Snowmobile races delayed in Lincoln

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 18, 2010, at 7:54 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — The Lincoln Lakes region’s lack of snow has forced the postponement of the Lincoln Snowhounds Snowmobile Club’s 11th annual Sno-Cross races to mid-March, club officials said Thursday.

Originally set for this weekend, the snowmobile races now are scheduled to be held, weather permitting, at the clubhouse on Town Farm Road on March 13-14, said Joni Smith, the club’s business and membership manager.

“We need a lot of snow. There isn’t even enough out there to have it trucked in,” Smith said Thursday.

To her husband, club President Alan Smith, the relatively balmy weather of mid-January ruined what had been a winter on track to become as good as any seen in the last five years. The snow came early and often enough to allow the club’s trail groomers to build a firm, deep base to the region’s snowmobile trails, he said.

“It was awesome,” he said.

Then one heavy rainstorm hit, and that was that. Temperatures dipped sharply in the wake of the storm, allowing good though icy trail conditions, but a gradual warming embodied by Thursday’s rain and 39-degree temperatures ate away at the trail base and doomed the races for this month.

The warm weather imperils what has been a tonic to the region’s recreation and tourism industries.

More than 900 people attended the first of the two-day race event at the Snowhounds clubhouse last year. The event is the club’s largest annual fundraiser and was sponsored by 36 local businesses that help pay the $10,000 the race costs to run. Organizers declined to say how much the event typically makes.

The Smiths and other race organizers will meet at the clubhouse on March 3 to decide whether conditions favor holding the race or canceling it.

“I am not optimistic,” Smith said.

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