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Michigan Cup Sprints, Part of Winter Fun Days!

Tue, Jan  30, 2007 - By Mike Muha

Hanson Hills has been busy grooming the course over the past week and a half in preparation for the Michigan Cup Sprints on Sunday, Feb 4, part of Hanson Hills' Winter Fun Days. The Sprints, an official Michigan Cup points race, features a loop slightly less than a kilometer long. Flat, the course emphasizes going fast rather than climbing hills.

The course begins with six tracks set through a no-skate zone from the starting line. The tracks then disappear and the course continues in a loop, wide enough in most places for skaters to ski side-by-side. The race is freestyle.

All racers compete in an interval start time trial, starting at 10:00am. The top 48 men, 24 women, 24 girls, 24 boys from the time trial move on into heats of 6. The top 2 from each heat move on to later heats of 4. There will be an A-final (top 4) and a B-final (second 4) heat at the end for each category.

A full set of Michigan Cup points will be awarded: 200 place for men, 51 places for women, and 40 place each for junior boys and junior girls. Age classes consist of the normal Michigan Cup age categories:

  • Juniors: 13-19 years;
  • Seniors: 20-29 and 30-39;
  • Masters: 40-49 and 50-59;
  • Super Masters: 60-69, 70-79, 80 & over.

The entry fee is only $10. What's does that fee get you?

  • Custom race mugs to all age group winners.
  • Custom-made trophy to the top man, women, girl and boy.
  • A goody bag from for all racers.

And bring your water bottle: fill-up with free HEED High Endurance Sports Drink from for a quick drink between heats or during your post-race ski on Hanson Hills great trails.


  • There's free alpine and XC skiing for non-racers all weekend.
  • A Swix Nordic wax clinic with Mike Wagner
  • A Chili Cookoff
  • Cardboard Sled box Race

Schedule for Winter Fun Days

7:00am River Rats Arctic Blast Adventure Race
2:00pm "Big Air" Ski/Snowboard Competition
Free alpine and XC skiing all day

10:00am Michigan Cup Sprints
12-3pm Chili Cook Off
1:00pm SWIX Wax Clinic
2:00pm Cardboard Sled Box Race
Free alpine and XC skiing all day

Join us after the White Pine Stampede on Saturday for a ski, then on Sunday for the Michigan Cup Sprints!


Hanson Hills Recreation Area, Grayling