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2013 Cook County Invitational Pursuit Race

Posted by on January 29th 2013 in Events, Races, Team Communication

2013 Cook County Invitational Pursuit Race and LSC Championships

Photoset of the Event (mostly videos of Marshall Skiers)


Date: Friday, February 1, 2013.  Date Changed to Saturday, February 2, 2013
Coaches meeting & bib pickup 9:30 AM at Pincushion warming house
Where: Pincushion Mountain Ski Area on the Gunflint Trail. (Co. Rd. 12 is the Gunflint Trail – go through
“downtown” Grand Marais, turn left onto the Gunflint Trail, go about three miles to the Pincushion scenic
overlook (Pincushion Drive) and turn right. Warming house and primitive toilets on site.
ORDER OF START (Enter as many skiers as you want)
10:30 am start running clock. Racers double start at 30 second intervals with some gaps
between events to prevent unnecessary crowding.

Boy’s Varsity Freestyle 5.3K
Girl’s Varsity Freestyle 5.3K
Boy’s Jr. Varsity Freestyle 5.3K
Girl’s Jr. Varsity freestyle 5.3K
Boy’s Jr High Classic 2.8K
Girl’s Jr High Classic 2.8K
2:00 pm restart running clock
Boy’s Varsity 5.6K Classic Pursuit
2:40 pm(?) restart running clock after last Boy finishes
Girl’s Varsity 5.6K Classic Pursuit
Note: Only pursuit skiers will count towards the varsity team scores. (Unlike past years, there will be no
classic only option for either varsity or JV skiers)

Award presentations will be at the Pincushion warming house immediately following the race.
Varsity Pursuit: Medals for top 10
Varsity Pursuit Team plaques: 1-2-3, boys and girls
Jr. Varsity: Medals 1-5, Ribbons 6-10
Jr. High: Medals 1-5, Ribbons 6-10
Coaches Information
Start Lists must be received by 6PM Wednesday, January 30, 2013.
Send to: Steve Deschene , or on website
Phone Dick Swanson at 218-370-1119 (if you have questions, no phone entries please!)

Cost: $5 per skier. Make checks payable to North Superior Ski & Run Club. Please pay when you
receive your bibs.

Race Invite PDF

Duluth East Invitational Pursuit Race

Posted by on January 21st 2013 in Events, Races, Team Communication

Duluth East

 Invitational Pursuit Race

Results Here

Videos and a Few Photos

Friday, January 25, 2013.

Snowflake Nordic Center

4348 Rice Lake Road, Duluth, MN  55811

Bib pickup: 10:00 a.m.

Coaches meeting: 10:30 a.m.


11:00 am start running clock.  Racers start two every 30 seconds


Boy’s Varsity Freestyle 5K

Girl’s Varsity Freestyle 5K

Boy’s Jr. Varsity Freestyle 5K

Girl’s Jr. Varsity Freestyle 5K


Boy’s Jr. High Freestyle 3K

Girl’s Jr. High Freestyle 3K


At about 2:30 pm restart running clock                              

Boy’s Varsity 5K Classic Pursuit Starts

(About 20 minute gap between last Boy/first Girl)

Girl’s Varsity 5K Classic Pursuit Starts

NOTE: The classic pursuit race will be limited to the top 100 skiers from each of the boys and girls Varsity freestyle race.  Only pursuit skiers will count towards Varsity team scores.


Cost: $5 per skier.  Make checks payable to Duluth East Nordic Ski Team.

Send to: Duluth East Nordic Ski Team, Duluth East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East, Duluth, MN  55804 or bring to the race.


Individual awards to the top 10 in the Varsity pursuit, Junior Varsity freestyle and Jr. High freestyle events.

Award presentations will be immediately following race.

Concessions will be available

Coaches Information

Entries must be received by 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
Send to:  Steve Deschene ,

or on website

Phone Dave or Bonnie @ 218.724.2775 if you have questions (no phone entries please!)


Posted by on January 9th 2013 in Events, Races, Team Communication


(Proctor Invite)

Canceled Due to Icy Conditions


Tuesday, January 15th, 2013


Proctor/Hermantown Nordic invites you to a classic race at Snowflake Nordic Center.  This will be a fun course that pays tribute to the man that brought Nordic Skiing to Proctor High School back in the late 1900s!


Racers will start individually every 20 seconds.  Varsity and Junior Varsity will ski 5 Km races and Junior High will ski 3 Km.  All courses will be a single loop and there should be about a 10 minute break between races.


2:30 p.m.. – Bibs available

3:30 p.m. – Coaches Meeting

4:00 p.m. – Racing Begins

Race Order:

Girls Varsity

Boys Varsity

Girls Junior Varsity

Boys Junior Varsity

Girls Junior High

Boys Junior High


Awards:  1st – 10th place, Varsity, JV & JH

PS: Tasty concessions will be available.

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Jake Kmiech Awarded the Rank of Eagle Scout

Posted by on December 5th 2012 in Team Communication

On Tuesday, December 4th 2012, Marshall Nordic Skier, Jake Kmiech received his Eagle Scout recognition at an award ceremony hosted by Troop 43.  Jake joins a select group of individuals who have persevered and completed all the steps to obtain Scouting’s highest honor.  Just 4% of all boys that participate in scouting reach the rank of Eagle Scout.  The Marshall Nordic Ski team and coaches are proud of Jake!


