Big Island and Back Nordic Ski Dash, 2015

Event Date

Sat, Feb 7, 2015


Excelsior, MN

About This Activity

3rd Annual Big Island and Back Nordic Ski Dash

The Excelsior Brewing Co.  is excited to announce the 3rd Annual “Big Island and Back”, a 10k Nordic Ski event on Saturday, February 7 at 1 pm.  Proceeds from the race entry fees will be donated to the ICA Food Shelf program and the Freshwater Society.  The start line as at the dock area in Excelsior Bay.  Come early and have lunch in Excelsior.  Stay after for drinks and dinner.

Excelsior Brewing Co. President John Klick 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 Brewery about sponsorship.  “A race on Lake Minnetonka will be flat, fast and fun” according to Klick, Last year, nearly 200 skiers participated in the event..

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 Excelsior Brewing Company, Brightwater, The Bird House Inn at Excelsior Bay, LHB, Inc., Rudy Project by Brevier, Alliant Consulting, Inc., Gear West and City of Lakes Loppet, with more to come.

The ICA Food Shelf and Freshwater Society 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 Backwebsite and Facebook page.

Event details and schedule

Online registration will close at midnight (12:00 AM) on February 6, 2015.

Saturday, February 7 - Race Day:

Packet Pickup and same day registration from 10:30 AM - noon at the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber, 37 Water Street, Excelsior, MN 55331

Race start time: 1 PM, arrive at Excelsior Dock no later than 12:30 PM.

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