February 20-21, 2021

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 2021, which is governed by Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC). The races will be held on Saturday, February 20th, and Sunday, February 21st, at Theodore With Park in Minneapolis, MN.

On Saturday, there will be a freestyle 5K/10K individual start race in the morning and a classic sprint qualifier in the afternoon. On Sunday, there will be classic sprint heats. Below you’ll find the relevant information you need to register you or 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.

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: 1990 and earlier
  • Senior: 1991 – 2000
  • U20: 2001 – 2002
  • U18: 2003 – 2004
  • U16: 2005 – 2006
  • U14: 2007 – 2008
  • U12: 2009 – 2010
  • U10: 2011 – 2012


This is a draft schedule and is subject to change. All times are approximate and are subject to final registration numbers. Detailed schedule coming soon.

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

Saturday February 20:
  • Morning Race: Freestyle – 5/10K
  • Afternoon Race: Classic Sprint Qualifier
Sunday, February 21:
  • Classic Sprint Heats

Youth categories and Adaptive distances 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.

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.

Venue Access / Spectators

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. Spectators are not permitted to ski, run, or walk on the course.

Due to COVID-19, spectators are encouraged to stay in their cars during their skiers’ events. There are no designated spectator areas, but the event will be live-streamed for spectators viewing.

Youth Rules

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).

Waxing facilities or services, including electricity, will not be provided by the hosting organization – The Loppet Foundation. Space will be provided for team tents in the start/finish stadium area.

Volunteers are needed in a number of areas. Contact to get involved.

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

The Loppet Foundation
1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422

Registration Questions: