Due to poor trail conditions and uncooperative weather, the annual Tears and Gears Winter Wheezer set for Sunday, March 8 was cancelled.
The lack of snow in the city contributed to the decision to cancel the event, which will not be postponed until a later date and is expected to go on next year in March 2016, according to co-organizer Abi Moore.
“It’s the first time we’re cancelling the event, [which is] sad but with no snow it wasn’t possible to pull off,” said Moore.
Moore said that registration had been low this year for the event as the pending chances of cancellation were high but that the athletic regulars for the event still loyally signed up.
The race regularly starts off with a snowshoe portion before making way for skiing. This year, the skiing portion would have made use of the Fernie Nordic Society’s newly constructed bridge with a total distance of just over 12 km between the two parts of the race for participants.
Participants were notified Tuesday, March 3 of the cancellation and full refunds were issued to those who had signed up for the event.
The summer version of the Wheezer is anticipated for this September.