The third Distance Race of the season, the Raven Romp, is set for the weekend of February 20-21 and once again you have lots of choices because this will be a virtual race! There’s even a short distance for kids!

Racers can choose classic or skate, whether to go 10 kilometers or 30, and when to do their race over the weekend. The 10Km is a one lap race. The 30Km race is three laps of the White Bear Trail, so three times up Heartrate Hill! This year we are also offering a 5Km for younger skiers, up to age 18.

The race will start and finish in the Birch Hill Ski Stadium. You may race any time between 9AM Saturday, February 20, and 6PM Sunday, February 21. Courses will be marked Friday night with colored arrows. Grooming will be standard grooming with a skate lane and one track along the side of the trail. There will be no setup in the stadium – no V-board or fencing.

All registration for this event is online, with payment by credit card. There is no hard copy registration. Registration is open through Sunday evening. For more information on registration, racecourses, and results, see:

And if you like skiing at Birch Hill’s wonderfully groomed trails, please consider a trails donation at:

Good luck racing!