Minneapolis World Cup Cross Country Cancelled
Due to ongoing and evolving concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the International Ski Federation (FIS), U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the Loppet Foundation have cancelled the Fastenal Parallel 45 Festival, the Coop FIS Cross Country World Cup, and all associated events scheduled for March 14-17, 2020 in Minneapolis.
“We are devastated to announce this cancellation,” said Executive Director of the Loppet Foundation John Munger. "In keeping with updated information from the Minnesota Department of Health and after consulting with medical advisors, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our community, fans, athletes, staff and volunteers involved in these events.”
“This would have been the first time in 19 years that the World Cup has returned to the United States,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “We thank the local organizing committee, the Loppet Foundation, FIS and all of the staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to get this event off of the ground. However, we will look forward to another opportunity to bring the FIS World Cup cross country back to the U.S.”