USXC Changes I-500 Schedule, Route

USXC I-500
Loop courses for the I-500 have run from the Seven Clans Casino parking lot many times since 2004. This is the staging area for the 2010 race.

Weather has again foiled plans for the USXC I-500 cross-country snowmobile race, but the 2016 event will go on with an altered route and three days of racing, instead of four as was originally planned.

The 2016 USXC I-500 was slated to run February 10-13 from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Willmar, Minnesota, but with poor snow conditions near Willmar, racers will finish in Bemidji, a city in north-central Minnesota.

Here is the new schedule for the 2016 USXC I-500:

Day 1 Feb. 10 – Winnipeg to Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls, Minnesota (200 miles)

Day 2 Feb. 11 – Racers start and end at Seven Clans Casino (180-mile loop)

Day 3 Feb. 12 – Seven Clans Casino to Bemidji (125 miles)

Last year the USXC attempted to restore the point-to-point format of the legendary I-500, but the event was cancelled due to lack of snow. With more snow this winter, USXC officials say the race is “100 percent a go.”

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