Weather forces change at U.S. National Toboggan Championships

When a toboggan race is postponed due to snow, you know you might have a pretty hefty winter storm on the way.

And that’s the case this morning: Officials of the U.S. National Toboggan Championships, with racing originally scheduled to begin on Saturday, announced minutes ago that Saturday is a no-go. Instead, all racing will be condensed into a one-day package and staged on Sunday.

“The continued weather pattern, and the National Weather Service’s extension of the blizzard warning farther inland Friday morning has prompted the U.S. National Toboggan Championships Committee to adjust its plans for the weekend,” organizers said in a press release.

A three person female team prepares to launch down the ice covered chute at the 22 annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl on Saturday, feb. 11, 2012. (Bangor Daily News Photo by Kevin Bennett)

All activities set to take place at “Tobogganville” on Saturday have been scrapped. Events scheduled for Friday, including practice runs, will be held as long as weather permits, but will take place an hour earlier than originally announced.

On Sunday, racing will start at 8 a.m. with the two-person teams and three-person teams leading off. A single run for each team will determine which sleds advance to the afternoon finals. After a lunch break and memorial sled runs, finals will begin at 1 p.m.

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John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their natural habitat. The stories he gathers provide fodder for his columns, and this blog.