Snowmobilers take a break during the 2012 Purple Ribbon Cancer Ride, a day-long journey in southern Essex and northern Warren Counties ending with a party. About 150 motorsports enthusiasts took the excursion not only for the fun of it, but to raise money for Glens Falls area cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment. This year’s edition of the event is set for Feb. 1 — regardless of snow conditions — and is to be based at the Boar’s Nest Bar & Grill in West Fort Ann. Courtesy photo
Registration is now open for a snowmobile excursion and party that annually raises money to help area cancer patients and their families.
The sixth annual Purple Ribbon Cancer Ride is to be held Saturday Feb. 1, starting and ending at the Boar’s Nest Bar & Grill at 1263 Patten Mills Road, West Fort Ann, — and all are invited to participate.
Early registration accomplished by Jan. 26 is $30 per adult rider. Standard registration is set for 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. the day of the ride. The fee for child riders, ages 6 through 14, is $15, and those 5 and under are free.
Regardless of whether there’s sufficient snow covering the ground, the fundraiser — which features a dinner, auction and live entertainment all included in the price — will indeed be held, event organizers said this week. The party, with food, fun and music, will be held beginning at 6 p.m. whether there’s snow or not, she said. Live country music will be provided by a talented regional band.
If there is sufficient snow cover, the ride will be conducted on trails through Washington and Warren counties. Annually, the trip is up to 100 miles long.
If there is snow in the region but not on the local trails, the Cancer Ride organizers may be offering the option of trailering the sleds to where snow is plentiful. Such a plan will be conveyed, if weather dictates, to those participants who are pre-registering, and be posted on the charity’s website: www.purpleribboncancerride.com. But considering the recent weather, it looks like the trails should have plenty of snow.
Proceeds of the event benefit Randy’s Radiation Patients’ Assistance Fund, a local charity which helps cancer patients receiving treatment at Glens Falls Hospital.
Several snowmobile clubs and motorsports dealers are among area businesses sponsoring the event. Among them are Progressive Motorsports of Hudson Falls, Sportline Honda of Queensbury, The South Warren Snowmobile Club, The Barnstormers Snowmobile Club of Hudson Falls, and the Ridge Riders of Hartford, and Wellers Auto Parts of Hudson Falls.
Registration forms can be downloaded from www.purpleribboncancerride.com or picked up at progressive Motorsports at 3058 state rte. 4 in Kingsbury.
The annual cancer ride has raised as much as $10,000, and has hosted as many as 150+ snowmobilers.
The Purple Ribbon Cancer Ride was launched six years ago when organizers wanted to hold an event that raised money exclusively for local cancer patients in need of help.