News2004-2005 US Race Calendar and Prize Money Proposals

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The following was taken from an article by Luke Bodensteiner on www.teamtoday.org. If you have any comments or concerns about this schedule, contact your regional USSA representative.

PROPOSALS TO BE DISCUSSED AT THE USSA CONGRESS MAY 21-22

Some of the items that will be considered by the USSA Cross Country Committee during their annual meeting, May 21-22 in Park City:

2005 Calendar DRAFT

Nov. 26 West Yellowstone, MT 10/15km F SuperTour

Nov. 27 West Yellowstone, MT Sprint F SuperTour

Dec. 8 Soldier Hollow, UT 100m World Record Attempt

Dec. 11 Soldier Hollow, UT 5/10km C SuperTour

Dec. 12 Soldier Hollow, UT Sprint C SuperTour

Dec. 15 Soldier Hollow, UT Pursuit SuperTour

Dec. 18 Soldier Hollow, UT 10/15km F SuperTour

Dec. 19 Soldier Hollow, UT Team Sprint F SuperTour

Dec. 30 Presque Isle, ME 10/10km C SuperTour

Dec. 31 Presque Isle, ME Sprint F SuperTour

Jan. 3 TBA 15/30km F U.S. Championship/SuperTour

Jan. 5 TBA 5/10km C U.S. Championship/SuperTour

Jan. 6 TBA 5/10km F U.S. Championship/SuperTour

Jan. 8 TBA Sprint C U.S. Championship/SuperTour

Jan. 10 TBA Pursuit U.S. Championship/SuperTour

Jan. 16 Madison, WI Sprint C SuperTour

Jan. 22 Mt. Itasca, MN 10/10km F SuperTour

Jan. 23 Mt. Itasca, MN 10/15km C SuperTour

Jan. 26 Telemark, WI Sprint C SuperTour

Jan. 29 Telemark, WI 10/10km C SuperTour

Jan. 30 Telemark, WI 10/15km F mass SuperTour

Feb. 4 Minneapolis, MN Sprint F Qualification

Feb. 5 Minneapolis, MN Sprint F Finals SuperTour

Feb. 26 Hayward, WI Birkebeiner FIS Marathon Cup

Mar. 26 Winter Park, CO Sprint F Spring Series/SuperTour Finals

Mar. 27 Winter Park, CO 5/10km F Spring Series/SuperTour Finals

Mar. 30 Winter Park, CO Pursuit Spring Series/SuperTour Finals

April 1 Winter Park, Co 10/15km C mass Spring Series

April 2 Winter Park, CO Team Sprint C National Sprint Relay

6 freestyle distance competitions
6 classic distance competitions
4 freestyle sprints
4 classic sprints
3 Pursuit
2 Team Sprint
1 Marathon popular race

Prize money breakdown (SuperTour):

1st – $775
2nd – $350
3rd – $225
4th – $175
5th – $150
6th – $125
7th – $100
8th – $75
9th – $50
10th – $25
U23 Bonus – $250
Overall Title – $2,500
Total Purse – $108,800 (approx. 9% increase over 2004)

Notes — Sprints in Minneapolis and Madison will be held in downtown streets. Due to the U.S. Ski Team’s decision not to hold their annual training camp in Alaska, Fairbanks and Anchorage were given the option not to organize their traditional competitions this year, which they exercised. It is proposed that SuperTour points awarded during the SuperTour Finals have double value (ie. 1st place earns 60 points). Additionally, it is proposed that each member of a Team Sprint team be awarded full points for their placing in the competition (ie. Each member of a first place team earns 30 SuperTour points).

Team Sprint Scoring:

The Committee will hear a proposal to award National Ranking List points for Team Sprint competitions.

For Juniors:

A proposal to add a Pursuit and a Mass-start race at the Junior Olympics (on a rotating basis) will be considered.

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