Club helps local boys tackle Labrador’s Cain’s Quest

by Kirsten Armleder

Robert Newton and Joey Lukan are fulfilling their thrill of a lifetime. They are local Saskatchewan boys, Joey from Debden, and Robert from Narrow Hills, north of Smeaton.

Cain's Quest is a 2,800-kilometre snowmobile endurance race through the backcountry of Labrador and Quebec. Men and snowmobiles battle fatigue and the elements to finish ahead of other teams from Canada and the U.S. for bragging rights and the $70,000 total purse, which includes two snowmobiles. Each team has to prepare themselves and their machines to carry food, fuel, parts and survival gear to embark on their quest.

The Prince Albert Snowrunners heard of this adventure and as a club felt is was an opportunity to support two young men who are representing their communities and the province of Saskatchewan in a wonderful adventure.

The club presented Robert and Joey with a cheque for $1,000 to help with expenses, which include $2,800 each for entry fees and $4 to $5 per litre for fuel costs on the trail.

Cain’s Quest starts from Labrador City on March 17, 2012, and can be followed online at the Cain's Quest website.

Prince Albert was well represented by the Prince Albert Snowrunners at the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association Provincial Festival, which was hosted by the Hudson Bay Trail Riders in Hudson Bay on February 24 and 25, 2012. The festival celebrates snowmobiling in the province, the volunteers and the association that keep 10,000 kilometres of trails maintained and safe for snowmobilers in Saskatchewan who wish to enjoy the winter beauty of the great outdoors in this province.

An impressive 350 snowmobilers registered for Saturday night’s Dine and Dance and Award Banquet. A great barbecue meal was prepared and a comedian entertained the crowd.

There were numerous awards handed out during the Saturday evening festivities. Some of those awards recognized the families who ride, like the family of five who came from Broadview, Saskatchewan. There were also awards for the oldest rider at the event, who was in his 70s, as well as for the youngest, who was 12. Also, awards went to the volunteers like the groomer operators who look after the trails.

The 350 who registered for the banquet where joined by many more snowmobilers who took part in the guided tours of the beautiful trails that Hudson Bay has to offer. An annual Premiers Ride was also held Friday for members of local and provincial governments to showcase the sport and the local area.

The Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association announced that the provincial festival will be hosted by the Twin Lakes Trail Blazers in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, on February, 22 and 23, 2013.

Source: Prince Albert Shopper

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