RIPTON, Vt. – Unusual weather conditions have forced race organizers to cancel the Romance Half Marathon Race and Tour, scheduled to be held on Saturday, Michael Hussey, director of Rikert Nordic Center announced.
“Race officials made the decision based on the unseasonably warm weather, lack of snow and an unfavorable forecast going into the weekend,” Hussey said. “We’ve already decided to look ahead to next season, rescheduling the cross-country ski event for February 2013.”
The 25 kilometer cross-country ski event was designed to be a classic technique ski tour starting at Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton and following the Catamount and other trails in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area. Participants could also opt to ski a 15 kilometer course. The event is organized to promote the trails systems in the region as a winter sports destination.
The Romance Half Marathon is presented by the Moosalamoo Association, the Rikert Nordic Center and the Catamount Trail Association. The event has been rescheduled for February 2013. Organizers would like to thank Danforth Pewter, r.k. Miles, and other sponsors for their support. For more information contact Rikert Nordic Center at 802-443-2744 or visit www.rikertnordic.com