NORTH AMERICA’S MOST CHALLENGING SNOWKITE EVENT, GROWS IN POPULARITY
The 11th Annual Mille Lacs Snow Kite Crossing in Garrison, Minnesota,Â the nation’s most challenging snowkiteÂ event, will take place from Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8, 2015, 10 – 4 pm, daily.
Over the past 11 years, the Kite Crossing on Mille Lacs has attractedÂ the world’s best males and female snowkite athletes to compete in itsÂ gruelingÂ 28 Â mile race across the frozen expanse of Lake Mille Lacs and this year should be no different with the state already enjoying prime snowkiting conditions.
As the country’s premier snowkite event, the lakeÂ will come alive with kites with riders mainly from Minnesota, Wisconsin, CanadaÂ and around the U.S. Â Minnesota has the largest andÂ most active snowkiteÂ community in the nation, competing in an event that isÂ one of the most visually spectacular events in the state.
Besides two 14-mile Kite Crossing legs of Lake Mille Lacs (out and back) that define this event, over 75 participants will also compete in freestyle eventsÂ and shorter sprint races. Previous champions from around the countryÂ are expected toÂ return to regainÂ their titles,Â includingÂ Denis Foo KuneÂ (Minneapolis), a team rider for Slingshot SportsÂ and a multi-yearÂ Kite Crossing Snowboard Category Champion;Â Olympic downhill ski racerÂ Joe LevinsÂ (White Bear Lake, MN), 2005 and 2006Â Mille Lacs Kite CrossingÂ Champion;Â Jeff ColeÂ (Minnetonka, MN), multi-yearÂ Kite Crossing Champion, Rob EvansÂ (Excelsior, MN), 1997 Ice andÂ Snow Surfing World ChampionÂ and 9-time Inland Lake Yachting Association Champion, and last year’s championsÂ Marty Roy (Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada),Â Kate Perkins (Breezy Point, MN),Â Adam Burggraff (Rogers, MN) andÂ Vicky Hanson (Cross Lake, MN).
The first Kite Crossing was in 2004 on Lake Mille Lacs, located inÂ central MinnesotaÂ and the state’s second largest lake (14 miles wide, 20 miles long). Minneapolis-based event organizer Fleet 8’s Â Michael Fox, afterÂ 20 yearsÂ of windsurfingÂ crossings on Lake Mille Lacs, had the idea to apply the crossing idea to snowkiting. Today it is theÂ longest running snowkiteÂ event in theÂ country, and the longest snow kite endurance race.
For the competitors and families, there will be a welcome reception with live music Friday night, racing, events and large bonfire during theÂ day on theÂ Lake Saturday and dinner awards party that evening, and more competition Sunday. Spectators are welcome!
Sponsors of the 2015 Mille Lacs Kite Crossing include Red Bull, Deerwood Bank Garrison, HQ Kites, Mille Lacs Messenger, Garrison Commercial Club, Excelsior Brewing, Cabrihna, Best Kites, and Sociable Cider Works.Â For sponsorship information, contact Tim Browne at 952-594-5395.