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Sep 20, 2012, 11:07 am

Congratulations to Mesabi East's swimmer / nordic ski team member - HAILEE JOFS !


Hailee was nominated this past week for the Mesabi Daily News  "Athlete of the Week" for her strong early season performances in the pool.  Keep rockin' those times Hailee!



Recently, I also had the pleasure of watching many of the ME / VA / E-G skiers in action in one single afternoon...


Last Thursday, at the Eveleth-Gilbert CC Invitational, I got to see Stephanie,Juliana, Reed, Simon, Sam, Ryan, Josh, Ian, Sophie, & Leila all run great races.  Nice outcomes for all of you- Good job!  (even that 6k race guys!)


Then back to the Mesabi East pool to take in the dual swim meet against Virginia. Lots of ski ladies shining at that event!  Way to go Rachel K, Emma H, Kaitlyn B, Anna & Hailee!  


To all of you fall athletes ..... Keep working hard!  


 And - as 3 time Minnesota State Nordic Ski Champion, now US Ski Team Member,  Jessie Diggins says... 




See you on the trails.




Jul 30, 2012, 10:41 am


FP 5K- 4 of the top 5 Male Finishers! Great job guys!!




A huge shout-out of THANKS!! to all the ski families that joined in the Fisherman's Pt. 5K race fun! This race couldn't happen without all the great support that you provide every 4th Saturday in July. From set-up & registration, to course marshalls, timing, results & tear down, you guys are first rate volunteers- THANKS again for making this race a succcessful fundraiser for our team!


We had 240 runners & walkers in the 5k run/walk division, and 28 kids running in the 1/2 mile fun run. Great job to our local skiers who ran the race: Paul, Nate, Spencer, Emma G., Isaac, Simon, Leila, Sophie, Bennett & Drew. I know many of you wanted to run but couldn't because of injury or illness, but remember there are a few more local races coming up this month that you can test your fitness levels with! Find them at www.northlandrunner.com. (The "SISU" in Brimson is a favorite of many nordic skiers...)


Check this link out for lots of great FP 5K photo's from the race. THANKS ADAM! http://www.facebook.com/StainigerPhotography?ref=stream


More THANKS!! go out to our alumni / summer ski coaches that gave their time & talent to our training program.

Glen, Kellen & Nick- you guys rock- and we all loved having you around to guide us! Good luck - as you all move into the fall season in your college and work careers.


We have a Bike Ride Today- Mon. July 30th- that was rescheduled from last week. Meet at the YMCA at 4pm. Bring money for the DQ stop! We will also be discussing this week's final summer team goal- the Mesabi Trail Bike Tour- and get our plans together for this day of riding. I hope everyone got a chance to read the motivating article about the Mesabi Trail Tour in the July 29th edition of the Mesabi Daily News. It is really an awesome, fun and super-organized event!


The start of the fall sports season is approaching quickly. Good Luck to all of you- whether it is running on the golf courses, following that line on the bottom of the pool, tearing up the soccer fields or making that play in the football stadium.... GIVE IT YOUR ALL... and NOTHING less!


See you on the trails.




Week 6 Summer Training, FP 5K, Mesabi Trail Tour, BBQ
Jul 24, 2012, 9:22 am

Our second (summer) team goal is approaching this week, which coincides with one of our team fundraisers- the Fisherman's Point 5k Run & Walk, this Saturday, July 28 in Hoyt Lakes. Find all the details by clicking on the FP 5k tab on the menu.

Fee for all 2011/2012 team members is $ 10.00. (register Fri or Sat).

Parents, please arrive by 7 am on Saturday for race day duties.

The Mesabi Trail Bike Tour is coming up quickly too-Saturday, August 4. All team members ride FREE, and if your parents want to ride, they can register for 1/2 price - $ 20.00. Ardy (tour director) is giving our team a huge discount! THANKS ARDY!!

