From a press release from the United States Cross-Country Snowmobile Racing Association (USCC). Looks like not only will they be running the race this year, but 22 of the original winners (how cool is that?) will be getting together for the anniversary of the event.
Watching the world’s best terrain racers battle the Northern Minnesota ditch lines for 500 miles won’t be the only attraction for race fans at this years United States Cross-Country (U.S.C.C.) Red Lake I-500 cross-country snowmobile race.
The 2007 “500”will mark the 35th running of the legendary event, and a reunion of the 22 men who have been crowned I-500 champion is planned in conjunction with this years race.
Since Herb Howe crossed the finish line in St. Paul back in 1966 as the winner of the inaugural Winnipeg to St. Paul I-500, cross-country racings biggest event has seen many changes and has had different formats and routes used over the years. The race not held for several years in the early 1980’s and again in 2002, but interest in cross-country racing is again surging and some of the highest entry numbers in recent memory are expected at this years event which will be held January 19-21 at the Seven Clans Casino Hotel and Water park in Thief River Falls, MN.
Events are being planned around the race and reunion which will include autograph signings, slide shows and race memorabilia displays. More specific information on the Champions Reunion will be posted on the U.S.C.C. website (www. usccracing.com) and the Seven Clans Casino website (www.sevenclanscasino.com) as it becomes available.
Wasn’t there also some discussion of vintage sleds running the course as well? I got the 335 ATX all ready to go!