Snowmobile racing to return to Hay River in March


Kurtis King turns a corner during a competition in Sylvan Lake in 2010.
— photo courtesy of Kurtis King

Hay River adrenaline junkies can mark a couple of important dates on their calendars in March as a variety of ice racing is about to return to Hay River. On March 2 and 3, several Hay Riverites will be competing against racers from Yellowknife, Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, Fort Chipewyan and other communities in a number of events.

Short-course sno-cross and cross-country snowmobile races will take place on the first day, while dirt bikes and snowmobile drag races will take centre stage on the second day.

The action is slated to take place near the ice road crossing to the Hay River Reserve, and will start at approximately noon on both days.

Kurtis King, a racer in Hay River, said it will be nice to finally have organized races back in town.

We used to have a lot of them here, but we don’t anymore,” he said. “We have lost racers throughout the years, and the people who used to organize it just aren’t here anymore.”

King said there is a small contingent of racers who still travel to other communities to take part in competitions.