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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!





Skier Picnic & Summer Training Plan
May 25, 2012, 10:54 am


Wednesday, June 6: Skier Picnic at Olcott Park in Virginia- 5-7pm. I'll bring the fried chicken & beverages & paper ware, you bring whatever you'd like to share. Bring frisbee's, catching glove, etc. This picnic will include the .... HOT TOPIC - 2012 Summer Training Plan & Schedule. Twice a week get-togethers with events thrown in the mix. Locations and schedules will be discussed. Biking, running, roller skiing, paddling- we will get strong and have fun doing it! Tentative start-up date: 3rd week of June- through the end of July. Know someone who wants to get fit? Bring them with! Parents are welcome to work out with us too!



*** For the picnic, please RSVP to me by Monday, June 4th ***



Until then, GOOD LUCK at your section tournaments and CONGRATULATIONS & BEST WISHES to our 2012 ME / VA / E-G Nordic Ski Team graduates: Austin S, Austin D, Austin P, Jake, Sarah P, Bennett, Drew (& Sarah J).

And- G.O.O.D. L.U.C.K. to Emma G at the National Spelling Bee in Washington DC!







Magazines, Summer Training, Midnight Sun Run, Mesabi Trail Tour, FP 5K
May 5, 2012, 5:02 pm
We exceeded our goal!
This was the final outcome after the "big" drop-off on April 30th. All of this means ... $ 1320.00 for our team account.

THANK YOU to Tom & Lisa Krog, Peggy Giese, & Keith & Sam Johnson for loading, unloading, loading, unloading.... and to all who collected and dropped off magazines for our team. This fundraiser has been well received by many people and we'll fine tune things to keep it going!

Some (pre) summer planning is underway, and the details for the summer training program will be provided soon. In the meantime, check out this site: www.northlandrunner.com for lots of summer fun!

Up front though, are a few goals that you many want to put on your calendar.... get your teammates together, lace up your running shoes and get your bike tuned up!

The MIDNIGHT SUN RUN - Friday, June 22, at midnight. We are going to run this fun event, and we will take as many skier / runners as possible. Parents, siblings, everyone is welcome to join us! Register ASAP, as the race only takes 650 entries. Transportation details will follow in June. Here is the website: http://www.midnightsunmidnightrun.com/5k/Midnight_5K.html

Mesabi Bike Trail Tour - Sat. Aug. 4. Bike the fantastic Mesabi Trail! There are many starting points with distances ranging from 13-64
miles. If you haven't done this tour before you are missing out on one of the Range's best bike rides! Rest stops (many) with food / beverages, along with entertainment, kayaking, swimming are all on the route. At the end, a BBQ picnic and outdoor concert complete the day. Let's ride together! More info on this great outing can be found at: http://www.mesabitrail.com/great-river-energy.

Fisherman's Pt. 5K - Sat. July 28. You know the drill for this one. A fundraiser for our team, and another way to keep putting those miles in. Download some flyers and give them to your running buddy's, coaches, etc. Pin them up at school and around town. Discounted fee for our team members.

See you on the running/bike trails!


Support a SKIER! Save a TREE!
Apr 16, 2012, 2:29 pm

Our 3rd magazine drive is cumulating this Friday! Hopefully all your neighbors, relatives and friends have been saving lots of glossy items for our team pick-up.


If you haven't already, make a last stop or call to your local dentist, health facility, library, school, etc. to increase our poundage of literature, while padding our booster account.




- someone to sit at the Aurora Community Center on Friday, from 4-6 pm. I will be out of town, and cannot fill this time slot afterall. A truck / trailer will be available for drop-off. Sam Johnson will fill in my other position from 6-8 in Biwabik.


- signs for the Virginia / Gilbert drop-off. Just something simple but large, to alert people where the trailer is.







Aurora: Community Center 4-6pm. ( ??) Virginia: mall / Village Inn parking lot: 4-6pm (Tom Krog)

Biwabik: St. John's Parking lot 6-8pm. (Sam J) Gilbert: DeCare Dental parking lot, 6-8 pm (Tom K.)


Email or call me if you can help out with the Aurora gig and the signs.


Thanks to Tom & Lisa Krog for chairing this fundraiser again!


It was lots of fun to see so many of our skiers (running) at the track meet last week! Keep up the good work!!












Feb 18, 2012, 4:44 pm

March 20, 2012


SKIERS showing up at the end-of -the season ski banquet in.... SHORTS! Weird, but kind of nice! It was a wonderful time to see everyone again, and to reminisce about the 2011/12 ski season. We had success in many many meaningful ways!

My THANKS for a terrific evening of awards, conversation &...

THANKS to all the parents who provided such a variety of good food!

THANKS to Jack for providing our team with USSA information and some history about Giant's Ridge!

THANKS to the "senior skiers" for the terrific picture collage!

THANKS to Dale & Sally Zamlen for their support and presence surrounding the "Dan Zamlen Memorial Scholarship".

THANKS to Jake Dahl for putting together our ski video! (check out You Tube in a couple of weeks)

THANKS to Jody Guy-Krulc and Joyce Holmes for their banquet expertise and to all those that lent a hand throughout the evening!