My family & I will be biking from the starting stage - Grand Rapids to Virginia, (the finish). Join us or jump in at any of the other listed places. Remember this is a tour, with lots of rest stops -where you'll find food, beverages, entertainment & even kayaking & swimming! More info. to come later in the week.



Monday, July 23: rest day

Tuesday, July 24: 4-6 pm. Roller Ski- Classic

Wednesday, July 25: 4-6 pm, Biking-Meet at YMCA

Thursday, July 26: 4-6 pm, Roller Ski -Skate

This is the final "official" week of our summer program. Stay tuned for the end-of-summer BBQ, run & swim at Mcarthy Beach State Park.

See you on the trails & See you Saturday!


Week 5
Jul 13, 2012, 11:18 pm
Another week has come and gone! The kayak & swim was great recovery for a hot, muggy, buggy trail run, and 22 HILLY miles was an accomplishment that you should all be proud of! Keep up the roller-skiing & watch out for that asphalt.... This next week will be a quiet one, lots of folks are out of town. No roller skiing or bike sessions. Week 5 : Monday July 16: Mesabi East Pool parking lot. 4-5:30. Running the local ski trails. Bring a friend or two! Cj

WEEK 4 Summer Training
Jul 6, 2012, 1:37 pm

Nice to see lots of team members over the 4th! Good job to all that participated in the local festival events - there was lots of parade action that consisted of many ski team members in the marching bands, flag & shield shows, & even a 5K race. Hope you are all rested up for ... week 4 of training! New this week- KAYAKING! And, don't forget those WATER BOTTLES !!


(SKI POLE) FERRULES for roller skiing are in. I have many pairs- get your poles fitted with the right tips. $ 20.00 per set. Don't know how to switch them out? Check out this video on YOU TUBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhGXoKWeYTQ : Roller Ski Ferrules Replacing Ski Pole Baskets and Installing


Here is this week's plan. Check the calendar for updates also.


MONDAY, JULY 9: 4-6 pm, Trail Run & Kayak at Giant's Ridge. Bring your swim suit too.


TUESDAY, JULY 10: 3-5 pm, Roller Ski- Classic. Bring your skate skis, if you don't have Classic skis. Place to be determined.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 11: 4-6 pm, Biking. Meet at Mesabi East Pool parking lot. Bike the Mesabi Trail / Voyageurs Retreat area.


THURSDAY, JULY 12: 4-6 pm, Roller Ski- Skate. Place to be determined.

WEEK 3 Summer Training
Jun 24, 2012, 8:59 pm

MIDNIGHT SUN RUN 5K = success! We had perfect conditions for a late night race and joined 650 other runners for a fun event. This race was a first for some of our skiers, and in the end we all enjoyed running along the BIG LAKE. Good job to Spencer, Ryan, Stephanie, Tim, Anna, Sam, Drew, Bennett, Sarah & Maddie. A night some of us won't forget in awhile! ( Just ask Sarah "KEY" Peterson! :)


We are on to WEEK 3 of our summer training, and the weather looks like it will cooperate for everything lined up. Remember, no training sessions the week of July 1-8th. Week 4 will resume on Monday, July 9th.



Monday, June 25th: 4-6 pm. TRAIL RUN - Big Aspen Trails with a Pit-Stop at the DQ after. Carpool froom Mesabi East- 3:25. Lucky Seven in Biwabik- 3:30. Meet at the YMCA at 4pm, then head to the the trails. Bring water bottle and money for DQ.


Tuesdsay, June 26th: 3-5 pm. ROLLER SKI. Embarrass boat landing. Classic. Bring Skate if you don't have classic.


Wednesday, June 27th: 4-6pm. BIKING. Mckinley / Hutter Mesabi Trail Head. (Hwy 20 & 135 intersection). BRING YOUR SWIMSUIT !


Thursday, June 28th: 4-6pm. ROLLER SKI. Skate. Olcott Park, Virginia. Meet by the History center.

