CAMDEN — After being held at the top of the 400-foot wooden chute last year due to the pandemic, the U.S. National Toboggan Championships will drop in — and race on — Friday through Sunday, Feb. 11-13.

Organizers said with the current high COVID-19 vaccination levels in Maine, the event’s committee made the decision to move ahead with the 2022 races at the Camden Snow Bowl.

Registration will go live on Monday, Nov. 15. There will be options to vie for limited reserved and pit parking spaces.

Holly Anderson, the event’s co-chairperson, said there will not be a fallback plan in the event of pandemic closures this winter.

“There would be 300 or 400 teams registered that I would have to choose which 150 or 200 to say that can’t race because we have to scale back to what we thought we would do last year,” Anderson said.

In 2021, the committee met in an effort to create a plan of action to safely hold the event, and meet the state mandates and restrictions. This included the development of a plan which reduced the amount of teams allowed to half, reducing the amount of racers to 25 percent, and not allowing spectators.

“If there is a COVID issue that we could not overcome by asking everyone to mask, I anticipate we would have to cancel and hold, or roll paid registrations to the next following race year,” Anderson said.

She said the committee will not, and does not, have plan to go the route of requiring proof of vaccination at the outdoor event unless that became a state mandate.

“That seems to be a business decision, and more for indoor and/or assigned-seat concert venues,” she said.

Like clockwork, the toboggan races were held decade after decade despite challenging weather, from warm temperatures to blizzards, but always managed to have the show go on. COVID-19 became the first thing to sideline the event in its three decades of running, and the toboggan racing community hopes the event does not take a hit a second year in a row.

The event, a significant fundraiser for the Snow Bowl, the home base of the popular races’ operations, became yet another casualty of a pandemic that continues to rear its ugly head nearly 20 months after it surfaced.

The Toboggan Nationals were conceived in 1991 as a mid-winter lark and way to celebrate the rebuilding of the historic 400-foot wooden toboggan chute, which originally was constructed by community volunteers in the 1930s. The event has grown to become an important economic engine for the Midcoast, as it brings thousands of racers and spectators to the town during the winter season.

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