Volunteers Prepare Track for I-500 Snowmobile Race in Sault Ste. Marie

The 51st running of the I-500 Snowmobile Race in Sault Ste. Marie is a little more than two weeks away, and volunteers are making sure the track is ready to go.

They have been laying water on the track day and night for a couple weeks now. 

Normally it takes about a million gallons of water to make the one-mile track the ideal 14 to 16 inches thick.

This year half that amount of water will be used while still maintaining track integrity.

“We are putting less water on the straightaways, obviously, because you don’t use as much on the straightaways, but more on the corners. So we are getting better at building the track every year,” said I-500 volunteer Eric Fountain.

The big race is Saturday, Feb. 2.

For the complete list of race-week activities, click here.