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The Pepsi Challenge Cup Cross Country Ski Race!
30th Annual Pepsi Challenge Cup Race
will be held March 8, 2014 at Giants Ridge Golf and Ski Resort® in Biwabik. Giants Ridge has a world class reputation for its race trails and snow grooming. The Ridge has held the World Cup, Olympic Trials, National Collegiate Finals and U. S. National Championships. The Pepsi Challenge Cup is a 48km freestyle race on the world class Nordic Trail System. There are four companion races; Pepsi Challenge 48k Classic, 24k Freestyle Great River Energy Rush, 24k Classic Great River Energy Rush, and Giants Ridge 10k. There is a race to accommodate skiers at every level. The Pepsi Challenge Cup Race is part of the American Ski Marathon Series and serves as a Birkie Qualifier.
New Race Sponsor
The Pepsi Challenge Race Committee is proud to announce Great River Energy as a named race sponsor for the 24k freestyle and 24k classic races. The 24k races will be called the Great River Energy Rush races.
Welcome Great River Energy!
2013 Pepsi Challenge Update
The Race Times and Fees are updated for 2013.
Included with your ski packet this year will be a free XC ski pass (good only on March 7, 2014). This will give you an opportunity to test your ski wax and the course before the race on Friday, March 7, 2014. This is for a cross country ski pass only - not downhill. This ticket in not transferrable to any other dates. Do not misplace this ski pass, it will not be duplicated at Giants Ridge if you can not find the Pepsi ski pass for Friday. This ski pass should be attached to the article of clothing that you will be wearing on Friday. Saturday - you will have your own Pepsi Ski Bib.
Race headquarters opens at Noon on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Biwabik Park Pavilion.
2013 (Last Year) Course Maps
March 3, 2013
2013 Pepsi Challenge 10k, 48k, Great River Energy Rush 24k and Stadium maps from lat year's race are available below. Upadated maps will be posted when available.
2013 Stadium Map The races will start and finish in the stadium at Giants Ridge.
2013 Pepsi Challenge 10km Map The 10k race will again be run as two laps around a 5k loop.
2012 Pepsi Challenge 48k - Great River Energy Rush 24k Map The Great River Energy Rush 24km race will be one lap around a 24km loop, with the Pepsi Challenge 48km race taking two laps around the loop.