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The 2023 Hodag Challenge cross country ski races take place January 21-22, 2023 at the Cedrig A. Vig Outdoor Classroom (CAVOC) in Rhinelander.
We'll get around to updating the rest of this page as we get closer to ski season. Till then, have a wonderful summer everyone!
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. An untimed Youth Race 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 22nd.
Varsity, JV & Middle School Skate with Interval Starts @15 second intervals.
Youth Race – Mass Start (5th grade and younger)
Sunday, January 23rd: Varsity, JV & Middle School Classic – Pursuit-Style Start
The Middle School with have two separate divisions, 5/6 and 7/8 grades. You may register a 4th grader in the 5th grade classification, however, they would not be included in the team scoring.
The Youth Race is primarily for youngsters not in Middle School. However, we know some Middle School Racers that are not yet ready to ski the Hodag Challenge. Those Middle School kids may participate in the Youth Race. We say under 5th 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.
We need volunteers to help at the Hodag Challenge High and Middle School Cross Country Ski race on January 22-23, 2022. Register to help by using SignUp.com.
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/go/vDtyHdQ
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
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.
START TIME HAS BEEN DELAYED ONE HOUR. PLEASE MOVE ALL SCHEDULED EVENTS FORWARD ONE HOUR.
Temps are forecast to be -4 at start time and may be lower. We will delay all scheduled events by 1 hour.
Please forward to all parents as well.
The Hodag Challenge is setup to use MileSplit at the link provided below. Entries are due by Tuesday, January 18th at 6:00 PM. Enter your athlete into the appropriate wave for their event. Questions on the registration process can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes to rosters after January 18th must be directed to email@example.com . Additions and deletions will be accepted until 1:00 PM, Wednesday, January 19, 2021.
We are also requesting that payment on MileSplit be done during registration to make registrations go quicker and be more COVID friendly. You can use either your own PayPal Account or use a credit/debit card. Then you can just come to registration and pick up your teams packet. MileSplit will only let you register a skier for the full weekend fee of $25. If you have a skier that is only skiing one day, register for that day as directed in MileSplit and pay the $25 fee. We will reconcile this and refund the $10 difference, and if you end up with scratches, we can reconcile that later as well. We will reimburse for COVID related cancellations. We will follow same procedure that John used for the Snekkevic for scratches and reimburse to your PayPal or credit card.
If you do not have a MileSplit account, you may register by filling out the Hodag Challenge Roster found at the link below. This roster must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, January 18th at 6:00 PM. Bring a check to the venue for the exact amount made out to Northwoods Nordic Ski Club.
Registration is not required and should not be attempted at MileSplit for the Youth Race on Saturday.
High School and JV seeding for individual starts for the first day Skate race will be a combination of Coaches Self-Seeding and the discretion of the Race Director. The seeded lists will be randomized for each A, B, C and D seeding to create the start list.
Middle School seeding for individual starts for the first day Skate race will be at the discretion of the Coaches and the discretion of the Race Director using an A, B, C, ranking.
Skiers who only ski on Sunday will start at the end of the skiers from Saturday’s results.
The Northwoods Nordic Ski Club is a US Ski & Snowboard (USSS) club and will be following USSS COVID-19 Domestic Competition Guidance, October 1, 2021 during the weekend races. COVID-19 guidance documents are linked to this website and should be reviewed by coaches, parents, and racers prior to coming to the event. Listed below are some, not all, of the criteria that Northwoods Nordic will be following leading up to, and during the weekend races.
Updates on COVID-19 protocols will be updated on this webpage as they become available. Links to USSS COVID-19 guidelines are provided on this webpage.
Start Area/Course Comments
Both days of the Hodag Challenge are NON-FLUORO races. CH/paraffin waxes only!
The pavilion near the Lodge has electrical outlets and may be used for waxing. The pavilion will be enclosed on two sides providing some wind protection. The other two sides will be open so as not to create an indoor building condition.
Team waxing tents may also be set up in the upper parking lot in the designated area on a first-come, first-served basis. The warm-up loop passes close by this area as well as the course for easy access.
No concessions will be provided at the event based on COVID-19 implications. No hot plates or cookers are allowed in the CAVOC facility. Gatherings in the CAVOC facility are discouraged and limited to no more than 10 minutes. Bottled water will be provided and available to athletes near the Stadium.
We are currently working on a live stream of the races. Please check the website as we get closer to the race for live stream information.
Update - Doesn't look like this is going to happen this year.
Email Brian Hegge at email@example.com for specific questions.