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Unsafe ice ends hopes for 2008 Kremmling Snowmobile Drag Races and Radar Runs

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

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The 2008 Kremmling Snowmobile Drag Races and Radar Runs that were scheduled for Saturday, March 8, have been canceled.

“We were forced to cancel the races due to unsafe ice conditions on Wolford Mountain Reservoir,” said Kacey Beres, events director for the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce.

Beres explained the reason for the cancellation of the popular event is the relatively thin ice on the reservoir where the races are held. While the current ice conditions are thick enough to safely support pedestrians and snowmobiles, it is not safe for the grooming equipment needed to smooth the race courses.

“Grand River Ranch was going to use its 46,000-pound Sno-cat,” Beres said. “We need an average of 20 inches or more of ice to support that machine. Right now at the boat docks on the reservoir, we have an ice thickness of between 12 to 18 inches, so it is not safe.”

The problem of ice thickness this winter on Wolford Mountain Reservoir forced an earlier postponement of the races that were originally slated for Saturday, Feb. 9.

They were then rescheduled to March 1, but the problem persisted and forced it to be rescheduled a second time to March 8.

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With the spring thaw just around the corner, time has run out to hold the event on the reservoir this year.

“We want to hold a safe event and we don’t want to put anyone at risk, so we had to cancel it,” Beres said.

This year was to be the third year for the Kremmling Snowmobile Drag Racing and Radar Run competition, which features several different races for different classes of snowmobiles and age competitors.

Beres said planning for next year’s Snowmobile Drag Racing and Radar Run is already under way. To overcome the problem of ice thickness on the reservoir, she said the event’s organizers to find “a place on land” where the races can be held.

For more information, contact Events Director Kacey Beres at the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce at (970) 724-3472.

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