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Alayna Sonnesyn

I was born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota. My parents taught my siblings and me how to ski around the time we were learning to walk. I graduated from Wayzata High School where I was an active member of my high school Cross Country Running, Nordic Skiing, and Track & Field Team In 2014, I dug up my Midwestern roots and moved out East to attend the University of Vermont, one of the best decisions I think I have ever made. I began racing professionally for the Stratton Mountain School T2 Elite Ski Team in Southern Vermont in 2018. Gear West has been my main (headgear) sponsor since the beginning of my professional racing career & I am excited to continue our partnership into the future!
 
Notable Results:
American Birkebeiner Winner - 2019, 2021, 2022
Mora Vasaloppet  Winner 2022
Tour de Ski 2022

David Norris

AFTER GRADUATING WITH A BA IN ACCOUNTING FROM MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY I MADE THE DECISION TO CHASE MY ATHLETIC DREAMS. WHILE PURSUING THE 2022 OLYMPICS I HAVE EARNED A MASTERS DEGREE IN BUSINESS WHILE WORKING PART-TIME FOR GLOVER AND ASSOCIATES. IN OCTOBER 2018 I STARTED FRONT RANGE FINANCIAL LLC PROVIDING BOOKKEEPING SERVICES TO ALASKAN BUSINESSES. ALONG THE WAY I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO TEAM UP WITH LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS HEALTHY FUTURES AND FAIRBANKS JUNIOR NORDICS TO ENCOURAGE KIDS TO HAVE FUN WHILE BEING PHYSICALLY ACTIVE.
Notable Results:
Mount Marathon Winner (& Record Holder) 2016, 2018
American Birkebeiner Winner 2016
American Birkebeiner - First American 2022
Boulder Mountain Tour Winner - 2022
Tour of Anchorage Winner 2022

Bio (norrisnoridc.com)

Gear West Partners

The American Birkebeiner

The American Birkebeiner is the largest cross-country skiing race in North America, and one of the longest. It debuted in 1973 and was a founding member of the Worldloppet federation of cross-country ski marathons. The two premier events are the 50 km skate and the 55 km classic races from Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin.

Maplelag Resort

 
A Family Owned and Operated Destination Cross-Country Ski Resort and Conference Center

Team Birkie

Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC), the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, and the Loppet Foundation are teaming up to create a high-performance racing team – so that the next Jessie Diggins can stay home to train, inspire future generations, and win Olympic medals.

The Loppet Foundation

We create a shared passion for year-round outdoor adventure in the Minneapolis area, focusing on underserved youth and families.

As the premiere Minnesota clinic for health & wellness, we diagnose, treat, and design personalized plans to help you get healthy and stay healthy. 

Ski Jammers

Since 1964, Skijammers has offered a community-based program, dedicated to delivering a unique experience in a safe and fun learning environment. Our structured, curriculum-based instruction programs deliver ski and snowboard instruction that is unmatched in the industry, for kids ages 6 through 16. 

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Cara Battles DPT, OCS is an experienced sport and orthopedic specialized physical therapist with extensive experience treating endurance athletes. Cara has built a relationship with GW over the years to support her athletic life of Nordic skiing and mountain biking. Her goal for you is to keep you out there, staying fit, and enjoying your active lifestyle. 

 

 

DK Endurance Triathlon Coaching

www.dkendurance.com

Achieve your triathlon goals with coaching from David Koppel!