Up, Up & Away 10K Mass Start 2023

Up Up & Away Classic Rollerski Race
Saturday August 10, 2024
10K and 6K

Climb to the top of Blue Mound State Park, Southern Wisconsin’s highest point!


Online Pre-Registration ($10 discount!)

  • Closes at midnight on Thursday, August 8th
  • $15 student, $30 adult (pre-registration) Additional $5 for CXC Cup Participation
  • All skiers need to bring their own rollerskis, poles, boots, helmet. (No urethane wheels please)

Race-Day Registration

  • In-person at Blue Mounds State Park–top of the Mound at the East Tower 8:30 am – 9:15 am
  • Checks/Cash/Venmo only, $25 student, $40 adult +$5 for CXC Cup Participation
  • Checks Payable to: “Madison Nordic Ski Club”; or Venmo account @madnorski-club
  • All skiers need to bring their own rollerskis, poles, boots, helmet.

Registration and transaction fees are nonrefundable, including in the event of cancellation. Registration is not transferable to another person or another event for any reason, including injury.  Competing under another person’s name will result in disqualification.


Saturday, August 10, 2024

8:30 am – 9:15 am  In-person registration at top of mound near East Tower parking lot
8:45 am – 9:45 am  Athletes get to the start (12 minute car ride). We ask competitors to carpool to the start line at the bottom of Ryan Road or have a crew person transport them to the start. Madnorski volunteers will also give rides to the start. Volunteer shuttles will leave from the top of the mound near registration.  Please offer rides to other athletes if you have room in your car. Thank you!   Driving loop to drop off racers
10:00 am Start of Classic Roller Ski Race (10k) Mass Start (includes CXC Cup Option)
10:05 am Start of Classic Roller Ski Race (6k) Mass Start
10:10 am Start of 6k and 10k skate race Mass Start

Awards will be at the top of the mound following the race.


10k Rollerski Classic (with CXC Cup Option, limited entries)
6k   Rollerski Classic
6k & 10k Skate

Swenor CXC Rollerski Cup

Competitors have the option to compete in the 10k Rollerski Classic as part of CXC Rollerski Cup.  This is a scored race and racers will be required to race on rollerskis from the calibrated pool of Swenor race skis (mostly NNN bindings).  Scores will be applied to the CXC Roller Ski Cup. Racers must be active members of CXC and can check their membership status or apply for membership by following this link (USSA membership includes CXC membership).  An additional $5 surcharge is required to cover cost of pool ski use.

There will be a cap of 20 skiers using the matched race skis and those skiers must be pre-registered and in the top bracket of participants based on NRL points.

The CXC Rollerski Cup Series consists of the a number of races in the Central Region (race scoring here).


Helmets are required for roller skiing as well as for all warm up and cool downs on or near course. All skiers must provide their own roller skis which must be inspected by competitor and be in proper working order. 


Parking area is at the top of Blue Mounds State Park. The roads will be open to the public during the race. 

Competitors need to carpool to get to the start and may park off the road or get a ride from a Madnorski volunteer driver. Coaches assisting athletes will be able to drive up and park off the road before the 10 am start. Please avoid moving traffic during the race starting at 10 am.  No athletes will be allowed to ski back down after the race. 

Athletes will find the Madnorski volunteer drivers near the registration tent. Volunteer drivers will also bring 6K finishers to the top of the mound after their race. 

We recommend that athletes plan their time wisely, and be at the start no later than 15 minutes before your start.   


Prizes will be presented to the top two finishers of each gender in each division once results have been posted. All participants will get a chance to take home a prize thanks to our generous sponsors: Underground Meats, Cress Spring Bakery, Upland Dairy, Landmark Creamery, Quince and Apple, Fly by Jing, and Ruby Coffee.

10K Classic Rollerski Race Divisions for awards:
Junior (U14/U16/U18/U20)
Seniors (Ages 20 on up)

A separate OPEN category of all age groups will be scored for the 6K Skate Race and the 10K Skate Race.  

2023 Final Results

2022 Final Results

2021 Final Results


Immediately following the race, athletes are invited to enjoy a post-race sub-sandwich! Water and bananas will be available at the 5K finish (halfway point), as well as at the finish line.  Athletes must bring their own water to the start line.


We would love your help!  Please contact Tamara Bryant.  On the day of the race, volunteers should report to the registration table to get instructions on their assignment.


The course will be a 10k climb to the top of Blue Mounds State Park.  The Course starts at the bottom of Ryan Road. (total elevation climb~900 ft. for 10k race)

The 5 k course will climb from the bottom of Ryan Road to just past Moyer Road.

THERE WILL BE NO RESTROOM AT THE START LINE. Racers should use the restroom at the State Park before they are shuttled to the race start. 

Caution on Downhill

On the 10K course near the end, there is a downhill that has a hard right turn at the bottom that enters the State Park. We recommend that you assess this downhill before the race. If you feel uncomfortable with this downhill and right turn, we recommend that you take your skis off at the top of the hill and jog down on the side of the road with skis in hand and then put your skis back on at the bottom to continue the last uphill portion of the race. No problem!! For skiers skiing down the hill, we advise you to control your speed and take the turn a bit wide. We will have volunteers there to assist in directing traffic for racers coming through.

Warm Up and Bag Drop

Pre-race warm-up can be done by running near the start on Ryan Road. Bags with your gear dropped at the start will be transported back to the finish. (Bags will be available at Registration)

Disclaimer: Inclement weather may limit the race distance. Course is closed to roller skiing before the start. Pre-race warm-up can be done by running near the start on Ryan Road.  

Course Map:

Elevation profile:


Camping is available at Blue Mound State Park. Contact Blue Mound State Park  or Brigham County Park for more information.  


Special thanks to our sponsors who have donated special goodies as prizes:

Blue Mounds Grocery & Liquor Store–Great for an ice cream cone stop when you are in Blue Mounds!  At 11024 Division Street in Blue Mounds (CITGO Gas Station on corner)

Brix Cider–Hard Cider and farm-to-table food, partnering with local orchards and farms to bring you Wisconsin’s best.

Cress Spring Bakery– Cress Spring Bakery creates whole grain, wood fired, naturally leavened, brick-oven baked breads and pastries using organic and locally sourced ingredients.

Duluth Trading Logo

Duluth Trading Company  100 W Main Street in Mount Horeb

Ruby Coffee Roasters

Ruby Coffee-Full kitchen and coffee bar in Stevens Point, Wisconsin offering subscriptions, too.


Underground Meats-Small batch meats crafted from the very best, ethically sourced ingredients

Upland Dairy-Our dairy farm sits up on top of Pleasant Ridge, in the Driftless region of southwestern Wisconsin. We milk our cows seasonally, in time with the pastures, and make two traditional, artisan cheeses Pleasant Ridge reserve and Rush Creek Reserve.

Landmark Creamery-Lush sheep milk and buttery grass-fed cow milk are used to carefully create unique cheese that represent the terroir of Southern Wisconsin.

Quince and Apple-For over ten years, we have been handcrafting award-winning artisan foods in our kitchen with all-natural ingredients, traditional methods and a meticulous attention to detail. 

Fly by Jing-Good on Everything! Packed with premium, all-natural ingredients and small-batch crafted in Chengdu for a fire like nothing you’ve ever tasted.

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