With help from Mother Nature, some of Central Michigan’s youngest riders will race again this season.
On Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, the Coyote Crossing Resort in Cadillac, Michigan, will host the 7th annual Coyote Cup Youth Snowmobile Race, featuring a Snocross-inspired course for snowmobiles 120cc sleds or smaller.
Across the Snowbelt, organizations hosting youth races are a great way to attract new generations to the sport of snowmobiling. In 2012, Coyote Crossing Resort owners Pete and Julie Finch approached the Cadillac Winter Warriors Snowmobile Club with the idea to do just that.
“They are avid snowmobilers, and we thought it was a great idea. We need to get the future generations involved in outside activities all year-round,” said Paula Lutz, Cadillac Winter Warriors Snowmobile Club Vice President. The last two seasons the event has been cancelled due to icy and low-snow conditions. In 2016, it hosted 41 individual racers.
Anyone age 5 to 12 years old are allowed to participate with guardian consent, proof of medical coverage and their own sled (120cc and under). Races occur in age groups of 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12, with stock, modified or super-modified classes. Every racer heads home with a medal or trophy.
“It’s well received by the community,” Lutz said. “We need to get youth to like the sport of snowmobiling. Our sport is declining. We need the younger generation to keep it going.”
Fingers crossed tiny Tuckers across the Snowbelt everywhere get to race this season.
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