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Strap on your skates: Minnesota will host the Red Bull Crashed Ice finale

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Strap on your skates and start practicing: Red Bull Crashed Ice is returning to St. Paul for a fifth consecutive season.

Red Bull announced the schedule for the 2015-16 ice cross downhill season, which kicks off in Quebec, Canada, in November, before heading across the pond to Germany and Finland.

The finale will be at the Cathedral of St. Paul Feb. 26-27.

The sport – which features heats of four athletes skating down a treacherous ice-covered track filled with turns, jumps and drops – has been a boon to St. Paul's economy in the frigid winter months.

"I'm thrilled to have Red Bull Crashed Ice back in the capital city," Mayor Chris Coleman said in a news release, according to the Pioneer Press. "St. Paul lights up during this truly amazing event, with more than 100,000 people flocking to downtown."

This will be the first time the final event of the world championship will be held in the United States, the Star Tribune says. Also new this year is the Women's World Championship, which will include races at all Crashed Ice events, Red Bull notes.

During the Crashed Ice season, athletes – including many from Minnesota – will compete for points, with the highest point-earner from the events being crowned Ice Cross Downhill World Champion.

Cameron Naasz, who is ranked second overall, is a native of Lakeville, Minnesota, and nearly clinched the title last year and in 2015, Red Bull notes.

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A couple hundred athletes from around the world are competing in the three-day event, including 75 Minnesotans. According to MPR, the 400-meter track starts by the Cathedral of Saint Paul and ends near the Kellogg Boulevard onramp to I-35E. It includes jumps, sharp turns and steep slopes. Skaters can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.