Forecasts of continued warm and sunny weather have prompted the Vasaloppet USA board of directors to cancel this year’s 40th anniversary race scheduled for Feb. 12.
The cancellation of next Sunday’s five races means the Miniloppet, the Friendship Tour and Eldris Sprints are also canceled. Skiers who registered for the 2012 race will receive a certificate for a $25 discount on the 2013 race registration. Registrants will receive their certificates in the mail.
However, all other community events planned for the 40th anniversary celebration will continue with some changes of time and venue.
The Vasaloppet will host a community appreciation event at the Vasaloppet Nordic Center Complex and ski trails on Sunday, Feb. 12 for all volunteers, sponsors and skiers. An orienteering event along with hiking, skating, bonfires and food are planned. The event begins at 1 p.m. and will run until dusk.
Watch for details at www.vasaloppet.org.