Over 1,000 sleds break world record in Whitecourt

by Kirsten Armleder

It was a sea of sleds as riders lined up for the World Snowmobile Parade. Kirsten Armleder photo

History was made tonight in Whitecourt, Alberta, as the Whitecourt Trailblazers snowmobile club managed to break the world record for largest snowmobile parade. They needed to have at least 821 sleds to break the official Guinness World Record and 848 to break an unofficial world record set by a group in Ontario.

Well, they managed to smash both titles with a total count of 1,044.

It was an event that brought in sledders from all over Alberta, as well as some from B.C. and the U.S. Famed snowmobiler Levi LaVallee even showed up to ride in the parade.

For spectators, it was a sight to behold. Crowds of people were lined up along the streets of Whitecourt, waving at the sledders as they rode past. There were all ages, from young kids on Kitty Cats to seasoned sledders on long-track mountain machines. A few riders even brought their vintage snowmobiles out—some that were fully restored and others that, well, had seen better days, but every sled counted as long as it crossed the finish line.

Hats off to the Trailblazers for doing such a great job of orchestrating this event. We were very proud to be a part of it and we look forward to the rest of the 2015 World Snowmobile Invasion with the Freestyle Show tomorrow night and the World Snowmobile Rally and Showcase on the weekend.

It’s only Day 2 of the Invasion and there’s plenty more two-stroke insanity to come!

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