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Heartland 200 racers blaze through bitter cold

Windchill advisories both days of the USXC Park Rapids Heartland 200 only delayed the race time by one hour. Ninety-five sleds competed Saturday, while 69 raced on Sunday, with temperatures 30 below zero. For the first time, the start/finish line...

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Zach Herfindahl (#312) won the combined Pro Factory 600/Pro Open stock class on his Arctic Cat. (Photos by Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)

Windchill advisories both days of the USXC Park Rapids Heartland 200 only delayed the race time by one hour.

Ninety-five sleds competed Saturday, while 69 raced on Sunday, with temperatures 30 below zero.

For the first time, the start/finish line and pit area was located behind Salvage Depot, off Hwy. 34. All riders took off together and results were based on a total of both days.

The 120-mile, cross-country snowmobile course took racers north to Emmaville, through the Paul Bunyan State Forest and along the Heartland Trail.

The race featured 19 classes - including junior, pro, open, vintage and classic IFS - offering many racers a chance to complete one lap around course twice in two days. Full results are posted at www.usxcracing.com .

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This was the seventh annual USXC race in Park Rapids.

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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