Congrats to All Competitors

The US National Speedskating Marathon was held on February 20-21, 2010 in Bemidji, MN. Danny Fredrick (Roseville, MN) won the 25k with a track record of 45:42.91 and Erik Wardenaar (Golden Valley, MN) won the 50k with a time of 1:45:14.38. The weather on Saturday was absolutely pristine, while Sunday brought a light dusting of snow. The ice was fast thanks to the ice crew of Dave Cermak, Norm Johannsen, and Erik Sjogren who spent the week prior to the marathon flooding and preparing the oval for the skaters. One competitor said of the lake ice, “…this is the best lake ice in North America, this race, this ice should be the focal point of the marathon season.”

Pictures of the event may be found at http://www.bemidjispeedskating.org/gallery or if you have taken pictures and would like to add them to the gallery please email Lisa who will get you an account set up to do so.

Full results may be found online as well.


We Are Ready for You!

In a little less than 36 hours the starting gun will go off for the 2010 National Marathon.

The ice will be flooded Friday morning and then Zambonied, please check with the crew if you will be able to skate the oval, especially in the morning and early afternoon.

Registration will take place in the Hampton Inn Lobby starting at 6:00 PM on Friday and also in the lobby Saturday morning before the race.

If you are able to volunteer as a lap counter, please come to the Kraus-Anderson trailer which is located near the start line at 9:30 AM on Saturday or 8:30 AM on Sunday.

Safe travels and we look forward to seeing you!



Congrats to Pioneer (Bemidji) Speedskater Lisa Sjogren, who was crowned the 2010 National Champion- Senior Ladies. Lisa will be competing in the long track marathon February 20-21, 2010.