The race director of a 100-mile ultra-marathon foot race through the Flathead National Forest has cancelled the event due to lingering snow on the route that he says would make the course too dangerous for runners and likely prevent anyone from finishing within the required 36-hour limit.
Brad Lamson tells the Missoulian that portions of the course for the Swan Crest 100 have deep snow that is concealing signs that mark trail intersections.
He says he’s convinced the snow won’t melt in time for the event scheduled for July 29.
He says postponing the race would pose problems with shortening daylight hours and increased grizzly bear activity.
This is only the second year for the race. Last year, 44 people started but only 20 finished.
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