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The 2024 Hodag Challenge cross country ski races take place January 20-21, 2024 at the Cedrig A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC) in Rhinelander.
We have decided to discontinue the Pursuit style venue on Sunday and will instead have a Freestyle or Skate venue with interval starts.
Teams and individual skiers come from all across Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula and even Minnesota skiers have attended. An un-timed Youth Race for younger skiers (5th grade and under) will be held on Saturday.
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 Youth course is 1.1 kilometers and utilizes a trail with less hills. Course maps are provided at the links on this page.
Saturday, January 20, 2024
Varsity, JV & Middle School Classic Style Interval Starts @ 15 seconds.
Youth Race – Mass Start
Sunday, January 21, 2024
Varsity, JV & Middle School, Freestyle Interval Starts @ 15 seconds.
The Middle School has two separate divisions, 5/6 and 7/8 grades. Due to the degree of difficulty of the trail system, we do not recommend that 4th graders be registered in the MS classes. However, we will accept 4th graders in the MS 5/6 division under the Coaches discretion.
The Youth Race is for participants typically 4th grade or younger. However, we know some MS skiers are not yet ready to ski the Hodag Challenge. Therefore, the Youth Race is also open to other MS skiers that do not ski in either of the MS categories. We say under 4th grade, but honestly we don't check ID's. The Youth Race is not timed, no registration is necessary, and no placement awards are given. We do have a treat for the participants.
Approximate time table for the venue. Times may change based on weather conditions and number of skiers registered. Changes to schedules will be posted as they become available here, on Rhinelander Nordic Skiing Facebook site, and the information board/kiosk at the venue.
The Coaches Meeting will be in the basement of the CAVOC lodge.
2024 Hodag Challenge Race Schedule
Friday – Course open from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.
Saturday Classic Schedule – 15 second interval starts
8:00 am - 12:30 pm Bib Pick-Up, Cavoc Lodge
8:00 am - 9:30 am Course Open/Closed
9:15 am - Coaches Meeting
9:30 am - Course Closed
9:45 am - National Anthem in the Stadium
10:00 am - 11:00 am Varsity & JV Boys
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Varsity & JV Girls
12:00 pm - Coaches meeting for MS Coaches that could not make earlier meeting.
12:15 - 12:45 pm Course Open/Closed
12:45 pm - JV & Varsity Awards (or as soon as available)
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm 7/8 and 5/6 MS Boys
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm 7/8 and 5/6 MS Girls
2:15 pm - Youth 1 km Race
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Course Open/Closed
3:00 pm - MS Awards (or as soon as available)
Sunday Skate Schedule – 15 second interval starts
7:30 am - 12:00 pm Bib Pick-Up, Cavoc Lodge
7:30 am - 8:30 am Course Open/Closed
8:30 am - Coaches Meeting
8:30 am - Course Closed
9:00 am - 10:00 am Varsity & JV Girls
10:15 am - 11:15 am Varsity & JV Boys
11:15 am - 12:00 pm Course Open/Closed
12:00 pm – Varsity & JV Awards (or as soon as available)
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm 7/8 and 5/6 MS Girls
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm 7/8 and 5/6 MS Boys
2:30 pm - MS Awards (or as soon as available)
The Hodag Challenge will be setup to use MileSplit and should be used by all WNSL teams. We are also working to open up the MileSplit registration to other teams to facilitate registration for the event.
If you do not have a MileSplit account then you must register by filling out the Hodag Challenge Roster found at the link below.
MileSplit entries and the HC Roster are due by Tuesday, January 16th at 6:00 PM. Late entries will not be accepted and registration will automatically close at 6:00 PM on MileSplit.
Email the HC Roster to email@example.com.
Questions and changes to rosters after January 16th must be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additions and deletions will be accepted until 1:00 PM, Wednesday, January 17th, 2024.
Hodag Challenge 2024 Seeding Guidelines
Seeding for all individuals for each of the races (i.e. classic on Saturday and freestyle on Sunday) will be a combination of Coaches Self-Seeding and the discretion of the Race Director.
We are setting a maximum number of entries for A and B seeding for each Team/Club. Coaches, please place your athletes in appropriate seeds based on expected results/placements. You do not need to fill up all the entries for each seeding if you do not have skiers that meet the seeding requirement. That is, if each team/club has 3 entries available for an A seed, they may choose to enter from 0 to 3 individuals and for B seeds 0 to 5 individuals.
A = Expected Top 25%. Up to three (3) entries per team.
B = Next 25% to 50% of finishers. Up to five (5) entries per team.
C = being all others.
There are 4 divisions (i.e., Varsity, JV, MS7/8 and MS5/6) that are seeded. That means that coaches could seed up to three (3) athletes in all of the divisions (i.e., Varsity, JV, MS7/8 and MS5/6) as an A seed. And then seed up to five (5) athletes in the B seed, and then the rest of the team/club as a C seed in their respective division.
Each division seeding (i.e., A, B and C) will be randomized separately to generate the start order for each division. We anticipate a break of less than 5 minutes between the Varsity and JV divisions, and between the MS7/8 C seed and the MS5/6 A seed to allow separation of the divisions on the course and avert the A seeds from catching the C seeds from the prior start.
If you have more skiers for either A or B seed than allowed, enter that individual in the C seeding and then send an email to Northwoodsnordictiming@gmail.com asking for placement of that athlete in the preferred seeding. Include an appropriate justification for the seeding such as; past race results, comparison of individual to team members registered in the requested seeding, etc.
The Web Scorer link below will have Saturday's and Sundays starting order along with results after each race. Scroll down to the appropriate tab to retrieve the information.
Live results on Web Scorer are not official. Official results will be posted at the venue on the information boards.
We need volunteers to help at the Hodag Challenge High and Middle School Cross Country Ski races and you can register to help by using SignUp.com.
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: coming soon
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
The link is coming soon. Check back later.
The Northwoods Nordic Ski Club will be follow the below COVID guidance during the weekend races.
Start Area/Course Comments
The Hodag Challenge are NON-FLUORO races.
Since dogs are not allowed at CAVOC, we have trained several squirrels to seek out and confiscate any fluorinated waxes found in the possession of race attendees. Penalties if fluorinated waxes are found would be disqualification from the venue.
The pavilion near the Lodge has electrical outlets and may be used for waxing. The pavilion will not be enclosed as in past years and will be an open area. Team waxing tents may also be set up in the designated area in the lower parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis.
Food and concessions will be provided in the CAVOC Lodge. No hot plates or cookers are allowed in the CAVOC facility.
Rhinelander Women's Club will provide concessions.
Follow the link(s) below for photos from the event.
Email Brian Hegge at email@example.com for specific questions.