Lake Shore: Council hears details of cross-country snowmobile race set for Feb. 26-27 – Pine and Lakes Echo Journal

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LAKE SHORE – Lake Shore City Council has learned more about the Nisswa 100 cross-country snowmobile race taking place February 26-27, starting and ending at the Mitch Crocker property in Lake Shore.

Pam Dorion, president of the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce, and Justin Olson, member of the race committee, answered questions from the board during the regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 24, according to unapproved draft minutes.

The race will feature approximately 150 runners completing two 50-mile laps, crossing the road four times, one of the crossings being County Road 77. There will be a spotter at each stop sign and runners will will stop.

Police Chief Steve Sundstrom asked if snowmobilers would obey the speed limit on trails used by recreational snowmobilers. Olson said the Department of Natural Resources will close that part of the trail to recreational snowmobilers during the race.

Sundstrom said it’s critical that runners obey traffic rules since this event is happening at the same time as the Frozen Fore event around Gull Lake. Dorion said this will be properly communicated to runners and the trail through Fritz Loven Park will have a 30mph speed limit.

The organization sponsoring the race will provide 25 staff and the chamber will have approximately 25 or more volunteers. Spectators will park on the lake in this area and on County Road 24.

Originally scheduled to start and end at Grand View Lodge, Dorion said in an email that the location changed due to ice conditions and the weight of trailers and tractor-trailers in the pits.

Board member Doug Miller was absent Jan. 24.

Nancy Vogt, Managing Editor, can be reached at 218-855-5877 or [email protected] Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Nancy.

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