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CXC Olympic hopefull will participate in the local trail run event - Madison, WI

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Matt Liebsch, Olympic hopeful for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, will participate in the “Run for Snow” event at Elver Park, Madison on Sunday, August 16, 2009. 


MADISON, WI (August 5, 2009)


Matt Liebsch, CXC Team Vertical Limit member and father of two young children, will participate in the “Run for Snow” trail run event at Elver Park, Madison on Sunday, August 16, 2009.


This run is organized by local outdoor enthusiast and Madison Nordic Ski Club member Renee Callaway as a fundraiser for athletes who strive for athletic excellence in Winter Olympic Games, are ambassadors for healthy life styles in our communities, and act as role models for young athletes. This year’s selected athlete is Matt Liebsch for his determination, drive for excellence, and inspiration.     


Matt was the overall winner of the 2009 American Birkebeiner, the largest cross country ski event in North America. “The Birkie” has been named as one of the “America’s Best Races” by Outside Magazine. It attracts over 9,000 participants from around the World to Hayward, WI.  Liebsch also won Bronze at the 2009 U.S. Cross Country Ski National Championships in Anchorage, AK and represented the U.S. Ski Team in World Cups held in Canada last winter. 


"I am extremely excited and to come to Madison, WI and participate in the Run for Snow. It is a true honor to feel support from the ski community and fellow athletes in Madison as I chase my Olympic dream. Without the support from the community I would not be able to compete at such an elite level with CXC Team Vertical Limit," commented Matt Liebsch.  


“Run for Snow” is an exciting new event at Elver Park in Madison, Wisconsin. The race will be run primarily on wooded ski trails with a few sections of single track trail. The trail features numerous climbs and the 9K and 14.5K distances feature some technical sections. There are is also a free short kids run and 5.5K walking, Nordic walking and a CAT ski event. 


The president of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, Dennis Kruse, will be attending the event as well to show support for Matt Liebsch and to personally thank Madison’s cross country ski community.  


Matt Liebsch

Renee Callaway
Yuriy Gusev
Dennis Kruse


Related articles:

The Road to Whistler: Matt Liebsch – 8/1/2009
America’s Best Races: The American Birkebeiner – March, 2009


About Central Cross Country Ski Association:

Central Cross Country Association (“CXC”) is recognized by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (“USSA”) as the Regional Organization governing cross country skiing in the 10 state Central Region of the United States. CXC provides an organization which enables athletes, coaches and officials to achieve excellence in cross country skiing through: EDUCATION, COOPERATION, COMMUNICATION, and COMPETITION. CXC oversees youth programs; supports the Junior Olympic Qualifying system, Central Collegiate Ski Association, and Senior/Master skiing; provides athletes’, coaches’ and officials’ education; coordinates competitions; manages a full spectrum adaptive program for all individuals with physical disabilities; trains Olympic caliber athletes; and is the Midwest pipeline to the U.S. Ski Team and the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. CXC is a 501c3 non profit corporation and gratefully accepts tax deductible donations for program enhancement.

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