Sunday, February 11, 2024

Registration: Register online & by mail only. Download race entry form.  Online registration closes at 3:00 pm on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Register for Cookie Classic

Bib pick-up: Saturday, February 10, 2024 – 6:00-7:30PM, Redbery Books, Cable.

Sunday, February 11, 2024 – 7:30-9:30AM, Redbery Books.

Technique: Classical technique (diagonal stride and accepted variations) is to be used.  Skating in any form is not permitted, including marathon skate, diagonal skate, flying herringbone, etc. Limited skating steps are permitted only when changing lanes or cornering. Technique use will be monitored and anyone observed skating will be disqualified.

Start Times: 10:00AM – Mass Start – 12.5K and 25K;   10:05AM – Cookie Classic

Start: Birkie Trail at west end of Powerline near North End Trailhead     Finish: North End Cabin

Courses: Start area on Birkie Trail at the west end of the Powerline. Short course finishes after one lap at the North End Cabin. Long course goes to the Cabin and back out and repeats the loop.

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Cookie ClassicRegister for Cookie Classic.  Starts immediately following the 12.5 & 25 km races. Same start area as 12.5K and 25K. Cookie .5K and 1 K do an out and back loop to the east on the Powerline/Birkie Trail. 2K follows main racecourse, diverts to the Birkie Classic Trail and returns to Powerline. All skiers receive a cookie award. Cookie Classic skiers should not ski toward the North End Cabin on the main racecourse at any time.

Getting to the Start: Ski from the North End Cabin up to the Birkie Trail. Turn left and ski on the Birkie Trail to the Powerline. About 1 km.  Or, walk down Randysek Road toward Cable, and then up the hill on the plowed access road.

Cut-off Times: All racers must reach Food Station 2 by 11:30.

Cost: $51 up to and including Jan. 31; $61 through Feb. 10 at 3pm. Note: $1.00 of every entry will be donated to the Great Divide Ambulance Service in support of their efforts in our community.   Youth (under 18): $20 up to and including Saturday, Feb. 11. NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. Cookie Classic: Free.

Clothing Transport: Racers’ warm-ups and clothing will be transported from the Start to the Finish area. You will need to provide your own duffel, backpack or other bag to transport your clothing.  A tag will be provided at registration with your bib number to identify your bag.

Aid Stations: 25K race: 8km, 12.6km, 21km, Finish.  12.5 race: 8km, Finish. Water & energy drink.

First Aid: EMT and other first aid personnel will be on the course and sweeping each race.  If you need assistance, stop at a food station. All food stations and first aid personnel will have radio contact with race officials at the start area.

Awards: 25K: Overall Male and Female – top three; Age Classes at 5 years, Male and Female, top three. 12.5K: Overall Male and Female- top three; Age Classes at 5 years, Male and Female – top three.

Awards Pick-up: At Rivers Eatery after 12:30pm or as soon as results are official. Casual ceremony – pick up your award at your leisure or immediately following official results if you need to leave. You must pick up your award. Awards will not be mailed.

Racer Premium: First 150 registered racers in 12.5K & 25K receive custom Borah Teamwear ski hat.

Post-Race Food: Complimentary pasta and bread following race at the Rivers Eatery in Cable for all racers & volunteers (Pasta available for friends and family of racers at a cost, or you may order off the menu). Other food for purchase. Racers, be sure to bring your food ticket with you.

Random Drawings: Drawings will be conducted in advance and prizes presented to winners at bib pick-up.

Spectator viewing:

  • North End Trail Head (Start/Finish/Lap)
  • North End Trail (at Birkie Trail – access on skis or snowshoes from North End Trail Head
  • Timber Trail Rd. crossing – access via Randysek Rd. and Timber Trail Rd.
  • Food Station 1 & 3 – Timber Trail Rd. crossing at trail number 67 – access via Spider Lake Firelane and Timber Trail Rd.
  • Finish. Numerous other sites accessible from the Birkie Trail.

Results: Results will be emailed to every participant shortly after their finish and will be posted online at https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=305324 and will be available on www.northendskiclub.org.

Thanks to our sponsors:  

Presenting Sponsor: Tamarack Health. Event Sponsors: Borah Teamwear, Rivers Eatery. Platinum Sponsors:  Chippewa Valley Bank, New Moon Ski and Bike Shop, Out There Nordic, Start Line Inn/Start Line Services. Gold Sponsor: Essentia Health Pharmacy. Silver Sponsors: Cable Area Chamber of Commerce, Cable Chiropractic Clinic, McKinney Realty, United Church of Christ. Bronze Sponsors: Backroads Coffee, Cable Lumber & Home, Cresthill Resort, Delta Diner, Marketplace Foods, Northern Native Plantscapes, Town of Namakagon.