This weekend is the snowmobile club’s fun run! If you are in the area then join in the fun!
A day of family fun is planned for February 7, the day that the Cook County Ridge Riders snowmobile club will host its sixth annual snowmobile Fun Run.
“We will have registration from 9 a.m. to noon at Devil Track Landing or at Hungry Jack Lodge,” said Andrea Everson. Entrants can start either at Devil Track or Hungry Jack Lodge, said Everson, and travel up or down the trail and end the day at Devil Track Landing.
“We don’t care if you snowmobile or drive your vehicle or take whatever methods of travel that you like. Just show up. And if you want to just attend the party at night, that’s okay too,” she said.
As for the snowmobile trails, Everson said she has gotten calls asking if the trails are rideable. “There’s plenty of snow on them and they are in good shape for snowmobiling,” Everson said.
Cost to enter the Fun Run is $20. Entrants can either snowmobile or drive their vehicles to the six stops along the way where they will have a poker card stamped at each location. Those hot spots include Trail Center, Hungry Jack Lodge, Windigo Lodge, Gunflint Lodge, Gunflint Pines, and Devil Track Landing. All cards must be turned in by 5:30 p.m. at Devil Track Landing. The person holding the highest hand will win $500. The holder of the card with the lowest hand will receive $200.
At 6 p.m. a raffle for food and “lots and lots of prizes,” will be held at The Landing, Everson said. Prizes include snowmobile jackets, helmets, sweatshirts, stays at lodging facilities and gift certificates to local restaurants and shops.
Following the raffle there will be live music performed by Earth, Wind and Todd. Everson said there is no charge to attend the party, but she hopes people purchase food at The Landing, which will keep its restaurant open later than normal.
“I hope people will patronize the businesses that support this event,” she said. “We couldn’t put this on without all of their support,” she added.
Two years ago almost 180 people turned out for the Fun Run. Last year about 120 people attended the activities, but Everson blamed that on the extremely cold weather in 2014.
“I think our numbers will be back up this year. The weather is a lot better and that should help a lot,” Everson said.
Money gained from the fundraiser helps the Cook County Ridge Riders pay for the maintenance of the trails and supports a $250 scholarship given to a Cook County graduating senior. “We also pay for the signs along the trails and purchase cones and helmets for the snowmobile safety classes offered to kids,” Everson said.
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