This article was posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 on The Loppet Foundation website
Clear skies and plenty of sunshine greeted cross-country skiers and fat tire bikers for the inaugural Fastenal Parallel 45 winter festival this weekend. Working around a fickle weekend forecast, event organizers were pleased to move all festival events, including the MyXC Festival & Championships and LoppetX presented by Go Radio, all back to Saturday. Racers young and old were able to enjoy their events under sunny skies with lots of energy and fun!
MyXC Festival & Championships
The morning kicked off with an Individual Classic, the Fish Scale Frenzy, and the Classic Tandem Sprint Relays. Nearly 150 young skiers ranging in age from six to sixteen completed the individual classic race, with a particularly impressive showing in the U14 crowd of nearly sixty kids.
The popular Fish Scale Frenzy provided to be a blast for participants and spectators alike, with hundreds of kids participating. The morning events wrapped up with Classic Tandem Sprint Relays, with nearly a hundred youngsters competing in the event.
Afternoon events included the Freestyle Mass Start, SkiCross, and 4-Person Mixed Relays. Over 180 young skiers met at the start line to compete in the Individual Skate race.
Following the skate
Parallel 45 Cup
The Parallel 45 Cup 10K Classic had a solid turnout of both younger and older adult skiers coming from as close as Minneapolis and as far as Pennsylvania. In the women’s category, Stephanie Bales, Ketzel Levens, and Kelsey Sather took places in the podium in first, second, and third respectively. Justin Taylor took first place on the men’s side, with Benjamin Wicklund and Mitchell Campbell following in second and third places.
Participants in the 10K Skate also came out in a solid contingent to take part in the fun. Nick Ross, Mitchell Campbell, and Jack Jones scored podium spots in the men’s category, coming in first, second and third, respectively. On the women’s side, Stephaine Bales, Bethann Chamberlain, and Katrin O’Grady took first, second, and third places on the podium. All in all, the first Parallel 45 Cup was a fantastic new addition to Loppet’s winter event lineup.
LoppetX presented by Go Radio
Things heated up even as the weather cooled down with LoppetX presented by Go Radio. This event welcomed the best and
What an amazing event that we were able to put on thanks to the support of a fantastic community. Thank you to everyone who competed, spectated, and volunteered in the inaugural Fastenal Parallel 45.
Special thanks to our main sponsors Fastenal and Go Radio for showing up to support this event. We are so excited to welcome everyone back to Wirth Park for the 2020 Fastenal Parallel 45, a historic event that you’ll definitely want to be a part of. Mark your calendars for March 14-17, 2020 and learn more at mnworldcup.com.
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