The unstoppable Mud Dog snowmobile riders completed another journey, their 10th, in memory of Eric Skogman to benefit Rein In Sarcoma, February 7-8. The ride started in Anoka on the Rum River and the group, following local snowmobilers Justin and Dustin, rode the river for about seven miles until it opened up. The group then diverted onto the trail system. Low snow made the ride rough, including a jostling experience on a open field.
The group of five, including Justin and Dustin, stopped at the Mystic Inn in Princeton for lunch. There, the group split up, with Justin and Dustin heading south and the rest of the crew heading north to Onamia. The farther north they rode, the better (and more snow-covered) the trails became. By the time they got near Mille Lacs, the trail became a magic white carpet. The group ended the day at Muggs of Mille Lacs in Wahkon, regaling their adventures.
This is the third year in the row that the group faced challenging snow conditions but the Mud Dog motto is "Press on regardless," and so they did.
Over $2400 was raised towards Rein in Sarcoma's Mission through the Mud Dog Ride, including an anonymous Mud Dog challenge grant. Thanks to the Mud Dog participants and everyone who donated in support of the ride!
Riders included (follow links to individual rider page):
Whether you are a bike enthusiast or not, how about challenging yourself to ride 25, 50, 100 or 180 miles and raise funds to fight cancer? Join our “Team Sarcoma” as we participate in the Chainbreaker 2018 bike ride for University of Minnesota Cancer Research, August 10-12.
Chainbreaker is a weekend cycling experience with the core purpose of funding cancer research. Chainbreaker puts together a full service experience by providing nutrition, hydration, first aid, bike maintenance, transportation, lodging, and entertainment to ensure a safe, successful, and fun weekend for all of its riders. 100% of every rider-raised dollar goes directly to life-saving cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.
Steve Burrill came into the life of Rein in Sarcoma in a time of major problems, and there could not have been a better man to join us. In the fall of 2016, we experienced the tragic death of the chair of our Finance Committee, and the volunteer treasurer at Rein in Sarcoma resigned. We needed new financial leadership, and we needed it quickly.
Former treasurer Tom Dougherty and the new chair of our Finance Committee, Jeff Dobbs, worked to secure new and experienced leadership to manage and oversee the finances of our non-profit. After finding excellent new volunteers including treasurer, Tom McCarthy, and Mitch Atherton, we were in need of a volunteer bookkeeper. Jeff suggested his soon-to-be father-in-law, Steve Burrill, who had first-hand experience surviving major life challenges.