THANKS to the new ski booster board- for committing to next season's adventure!

THANKS to John Filander & Pepsi Deb Maki for all their contributions / help at our meets, practices, etc.


THANKS to all of you skiers & coaches for a fantastic ski season!

Continue the friendships and camaraderie with your teammates while having fun & getting in shape for the 2012/13 ski season….and your fall sport!

A SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM is in the works. Check back in May for more details. Only 235 more days till our (next) first practice!!

And .... best wishes for success in all your spring endeavors!

See you on the (running) trails!







It was a busy final week for the ski team!


Here is a re-cap of what happened!!


THURS. 2/16 : The STATE meet was exciting! CONGRATS !! to Sam J. for his wonderful performance- a 38th place finish-a huge step forward from last year’s 85th spot! And a last-call to the speller / skier on our team, who placed 4th at the Bee- GREAT JOB- EMMA! Emma will move on to the next level, on March 1st. A fine day (all-around)skiers!

Along with the STATE Meet event- I want to say “Thanks” to all the fan support at Giant’s Ridge at the STATE Meet too. It was fun to see so many fellow team members, students, parents, and teachers take part in what us skiers enjoy..!


WED. 2/15: We kicked things off with a STATE send -off / Pep Fest at Mesabi East to honor Sam & Emma. It was a fantastic showing and (hugely proud) moment for this coach to present our 3 school team to the students and staff at Mesabi East. Our skiers looked awesome in their team jackets, as they lined up across the gym! Posters were made by the pep club, each school song was played, and all of our skiers were introduced. Sam & Emma then had their own spot-light! Another great job skiers! THANK YOU for YOUR support!!

Then the CHARLIE BANK’s RELAYS started at 1pm at Giant’s Ridge, with our two teams of 4: one for the guys, and one for the gals. We were about half-way on the result list, for 40 teams. Drew, Bennett, Simon & Austin placed at 21, while the gals – Anna, Emma H, Stephanie & Juliana took 22. These relays are always a fun lead up to the STATE meet! Check out the skier’s t-shirts from this event…. “Got Snow?” is printed on the back- and I believe that was the theme to our ski season too!


TUES. 2/14: This day was our final ski season practice- where we brought back the annual “HOT DOG / SMORE’ ROAST “ at Trapper Creek Cabin- the shelter between the Biwabik Spur & Oslo Trails. One of the big perks of the season- to ride the chairlift up – was welcomed by everyone. BUT, we still have to ski quite a ways to the shelter, and then back down to the chalet! A warm fire & roasting sticks awaited our team, thanks to Kim Norman & Jack Greenlee. After a filling snack of smores & dogs, the team got down to business with a mean game of Red Rover. (we start & end the season with this name- calling event) Coach Mariah & her husband Josh, were popular - going back & forth between the gals & guys teams. It was a terrific ending to our daily practice schedule, and thanks to all who made the adventure to the cabin. (Only 268 more days (as of 2/18) till next ski season!?!)


MON. 2/13: Super fast performances by our young and upcoming skiers at the JH / JV Championships on Monday, Feb. 13th! Some of our skiers lost out to first place finishes by one-tenth of a second… The course at Spirit Mtn. was again very challenging and we hope not to visit this venue next year!


RESULTS & PICS & VIDEOS: from this past week at www.boreal.org/~durfee, and www.skinnyski.com, and I have updated the photo gallery. Check out your FAVORITE SKI TEAM MEMBERS!



The Mesabi East-Virginia-Eveleth/Gilbert Nordic Ski Banquet will be held:
Sunday, Feb 26 at 5 pm at the Biwabik Pavilion in Biwabik!!!

This is a celebration of the awesome ski season and to recognize the 6 graduating seniors from our team . .
Jake Dahl, Austin Dane, Drew Johnson, Bennett Maki, Austin Peterson and Austin Sowers.
(Last year was the 3 Sam's, this year the 3 Austin's!)

This banquet is a wonderful array of Organized Potluck dishes!

If your last name begins with:
A - J Bring a Main Dish
K - R Bring Salad
S - Z Bring Dessert

Heather Jones will bring a gallon of milk!!!
Coffee and Juice will be provided.

+ If you have photos from the ski season, please bring them with to share memories of the season.

+ If you would like to help with set-up at 4 PM or decorating please contact me or Joyce Holmes.

+ There will be a SHORT PARENT'S MEETING following the banquet to elect officers for next year.
Jody Guy-Krulc is concluding her 2 years of service as President of the ME Nordic Booster Club
so let her know if you would like to fill this position. We also need a VP and secretary.

Hope to see some of you at the State Nordic race tomorrow or at "Book Across The Bay" in Ashland on Saturday.

It has been WONDERFUL to meet, greet and work the races with all of you! What a Great Bunch of BOOSTERS!!!

Jody Guy-Krulc
ME Nordic Booster President

Section Wrap-up, JH / JV Championships, HOT DOG & SMORES, Last practices....
Feb 10, 2012, 8:15 pm

The section meet brought us many great results and end-of-the-season, personal bests!



