As we prepare to head south to Okoboji, IA for the inaugural Okoboji 100 we have also been working through logistics behind the scenes for the remaining schedule for the 20/21 race season. Friday we received phone calls from the Turtle River Rough Riders club for the Manvel, ND race and the Goodridge/Grygla club for the I-500, neither came as much of a surprise to us as it won’t to any of our racers either as we all know about the lack of snow in this region. Both clubs met Thursday evening to process through options for their individual events and the decision had been made to cancel their respective events for the 20/21 race season.
We at Cor PowerSports appreciate all the work these clubs have put in over the past 8 months planning and preparing for their races but ultimately we all need mother nature to provide us snow for safe race conditions.
With Manvel being less than two weeks away we will be unable to find a suitable replacement venue, our plan for this make up date will be at our late March ski hill event. Typically we run three different disciplines at the ski hill races but to fulfill our commitments to our racers and sponsors we will be running the March ski hill date as two separate points events with Saturday and Sunday each offering a full day of cross country racing with points and purse for each day.
Goodridge/Grygla I500 event has over its history been forced to cancel due to low snow and unsafe conditions and the club decided based on what they are seeing grooming and in the extended forecast we would not have the snow needed for the access to run the 500 as it needs to be. We are just as disappointed as every racer is to have this event cancelled but Mother Nature holds the trump card when it comes to these things. Again the work that the Goodridge/Grygla has done up to this point, we have discussed the 21/22 season date and the Feb 12/13, 2022. Those registered already for the 500 will be receiving a full refund.
We are working on a replacement venue for the Feb 13/14 date to fill the opening left from the I500, we have options we are working through right now and should have this nailed down early next week.
Lastly, we have spent the last week in discussions with MN DNR on our permit status for the remaining MN events and today we got the verbal approval that we can race in MN!!
Park Rapids and Naytahwaush are busy prepping for their events, the replacement venue for Feb 13/14 will be a MN location.
The updated 20/21 schedule is as follows: