Big Island and Back Nordic Ski Dash

Event Date

Sat, Feb 8, 2014


Excelsior, MN

About This Activity

2nd Annual Big Island and Back, Nordic Ski Dash to Take Place on Lake Minnetonka February 8, 2014

The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the 2nd Annual “Big Island and Back”, a 10k Nordic Ski event on Saturday, February 8 at 2pm.  Proceeds from the race entry fees will be donated to the ICA Food Shelf program.  The start line as at the dock area in Excelsior Bay.  Come early and have lunch in Excelsior.  Stay after for drinks and dinner.

Chamber President-elect Bill Damberg explains that an intrepid group of Nordic enthusiasts staged an inaugural race last year, and the participants  “knew it could become a great event”, so approached the Chamber about sponsorship.  “A race on Lake Minnetonka will be flat, fast and fun” according to Damberg, who was also one of the original organizing members of a similar annual race called Book Across the Bay in Ashland, WI, and which is now the 2nd largest Nordic ski event in North America.

This year’s race will be capped at 400 registrations, with plans to grow the event each year.   Our goal is to get skiers of all ages out on Minnetonka for a great community winter event.  The course will be groomed and tracked for both Classic and Skate skiers.

A post-race party will take place at Excelsior Brewing along with music by Wondercure .  Sponsors include Beacon Bank, Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce, Excelsior Brewing Company, Brightwater, The Bird House Inn at Excelsior Bay, LHB, Inc., Rudy Project by Brevier, Alliant Consulting, Inc., ICA Foodshelf, Xcel Energy, SISU, Gear West and the Loppet Foundation, with more to come.

The ICA Food Shelf will be helping to provide volunteers, and interested community members from Excelsior and Lake Minnetonka who would like to volunteer can find more information on the Big Island and Back Facebook page.

Event schedule and times

Online registration will close at midnight (12:00 AM) on February 7, 2014.

Saturday, February 8 - Race Day:

Packet Pickup and same day registration from 11:30 - 2 at the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber, 37 Water Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

Race start time: 2 PM, arrive at Excelsior Dock no later than 1 PM.

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