State of Maine Championship Snowshoeing Race facing tough conditions

1:30 AM, Jan 19, 2013   |    comments
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EAST ORLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Mother Nature is wreaking havoc on the 2nd annual State of Maine Championship Snowshoeing Race at the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in East Orland. Race organizer Pete Keeney says he's had to work hard to maintain the 4.9 mile course.

One of the biggest challenges he's facing is the rise in temperatures earlier in the week that caused the snow to melt, and then the drop in temperatures in the past few days that formed hard ice crystals on top of the snow base.

Keeney says he hopes the weather on Saturday will bring a few inches of snow, as fresh powder is ideal for snowshoeing.

The race starts at noon on Saturday, January 20th. You can find more information at


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