Heartland 106 snowmobile race will be on lake
By Anna Erickson
The Heartland 106 Snowmobile Race is returning to Park Rapids despite limited snow cover. This year’s event will be an ice race, organizers report.
The Park Rapids race, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, will be racing on Fish Hook Lake regardless of the weather.
It is part of the United States X-Country Snowmobile Racing circuit.
This is the third annual event. Last year’s race was a success, with two days of racing that brought hundreds of people to the area.
A Park Rapids promoters group reported adding $1,000 per class to the Top 7 classes, for a total of $7,000 added to the purse, according to the USXC Racing website. Classic IFS, vintage, and all junior classes race Saturday only.
The USXC 120 kids race also will be on the lake.
Organizer Jeff Voigt said that the launching area for the race will be at the Fish Hook Lake public access off of Highway 71 north of Park Rapids.
“There will be spectator parking on the lake and people can also walk onto the ice and find a spot to watch the races,” he said.
Three fish houses from Smokey Hills Outdoor Store will be on the ice as a warming area, he added.
The goal of USXC is to continue the tradition racer-friendly events at many of the classic cross-country venues.
Setting up and hosting the snowmobile race is always a lot of work. Organizers will again need volunteers to help set up the track, be stationed along the track during the race and help with other various aspects of the race.
Fewer spotters are needed for an ice race, however, Voigt said.
If someone is interested in volunteering, call Joe Higgins at 252-4935. A meeting for volunteers will be Thursday night.
Pre-registration is required online at usxcracing.com by 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 or onsite at the Park Rapids Ambulance Garage east of the Super 8 from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30.
For more information about the race or to register, go to www.usxcracing.com.