The 2017 annual Mud Dog Ride for RIS will coincide with the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association 33nd annual Winter Rendezvous, February 9-12 at the Timberlake Lodge Hotel in Grand Rapids, MN, in memory of snowmobile rider, Eric Skogman. This year an anonymous donor is issuing a $2,000 Mud Dog Challenge Grant! This donor has committed to match all new 2017 Mud Dog paid pledges through Sunday, February 19th or when the challenge is met. Join the ride, support the riders...
For the ninth consecutive year, the Mud Dogs Riders will ride their snowmobiles February 8 - 9 in support of the Eric Skogman Mud Dog Ride Fund of the Rein in Sarcoma (RIS). For the first three years Eric organized the Ride which has contributed over $42,000 to find a cure of Sarcoma Cancers. Read Eric's story.
If you wish to join the ride and have a participant page, please fill out and submit the registration form. Those who wish to support a rider or all the riders to help fight this deadly disease can donate below through the RIS secure online form, or by mail. All donations are tax deductible and the money raised goes directly to RIS.
2017 Raised to Date - including match: $5015
Donate through the secure online form:
Supporting all 2017 Mud Dogs:
Deb Cossette - Have a great ride and thanks for supporting RIS!!
Pete and Sue Wyckoff - Ride safe and Strong for Eric and CJ. Thanks for bringing hope to Sarcoma patients.
Lynn Keillor - RRrrrrrrr!
MSPN: Sweat Shirts
Doug & Denise Olson
Mike Andrew and Jeanne Pickering - Great Job, Mud Dogs!
Mud Dog Ride Overview
The 9th Annual Mud Dog Ride to Benefit the Rein In Sarcoma Foundation (RISF) will be held February 8-9 in conjunction with the MN Snowmobile Association Annual Rendezvous February 9-12 at the Timberlake Lodge Hotel in Grand Rapids, MN. This will be a combination of a snowmobile ride and a fundraiser for the Foundation. All proceeds are being donated to the Rein In Sarcoma Foundation.
What is the Mud Dog Ride?
Over 26 years ago, C.J. Ramstad, then owner of Midwest Sports Publishing Network (MSPN), the official publisher of Minnesota Snowmobiling magazine, started the Mud Dog ride to encourage snowmobilers from across the state to ride their snowmobiles to the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association’s (MnUSA) annual Winter Rendezvous. That event traditionally takes place each February and is in a different city or town each year. Sadly, C.J. and his 17-year-old son J.J. were killed in an automobile accident in May 2007, but the ride lives on with the memory of the legendary Ramstad and his son. To read more about C.J. Ramstad, click here.
Introduction to the Rein in Sarcoma Foundation
Rein in Sarcoma was created by Karen Wyckoff in 2001. Karen died from Synovial Sarcoma a month after the first Rein in Sarcoma event. Thousands of people touched by sarcoma have kept her vision of a world without sarcoma cancers alive. The Rein in Sarcoma Foundation (RIS) was incorporated in 2004 as a Minnesota non-profit organization to continue the mission that Karen established:
Find a cure for sarcoma cancers (raise funds for research through the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center)
Educate physicians and the public about sarcomas
Support sarcoma survivors and families directly affected by sarcoma
RIS has become the largest and best-known sarcoma fund for the Upper Midwest. Over the past sixteen years, with its three pronged commitment to sarcoma research, support and education, the Foundation has reached thousands of people and raised over $1.5 million.
Sarcomas are highly malignant and rare types of cancers that occur in the connective tissues of the body. Approximately 15,000 new cases of soft tissue and bone sarcoma are diagnosed each year in the United States. While rare among adults (less than 2% of all adult cancers), sarcoma cancers are among the three most commonly diagnosed cancers affecting children. A sarcoma diagnosis is a particularly shattering for most patients as they rarely have heard of this type of cancer and feel they will have to wage their personal war against the disease without much public knowledge of the disorder. You can find more information about sarcoma cancers.