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North Superior Ski and Run Club, January 6, 2003

Sawtooth Ski Race Rescheduled for March 8

Hoping for Deeper Snow Pack on Race Course

The Sawtooth race officials have decided to postpone this weekends Sawtooth Cross Country Ski Race due to below normal snow cover on the Pincushion race course 2 miles from Grand Marais. The race was originally scheduled Saturday, January 11. The race is now rescheduled for Saturday, March 8, 2003. Race officials are hoping for more normal snowfall in later Jan. and Feb. to provide a quality ski race on the new March 8th date.

The same format will be used in the March race with the 16 km or 8 km Classic technique event at 10 a.m. The 24 k or 8 k Freestyle event starts at 11 a.m.

The Pincushion Ski Trail has unusually thin snow cover this season.  A total of only 13" has fallen the entire season to date. Race organizers wanted to assure the expected 125-200 racers a quality and safe course. Typically the Pincushion Trail is one of Minnesota's more dependable trails for early season snow pack. Currently the trail has about 30% of it's normal snowpack. Measuring 2" - 5 " of average snow cover and packed trail base of 1/2" - 2 ". A few of the Pincushion trails are skiable currently, but reported to be in marginal condition with 11 km of skating lanes open.

Several other local cross country trails around Grand Marais are reporting better skiing conditions. Further inland from Grand Marais (25-30 mi) the Mid Gunflint Trail area is reporting fair conditions for cross country skiing on snowpack measuring from 6"-10" in the woods.

Pre registered racers for the January, 2003 Sawtooth have the option of applying their entry to the March 8, 2003 race or to the January, 2004 race. You will be automatically entered in the rescheduled March 8, 2003 race. If you cannot attend, and wish to apply your entry to the January, 2004 Sawtooth, please notify the race organizers of your choice by Feb 28.

Contact the Sawtooth Race at 218-387-1276 or on email:
Scott Beattie
Pincushion Mountain Trail
Grand Marais, MN


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