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Ascension Hodag Challenge

High School and Middle School Cross Country Ski Race

The Ascension Hodag Challenge cross country ski races take place over two days, typically the first weekend in January, at the Cedrig A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC) in Rhinelander.   Over 300 High School and Middle School skiers are expected to participate each day of the weekend race activities.  Teams and individual skiers come from all across Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula and even Minnesota skiers have attended.  We also have a Youth Race on Saturday afternoon.

The Nordic Pursuit format begins on Saturday with free style or skate technique interval starts and concludes on Sunday with classic technique starts based on time-back results from Saturday.  Awards are presented to the top 5 individual finishers in all races on Saturday and Sunday, and Team Pursuit Plaques for the top 3 Varsity Teams.

The High School course is 5 kilometers and the Middle School course is 3.3 kilometers.  Both courses are very challenging with plenty of elevation changes.   The width of the course is 6 meters for undulating terrain and 9 meters for uphills.  The classic track will be set to best line prior to the classic race.  A 1.1 kilometer youth race is held on Saturday and all ages are encouraged to participate in this fun race for our youngsters or inexperienced racers.

Concessions and amenities are available on-site in the CAVOC lodge.   Parking is available, however, we strongly suggest car pooling to the events as it is limited.  

The Hodag Challenge Info and Schedule or Race Brochure  that contains all the information about the event including registration, race formats, parking, medals and the courses is available  for download below.  This is the must have source of information for the race!

The Nordic Waiver, required for all racers is available below for download.  This waiver is required for all participants and must be provided the morning of the race to the registration desk.

The 2019 Race Roster is included below for Race Directors to submit for their teams.

Contact the Race Director, Brian Hegge at brian.hegge10@gmail.com  for specific questions.


Thank You 2018/19 Northwoods Nordic Ski Club Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor of Northwoods Nordic Ski Club?

Sponsored by Ascension

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Sponsoring the Ascension Hodag Challenge @ #Best5kmInTheMidwest #CAVOC Trails.

Sponsored by Nicolet National Bank

Nicolet National Bank

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Sponsor of CCSA (collegiate) racing at the CAVOC trails.

Sponsored by Rhinelander Community Foundation

Rhinelander Community Foundation

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Keeping the trails groomed, the kids healthy, and the winter magical.

Sponsored by Mel's Trading Post

Mel's Trading Post

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Fitting Rhinelander youth, residents, and visitors to fantastic winter experiences.

Sponsored by Holiday Acres

Holiday Acres

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Keeping Nordic in track and on deck.

Sponsored by Leather Crafters and Saddlers Journal (Journal Media)

Leather Crafters and Saddlers Journal (Journal Media)

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Keeping Nordic running in print and on snow

Sponsored by Aspirus

Aspirus

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Keeping Rhinelander trails groomed, tracked, and winter-ready.

Sponsored by CoVantage Credit Union

CoVantage Credit Union

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Sponsoring Nordic skiing in the Rhinelander area.

Sponsored by A-1 Septic Service

A-1 Septic Service

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Keeping Nordic trails and events running.

Sponsored by Boyd Financial Services

Boyd Financial Services

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Keeping winter active for young and old.

Sponsored by Peoples State Bank

Peoples State Bank

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Supporting youth cross-country skiing in the Rhinelander area.

Sponsored by First Impressions

First Impressions

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Helping Nordic skiers smile.

Sponsored by Hjelle Chiropractic

Hjelle Chiropractic

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Keeping Rhinelander residents and visitors striding.

Sponsored by Schoeder's RV & Marine

Schoeder's RV & Marine

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Helping keep our Nordic trails groomed for the Rhinelander community and winter visitors. 

Sponsored by Bikes-N-Boards

Bikes-N-Boards

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In-kind sponsor of Northwoods Nordic Ski Club: events, trails, community.