On every terrain racer’s bucket list, the I-500 is an iconic race that even trail riders often dream of completing. Sled reliability and durability has to do a lot with this race as the high speeds for 500 miles can put a lifetime of wear and tear on any snowmobile. For 95% of all entrants, it’s about finishing the race not just winning it.
Especially in the earlier years of the I-500 when race sleds were separated from a really good consumer trail sled with some reinforcements and shock packages. The I-500 is the only race over 500 miles that racers are not racing as a team of two sleds or a few racers sharing the work load on one sled. The original I-500 three-day race had racers start in Winnipeg, Manitoba and finishing in St. Paul, Minnesota. It has gone through a few changes over the years but it is still a race that is demanding and riders always trying to stay focused as the miles roll down to the days end. Today’s version of the I-500 is the Goodridge-Grygla 500, which takes place over two days covering 500 miles filled with the same treacherously rough ditches, deep holes, rivers, woods and fields.
Our original plan for the 2022 I-500 was a 250-mile course from Goodridge / Grygla to Roseau and back but unfortunately there has been some logistic hurdles that arose late into this planning so for 2022 we will focus on the Goodridge / Grygla routes as has been run for the past couple I-500 events. We are extremely disappointed that we were unable to make this vision a reality but we want to thank the Roseau and Goodridge / Grygla groups for working hard this summer to try and make it happen.
The 500 continues to thrive in huge part to the support of former racers, club members, and enthusiasts from the Goodridge Grygla snowmobile club and we appreciate all the community does to make this event happen.
For 2023 Roseau will be hosting their own event and we look forward to bringing the pro national series to the home of Polaris Snowmobiles.
For 2022 the I-500 will return after a year hiatus due to lack of mother nature support, new for this year’s event is two new 125-mile loops for each day!
Day one will be the north loop; starting in Goodridge, MN the course will be routed to Skime, MN, refuel there then head back to Goodridge to close out the first 125-mile loop. Vintage and Jr 10-13 classes (run only on Saturday) will run this loop once but all the remaining classes will venture out to attack this loop again to complete the 250 miles for day one.
Day two will be the south loop; starting in Goodridge, MN the course will be routed towards Oklee, MN (location TBD), refuel there then head back to Goodridge to close out the first 125-mile loop. Classic class (run only on Sunday) will run this loop once but all remaining classes will continue on to complete another 125 miles for the two-day total of 500 miles.
With the recent announcement of the Canadian border opening next month we are excited to have all of our racers back together for the 21/22 Cor PowerSports season!
More information is to come as we continue working with the Goodridge / Grygla snowmobile club and Thief River community for the 2022 Cor PowerSports I-500.