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The Pepsi Challenge Cup Cross Country Ski Race!

The 38th Annual Pepsi Challenge Cup Race will be held March 4, 2023 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 50K freestyle race on the world class Nordic Trail System. There are four companion races: Pepsi Challenge 50K Classic, Great River Energy Rush 25K Freestyle, Great River Energy Rush 25K Classic, and Giants Ridge 8K. 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.
  • 2023 Update October 2022

    Registration forms are available for the March 4th, 2023 Pepsi Challenge races. Watch here for more information in the coming months.
    Happy Fall, Skiers:

    We enthusiastically invite you to ski the Pepsi Challenge/Great River Energy/Giants Ridge Nordic Races on Saturday, March 4th, 2023, at beautiful Giants Ridge. We are in the planning stages for these 5 races – 50K, 25K, 8K – Skate & Classic. Our RunSignUp registration site with mail in registration form is updated and active now. Race courses remain the same, while registration, bib pickup and the awards luncheon are now in The South Chalet at Giants Ridge. (The South Chalet is the small chalet before the Main Chalet.)

    There is a mail-in registration form on our website and a link to on-line registration: www.pepsichallengeskirace.com.

    Please mark this event on your calendar – we look forward to seeing you! Any questions, please call 218-865-8072 and leave a message for Deb. Thank you!



    25K Race Sponsor

    Great River Energy is the race sponsor for the 25K freestyle and 25K classic races, which are called the Great River Energy Rush races.

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