Crashed Ice not returning to St. Paul this winter

Scott Croxall (1) of Canada takes the lead off of the first jump at the Red Bull Crashed Ice championships in St. Paul on Feb. 27, 2016. Chris Juhn for MPR News 2016

Updated: 8:45 p.m. | Posted: 7:54 p.m.

Red Bull's Crashed Ice will not be returning to the city of St. Paul this winter.

The extreme winter sport, which involves skaters competing in four-person heats racing to the bottom of a long ice track filled with obstacles, will head to Japan, Finland and Boston, but won't make its usual three-day stop in St. Paul this January.

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"It was incredible to host Red Bull Crashed Ice for seven years in St. Paul," said Clare Cloyd, marketing manager at St. Paul Parks and Recreation. "There are not plans for the event to return in 2019."

St. Paul City Council Member Chris Tolbert said he enjoyed skating the track along with Mayors Chris Coleman and Melvin Carter. But he knew the city's host gig would end eventually.

"They like to move it around and rotate the views and things like that," Tolbert said. "I mean we knew that when they first signed it."

St. Paul hosted Crashed Ice for the first time in 2012 and drew crowds of more than 100,000 spectators to the downtown and Cathedral Hill neighborhoods.

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