Snowmobile raced by youths on Lake Pepin
MAIDEN ROCK—A youth snowmobile race was held this past weekend in Maiden Rock.
Kids Pro Ice, a non-profit youth ice racing association based in the Twin Cities region, staged the race. There are over 30 families in the group who teach kids safe driving and racing practices as well as good sportsmanship and friendships.
The racers range in age from 4-14 years, including both boys and girls. Some of the youths have gone on to be some of the finest racers moving up to ORA, Oval Racers Alliance.
The race season begins in December and runs through early March. Participants generally race on lakes throughout West Central Wisconsin and Central Minnesota. The association offers 14 race classes, on Kitty Cat, 120 and 340 snowmobiles. Most of the racers race more than one event during the day and, in fact, most racers race more than one snowmobile.The group wouldn't be able to race without local sponsors at each venue. Maiden Rock was one of the most supportive locations the association raced at this year. For the race in Maiden Rock, organizers are very grateful for the great support from Six String Saloon, Comfort by Design, Jay McGrath ReMAX Results, Pierce County Snowmobile Council, Johnson Sanitation, Rush River Trail Riders, Ellsworth Funsters and Denton Achenbach State Farm Insurance.Here are a few results from local families:--AJ Engnes, son of Mark and Cheryl Engnes of Beldenville, first place in Super Stock 120, second place in Improved Stock 120, fourth place in Briggs Pro 206 Consolation.--Charlie Engnes, son of Mark and Cheryl Engnes, fourth place in Amateur Kitty Cat, sixth place in Stock Kitty Cat Consolation, third place in Amateur Stock 120.--Brady Kirchner, son of Mike and Stephanie Kirchner, first place in Amateur Kitty Cat, second place in Stock Kitty Cat Consolation, third place in Super Stock 120 Consolation.--Riley Bechel, son of Aaron and Theresa Bechel of Plum City, third in Amateur Stock 120.--Ian Johnson, son of Hal and Cherie Jonson of Red Wing, sixth in Champ 120, first in Jr. Novice.--Colin Johnson, son of Hal and Cherie Johnson of Red Wing, first in Super Stock 120 Consolation, fifth in Improved Stock, first in Pro Stock 120.Mark Engnes organized the race in Maiden Rock this past weekend. For more information about the association, visit kidsproice.org.