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Published February 26, 2012, 05:55 PM

Snow Shortage Doesn't Faze NW Minnesota Snowmobile Racers

OSLO, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The lack of snow is creating concern for racers. The U.S. Cross Country Snowmobile Racing Association was to have its 500-mile race in Thief River Falls this weekend but had to move it to Oslo.

OSLO, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The lack of snow is creating concern for racers. The U.S. Cross Country Snowmobile Racing Association was to have its 500-mile race in Thief River Falls this weekend but had to move it to Oslo.

The construction of this 100-mile track was jam-packed into just seven days.

"This snow actually is all from the parking area where the pits are here and we pushed all the snow in here and me and another guy designed the track," John Peterson said.

10-year-old racers to pro riders gear up and mentally prepare themselves for a two hour race.

"Sometimes when you get into some pretty sketchy spots and your sled will start whipping around and you're kind of praying and hoping you don't tip over," Cody Kallock said.

"Some areas it's smooth, some areas it's rough and we do have some bigger jumps," race director Scott Schuster said.

100 miles of concentration is one thing but the physical strength it takes to stay on this sled is another.

"I try not to use my arms too much because you'll just wear your arms out right away so you have these foot stirups that will kind of keep your feet in," Kallock said.

"I'll tell you what, these guys come in sweating, they're working hard out there," Schuster said.

"I work out everyday. I run a lot, do a lot of biking, just a lot of endurance stuff," Kallock said.

Each racer is released onto the track at different times to prevent crashing. The winner is determined by computer chips underneath the track as well as on the sled.

Even though the first to finish isn't necessarily the winner, it doesn't stop riders from racing their hearts out.

"The idea is to finish the race with your sled in one piece as fast as you can, you gotta be efficient," Kallock said.

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