Congratulations to "Sam Johnson" and "Emma Greenlee" for their acquired State Berths! Placing second and fifteenth, these two skiers will race in the State Meet on Thursday at Giant’s Ridge, against the best of the best throughout Minnesota.  Good Luck!!   Congratulations also to our boys & girls teams, who placed 3rd and 4th respectively- out of 11 schools- you know how to ski fast too! All of the dedicated hours put forth from November 15th, has paid off in several meaningful ways, that I believe, everyone on our team can relate to.  It was an exciting day of racing! Get all the details at www.skinnyski.com – under the Section 7 headline. Lots of great pics of our skiers too! (thanks Ron!)



On Monday, the Jr. High & Jr. Varsity will show their side of skiing with the Championships at Spirit Mtn. in Duluth. The Jr. High will compete against their own grade levels, while the JV skiers are comprised 11th & 12th level skiers. This is a skate race held on part of the alpine course.   I know these skiers will load up the podiums and bring home lots of hardware too!  


MYSL update: I have receivd notice that there will not be any MYSL ski lessons on Sunday, Feb. 19th, due to the Presiden'ts Weekend Holiday.  For the skiers who have signed up for this day, please change your date to either: Sunday, Feb. 12 or Sunday, Feb. 26th.   


Here is the outline for the team’s last week of practices & meets:


  • ·         Monday, 2/13- JH/JV Championships at Spirit Mtn &

                 practice for those skiing the CB relays or State Meet                                   


  • ·         Tuesday, 2/14 last practice for all team members & uniform turn-in  day &  HOT DOG ROAST & SMOR’E’s at Trapper’s Creek Cabin. Ride the chairlift up to the Summit, ski the Bronze to Trapper’s Creek. Or – SKI all the way- there!   *Bring your own beverage*


   *** Please return all uniforms on this day unless you are racing on Wed. or Thurs., or skiing on Sat. at Book Across the Bay ***


  • ·         Wed, 2/15Pep Fest at Mesabi East, (tentative) 8:15. Hoping to have all skiers-from E-G & VA & ME in attendance. Working on transportation details with EG/VA schools. This is a fun send-off for our State skiers, and a great way to show off our whole team at Mesabi East !!  

-  Charlie Bank’s Relays- 1pm at Giant’s Ridge.         


  • ·         Thurs. 2/16 STATE MEET - 10:00 Giant’s Ridge.  Come to cheer & support Sam & Emma if you can!

Upcoming for the SKI TEAM - week of Feb 6-10, & "THE BOOK"
Feb 5, 2012, 11:55 pm

What a great day for our young men & women at the Cook County Invite on Friday!   The guys brought home a 3rd place trophy, while the gals took 5th overall. This race was the final “tune-up” before the Section race, for our Varsity skiers to see where they stand with their competitors – on an individual and team basis.  Many of our skiers participated in their first ever pursuit race, which consisted of a different course on the Pincushion Trails for both the skate (5.3k) & classic (5.6k) races.   Our teams were determined to (out ski) some other schools, and they did. They also received many compliments on their “new” uniforms.   Our team looked good! A video re-cap of the race can be found at www.wtip.org, while results are online at www.boreal.org/~durfee.





New Uniform Care: Wash in cold water. Do not wash with team warm-up pants. The velcro can attach to the lycra fabric easily and cause pilling. Do not dry in the dryer. HANG DRY. These 2 piece suits are very expensive. Let’s get many many years out of them!


As we look to our BIG DAY … the Section 7 MEET.

-          Monday, Feb. 6 – Classic. Work on Section Course. Time Trials for those not attending Friday’s race. Section teams to be determined.

-          Tuesday, Feb. 7- Classic.

-          Wed. Feb. 8- Wax & Team dinner.

-          Thursday. Feb 9- Section Meet . First race is at 10:00 am. Skiers need to be at GR at 8:00 am.



Next week will also be very busy as we have the :


Jr High & JV Championships on Monday, 2/13; (place yet to be determined)

the Charlie Bank’s Relay’s – two (2 x 4) relay teams, on Wed. 2/15;

and the STATE MEET on Thurs. 2/16.

That’s it- for the season!



With that in mind, some ski fun is in the works….



There has been lots of interest from skiers to attend the “Book Across the Bay” event again this year in Ashland, WI.   The date is Sat. Feb. 18, at 6pm. This is a fun family tour and race of many different themes. Walk, run, snowshoe or ski a 10k (no hills!) at dusk across the Chequamegon Bay , starting at Ashland and finishing across the frozen pond- at Washburn.   Thousands of luminaries light the course with a great ending of the biggest bonfire you’ll ever see.   We are again staying at the Americinn in Ashland, with compliments of Jody Guy-Krulc’s nephew (Todd- general manager) that offered our team a great rate of 69.99 per room.  



If you’re interested in going, give the Americinn a call & ask for Todd and check out the info about the Book Across the Bay can be found at www.batb.org.   Come join us and other ME/VA/E-G skiers for a great evening of skiing and fun!



AmericInn of Ashland

3009 Lake Shore Drive E

Ashland, WI 54806


(715) 682-9950

(800) 634-3444


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