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2017 AXCS National Masters Named

The 2017 AXCS National Masters held in conjunction with the annual City of Lakes Loppet Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota wrapped up on Sunday with the naming of the honorary 2017 U.S. Masters XC Ski Team.

Based on the top individual in each masters age group, the team was selected using a modified World Cup point system over the best 2 of 2 events at the NM2017. Because the Festival offers multiple race distances in both classic and freestyle techniques, in order to be eligible for the Masters Team designation, skiers had to race the specified official NM2017 distance offered each day.

Classic events on Saturday and freestyle events on Sunday both took place on 6k and 4.8k loops of nearly entirely manmade snow offering generally excellent race conditions. The race courses used for the NM2017 will make up the core of the extended courses to be offered next January 19-26, 2018 as the 2018 Masters World Cup comes to Minneapolis.

The skiers named to the U.S. Masters XC Ski Team will all receive a distinctive uniform piece from Podiumwear -- the official sponsor of the U.S. Masters Team.

2017 Women's Team

  • F4 -- Kitty Earl-Torniainen
  • F5 -- Marian Delaney
  • F6 -- Jan Guenther
  • F7 -- Katherine Ellis
  • F8 -- Victoria Shreve
  • F9 -- Connie Meek
  • F10 -- Abett Icks

2017 Men's Team

  • M1 -- Erik Pieh
  • M3 -- Andy Schakel
  • M4 -- John Munger
  • M5 -- Piotr Bednarski
  • M6 -- Scott Ellertson & Allen Hanson
    (Note: unbreakable tie with both 1st and 2nd finishes)
  • M7 -- John Gravlin
  • M8 -- David Christopherson
  • M9 -- Charles Duede
  • M10 -- Bob Gray

    Congratulations to all the 2017 U.S. Masters XC Ski Team athletes for their outstanding results at the NM2017!

    For complete NM2017 results please visit loppet.org. For complete upcoming AXCS National Masters information please bookmark this page for future reference.

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    Official AXCS NM2017 Preview Information.....

    For the first time since 2005, masters from throughout the U.S. will return to the great state of Minnesota as the AXCS 2017 National Masters takes place the weekend of February 4-5, 2017 at Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis -- the same site of the 2018 Masters World Cup just under one year later.

    One Weekend, Two Fantastic Races!

    NM2017 racing will get started on Saturday, February 4 with 42km and 21km distance classic individual races run in conjunction with the City of Lakes Loppet classic events (all official NM distances are noted below). Saturday will also feature the normal City of Lakes Loppet festivities and events.

    Then on Sunday, February 5 the 21km Puoli Loppet skate technique races take center stage to fill out the NM2017 bill for all NM categories.

    City of Lakes Loppet Registration is open here!

    Featuring courses that literally cross the city of Minneapolis, you'll experience a generally gentle ski route with a mix of city parks, snowed-in paths, and of course a series of famous Minnesota frozen lakes.

    As usual, to take part in the NM2017 no special entry into the normal City of Lakes Loppet events will be required. All masters 30+ that are registered in the official daily race for your age/gender category will be considered officially part of the National Masters.

    All skiers (regardless of age category) are free to ski any City of Lakes Loppet distance you wish on either day, but only the official NM2017 distances for each category will count towards National Masters titles and/or the U.S. Masters XC Ski Team designation. Normal City of Lakes Loppet awards for top three age/gender finishers will also double as the NM2017 awards as well.

    As of August 2016, the AXCS Board of Directors has reviewed and approved official NM2017 distances as follows.

    Saturday, February 4
    42km Hoigaard’s Classic Marathon -- Female skiers 30-59 years (F1-F6)
    42km Hoigaard’s Classic Marathon -- Male skiers 30-59 years (M1-M6)
    21km Classic Puoli Loppet -- Female skiers 60+ years (F7+)
    21km Classic Puoli Loppet -- Male skiers 60+ years (M7+)

    Sunday, February 5
    21km Skate Puoli Loppet -- Female skiers (all ages)
    21km Skate Puoli Loppet -- Male skiers (all ages)

    Criteria and past honorees for the U.S. Masters Team.

    Getting To Minneapolis

    As with the upcoming 2018 Masters World Cup in January 2018, the AXCS NM2017 will feature a destination that simply cannot be easier to reach from anywhere in the United States.

    Skiers simply fly into Minneapolis-St Paul Lindberg Airport (MSP) and you have a choice of light rail, taxis, or rental cars for the short 20 minute transit to either the race venue or (very) nearby downtown Minneapolis.

    Lodging is available throughout downtown Minneapolis with easy bus connections on COLL race days as well as additional lodging options nearer the airport and Mall of America if you don't mind a bit longer commute on race days.

    Where can I find more info and registration?

    Official NM207 information and registration: The host organizers Loppet Foundation offer extensive event information on the official City of Lakes Loppet website and you can also find official AXCS NM2017 updates in the weeks immediately leading up to the NM2017 on this page.

    We’ll see you in Minnesota this February!