Official Statement as of March 12, 2020, at 2:30am (CST):
Due to ongoing and evolving concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the International Ski Federation, U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the local organizing committee, working in concert with local health officials, have made the difficult decision to cancel the Fastenal Parallel 45 Festival, the Coop FIS Cross Country World Cup race, and all associated events scheduled for March 14-17, 2020 in Minneapolis.
We are devastated to announce this cancelation. In keeping with updated information from the Minnesota Department of Health and after consulting with medical advisors, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our community, fans, athletes, staff and volunteers involved in these events.
We know this is not easy news for anyone – from volunteers and sponsors who have dedicated their time, talent and resources; to the athletes who have spent years training; to our staff who have poured heart and soul into preparations; to the thousands of folks who were excited about participating and spectating. Thank you for your understanding and support as we prioritize our collective well-being.
The Loppet Foundation
Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival and MN World Cup
The 2020 Coop FIS Cross Country Ski World Cup Sprint Finals on March 17th will mark the first time in two decades that the world’s best have competed on American Snow. The race will cap off the March 14-17 Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival, which will include live music, craft beer, citizen races, and more. Mark your calendars and meet us along the 45th Parallel — halfway to the North Pole — at The Trailhead for this historic event. You can now download the event’s official spectator guide for a more in-depth look at this fun-filled festival.