MSI Series Cup
MSI Mission Statement
Marathon Skating International (MSI) is an advisory organization dedicated to promoting marathon ice speed skating in North America. Its main purpose is to establish a yearly series of marathon speedskating races, with the ultimate goal of adding marathon speedskating in the Winter Olympics Games.
MSI Series Cup
Skaters earn points when they enter a race in the Series. The best seven times count towards the Series points total at the end of the season. Marathon Skating International honors winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) from each age group, men and women, by engraving their names on the Pierre Gagné Trophy. To view the names listed on the trophy, click here.
Pierre Gagné Trophy
MSI is proud to honor veteran marathon skater Pierre Gagné (see inset, right) by naming the MSI Series Cup trophy in recognition of his contribution to the sport of marathon speedskating in Canada and the U.S. Pierre has excelled as both a skater, always competitive in his age group, and as an organizer of races. In 1980 he participated in the first-ever marathon on the frozen surface of the Olympic Basin in Montreal. He skated in marathon races in Ottawa, Lake Memphremagog (200 km), Lake Placid, and many others. Not satisfied with running these marathons, he was also one of the first organizers of marathons on the St. Charles River in Quebec. Pierre also launched the prestigious annual marathon in Lac-Beauport.
MSI wishes to thank Pierre for his dedication to the sport of marathon speedskating on ice. We also thank Sepia Hotel Québec for the generous donation that made this trophy possible.
Races normally in the series
Marathon de Québec, Québec, Québec. 400 meter oval, artificial ice. 25K, 40K.
Lake Placid Marathon, Lake Placid, NY. 400 meter Olympic oval, artificial ice., 25K, 40K.
Bytown Marathon, Ottawa, Ontario. 400 meters oval, natural ice, 25K, 40K.
Marathon Big Rideau Lake, Portland, Ontario. Natural ice track. 25K, 50K.
Festi-Glace de la Rivière L'Assomption Marathon, Joliette, Quebec. The only marathon on a river. 25K.
Silver Skate Festival, Edmonton, Alberta. Natural ice track, 25K.
Bemidji Marathon, Bemidji, MN. Natural ice track. 25K, 50K.