Pepsi Challenge/Great River Energy Rush Races Weather Delay

Pepsi Challenge/Great River Energy Rush Races Weather Delay Photo: WDIO File

Updated: March 07, 2019 10:07 AM

According to organizers, there will be a one-hour delay at the start of the 35th Annual Pepsi Challenge Cup Race held on Saturday, March 2 at Giants Ridge.  Severe cold temperatures are reasons for the delay. Please come and enjoy this Nordic ski day - dress appropriately. 

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The Pepsi Challenge Cup is a 50K freestyle race on the world-class Nordic Trail System. There are four companion races: Pepsi Challenge 50K Classic, Great River Energy Rush 25K Freestyle, Great River Energy Rush 25K Classic, and Giants Ridge 8K. According to their website, the Pepsi Challenge Cup Race is part of the American Ski Marathon Series and serves as a Birkie Qualifier.

Race Start Times

50/25K Classic Races - Mass Start - 10:00 am 
50K Skate Race - Mass Start - 10:30 am 
25K Skate Race - Mass Start - 10:40 am 
8K Freestyle  Skate/CL - 10:50 am 
RACERS: All registration and bib pick up will be held at the Biwabik Park Pavilion on Friday from 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm.  There is a spaghetti feed from 4:00 - 8:00 pm.   Registration also on Saturday, Race Day from 7 - 9:30 am.   Then head to Giants Ridge for the start of your race.   Make sure to leave yourself enough time to drive out, park and get to the starting line. 
The lower level of The Lodge is available to stay warm before the race.  There will be a prize drawing for those who are pre-registered.   Online registration closes at midnight Thursday - Feb 28th with   Check out our website for any other information:  

WDIO is a sponsor of this event.

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