Loppet Foundation

Ringer Roll

In Memory of Chris Ringsven: 1973 – 2000

Chris Ringsven

Christopher Michael Ringsven was born January 29, 1973, in Sydney, Australia, to the parents of Arthur and Renata. He moved with his family to Minnesota in 1974, where he graduated from the Hopkins school district in 1991. He then graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, MA with a B.A. in music. Christopher returned to Minnesota and received his teaching certificate in music from the University of Minnesota.

Christopher quickly found that he had two loves above all the rest — one was sports and the other was music.

His love in music began with the piano, and under the guidance of his mother, he discovered that composition and the mechanics of playing came very easy for him, leading to local and national awards. The piano continued to be his first love, but he also found himself enthused about voice and choir, helping to point the way to receiving his B.A. in music, and subsequently his teaching certificate. He then spent ½ year in Cambridge, MN, teaching band and choir, before accepting a similar music position with the Cle-Elum-Roslyn school district of Washington state.

His other love was sports, where he found that he enjoyed the endurance sports of cross country running, cross country skiing, and track. Throughout his high school years he achieved a high level of success, leading to his being named Hopkins Male Athlete of the year in 1991. He continued his cross country skiing at Williams College where he was captain of his team his senior year. For two years while getting his teaching certificate, he was the Hopkins cross country ski coach.

Along the way, Christopher discovered he was fascinated by whitewater kayaking, but had little time to get involved. That changed after college when he found the time. For the next six years he found himself going with his fellow kayakers to tackle the north and north shore rivers. His dream became the mountains and rivers of Washington state and he was able to fulfill that dream when he accepted the music teaching position at Cle- Elum-Roslyn in Washington. He started this position in September of 2000 and repeatedly remarked how well the people of his school district and fellow kayakers had accepted him. He had found his dream.

10k Rollerski Race and Rollerski Tour

Baker Park Reserve – August 9, 2019

The Ringer Roll is the open to rollerski racers age 10 and up.  Adults, juniors, seniors from all clubs are welcome to compete in this 10km rollerski race around the Baker Park bike path.  The terrain is rolling –  its good terrain for beginner skiers, with enough vertical to still make it interesting.

Typically most of the competitors are juniors (age 14-18) in the various Twin Cities XC ski training groups, but masters, college, and senior athletes are encouraged to compete. We have separate categories for classic and skate, as well as age group categories. Helmets are REQUIRED.

Race Schedule: Friday, August 9

  • 7:00 am – Bib pick-up and day-of registration
  • 8:00 am– 10 km Ringer Roll Race Interval Start
    • (Two people starting every 3.0 seconds)
  • 8:30 am – (approximately) – Rollerski Tour starts immediately after the last racer starts.

Baker is located in Medina off of Baker Park Road (View Map). Meet at the Lake Independence beach parking lot. The race and tour will start on the 10k loop pavement just under the tunnel from the main entrance.  Note that from Minneapolis its approximately a 40min drive.  Athletes should arrive by 7am in order to get bibs, and warm up.

Race categories:

Narrow Wheel Skate Skis – Prizes to the top 3 in the following categories:

  • Senior/Master (20+) Men and Women – 10K
  • Junior Skiers (U16, U18, U20) boys and girls – 10K

Wide Wheel Skate Skis – Prizes to the top 3 in the following categories:

  • Junior Skiers (U16, U18, U20) boys and girls – 10K

Racing Skate Skis – – Prizes to the top 3 overall

Classic Skis- Top 3 in category

  • Senior/Master (20+) Men and Women – 10K
  • Junior Skiers (U16, U18, U20) boys and girls – 10K

First 120 registrants will receive a sweet pair of LNR socks.

Click Here for Ringer Roll Results

Ringsven Athlete Development Fund

In memory of our friend and former Coach Chris Ringsven, the Minnesota Valley Ski Team established a junior grant fund. That fund lives on in the form of the Loppet Foundation’s Ringsven Athlete Development Fund.

There will be a pledge competition with the grand prize going to the person who collects the most pledges for the Ringsven Fund. Collect donations at the time of the pledge and turn them in on race day. Checks should be made out to the Loppet Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible as provided by law.

Click here for a pledge sheet