2017 42nd Annual I-500 Fun Facts

2017 42nd Annual I-500 Fun Facts:

• It was -22 on the morning of the start; -40 with the wind chill.
• Day 1 was 200 miles from Winnipeg Manitoba CA to Thief River Falls MN.

• Fuel stops were in Pembina ND and Strandquist MN.
• 79 sleds started in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada.
• Racers from MN, ND, SD, IA, NY, CA, WI, MI, Manitoba CA, and Alberta CA.
• Blaise Potucek (Warren, Minnesota) was the youngest racer at 14 years old.
• Mark Cobb (Brighton, Iowa) started the race on a 1980 Polaris TXL 340 and ran the full 515 miles (approx) in 13 hours 22 minutes 12 seconds.
• 6 sleds were out before the Pembina border.
• 65 sleds finished in Thief River Falls MN.
• Day 2 was 195 miles around Pennington and Red Lake Counties.
• Fuel stops were at Seven Clans Casino.
• 53 sleds finished Day 2.
• Day 3 was 120 miles from Thief River Falls MN to Bemidji MN.
• Fuel stop was in Gonvick MN.
• 82 sleds started Day 3 – 29 sleds were added for the Vintage, Classic IFS, and Junior 12-17 classes.
• Oldest sled to start the day was 71-year old Glen Wasmuth (Battleford SK Canada) on a 1975 John Deere 340/S. Glen ran the 1975 I-500 Winnipeg to St. Paul race and used his original sled and numbers. Pretty neat to see!
• 72 sleds finished in Bemidji MN.
• Air temp was 35 above at the finish, almost 50 degrees warmer than the start two days earlier.
• #312 Zach Herfindahl (Eagle River WI) wins his first I-500 on an Arctic Cat in 7 hours 46 minutes 23 seconds.
Congratulations to everyone who participated - we applaud you all in your hard work and efforts! Thank you to all our sponsors and to all those who volunteered to help make this historic race a huge success!