Frostbite Challenge adds vintage snowmobile show, run

The first-ever Monticello Frostbite Challenge Vintage Snowmobile Show & Run set for Jan. 12 is getting lots of advance interest from prospective participants.
“I’ve had people calling me from all over the state asking me about it,” said Bob Paschke, lead organizer. “People are just nuts about vintage snowmobiles.”
The event begins at 10 a.m. next Saturday at River City Extreme, 3875 School Blvd. “That’s when the two-hour show starts,” Paschke said. Snowmobile trailers should be parked on the road with vehicles and not in the River City lot,  Paschke said. Spectators can look over the pre-1990 era snowmobiles that people have collected and restored. “River City is letting us use the grassy area on the north side of their property,” Paschke said, adding he will have a vintage snowmobile registration table set up inside the building. “We want people to come inside, get tickets to drop into cups and vote for the top five show participants.” First through fifth place trophies will be awarded at the Station Bar & Grill, 512 Pine St. The 12.5-mile run starts at noon, Paschke said. “We’ll have people participating in the run depart, and follow the approved trail over to the Station Bar.” “I’m registering this event with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), so antique snowmobiles and vintage snowmobiles that are 25 years or older will not have to be licensed. I would like everybody to register.” The Station Bar also is the official half-way stopping point for the run portion of the event. The first 75 run participants to reach the Station Bar will get numbered tickets that can be redeemed for a T-Shirt donated by Dalheimer Distributing as well as a commemorative Frostbite Challenge Vintage Sled Run pin.
The approved trail goes underneath Interstate 94, near Hawk’s but not past it, and follows the railroad tracks downtown and comes up right at the bar, he said.
“What we would like the sledders to do is just stay right along the tracks so people can see them coming in,” Paschke said.
The Wright County Sheriff’s Office will be stopping Highway 25 traffic. “If riders want to make the complete loop, they have to cross the highway,” he said. “If riders don’t want to make the loop, they can come back the way they came.”
After crossing Highway 25, vintage snowmobile run participants will follow the railroad tracks to Elm Street, then up County Road 39 to where the trail crosses by Bertram. “We are figuring it will take the riders an hour or more to get over to the Station Bar,” Paschke said.
Last October, city leaders agreed to amend the city’s previously approved 2012-2013 snowmobile route map after reviewing a request from the local rider group that’s involved with the Monticello Frostbite Challenge Vintage Snowmobile Show & Run. The Monticello Trailblazers Snowmobile Club approached city staff and requested a route change. The city council approved two new spurs to the current map. The first spur comes through the Schluender property to River City Extreme. The second spur would come from the David Spike property just south of the Monticello industrial park on the west side of the city by Chelsea Road.
Event sponsors and supporting organizations include Dalheimer Distributing, Moon Motorsports, Best Western, The Station Bar & Grill, River City Extreme, the Monticello Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Monticello Lions and the city, Paschke said.
“I’ve been putting this together in my spare time,” he said. “Next year, I’m going to turn it over to somebody. It really should be one of the businesses that’s heading it up.” Paschke is the city’s public works director.

Contact Managing Editor Tim Hennagir at tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com

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