Participants in a past WOW ride speed through the Caribou Hills.
Clarion file photos by Joseph Ro
A gaggle of gals riding snowmachines are preparing to enjoy some good weather and good trails this weekend, and all for a good cause.
The Way Out Women (WOW) will be cruising the Caribou Hills for a cure on Saturday as part of their third annual snowmachine ride to raise money in the fight against cancer.
All proceeds raised go to Central Peninsula Hospital’s cancer fund that assists local cancer patients.
“There are no administrative costs and all the money stays right here in the community,” said Kathy Lopeman, one of the primary organizers of the WOW ride.
The last two years the event has raised a combined $56,000, but Lopeman said she is hoping more money can be raised this year than any individual year so far.
“Our goal is to raise $30,000 this year,” she said.
Lopeman explained the money is raised in two ways. Women pay a $100 entry fee to be eligible to ride, and for this fee they receive a continental breakfast, a goody bag and a limited edition T-shirt.
Riders also are encouraged to seek pledges to donate funds. Lopeman said participants only are expected to collect whatever they feel comfortable earning or giving.
The Central Peninsula Health Foundation administers the funds through the Oncology and Infusion Center at Central Peninsula Hospital.
“The money has been used to help people from Homer to Seward,” she said.
As of Wednesday, Lopeman said there were 70 ladies signed up so far, and she was still hoping for more.
“We’ll take entries right up until 11 a.m. on Saturday,” she said.
Several riders take a break during the ride
Clarion file photo by Joseph Rob
While not required, riders are encouraged to come in costume. Lopeman said the number of people who dress up keeps rising with each passing year, and there already are several themed teams signed up for Saturday’s event.
“This year we’ve got the Snow Angels, Caribou Hills Bandits, Team America, Pirates of the Caribou Hills and several others,” she said.
Whether costumed for not, Lopeman said all riders are in for a good trip because weather reports are predicting sunny skies and mild temperatures.
“It’ll be a great day to bring a camera along,” she said.
Also, Lopeman said there has been plenty of snow up high for the groomers, so the trail should be in excellent shape.
“The ride will cover about 45 miles of trail, and there will also be several areas and bowls where people can get off the trail and do some riding,” she said.
Registration is ongoing. There will be a meet-and-greet for riders at Rocky’s Straight Inn Lodge in the Caribou hills on Friday from 5-8 p.m.
On Saturday, riders will meet again for breakfast at Rocky’s at 10 a.m., followed by the start of the ride at 11 a.m. There also will be lunch and an awards banquet after the ride.
For more information on the WOW ride, call Kathy Lopeman at 283-7602, 714-4490 or e-mail her at klopeman@ cpgh.org.
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