is required to participate.

Junior – (U16-U20): CXC Junior Cup and Midwest Junior National Qualifier. This is the final points race for the Midwest Division Junior National Team. NOTICE: A 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:

  • U20: 2000 – 2001
  • U18: 2002 – 2003
  • U16: 2004 – 2005
  • U14: 2006 – 2007
  • U12: 2008 – 2009
  • U10: 2010 – 2011

Startlists and Results


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

Important! Junior skiers who qualify for the senior heats will ski with the seniors and MUST be present at heat selection

Saturday February 15: Training Day

  • 12:00pm Wax Cabin opens
  • 3-4:30pm Official Training
  • 5:00pm Team Captains Meeting. Location: The Trailhead

Sunday, February 16: Freestyle Sprint

  • 7:00 AM Course Opens
  • 8:50 AM Course Closes
  • 9:00 AM Open/U18/U20 Men Qualifier
  • 9:30 AM Men’s Heat Selection
  • 9:45 AM Open/U18/U20 Women Qualifier
  • 10:05 AM Women’s Heat Selection
  • 10:20 AM U16 Girls Qualifier
  • 10:30 AM U16 Boys Qualifier
  • 10:40 AM Adaptive Qualifier
  • 10:50 AM Youth Races Start
  • 11:50 AM Course Open
  • 12:15 PM Course Closed & Junior Bib Pickup Opens
  • 12:20 PM Senior/Open Heats Begin
  • 2:00 PM Adaptive Heat
  • 2:10 PM U20/U18 Heats Begin
    • NOTE: U20/U18 Only 12 U20/U18 Girls will advance into junior heats
  • 2:15 PM Super Tour Awards
  • 3:10 PM U16 Heats Begin
  • 2:15 PM U20/U18 Awards
  • 4:25 PM U16 Award

Monday, February 17: Individual Start Distance Classic

  • 7:00am Course Opens
  • 8:50am Course Closed
  • 9:00am Womens 5km Start
  • 10:00am U16 Boys 5km Start & Super Tour Women, U20, U18, U16 Girls Awards
  • 10:30am Course Open & U16 Boys Awards
  • 10:50am Course Closed
  • 11:25am Mens 10km Start
  • 12:40pm Adaptive Race
  • 1:00pm U10 / U12 / U14 Youth races start & Super Tour Men, U20, U18 Boys Awards
  • 2:30pm Midwest, U16 NENSA, and U18 Trip Team Naming. The Trailhead Great Room

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 on Superior Timing ( after the coaches meeting.

Bib pick up will be available at The Trailhead in the morning prior to each race.


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


FIS and U.S. Ski & Snowboard license holders will be seeded per their rankings. U20, U18, and U16 athletes are required to have a U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership

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

  • Youth events are restricted to non-fluorinated glide waxes.
  • Seeding will be according to the Skiwerx Series and CXC Youth Cup points list, as follows:
    • Rank of the current year points list
    • Skiers with current MyXC Skiwerx Membership
    • Skiers without current MyXC Skiwerx Membership
  • Please review the Rules of Racing/Participant Responsibilities on the Skiwerx Series info page. Especially the definition of classic technique. 

Thank you for entering your child in the 2020 Mayor’s XC Ski Challenge. Your young skier will experience racing in the same format as the top racers in the country. As a newcomer to a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association sanctioned race, we would like to walk you through what that means to you as a parent and familiarize you with the process.

The Youth Race is part of the CXC Youth Cup and Skiwerx Series. The event will follow the same procedures and rules that apply to the Junior Cup division, as well as the rules of the CXC Youth Cup. Only racers and credentialed coaches, race staff and volunteers are allowed in the start/finish area and on the course.

Please take note that the U14 and under categories are restricted to non-fluorinated glide waxes. If you are unfamiliar with this terminology, please contact your skier’s coach or

If skiers need assistance on the course, they will be attended to by race officials. Non-credentialed individuals (read parents) may not ski, run or walk on the course. There will be designated spectator areas.

Skiers may warm up for their race across the street. In order to avoid conflicts with other racers, only racers are allowed to ski on the course.
Steps for a successful day:

STEP ONE: Pick up your skier’s bib in the Ryan room in the Trailhead.

STEP TWO: Escort your skier to the Trailhead Stadium (start and finish area). Put bib on and walk them to the tent entrance at the start area, where they will receive a timing chip that a volunteer will attach to their leg. You may want to take their warm-ups with you. At that point, your skier will proceed without parental help. You can help your skier transition away from you: tell them that this is what the “big racers” do and how cool it is that they are in a race with Olympians.

STEP THREE: We will start each skier. There will be volunteers to guide and assist.

STEP FOUR: Encourage your skier from the spectator areas during the race. You may want to tell your skier where you will be on the course before they enter the start pen.

STEP FIVE: After your skier crosses the finish line, they will receive a participant ribbon, have their chip and bib removed, and be assisted with taking their skis off by a volunteer.

They will then exit the finish area where you can give them their warm-ups and congratulate them on a great race!

STEP SIX: Don’t wander too far, because the awards ceremony will take place immediately after each category is finished and you don’t want your skier to miss their opportunity to stand on the podium should they finish in the top 3 skiers in their age category.

By failing to abide by these rules, you may unknowingly disqualify your racer. Thank you for following these rules so that we can run a safe, efficient race that allows each racer a fair and equal opportunity to do their best.

Parking Lots:

  • The Trailhead parking lots: Reserved
  • Chalet Lot: Open to public
  • Overflow: Open to public

The will be spectator parking at the Chalet lot on a first come, first serve basis. Both the Trailhead lots will be reserved and will be permit only.

For the Mayor’s XC Ski Challenge, a 2,800 square foot heated area with access to power will be provided. We will have (24) waxing spaces in the Cart Barn (maintenance road between Wirth Chalet and the Trailhead).

Twenty-two (22) of these spaces will be available to teams for entire event by reservation and (2) spaces will be on a first come first serve basis. Teams can request a waxing space for the 2020 Mayor’s XC Ski Challenge at the following link:

We ask all users to be considerate of others while using the facility. Please provide your own equipment, including a tarp or other floor covering material and clean the area prior to leaving.

Building will be open during the waxing hours listed below and will be locked overnight.

Wax area hours:

  • Saturday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Sunday: 6:00am – 10:00pm
  • Monday: 6:00am – 3:00pm

Note: the above hours might change depending on the actual race hours. Waxing is not permitted inside or around The Trailhead building.

Read the most recent City of Lakes Loppet trail reports posted by skiers.
Trail reports are available on for:

Volunteers are needed in a number of areas. Signup below or contact to get involved.

The Loppet Foundation
1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422

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