Friday, January 31, 2020

Skate Ski Sprints

City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Part of the City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

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Friday, January 31, 6:00-8:00 pm
The Trailhead, 1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway

Short races at max speed; the Skate Ski Sprints are perfect for both recreational skiers who would like to push themselves in front of the crowd, as well as the top dogs vying for a place on the podium. This is the same type of sprint racing that skiers have come to know and love from the World Cup circuit (which spectators will enjoy watching on March 17th at the Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival and Minnesota World Cup).

Racers compete individually during the Friday night Skate Sprints. The Skate Sprints have no qualification round; competitors go immediately into seeded heats of four to six racers. The top skiers from each heat advance to the next heat, culminating in the finals. All racers will be guaranteed a minimum of two heats, as those who don’t make the cut in the first round compete in the consolation bracket.

The Friday night Skate Sprints – along with both the Skate and Classic Ski Loppets – are part of the grueling Minne Tour, in which the best of the best compete all weekend long for their share of the $6000 purse.

Race Distances

U8/U10 Ski (ages 9 & under): 400m

U12/14 Ski (ages 10-13): 750m

U16/U18/OPEN Ski (ages 14+): 1K

The Youth Skate Sprints are part of the Skiwerx Series. Racers with a MyXC Skiwerx Membership will receive priority seeding in the start order. All Skiwerx Series events are restricted to non-fluorinated glide waxes.

Stay tuned to our Trail Conditions page to be the first to learn if conditions-based event adjustments must be made.

Friday Skate Sprint Schedule

6:00 pm           Youth (U8-U14) Sprints

6:40 pm           Juniors (U16-U20) Sprints

7:00 pm           Men/Women Open Sprints


Register Now!
 StatusThrough Sep 23Through Dec 2Through Jan 6Through Jan 27Through Jan 29FinalRegister on Event Day?
Skate Ski SprintsOpen$15$19.50$22.50$25.50$30No day-of registrationNo
Skate Ski Sprints - Youth (16 and under)Open$8$10.40$12$13.60$16No day-of registrationNo

No new registrations will be allowed after the close of online registration due to the amount of time it takes to develop competition brackets and schedules.

Proceeds from the Skate Ski Sprints benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.

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.

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