Thank you to everyone who joined us for the kick-off to the second-annual CXC Rollerski Cup! The series will also incorporate stops in Wausau, Wis. and Blue Mounds, Wis. The races are open to all with points being tallied towards the CXC Rollerski Cup title.
Rollerski with America’s Best
Featuring multiple past and present U.S. Ski Team members, the inaugural Fastenal Parallel 45 Cup Rollerski Loppet was one to remember. Olympic Gold medalist Jessie Diggins was joined in the Women’s Elite race by 2010 Olympian and World Championship Bronze medalist Caitlin Gregg. Notable names in the Men’s Elite race included 4-time Olympian Andy Newell and 2019 U.S. National Champion Kyle Bratrud.
Alongside Commons Park and in the shadow of US Bank Stadium, participants raced laps in criterium style around the block formed by Park, Portland, 3rd and 4th in Downtown Minneapolis. A total purse of $3,500 was given out to the top three finishers of the elite race categories.
The race was open to all, with race categories of U14 on up to elite.
At the finish line following the race, racers and spectators had the opportunity to connect with the elite racers, including Minnesota’s own Jessie Diggins, just weeks before she and some of the others leave town for the 2019/20 World Cup Season. That season, of course, will culminate in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on March 17 with the FIS Coop Cross Country World Cup Sprint Finals, which will be the cornerstone of the 2020 Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival.
For those who wanted even more of Jessie, there was an opportunity to head down the block to the Crown Plaza where The Emily Program will facilitate an interview with Jessie and KARE 11’s Jana Shortal from 3p – 5p.
Freestyle technique. Competitors ski laps for 8-15 minutes (depending on division). After the initial time elapses, a bell is rung as the leader crosses the lap line. Competitors then complete 2 more laps, and the first skier to complete those laps wins.
All racers are required to use the matched set of Swenor rollerskis (NNN and SNS compatible) provided by the Loppet Foundation. All racers are also required to wear their own helmet while on rollerskis.
The race will take place in/around The Commons park (425 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415) near US Bank Stadium. Rollerskiing will not be allowed in The Commons, but participants can run through the park or rollerski on the race course to warm up before their race.
Parking & Transportation
Spectators and participants should park in the Fleet Farm parking ramp (740 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415) or the Denison Parking Ramp (425 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415), one block from the race.
Some side-street parking will be available. In addition, the Blue Line and Green Line Light Rail routes both stop at U.S. Bank Stadium, one block from the course. Biking is also encouraged, and there are many city bike racks located near the course.
Downtown parking costs money, so please come prepared.
Race categories may race together or be separated depending on the number of registrations.
- Elite Division Men & Women (by invitation/placement)
- Citizen (20-35) Men & Women
- Masters (36+) Men & Women
- U14, U16, U18, and U20 Boys & Girls
- Awards for the top three males and females in each category.
- Cash prizes for the top three men and women in the Elite Division – $1,000 for first, $500 for second, $250 for third.
- 9:00 am: Packet pickup starts for racers
- 9:30 – 10:25 am: Course open for practice
- 10:30 am: U14/U16 Boys and Girls – 8 min plus 2 laps
- 11:00 am: U18/U20 Boys – 10 min plus 2 laps
- 11:30 am: U18/U20 Girls – 10 min plus 2 laps
- 12:00 pm: Masters Men (age 36+) – 10 min plus 2 laps
- 12:30 pm: Elite/Open Men (ages 20-35) – 15 min plus 2 laps
- 1:00 pm: Elite/Open/Masters Women (age 20+) – 15 min plus 2 laps
- Awards will be given after the end of the women’s race.
- Elite athletes will provide autographs and photographs after the awards ceremony
Registration is now closed
|Through Sept. 16||Through Oct. 21||Final Price|
Registration and transaction fees are nonrefundable, including in the event of cancellation. Registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury. Competing under another person’s name will result in disqualification.
Proceeds from the Parallel 45 Cup Rollerski Loppet benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.
Results, Photos & Media
- Full event coverage + athlete interview videos
- Event Video by Steve Barone
- Men’s Open Race Video by CXC
- Photos by Bruce Adelsman (skinnyski)
- Photos by Steve Kotvis
- Photos by Jackie Schneider
- Photos by Loren Johnson and Jeff Steltz
- Photos by Galen Murray
Thank you to our incredible event volunteers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved in future events.