Pepsi Challenge Cup

Race Information

Pepsi Challenge 2018 Registration:

You can register online There is a service charge to use the online registration service. Otherwise, you can download and print a Mail-in Registration Form or sent to you via email. Online Registration cut-off date is March 1, 2018

Experience the challenge!

East Range Cross Country Challenges, Inc. and our communities of Biwabik, Aurora, Hoyt Lakes and the Town of White, with the aid of Pepsi, Great River Energy, Giants Ridge, Honey Stinger, the Lodge at Giants Ridge, Rossignol, PolyMet, KBJR TV6 & Range 11, Biwabik Area Civic Association, FITS® Socks, American Ski Marathon Series, Minnesota Power, Range Foot & Ankle, Bennett & Koch Construction, and , wish to extend a warm welcome to all citizen cross-country skiers anticipating the running of the 34th Annual Pepsi Challenge Cup Race. With the help of you, our skiing friends, we expect to make this year's event the best ever! So, come to Minnesota's beautiful Iron Range for the last celebration of the ski season and experience the "Challenge" and "Rush" with us. You'll be glad you did!

Location

Biwabik, Minnesota is easy to find! Located on the Iron Range just three hours north of the Twin Cities, or just one hour north of Duluth on Highway 135. Registration is at the Biwabik Park Pavilion only and then you drive approximately 5 miles East of Biwabik to Giants Ridge for the start of the races.

Office Location

Giants Ridge generously provides us office space, but the ERCCCI board and its volunteers still organize the race. Call Giants Ridge and ask for Deb Maki or race headquarters. 1-800-688-7669 ext 8072 or 218-865-8072 or email pepsichallenge@giantsridge.com.

Race course

An exciting course has been designed to provide a pleasant experience for skiers of all levels. All races start and end at Giants Ridge in front of The Lodge and are spectator friendly. At the start there is 1K of wide open skiing (at least 6 across) before ascending ancient over burden mountains and descending into beautiful scenic wood lands. The 48K challenges the more daring skiers on the famous World Cup and Olympic training trails, before completion in the stadium in front of the Lodge. The 10K race is perfect for beginners to intermediate and the course will lap through the Stadium twice. The entire race course is groomed to provide excellent conditions for both skaters and traditional skiers. Feed stations are provided approximately every 8K. Gatorade and water available. Trails and race distances are subject to change.

48K Criteria
For new skiers anticipating skiing The Pepsi Challenge race (48K Freestyle) for the first time here are some tips to help you decide if the race is for you.
1. It is called the Pepsi Challenge because it is a challenge.
2. In order to finish this race before the cut-off times: You should be able to ski approximately for 4 hours straight. This will be about 5 to 5.5 minute per "K" (kilometer). You should be able to ski one kilometer in five minutes for 48 kilometers.

Pepsi Challenge 48K Classic and Great River Energy 24K Classic Races

The 48K and 24K Classic races will start at 9:00 a.m., giving those who love to classic ski a chance to get out there on their own. This is a ski on your honor race and only the classic style will be acceptable -- no skating. When filling out the registration form for the 48K or 24K Classic races, be very careful that you mark which race you are entering.

American Ski Marathon Series

The Pepsi Challenge is a member of the ASM Series. This series is North America's longest-running and largest citizen's racing and touring series, featuring 17 premier ski marathons and winter festivals stretching from Vermont to Alaska.

Registration

All entries must be on official registration forms and be accompanied by the appropriate fee outlined in the brochure. Please note there is a discount structure if registrations are sent in before deadline dates. No changes between the 48K, 24K and 10K races will be accepted after March 1, 2018.   Race registrations are not taken over the phone.
U.S. Funds only and No Credit Cards are accepted. No Refunds Allowed.  Registration at Biwabik Park Pavilion only!

Registration Location

BIB PICKUP & LATE REGISTRATION Bibs and information packets will be available for pickup at the BIWABIK PARK PAVILION, located in the park on Main Street in Biwabik, Friday, March 2, 2018 from Noon to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Identification will be required for bib pickups. Do not try to register at Giants Ridge the day of the race; you must register at the Biwabik Park Pavilion.

Delicious Spaghetti Feed!

Join us for a delicious Italian spaghetti and meat sauce dinner-Friday March 2, 2018   - 4:00 P.M.- 8:00 P.M. at the Biwabik Park Pavilion. $8.00 All you can eat!

Lodging

LOCAL PLACES TO STAY
General Information will be offered – it will be up to you to call or email these businesses and get the information that you need. All hotels/motels will be listed with www.ironrange.org – please check out that website for their general info.

General Lodging Information
Look through our lodging page to find out about your lodging options, including information about
group lodging, bed and breakfast locations, and a list of local hotels.

MAKE LODGING RESERVATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Bus Service

The Biwabik Park Pavilion is approximately 5 miles from Giants Ridge. Please allow yourself enough time to drive from registration to Giants Ridge.
No shuttle bus service will be available. Park in the lots at Giants Ridge.

Baggage

Clothing bags will be provided and kept in front of the Lodge at Giants Ridge. There will be a fenced in area. You can pick up your bag after the race at that location. Look for the "Bag Drop" sign in the stadium start area.

