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The Pepsi Challenge Cup Cross Country Ski Race!

The 37th Annual Pepsi Challenge Cup Race will be held March 5, 2022 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.
  • 2022 Race Update January 2022

    Registration forms are available for the March 5th, 2022 Pepsi Challenge races. Watch here for map updates and more information in the coming months.

    Hello Skiers:

    Due to Covid and lack of registration volunteers, we have decided to close our registration ( for the Pepsi Challenge/Great River Energy Rush Races/Giants Ridge 8K Race at midnight March 4th, 2022. Race Day &em; Saturday, March 5th will be bib pick up only.
    Registration & Bib Pick Up will be Friday, March 4th at the lower level of The Lodge @ Giants Ridge from 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
    Saturday, March 5th — Bib pick up only from 7:00 am - 9:00 am. — Classic races start at 9:00 am.
    Next cut-off for a price increase is February 24th.
    There is a mail-in registration form on our website and a link to on-line registration:

    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.

  • Course Maps February 2020