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The Pepsi Challenge Cup Cross Country Ski Race!

The 37th Annual Pepsi Challenge Cup Race will be held March 6, 2021 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.
  • 25K Race Sponsor

    Great River Energy is the race sponsor for the 25K freestyle and 25K classic races. The 25K races will be called the Great River Energy Rush races.


    There will be a new place to register and pick up your bib packet this year. Registration will be at The Lodge at Giants Ridge on the lower level on both Friday, Feb. 28th and Saturday Feb. 29th, 2020.

    Friday, Feb 28th registration is from 2:00 PM - 10:00PM.
    Skiers who are pre-registered can stop at the ticketing desk, lower level of Giants Ridge Chalet, sign a waiver, and ski free on Friday only.

    Saturday, Feb 29th registration is from 7:00 AM - 9:00AM.

    There will be no spaghetti feed or showers available at the pavilion this year. The Lodge at Giants Ridge will have spaghetti on their menu that night in the restaurant. The Burnt Onion restaurant in the Chalet also offers pasta options.

    Pepsi Challenge 2021 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 4, 2021 at midnight.

    *Youth rate 13 - 21 yr olds 25K race & 16 to 21 yr olds in the 50K = $70.00 - no price increases.

    Please make sure when you are registering on-line to look for the youth rate for the $70.00 value.

    Please note that you cannot change races after February 28, 2021 if already registered.

  • Course Maps February 2020