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August 11, 2011: Volume 12, Number 19




 Birkie "Founder" Dave Landgraf

Killed in Car Bicycle Accident



David Landgraf, 62, of Bloomer, Wis. one of the Birkebeiner "Founder" skiers, died Monday, Aug. 8, of injuries sustained when his bicycle was hit by a motorist on Highway 27 north of Sand Lake, Wis. last Friday evening. Landgraf succumbed to his injuries and passed away at 1:12 p.m. on Monday. 



Landgraf, retired from teaching physical education at Bloomer Middle School helped coach dozens of youngsters and adults over four decades of Nordic skiing. Landgraf was one of just 35 people to take the start line in Hayward for the inaugural Birkie, and he continued to post exemplary results even as he crossed into the 60-plus age group.


In the 2011 Birkie, Landgraf finished in 2 hours, 43 minutes, finishing second place in his age group and 468th overall.



The Nordic skiing community of northwest Wisconsin mourns the loss of Landgraf, a much admired and respected athlete and individual. The youngest of an elite corps of 10 skiers who after skiing the first 10 American Birkebeiner ski marathons, were dubbed as "Founders" by the event's creator Tony Wise. Given his passion for the race and the sport and his own physical capabilities, it is likely that Landgraf would have continued skiing the Birkie to log more than 40 or perhaps even 50 consecutive events.


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National Cross Country Ski Education Foundation




National Nordic Foundation



The National Cross Country Ski Education Foundation (NCCSEF) to become the National Nordic Foundation (NNF). This name change is being undertaken to better represent the foundations updated goals of raising funds to support key Pillar Projects in the Nordic skiing disciplines of Cross-Country and also Nordic Combined.




The non-profit National Nordic Foundation (previously NCCSEF) was founded in 1997 and has contributed over $300,000 to cross-country skier development programs since its inceptionIt has proudly funded every U.S. World Junior Championship Team in the cross-country discipline since 1997 and every U.S. J1 Scando Cup cross-country team since 1999. Initially known for its annual fundraising calendar, the National Nordic Foundation is now gaining popularity and financial donors for its structured Pillar Project fundraising and funding programs.




Stay tuned next week as the National Nordic Foundation announces its Pillar Projects and the Pillar Projects social fundraising platform. Funding of the Pillar Projects ensures the nation's top Nordic skiers, starting at the J2 age group and ending when they reach the World Cup Red Group, gain access to the highest caliber racing, training and coaching experiences.



Donate Today



Your financial contribution to the non-profit National Nordic Foundation will provide the Pillars necessary to boost the next generations of American Nordic skiers as they chase their World Cup dreams. All charitable contributions can be directed to a specific Cross Country or Nordic Combined Pillar Project or to the General Fund. To make your tax deductible contribution send a check to the address below or donate online at www.nccsef.org. For further inquiries visit www.nccsef.org or contact National Nordic Foundation Director, David Knoop, at 801-699-1456 nccsef@gmail.com   



Donate to National Nordic Foundation here now!







SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 at 8:45 am!

Duluth, MN


The NorthShore Inline Marathon organization would like to present the only rollerski marathon in the United States!


Enjoy the country's most scenic and exciting rollerski event along the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior! The 26.2 mile marathon begins just south of Two Harbors and continues along Scenic Hwy 61, rolling through the I-35 tunnels, and finishing at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC).

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Friday, November 11, 2011 at 6:00pm



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CXC-Salomon Super Fit Weekends


back by popular demand


Get your cross country skis superbly fitted and selected on the state of the art 3D pressure mat by CXC Team athletes and coaches. CXC's 3D pressure mat is the most comprehensive ski analysis device available to consumers in the world. It provides dynamic 3D live imaging of how your skiing forces are distributed through a skis running surface as you move.


Simple in use and easy to understand with 5000 sensors under your skis that measure the skis pressure distribution 100 times per second. You move and simultaneously see the skis reaction in 3 dimensions on a flat screen display. You will leave your SuperFit fitting not only with superbly preforming skis but also with an in-depth understanding on how skis turn your kick and gliding motions into forward speed. This visualization and understanding will allow you to ski better as well.


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CXC athletes and coaches help you find your perfect ski as they explain to you what different images mean and what makes a difference to you between a good ski and a great ski. This understanding and equipment plays an instrumental role in CXC's continued selection of the fastest skis for its athletes and these athletes continued success on the national and international levels and at the Birkie!


Each Super Fit Weekend is also about getting advice on technique, training and waxing. CXC athletes and coaches will also be on hand to complement the stores staff and assist you with boots selection and fitting, poles selection and length, ski apparel and wax box insights. You can also bring your old skis to learn what conditions they will ski the best and compare them to new skis side by side.


In addition to all listed above you will also find:


Testing your ski fitness with Ski Erg (double pole machine)

Trying biathlon with infrared rifles

Demo sit-ski for individuals with physical disabilities

Learn about Paralympic Cross Country Skiing & Biathlon

Get your Nordic On rollerski and dry-land clinic

Taste of Nordic rollerski and dry-land clinic

Super Fit Sweepstakes


Schedule (visit store website for store hours and more details):


Gear West Ski & Run - Long Lake, MN September 23-25, 2011


Cyclova XC - St. Croix Falls, WI October 28-30, 2011


King Keyser - Hinsdale, IL October 28-30, 2011


Fontana Sports - Madison, WI November 4-6, 2011


Hoigaard's - St. Louis Park, MN November 4-6, 2011


Joe's Ski Shop - St. Paul, MN November 11-13, 2011


Bicycle Doctor Bike & Ski - Dousman, WI November 11-13, 2011


Finn Sisu, - St. Paul, MN December 2-4, 2011


Ski Hut - Duluth, MN December 2-4, 2011



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