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USCC Forced to Cancel Red Lake I-500
USCC Forced To Cancel Red Lake I-500
Oslo 100 Scheduled Instead
Minto, ND (February 16, 2012) – In a season that has not been kind in dropping snow on the territory the USCC calls home, the USCC National Guard Cross-Country Snowmobile Championship has been forced to make the decision to cancel the Red Lake I-500. Originally scheduled for January 13-15, 2012, the race was moved to its backup date of February 24-26 in hopes there would be more snow on the later date. However, USCC officials have decided that the poor conditions in the Thief River Falls, Minn., area where the race is predominantly run are not conducive to a 500-mile event.
“We were hoping along with everyone else that we would get some snow, but it’s just not happening,” said USCC Race Director Jesse Strege. “The decision to cancel the race is a hard one, but there’s no way we can get 500 miles of racing in on the little bit of snow on the ground in the area.”
While it won’t be racing the Red Lake I-500, the USCC will be hosting a race on the weekend nonetheless. The Oslo 100 will take place February 25, 2012, in Oslo, Minn.
“While we can’t race the I-500, we can run a shorter race, so we decided to use the snow available in the Oslo area to stage a one-day, 100-mile event,” said Strege. “The Oslo 100 will be a USCC-level event and we’re hoping to see everyone there.”
The USCC would like to thank all of the Red Lake I-500 sponsors and the people who had already done so much work leading up to the event. We also look forward to working with everyone to make the 2013 Red Lake I-500 as much of a success as those of the past.
The USCC racing circuit is entering its tenth season and is the largest cross-country snowmobile racing organization in North America. USCC has expanded with an Eastern circuit called USCC East. The USCC and USCC East hold races in four states including North Dakota, Minnesota, New York and Maine. Follow USCC on Facebook or visitwww.usccracing.com for information, registration, news and race results. Contact USCC at: 701-248-2029. For sponsorship information contact Marty McDonald: [email protected] Media contact, Jim Urquhart: [email protected]