Inaugural Nisswa 100 snowmobile race is a fast success

Plans to grow in 2023 are already underway.

Nisswa 100 1 Man riding Snowmobile
Zach Herfindahl competes in the Pro Factory division of the inaugural Nisswa 100 snowmobile race Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022.
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NISSWA — With the first Nisswa 100 snowmobile race in the bag, organizers can't help but feel good about the results.

"It went fantastic," said Pam Dorian, president of the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce. "All the racers had fun. The city welcomed them and there were no injuries, no serious injuries."

Nisswa 100 2 snowmobile racer crosses finish line
Pro Factory racer Jon Arneson crosses the finish line at the inaugural Nisswa 100 snowmobile race Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. The event is part of Cor Powersports professional race series.
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Though it was the first year of the event, the Nisswa 100 drew in 104 snowmobile racers. Dorian estimated at least 1,000 spectators.

The event had 19 different classes to compete in, with results available at , or below.

Dorian said with this being the event's first year, learning to set up a snowmobile race was challenging, especially planning around the Cass and Crow Wing County lines. Now they know enough to make changes to make the 2023 setup easier and improve the race.


"We know that the date is going to change," Dorian said. "Right now it looks like it's going to be Jan. 14 and 15. It will be a much bigger event. This year we just put on a race. Next year we want to have an event."

This year's race took place at the same time as the Gull Lake Frozen Fore. Dorian said they would prefer to spread out the tourist attractions so people spend more time in the area.

Travis Grimler, staff writer, may be reached at 218-855-5853 or . Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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