Week 2 Summer Training & Midnight Sun Run
Jun 17, 2012, 8:32 pm

Wed. June 20th update:

With today's predicted weather- (another stormy) forecast & radar offerings, the Wednesday bike session is cancelled. As an alternative, hit your local school fitness center, or the YMCA for an indoor work-out! We hopefully will be able to resume our schedule on Thursday with the roller ski outing.

And.... for all of you roller ski lovers, I am excited to announce another opening in our weekly calendar. Tentatively set for Tuesday's, another ME / VA /E-G ski alumni will dedicate their expert training experience to our summer program.


WELCOME BACK to --- "NICK MAKI" ! We look forward to having you on board!


Also- a couple of notes of "well-done" to our Grandma's Marathon event participants over last weekend- Stephanie, Drew & Anna. Great job guys!


It was nice to see some new faces on Monday at the trail run.. Emma & Britta & Brandon found out what the Bronze & Summit ski trails were all about!


Check the website (over the weekend )for next week's timeline..... and let me know if you need transportation for Friday's Midnight Run.







Week one included a 8k trail run on the silver and a 15 mile bike ride. The roller skiing didn't pan out due to Thursday's stormy weather. We'll hit it again this week! Bring bug dope for trail run, helmets for biking & roller skiing and always bring your water bottles / carriers.


Monday, June 18th: Trail Run, 4-5:30 pm, Giant's Ridge.


Wednesday, June 20th: Biking, 4-6pm. Meet at the Mckinley Bike Trail Head. (intersection of Hwy 20 & 135)


Thursday, June 21: Rollerski, 3-5pm. Boat landing on Embarrass Lake.


Friday, June 22: Midnight Sun Run 5k in Duluth. Leaving the Aurora area around 9pm. Let me know who is all coming and wants to carpool with us. You must be pre-registered, there isn't any race day entries.



Summer Training is Here!!
Jun 6, 2012, 10:06 am

It was a great picnic and wonderful to see and visit with skiers and parents. As we talked about a program for summer training, keep in mind a few things...

· FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES - it is summer! Everyone is busy and involved in many activities - marching band, soccer, baseball, swimming, work, camps, etc. These get-togethers are for designed to keep the status of summer fun at the top of our list. These work-outs are for you, come as often as you & your parents schedule allows.

· FEES and FRIENDS- there isn't any cost to participate. Bring your track, cross country, swimming, and soccer buddies with you!

· TRANSPORTATION - if you need a ride to one of our get-togethers- let me know, we'll figure something out. A list of names, emails & phone numbers will be handed out. Hopefully, some carpools can be utilized to save your parents some time on the road.

· GOALS- to move toward an increased fitness level to prepare everyone for our 3 key summer events: 1) Midnight Sun Run 5k, 2) Fisherman's Pt. 5K, & 3) Mesabi Bike Trail Tour. Added to these events is the key aspect of maintaining your current fitness status in conjunction with your fall sport, skiing and having a fun time!

Concensus for workable training days (so far) are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Days, times and locations may be switched up, so check the website calendar and home page for updates.

A big welcome to a couple of knowledgable athletes and ME / VA / E-G alumni skiers, and all-around fun guys- that are lending a hand to our summer training- KELLEN WITSCHEN and GLEN GROSS! Kellen will lead us in the roller-ski department and Glen will tune up our running plans.

Here is this week's line-up, it will also be posted on the website calendar.

Monday, June 11th: Trail Run. 4-5:30 Meet at Giant's Ridge.

Wedneday, June 13: Bike. 3-5:00 Meet at YMCA. Ride the Mesabi Trail. Helmet required.

Thursday, June 14th: Roller Ski. 3-5:00 Meet at the boat landing on Embarrass Lake. Ski the Mesabi Bike Trail. Helmet required.

Questions? Let me know!

See you soon!


Still thinking of running the Midnight Sun 5K on Friday June 22 in Duluth ???


Register ASAP! There are only 50 spots left for this race as of today, Wed. June 6. Join us and fellow team members for a memorable and fun run along Lake Superior at "midnight"! Transportation will be provided by the Johnson's.


To register online:




Happy Summer Days!





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