Start Times

9:00 a.m.Pepsi Challenge 48K Classic
Great River Energy Rush 24K Classic – Mass Start
9:30 a.m.Pepsi Challenge 48K Freestyle – Mass Start
9:40 a.m.Great River Energy Rush 24K Freestyle – Mass Start
9:50 a.m.Giants Ridge 10K< – Mass Start

All races start and finish in the stadium at Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort®.
No refunds for any reason – including race cancellation. Race course and times are subject to change.

Start & Finish Location

All races will start and finish in the stadium at the Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort.

This year, 2018: Free participant luncheon will be served after the race in the lower level of the Lodge at Giants Ridge. Bring your lunch ticket. See Participant Luncheon for details.

Showers

Bring your own towel and soap. The Biwabik Park Pavilion showers are available from noon to 4:00 P.M.

Participant Luncheon

Soup & Sandwich Lunch – 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – a complimentary lunch ticket per skier will be attached to the skier's packet at registration. Please bring your lunch ticket to luncheon at The Lodge at Giants Ridge – Lower Level. Lunch tickets for any friends and relatives can be purchased in advance only. Price per additional lunch tickets is $10.00, children 6 and under $5.00. You will be able to order additional tickets on your on-line or mail-in registration forms. February 27th is the cut-off date for ordering extra lunches. No additional lunch tickets will be available at Registration or on the day of the race.

No offsite beverages are allowed in The Lodge. Alcoholic beverages are sold at the Pine Cone Bar on the main floor of The Lodge.

No awards will be given out before the race results have been confirmed. Please allow yourself time to patiently wait for your awards. If there are any protests or timing issues, no awards will be given out before 2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony – Lower Level of The Lodge. Major awards and top 3 age class M & F prizes are distributed at this time. FITS® Socks for the age class top 3 M & F in the 48K & 24K races. Age class top 3 in 10K race will receive a Giants Ridge mug. Top 3 class prizes will be given as a majority of results are verified (undisputed), beginning with 10K race at approximately 12:30 pm. Winners will be asked to sign for prizes. No prizes will be shipped, since this ceremony is taking place on site. Before you leave Giants Ridge, please make sure you have checked if you are an age class winner, etc.

At the Luncheon – In order to keep the aisles clear, we ask that you bring your ski bag into The Lodge – Lower Level, to change your clothes, etc. – please take your bag out to your vehicle or put up against the walls so that they are not blocking or impeding the movement of the lunch crowd. We are not responsible for any lost items or ski bags.

Awards & Eligibility

Top three overall finishers of each race will receive a prize. Class prizes will be given to the top three (3) male and female finishers in each age division in the 48K, 24K and 10K races.

Class prizes for 24K and 48K races will be FITS® socks. Class prizes for 10K race will be Giants Ridge mugs.

Class Prizes - New Age Divisions

10K only:9-11,12-14
48K, 24K & 10K: 15-18,19-24,25-34,35-44, 45-54,55-64,65-74,75 & Over

All 48K entrants must be 16 years of age or older as of March 3, 2018.

All 24K entrants must be 13 years of age or older. No exceptions on race ages.

Children under 18 years of age must have the application form signed by a parent or guardian.

Notice: All children under the age of 9 years must ski with an adult in the 10K race. Children skiing with a parent must be a paid registered skier and legally in the race. This race is not free and open to the public.

Calendar of events

Friday – March 2, 2018
2:00 – 10:00 p.m. Registration and bib pickup at the Biwabik Park Pavilion, Main St, Biwabik
4:00 – 8:00 p.m. SPAGHETTI FEED - $8.00 per person – All you can eat – Biwabik Park Pavilion, Main St, Biwabik, MN. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Saturday – March 3, 2018
7 – 8:30 a.m.Registration and bib pick up at the Biwabik Park Pavilion
No registration is done at Giants Ridge. You must register at the Biwabik Park Pavilion before 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.Pepsi Challenge 48K Classic
Great River Energy Rush 24K Classic – Mass Start
9:30 a.m.Pepsi Challenge 48K Freestyle – Mass Start
9:40 a.m.Great River Energy Rush 24K Freestyle – Mass Start
9:50 a.m.Giants Ridge 10K< – Mass Start
11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Participant Luncheon – See details above.
2:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony – See details above.

All races start and finish in the stadium at Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort®.
No refunds for any reason – including race cancellation. Race course and times are subject to change.

Results

Results will be posted at Giants Ridge and at The Lodge at Giants Ridge on race day. Our 24K and 48K races qualify for the Korte & American Birkebeiner Race next year. Results will be posted on-line at www.itiming.com and at www.skinnyski.com.


You must check your time to make sure it is correct! There is a 30 minute protest period after the race. You must protest at the timing building to the timing officials. It is too late to protest at the soup feed.
If you do not finish the correct distance race that you registered for, report to official in the timing bldg.   For example: if you drop out of the 48K race, you must report to the timing bldg.

Additional Information

For more information and/or registration call or write:

Pepsi Challenge Cup Race Headquarters
P.O. Box 505
Biwabik MN, 55708-0505
Giants Ridge local (218) 865 8072
or call toll-free 1-800-688-7669 ext 8072
Contact Deb Maki at pepsichallenge@giantsridge.com

Fees and conditions

Please enclose proper fees, with the entry form and mail to the address above. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ALLOWED. US FUNDS ONLY! MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO ERCCCI. CHARGE CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED