Dammen Nordic Cross Country Ski Race

Dammen Nordic Cross Country Ski Race 8K Classical, 13K Freestyle, & One-Mile Beginners/Kids Race The 507-acre Jay C. Hormel Nature Center preserve was established in 1971 and is located in Western Mower County within the city limits of Austin.

The Nature Center features restored and remnant prairie, hardwood forest, wetlands and meandering streams. As you ski or hike the ten miles of trail, you may see deer, mink, raccoons, salamanders, birds and other native wildlife.

The Nature Center features restored and remnant prairie, hardwood forest, wetlands and meandering streams. As you ski or hike the ten miles of trail, you may see deer, mink, raccoons, salamanders, birds and other native wildlife.

Mission: The profits from this event go directly to the Kevin Dammen Mentorship Fund. Nature Play days and our Summer Nature Adventure Programs benefit directly from this mentorship program. (Read more about the program and this year’s participants here: http://www.hormelnaturecenter.org/kevin-dammen-mentorship-program.html.) In the event of race cancellation due to poor conditions, entry fees will NOT be refunded.

12/27/2017

We're hoping for snow and looking forward to the ski race next weekend! Local businesses have donated great prizes, all participants get a cozy fleece headband, and the registration fee goes to a great cause. Register by this Friday for a discount!

January 28, 2017Beginner 1 mile, Classical 8 km, and Freestyle 13 km
02/07/2017

January 28, 2017
Beginner 1 mile, Classical 8 km, and Freestyle 13 km

January 28, 2017
Beginner 1 mile, Classical 8 km, and Freestyle 13 km

The results are in! Thank you so much for all who participated and to all of the wonderful volunteers, sponsors, and sta...
01/30/2017

The results are in!
Thank you so much for all who participated and to all of the wonderful volunteers, sponsors, and staff who made it a success. We raised over $700 for the Hormel Nature Center's Mentorship Program. Pictures will be posted soon.

01/27/2017
Hormel Nature Center Trail Reports

Snow! We've been grooming the trails and getting ready for the ski race this Saturday. Check the Nature Center's website for more information, and visit our SkinnySki page (http://www.skinnyski.com/trails/traildetail.asp?Id=484) for trail reports.

The J.C. Hormel Nature Center offers classic tracks and roughly 10K of skate skiing segments. | Read recent trail reports and find detailed trail information.

With dangerously low forecasted temperatures, the Nature Center staff has decided to cancel this year’s Ski Race, in the...
01/14/2016
Kevin Dammen Mentorship Program

With dangerously low forecasted temperatures, the Nature Center staff has decided to cancel this year’s Ski Race, in the interest of our volunteers’ and racers’ safety. Thank you to all who have supported this event, which is a fundraiser for the Kevin Dammen Memorial Mentorship Program (www.hormelnaturecenter.org/kevin-dammen-mentorship-program). Registration fees will not be refunded, but can be applied to next year’s race.

01/08/2016

If you pre-register by the end of the day today, you can still get in on the discounted registration fee!

01/07/2016
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

The snow is holding up, and we're getting excited for next Saturday's ski race! (AND, for anyone interested in other winter outdoor fitness opportunities, Rydjor Bike staff will be here with fat-tire bikes for participants and spectators to check out!) Thanks so much to area businesses and organizations that have generously offered prize donations for race winners so far: Rydjor Bike Shop, Games People Play, South Central Athlete, CrossFit Innerdrive, Emerge Fitness, Tyrol Ski & Sports (Rochester), Play it Again Sports (Rochester), FinnSisu (Twin Cities), Gear West (Twin Cities), Road ID (providing racing bibs and prize donations), and the Friends of the Hormel Nature Center. http://www.hormelnaturecenter.org/ski-race.html

We're starting to receive some great prize donations for our ski race winners in January, so cross your fingers for snow...
12/21/2015
Kevin Dammen Mentorship Program

We're starting to receive some great prize donations for our ski race winners in January, so cross your fingers for snow! If you plan to support this great cause, don't be afraid to pre-register. Even if the weather doesn't cooperate, you'll still receive a fleece headband (while supplies last), and the profits from this event go directly to the Kevin Dammen Mentorship Fund—please read more about the program and this year’s participants here: http://www.hormelnaturecenter.org/kevin-dammen-mentorship-program.html

Kevin Dammen loved the great outdoors and readily shared this passion with others, encouraging them to get outside and appreciate nature. He had an adventurous spirit and enjoyed running, skiing,...

The 2016 Dammen Nordic Cross Country Ski Race will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 (weather permitting). Challenge...
08/18/2015
Ski Race

The 2016 Dammen Nordic Cross Country Ski Race will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 (weather permitting). Challenge yourself with an exciting race on the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center’s scenic, beautifully-groomed trails! Visit the Nature Center's webpage (www.hormelnaturecenter.org/ski-race) for more information.

Dammen Nordic Cross Country Ski Race 8K Classical, 13K Freestyle, & One-Mile Beginners’/Kids’ Race Saturday, January 16, 2016 Challenge yourself with an exciting race on the Nature Center's...

07/31/2015

Ever considered hosting an exchange student? Please check out the message below from EF High School Exchange Year; they are looking for a host family for a young skier from Austria:

"EF High School Exchange Year is looking for a home for a wonderful young man from Austria for the 2015-2016 school year. Raoul is an avid skier from a rural town. Raoul is also very family oriented and enjoys spending time relaxing with his close friends and family. Raoul has traveled a great deal and has spent summers working on cheese farms. He is motivated to become a real part of his future family and be a great representative of his future American high school. He is a J1 visa student who would come fully insured with his own spending money. His American family would provide a bedroom to sleep in, meals at home, and a loving place to call his own American home. Please call Rachel Caldas at 617-619-2179 to find out how you can help make Raoul's dream come true and become his forever family."

01/07/2015

Due to poor snow conditions, low registration, and a very cold Saturday morning forecast, we have decided to cancel Saturday's race. :( After our recent snow, we were able to pack some of the trail system, but we still don't have enough snow to set tracks.

12/31/2014

We've got some great prizes that were generously donated for us to give away to winners this year including vouchers for free paintball from Play It Again Sports in Rochester, gift certificates from Tyrol Ski in Rochester as well as gift certificates from GearWest and Finnsisu in the cities, and prizes from Games People Play and South Central Athlete here in Austin!

...Just in case you needed more reasons to sign up for this event, aside from the thrill of the race and supporting a good cause!

This year's race (weather permitting) will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Challenge yourself with an exciting ra...
12/16/2014
Ski Race

This year's race (weather permitting) will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Challenge yourself with an exciting race on the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center’s scenic, beautifully-groomed trails! Visit the Nature Center's webpage (http://www.hormelnaturecenter.org/ski-race.html) for more information.

Dammen Nordic Cross Country Ski Race 8K Classical, 13K Freestyle, & One-Mile Beginners’/Kids’ Race Saturday, January 10, 2015 Challenge yourself with an exciting race on the Nature Center's...

01/12/2014

2014 Dammen Nordic Ski Race Results

Dammen Nordic Cross Country Ski Race's cover photo
01/12/2014

Dammen Nordic Cross Country Ski Race's cover photo

2014 Dammen Nordic Ski Race
01/12/2014

2014 Dammen Nordic Ski Race

01/11/2014

Thank you to everyone who attended this year's Dammen Nordic Ski Race!!! This year's race was able to raise $1050.00 for the Kevin Dammen Memorial Scholarship!!! Hope to see you all next year, and again thank you!

Pictures and race times will be posted to the website soon! :D

Dammen Nordic Cross Country Ski Race's cover photo
01/03/2014

Dammen Nordic Cross Country Ski Race's cover photo

12/29/2013

This year's race will be held Saturday January 11th

01/11/2013

Due to the rain, we have been forced to cancel this year's Dammen Nordic Ski Race. If you have preregistered you will be refunded or you can choose treat your registration fee as a donation to the Kevin Dammen Memorial Scholarship.

This year's t-shirt design!
01/03/2013

This year's t-shirt design!

Dammen Nordic Cross Country Ski Race's cover photo
01/03/2013

Dammen Nordic Cross Country Ski Race's cover photo

Dammen Nordic Cross Country Ski Race's cover photo
03/14/2012

Dammen Nordic Cross Country Ski Race's cover photo

last year's one mile start. Quite a difference!
01/10/2012

last year's one mile start. Quite a difference!

This year's one mile start....
01/10/2012

This year's one mile start....

01/10/2012

If anyone has any pictures from the race please post them so we can share them on our website! Thank-you! :)

Race results are now posted on the website! Congratulations to all of our finishers!
01/10/2012
Hormel Nature Center Ski Race Results

Race results are now posted on the website! Congratulations to all of our finishers!

J.C. Hormel Nature Center Annual Cross Country Ski race Results

Racers leave skis at home, run Hormel Center course
01/09/2012
Racers leave skis at home, run Hormel Center course

Racers leave skis at home, run Hormel Center course

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01/07/2012

Today's race had a great turnout! We had 53 registrants! And we raised a total of $1364.08!!!! Thank-you to everyone who was able to make it out today! And a special thank-you to those who helped volunteer and to those who made donations! Hope to see you all again next year and hopefully we get some snow too!

01/07/2012

Tomorrow's the big day! Forecast for 9:00 am tomorrow is 26 and sunny! Hope to see lots of you there!

01/05/2012

Only two days left until the race! Hope to see you all there!!!!!

The 8K course has been changed to include more of the woods and less of the deer stand loop which I know we all think is...
01/05/2012

The 8K course has been changed to include more of the woods and less of the deer stand loop which I know we all think is pretty boring haha :) The 1 mile course has remained the same. Maps will be printed and available on race day. The course itself will also be marked out with flags.

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1304 21st St NE
Austin, MN
55912

General information

Register in person at the Interpretive Center, or download and print a registration form and send with your payment. For more information or to download an entry form, please visit the Dammen Nordic Ski Race Web Page at http://www.hormelnaturecenter.org/ski-race.html.

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When do you think you will run this race again?