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The 2021 Ascension Hodag Challenge cross country ski races take place January 17-18, 2021 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.
A list of lodging options is provided in the Lodgings Options document below. It is strongly suggested that reservations be made early as hotels and rooms book up quickly in the area.
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 WNSL Waiver is required for all racers and 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 cost remains at $10/skier/day. Payment is due at the race. No refunds or race day changes. Checks payable to: Northwoods Nordic Ski Club, PO Box 105, Rhinelander, WI 54501. The Youth Race is free and will be an on-site registration.
Contact the Race Director, Brian Hegge at email@example.com for specific questions.