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International Racing for the Michigan Cup!

Wed, Jan  17, 2007 - By Soo Finish Ski Club

Be part of the first international races ever for the Michigan Cup! Join the Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club on their home ground for a weekend of classic and freestyle racing on February 18-18, 2007 !

Age Categories

Male and female categories will be provided for a full range of age divisions. Due to a scheduling conflict with the Michigan High School Championships, Michigan Cup Points will only be awarded to Seniors (ages 20-29) and Masters (ages 30+). Ten-year age groups for Masters will be offered as follows: 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-70, and 80+.

Categories for ages 19 and younger will be offered as follows: Pee Wee (8-9), Mini-Midget (10-11), Midget (12-13), Juvenile (14-15), Junior (16-17) and Junior Men/Women (18-19).

In addition to the above, an open Special Olympics category will also be offered.

Age is determined on the basis of age on December 31, 2006.

Schedule of Events


  • Saturday, February 17, 2007 – Classic Technique   

Timed interval starts will begin at 10:30 am in the following order:   

Senior Men (20-29) 10 km
Junior Men (18-19) 10 km
Senior Women (20-29) 10 km
Junior Women (18-19) 10 km
Masters Men (30+) 10 km
Masters Women (30+) 10 km
Junior Boys (16-17) 7.5 km
Junior Girls (16-17) 7.5 km
Juvenile Boys (14-15) 7.5 km
Juvenile Girls (14-15) 7.5 km
Midget Boys (12-13) 4 km
Midget Girls (12-13) 4 km
Special Olympics Boys 4 km
Special Olympics Girls 4 km
Mini-Midget Boys (10-11) 2 km
Mini-Midget Girls (10-11) 2 km
Pee Wee Boys (8-9) 2 km
Pee Wee Girls (8-9) 2 km

  • Sunday, February 18, 2007 – Freestyle Technique   

Timed Interval starts will begin at 9:00 am, using the same race order, age categories, and distances as for the Classic race.

Awards will be held at the end of each day’s race.


Pre-registration will be available through Same-day registration will be available until 1 hour prior to the start of the race. Registration fees are CAN$20.00 (pre-registered), or CAN$25.00 (same-day registration). Registration fees are not required for Soo Finnish Nordic club members, as race registration is included in club membership.


Preferred accommodation rates of CAN$119.00 per night have been arranged with the Water Tower Inn, 360 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie Ontario (Tel. 800-461-0800). Please advise that you are with Soo Finnish Nordic’s Hiawatha Invitational / Michigan Cup Cross Country Ski Race when booking in order to obtain the preferred rate.

Venue and Directions

The race will be held at Hiawatha Highlands, located at the corner of 5th Line and Landslide Road in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. A detailed interactive map may be found on Hiawatha Highlands’ web site at

When arriving in Sault Ste. Marie from the U.S. border,   

  • Follow the signs to Highway 17B North, and continue north along Highway 17B.
  • Note that Hwy 17B is also known as Pim St. until you reach McNabb St., where its name changes to “Great Northern Rd.”
  • Proceed north along Pim St. / Great Northern Rd. / Hwy 17 for approximately 3 miles (5 km) until you reach 5th Line.
  • Turn Right on 5th Line and proceed for 2 miles (3.5 km) until you reach a T-intersection with Landslide Rd.
  • Turn left on Landslide Rd. and proceed for 660 ft (300 m).
  • The day lodge for Hiawatha Highlands in on the right.

When arriving in Sault Ste. Marie from the east,   

  • Turn right on the Hwy 17 by-pass at Black Rd. and continue along Black Rd. for approximately 5 km until you reach Old Garden River Rd.     
  • Turn right, and stay on this road for approximately 4 km until you reach Hiawatha Highlands.

When arriving in Sault Ste. Marie from the north,   

  • Turn left on 5th Line and proceed for 3.5 km until you reach a T-intersection with Landslide Rd.
  • Turn left on Landslide Rd. proceed for 300 m.
  • The day lodge for Hiawatha Highlands in on the right.


Border Crossing: U.S. citizens crossing the Canada / U.S. border should be aware that passports are not required for land border crossings in either direction between the U.S. and Canada until at least 2008. Note that for border crossings by air only, passports will be required for persons entering or re-entering the United States beginning on January 27, 2007.