Mpls loppet race moves from Uptown to Wirth Park 30 Jan 12

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – This winter’s abnormal weather is affecting yet another event.

The City of Lakes Loppet scheduled for next weekend is moving from the Uptown area of Minneapolis to Theodore Wirth Park – where organizers can use artificial snow.

The City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation says there was no chance of using the Chain of Lakes, so it made sense to move the cross-country ski race.

Wirth Park is between north Minneapolis and Golden Valley. It has a 3.5-kilometer loop of artificial snow. The Star Tribune reports that skiing in the loop will be good unless temperatures reach the mid-70s.

There are a few other changes. Among them, the evening Luminary Loppet, featuring over 1,000 luminaries, will be a hike, not a skiing tour, because there is so little snow.

Information from: Star Tribune

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