Due to deteriorating snow conditions, USXC Racing has made a few changes to the route for the I-600 Winnipeg-to-Willmar race. Here's the updated route:
Day 1 (Feb. 8) - Race will run from Winnipeg to Thief River Falls (TRF) as planned, with two fuel stops, 200 miles. No changes.
Day 2 (Feb. 9) - Race will be a 190-mile loop-type race in the ditches and rivers of Pennington and Red Lake counties, with two fuel stops. Racers will start and end at the Seven Clans Casino in TRF.
Day 3 (Feb. 10) - Race will run from the Seven Clans Casino TRF to Bemidji, 125 miles with one fuel stop.
There will not be a 4th day of racing. Vintage, Classic IFS and Junior classes will race Day 3 from TRF to Bemidji. The 4-day fuel pass will be changed to 3 days, with five fuel stops instead of six (cost: $100). There will be refunds for those who have already submitted payment.
The Awards Banquet and dinner will be at the Sanford Center in Bemidji. Social hour will commence at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and awards at 7 p.m. Sign up online for tickets. Bemidji has ample hotels to choose from, with the Country Inn & Suites being located near the Sanford Center.
The Seven Clans Casino in TRF will have a special room price of $39.95; guests will need a Players Club card for that rate. They will also open for breakfast at 6:30 a.m. and will have a special dinner buffet for the racers both nights ($15.95).
Brian Nelson of USXC drove the race route from TRF to Willmar Sunday afternoon. The snow from Staples south is not good enough to race on. The new race route is receiving fresh snow today, and the course should be beautiful. The base was excellent, and now with fresh snow on top, it should be an excellent course!
The I-600 registration deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. Register here, then sign up for your fuel pass.
For more info on USXC Racing, visit www.usxcracing.com.