2012 Grand Rapids Invite

Posted by on December 4th 2012 in Events, Team Communication

2012 Grand Rapids Invite
Saturday, December 8, 2012

Results found here

Photo Set from the Race

Bus leaves Marshall @ 8:00am

Mt Itasca, Coleraine
Skate Race
Coaches Meeting @ 10:30

Awards:  Awards for the top 10 in Varsity, Jr. Varsity and Jr. High

Time Schedule

11:00 Girls Varsity (5K)
12:00 Boys Varsity (5K)
1:00 Girls JV (5K)
1:45 Boys JV (5K)
2:30 Girls JH (3K)
3:00 Boys JH (3K)

Exact course to be determined on Friday based on amount of snow we are able to make.  Plans are to have at least a 1.6kilometer loop.

Concessions will be available.

Questions?  Contact Tony Carter at


Order the 2012-2013 Marshall Nordic T-Shirt

Posted by on December 1st 2012 in Team Communication

The 2012-2013 Marshall Nordic T-Shirt is available for order by members of Marshall Nordic, Alumni and Family Members.  Payment must be received before your shirt will be ordered.  Checks for $20 per shirt can be made out to Joe Fairbanks and given to Joe at practice or mailed to him at Joe Fairbanks, Marshall School Nordic Ski Team, 1215 Rice Lake Road, Duluth, MN 55811.  Please use the form below to order the shirt.


Team Trip to Maplelag Added to the 2012-13 Schedule

Posted by on November 4th 2012 in Events, Team Communication

The coaching staff of Marshall Nordic are pleased to announce that we have added a team trip to Maplelag for the 2012-2013 schedule.  Maplelag is a destination cross-country ski resort and conference center located in Callaway, Minnesota.  It is famous for excellent grooming, fantastic family style meals, fun trails and a bottomless cookie jar!   Here are the preliminary details…

Dates of trip:  Depart after school on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 and return Saturday, December 22 in the early evening.

Cost:  Approximately $175 to pay for three days skiing, three nights lodging and eight meals.  Proceeds from the Holiday Ski camp will pay  for transportation.

Purpose of trip:  Race in the Detroit Lakes Invite on Thursday, improve ski technique, ski a great ski trail, eat excellent food and have fun as a team.

Sign-up details will be announced at a later date.


Parent and Skier Preseason Meeting On Monday, November 5, 2012

Posted by on November 4th 2012 in Events, Team Communication

All interested Marshall and LCA students grades 7-12 are invited to attend the Marshall Nordic preseason meeting on Monday, November 5, 2012 from 3:15 to 4:00pm in room D110 at Marshall School.  Later that evening at 7:00 pm all parents of winter athletes are requested to attend the winter parent meeting at Marshall.

All athletes please fill out this form

CEC Invitational January 10, 2012

Posted by on January 7th 2012 in Events, Races, Team Communication
Photos of the CEC Invite
Results from the CEC Invite
The CEC Invitational will be held at Spirit Mt on Tuesday, Jan. 10th. This will be a skate race starting at 1pm. I won’t have the course finalized until Friday but it will be multi-laps over sections of the downhill and bunny hills adjacent to the Chalet much like the course used in the Denfield race. I have been assured that the course will be safe even if Spirit needs to close a run. For those familiar with Spirit, the course will include the bunny hill and the practice hill around the trees.The target is to have ~5k for varsity and JV and ~2.5k for JH.
Race bib pick-up will open at 12pm with a coach’s meeting at 12:30pm. Bib pick-up will be in the main Chalet nearest the south end. Coach’s meeting will be held on the main chalet deck. Fees will be $5 per skier payable to CEC Nordic.
Spirit Mt. has several places to buy food so that should not be a problem. Buses will need to park in the parking lots so teams should plan to use the Chalet. There is plenty of room. Please get your entries to Steve (Boreal Timing) by Sunday PM.
Course description
Parts are the same-ie the bunny hill behind the Chalet but we will cross over to the woody island on the other side of the first down hill run-and then climb up and come back on a downhill traverse across this same run. Think kidney bean shape. It will be run clock wise as oppose to counter clockwise the way we mostly have been skiing it to take out a choke point at high speed. Top speeds should be somewhat lower than Denfield’s course and all high speed turns have been angled out. Over all technically easier but with more angled climbs as we will be traversing the slope. Being able to switch poling sides will be a good thing.


Essay Contest Winners!

Posted by on January 7th 2012 in Team Communication

After our first race of the season, The Ely Invite at Mt Itasca, we announced an essay/writing contest. The skiers were asked to write on the theme of “What did I learn at my first race of the season?” With out further adieu here is our winner followed by our runner up. Both skiers will receive a ski related prize and a green smoothie from Mr. KJ.

Winner Catherine J.

What did I learn at the Ely Invitational meet that will help me be better prepared for the next meet?

As I stepped off of the bus last night, I was a very happy person. I had just raced the best ski race of my life, and I had plenty of reasons to explain that.

During the spring and summer of 2011, I had dedicated myself to training. I made a promise to myself that I would get myself into racing-shape. I always keep my promises. I went running after school every day following the end of ski season, as soon as I got home from school. I looked up training plans online to help me get an idea for what it was I wanted to achieve. The short-term goal I had in mind for myself was the Garry Bjourkland half-marathon, so my first training plan was an intermediate half marathon training plan. I made a habit of writing down every workout that I did. My training log starts on March 1, 2011, and is continuous until today. I quickly discovered that in creating new habits, like running or working out every day, that is was much more enjoyable to work out and run. In June 2011, I ran the half marathon, finishing in 2 hours and 6 minutes. I cut 48 minutes from my time from 2010, and what