By Bruce Steinberg
Dear Readers: When I went to one of my favorite cross country ski websites, I saw that there were no race event dates or other information, no doubt caused by the uncertainty of COVID. Therefore, I sent out requests for information to 33 ski races in January. Via phone and email, below are the responses I received so far, mostly for January 2021 but also including some races in December and into February and March. And please refer to Ben Popp’s Birkie Events videos, posted on the slider on the Home page, to stay informed on all things Birkie. I will continue to seek out updates and hope to hear from more events. Also, writer Kierstin Kloeckner has put together a similar list for Winter 2020/2021 Fat Bike races that will appear in the December print edition, along with writer Delaney FitzPatrick’s information on how to make your virtual cross country ski race the best it can be.
If you have any additional information on races and sites, please reach out to me via firstname.lastname@example.org.
And because there is no paywall, please feel free to take a long walk around this site and so many stories reflecting things happening from day to day. Thank you. I truly hope this helps! Best, Bruce — Managing Editor, Silent Sports Magazine
Noquemanon: Marquette, Michigan, January 22-24. From Assistant Race Director Paul Johnson — We are still working to determine details but at this time we do plan on an actual event that will be modified. We are planning around several possible scenarios and what we are actually able to do will be dependent on the status of executive orders from the Governor of the State of Michigan. The public can stay up to date with our event in several ways: View or sign up for newsletters on the race website: http://www.noquemanon.com [and] follow the race Facebook page.
Badger State Games: From Nick Ockwig, BSG Director —For Nordic, we have made the decision to not have a large tent with concessions. No Concessions and anyplace for a gathering spot. Basically, come to event, get dressed in your car, ski your event, and leave. Go to http://www.badgerstategames.org for continued updates.
Duluth XC Ski Club: From Eric Chandler, DXC Communications. Our Nordic Spirit Race is still scheduled for January 30. The format is TBD. The best way for people to stay up to date with the race and other events is via our website: http://Duluthxc.com.