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2nd Annual Toboggan Race to raise local funds for the Aroostook Relay For Life


On Saturday, February 6, the Aroostook County Sled Race will return for its second year of full-day snowmobile rides, all in support of local Relay For Life efforts.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — On Saturday, February 6, the Aroostook County Sled Race will return for its second year of full-day snowmobile rides, all in support of local Relay For Life efforts.

The inaugural event – held in February 2020 before the COVID-19 closures – featured 30 snowmobilers and over 100 total participants and volunteers. The Strike Out Cancer team, a Relay For Life group of 12 MMG Insurance employees and community members, raised $6,500.

The group is making several changes to this year’s event due to the pandemic, and organizers are encouraging people to register online at https://rflaroostook.ticketleap.com/aroostook-county-sled-run-2021/ before February 6.

Those wishing to register the morning of the event at the Près Isle Snowmobile Club must maintain social distancing and wear masks or face coverings. Strikeing Out Cancer will determine the limit for people inside the building prior to the luge race.

Team member Heidi Estabrook said all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society as part of the group’s annual Relay For Life fundraiser.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll reach our goal of $10,000 this year,” Estabrook said. “But above all, we want everyone who has been touched by cancer to know that they are not alone in the fight. We will continue to do whatever we can to help, even during a global pandemic. »

In-person registration will open at 8 a.m. on February 6 and snowmobile rides will begin at 10 a.m. Participants who have registered before that day will not need to arrive until 9:30 a.m. At that time there will be a pre-ride meeting. outside the snowmobile club.

Participants can choose between a 90-mile trail that begins at the Près Isle Snowmobile Club and follows trails in Fort Fairfield, Caribou and Washburn before returning to Près Isle, or a 50 mile trail that goes from Près Isle to Easton, Mars Hill and back to Près Isle.

Despite the pandemic-related changes, Estabrook said the community’s response to last year’s sled race motivated Strike Out Cancer to keep the event going in any way possible.

“We had overwhelming support throughout Aroostook County last year. Once word got out, people reached out to see what they could do to help,” Estabrook said. “People are eager to participate in a meaningful event.”

Event information can be found at Aroostook County Sled Trail Facebook page.

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