SKIING

Welcoming ceremony, races postponed by rain for U.S. cross country event

Overnight rain postponed the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships Monday in Rumford.

For the second straight year, Black Mountain is hosting the competition. Races were expected to start Monday and run through Sunday with race distances ranging from under a kilometer to 30 kilometers. But severe rain saturated the man-made snow, postponing the welcoming ceremony and racing.

Organizers decided to hold the welcoming ceremony and some races today.

More than 400 entries have been received for the races.

Monday’s schedule included short sprint races for both men and women. The Chisholm Ski Club is hosting the event.