Snowcross racing event returns to Timmins

Scheduled for the weekend of March 12 and 13

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Local snowmobile enthusiasts can start preparing for exciting races next month.

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The Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA) has confirmed that the normally annual event will return to Timmins on Saturday March 12 and Sunday March 13 at the end of Spruce Street South at one of the main snow dumps in the city.

“We’ve been coming here for years, but obviously we’ve had the last two years off due to COVID,” CSRA President Ken Avann said.

“Things are starting to open up, so we are able to relaunch some events. We have guidelines that we must follow, but we have already hosted five events this year and look forward to coming to Timmins in a few weeks.

Avann said that under current provincial guidelines, there would be a maximum spectator capacity of 50%, despite the outdoor setting. However, the Ontario government has scheduled another “roadmap to recovery” update on Monday, February 21, which could change the game plan.

He said more information, including spectator information, will be posted on the CSRA website and on social media in the coming weeks.

“We don’t have many details yet, as the guidelines change again on Family Day weekend. So there is no sense in giving out much information about the event until these guidelines are released.

“Right now we are not allowed to have indoor type facilities. Normally we have a big vendor tent and all that, but we can’t do that right now. All of that could change on February 21 with the next round of announcements, so we’re waiting for that to happen. Then we can upload accurate information.

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“There will be plenty of time to let people know what’s going on.”

CSRA has an upcoming event in Sauble Beach February 19-21, followed by an event in Sudbury on March 5-6, and then the event in Timmins.

“As far as the basics go, the event is professional racing. We have all the best riders in Canada coming,” said Avann.

He added that there will be hundreds of competitors, in both snowmobile and snowmobile events, heading to town, and there will be riders as young as four years old in attendance.

Avann said the event will include a food drive to support local food banks.

“We’re asking our riders, as well as our fans, to bring a food donation. They’re all really in need right now with the way things are going. It’s really easy for us to put it in motion.

Avann said there are no ticket sales details yet, but those will be coming soon. Above all, he is happy that the event is back in Timmins.

“It’s always been a well-received event there, so we can’t wait to come back.”

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