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8/6/20 - The Planning Team is hard at work putting together a virtual SISU for 2021. The event will be fun AND competitive, while respecting the limitations we are all experiencing due to COVID-19. Registration is temporarily suspended during this planning process. We will launch the 2021 event and resume registration by October 1st. Thank you for your patience.
To celebrate our record turnout we are offering registration for SISU 2021 for the LOW LOW fee of $50 all week. Offer good through FRIDAY, 1/17/20!
NOTE: No refunds, registrations not transferrable, registrations for SISU 2021 only, cannot carry over to 2022.
We had a great day of racing! Check out the results from our super timers, Superior Timing!
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GROOMING REPORT JANUARY 9, 2020
Thursday 5:30 PM
We are getting snow right now. It is light but is better than the ice pellets we had for an hour at 3:30. The course and other trails are all skiing well and it looks like a great course for Saturday. We have Pisten Bully powertilled the course into town 9 times so far. Don’t forget the ABR SISU ski shop sale 20 % off clothing Friday thru Sunday (excluding ABR Logo Clothing and sale clothing).
Check out the ABR webcam at the SISU starting line stadium!
FAT BIKE UPDATE
The trails are in super good condition for the Fat Bike Try Out the Trails Event on Sunday!
As promised, the Pisten Bullies were out on the SISU race course into town again today. Grooming will continue daily through Race Morning. We expect a firm skate deck and nice deep tracks, with temps in the low teens.
Fast Wax has published their race wax recommendations for SISU Ski Fest. Stop by the Fast Wax booth at the Expo. Also, look for lots of their wax products in our door prize drawing!
Registration passed 700 today! This is a new SISU record. There are still a few spaces left in each race, but some waves are full.
SISU Ski Fest Races Filling Up!
The 30K SISU races are reaching their capacity.
The 30K Skate has a capacity of 350 racers, with 50 spots left. Waves 1, 2, and 3 are full.
The 30K Classic race is capped at 170 racers. There are currently 20 spaces left.
The 15K Classic is capped at 150 racers and has 35 spots left.
The 15K Skate is capped at 150 racers and has 65 spots left.
Once a race reaches capacity, we will close registration for that race.
Race Course is Shaping Up!
Ironwood has received nearly 100 inches of snow to date, resulting in a 17 inch base on most of the race course. We received a couple inches of new snow today. Eric Anderson and his grooming crew have been out assessing and grooming daily. Rain and warm temps last week put a dent in a few of the low wet spots on the way into town. Now that colder temps are returning, those spots are freezing up again, and we expect to be able to Pisten Bully groom the entire race course starting Wednesday.
The current forecast calls for below freezing temps all week and +10 on race day.
Race Registration Closes Friday 10pm or sooner!
Registrations continue to be accepted on-line until 10pm Friday or in-person at the Race Expo Friday from 4-10pm. Once a race reaches capacity, registration for that race will close.
5K Fun Ski registration continues until 11am Saturday.
River House Stage Prize
NEW THIS YEAR!
Friends of the River House are offering a $100 stage winner cash prize to the fastest male and female 30K SISU Freestyle finisher to reach the River House split (based on the official results). The timing antenna will be located at approximately 19K, at the famous Pole Tree Chicken Coup Warming Cabin just before the River House Aid Station, and will be marked with flags.
SISU 30K Race Prizes & Awards
Prizes for Overall Winners, Classic and Freestyle, Male & Female
1st Place - $200 & free entry for next year.
2nd Place - $100 & free entry for next year.
3rd Place - Free entry for next year.
Age Group Awards for top two finishers, Freestyle and Classic, Male & Female:
18-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54: 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79, 80 and older (based on race day age)
Heikki Lunta 15K Race Prizes & Awards
Overall Awards for top three finishers, Classic and Freestyle, Male & Female
Age Group Awards for top two finishers, Male & Female, Freestyle and Classic:
13 and younger; 14-18; 19-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54: 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79, 80 and older (based on race day age)
Hauska Hiihto 5K Fun Ski
Timed, for your information, no awards.
Nordic Ski Hat by Hidden Bay Sports
Designed by Kay Lum, the popular nordic ski hat by Hidden Bay Sports is our 2020 racer gift! Thank you Hidden Bay for sponsoring a portion of the racer gift!
2020 SISU Pin
Racers will also receive the 2020 SISU Ski Fest pin. Do you have all 11 of them?
Available for sale at the SISU Store!
12/31/19 - Racer Information Booklets and other information was sent to all registered participants via Constant Contact e-newsletter.
New Timing Company: We are excited to announce that we will be using Superior Timing this year! Based in Marquette, MI, Superior Timing has emerged as the leader in Nordic race timing over the past 10 years. Registration is through RunSignUp so you can look forward to an easy registration process and fast and accurate results on race day.
Additional Info & Events: Take a look at the drop down menus under RACE INFO and COURSE INFO (on navigation bar, above) for: Course maps, Post-race Party, Expo, Depot Dash, Fat Bike Demo/Tour, and SISU Party at the Theatre.
Look for e-newsletters: Registered participants receive updates via our e-newsletter through Constant Contact.
The SISU Ski Fest (SSF) was chartered in 2010 as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting silent sports with emphasis on cross-country ski racing and generating economic activity in the Ironwood area. The SISU Ski Fest manifests these goals.
The SISU Ski Fest is comprised of four ski events (classic and freestyle divisions): the signature 30K SISU Ski Race, 15K Heikki Lunta Ski Race, Hauska Hiihto 5K Fun Ski, and the Depot Dash for kids 10 and under, plus a Fat Bike Demo/Tour.
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