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2025 Pepsi Challenge 50K/Great River Energy Rush 25K/Giants Ridge 8K Nordic Ski Races at Giants Ridge

Sat March 1, 2025
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Cancellation of the 2024 Pepsi Challenge/Great River Energy Rush at Giants Ridge

GOOD NEWS! All 2024 pre-registered participants are now registered in our March 1, 2025 race.

Hello Skiers:

Unfortunately, we have been forced to cancel this year's Races due to a severely low snow base on the Trails at Giants Ridge.  Rain, instead of snow last week, with little snow forecast for the next 10 to 14 days leave no hope of adding another foot of snow to the icy, dirty 1 to 3 inch base. We have cancelled three races in forty years; one for temperature, one for the pandemic and now lack of snow. Hopefully, the cycle is complete.

We will review our financial outlook during the next couple of weeks to determine what we will offer pre-registered participants as a credit or refund.

We thank you for your interest and support! All that we can do now is look forward to 2025 and a real Winter.



Join us for the 39th Annual Pepsi Challenge Cup 50K Freestyle & Classic, Great River Energy Rush 25K Freestyle & Classic & Giants Ridge 8K  Nordic Ski Races on March 1, 2025 at Giants Ridge Biwabik Minnesota. Giants Ridge has 60 kilometers of impeccably groomed, world class Nordic trails on which World Cup, Olympic Trials, National Collegiate Finals, U. S. National Championships and High School championships take place.  Our family-oriented events are designed to accommodate skiers of all abilities. The Pepsi Challenge Cup Race is part of the American Ski Marathon Series and a Birkie Qualifier. Visit us on Minnesota's Iron Range for a fun-filled, late winter cross country ski extravaganza! 

 We are also looking for volunteers and input from anyone interested in the future quality of our event. Please email with volunteer availability or to comment.

2025 Race Fees

Pepsi Challenge Cup 50K & Great River Energy Rush 25K Race Fees
$75.00   25K & 50K to January 12th*
$85.00   25K & 50K January 13th to February 21st
$95.00   25K & 50K February 22nd to February 28th
*Youth rate 13-21yo 25K & 16-21yo 50K $70.00.
          Giants Ridge 8K Race Fees
$40.00   8K race 18 years of age & under 
$55.00   8K race Over 18 years of age.
$15.00   Guest luncheon tickets available only in advance      by February 25, 2025! 
US Funds Only!   Make checks payable to: ERCCCI
No Refunds. Credit Cards online only(fee based). 
By Mail:
 East Range Cross Country Challenges, Inc.
 PO Box 505
 Biwabik, MN 55708
Internet race information (entry forms):
ERCCCI Headquarters: 1-800-688-7669 ext. 8072


2025 Registration Form

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Race Contact Info

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Race Course Maps 2025

Snow is in the air at Giants Ridge!!!


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Race Website

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Giants Ridge
6329 Wynne Creek Drive
Biwabik, MN 55708


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