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Ascension Hodag Challenge

High School and Middle School Cross Country Ski Race

The 2020 Ascension Hodag Challenge cross country ski races take place over January18-19, 2020 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 will be available  for download below.  This is the must have source of information for the race!

The Nordic Waiver, required for all racers will be 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 2020 Race Roster will be included below for Race Directors to submit for their teams.

Contact the Race Director, Brian Hegge at  for specific questions.

Thank You 2019/20 Northwoods Nordic Ski Club Sponsors

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

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