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For the third year in a row, a member of the Sac County Snow Lovers of Region 6 has won the $10,000
grand prize toward the purchase of a new snowmobile in the ISSA's annual Grand Raffle drawing. ISSA
Region 6 Director and Sac County club member Gene Gerdes' name was drawn at the ISSA's annual
convention in Storm Lake Nov. 21. Presenting the check to Gerdes, a mechanic at Black Hawk Marine in
Lake View, is ISSA Raffle Committee Chair Gary McVicker.
Jack Race Rescheduled to Feb. 12-13
A mild December and an inconsistent start to January have forced officials with the Jack Helgren
Memorial Race to postpone its seventh annual event from Jan. 15-16 to its back-up dates of Feb. 12-13.
"We have decided to postpone our race until February due to inadequate ice on Clear Lake," explained
race organizer Gary McVicker Jan. 5. "We haven't missed a year yet, and we didn't want to start now.
Hopefully, the ice will be thick enough in a month."
If conditions do permit, the race will be held on the lake next to Clear Lake State Park, the host site for
the event for the past four years. The two-day event begins Friday night, Feb. 12, with pre-registration
and a vintage cruise around the lake. Radar runs kick off the following morning at 9 a.m. with racing
commencing at 10 a.m.
Once again boasting $4,000 in prize money, this year’s competition will feature up to 20 classes of
snowmobile racing. In true LeMans style, each race will begin with the rider separated from his or her
sled and then running to start the engine after race officials drop their arms. Racers then snake their
way around an unmanicured, mile-long course with electronic lap-counters keeping track of their
Now in its seventh year, the race weekend honors the memory of Jack Helgren, a snowmobile dealer
from Mason City who passed away in 2009. McVicker was a close family friend and wanted to
commemorate Helgren’s contributions to the sport locally.
For more information, visit www.thejackrace.com.
Plans Underway for Second Annual
David Carmichael Memorial Ride
After getting snakebit by last winter’s inconsistent snowfall and poor trails, friends and family of the
late David Carmichael are attempting another memorial ride this winter, conditions permitting.
Instead of a three-day ride across Iowa, organizers are planning a two-day event in the Cresco area
the last weekend in February. Base camp will be the Super 8 motel, and there is a $25 minimum
donation to ride. Additional sponsorships are encouraged.
Held Feb. 26-27, the two-day ride is intended to commemorate the contributions of Carmichael and to
honor his legacy to organized snowmobiling in Iowa. He served as ISSA President from 1994 to 1995
and remained active in the association for 40 years.
Carmichael, a charter member of the Cedar Falls Sno Hawks snowmobile club of Region 4, passed
away Dec. 23, 2013, at his rural Tripoli home following a short battle with ALS. He was 70 years old.
Carmichael’s son and current Sno Hawks President Brian Carmichael is spearheading the ride
along with other Sno Hawks members and close family friends and ISSA officers Scott and Dennis
Proceeds from the ride will benefit the ISSA Education and Scholarship Foundation. Funds raised
from last year’s event went toward the Iowa ALS Chapter. While the ride did not take place last year,
participants still met in Osage for an evening meal and fellowship, thus making the 2016 attempt the
Second Annual David Carmichael Memorial Ride.
For more information on this year’s event, contact Brian Carmichael at (319) 215-5006, Scott
Nauman at (641) 425-9898 or Dennis Nauman at (641) 425-4141.
Snowmobilers converged on Cresco Jan. 21-24 for the Driftrunners' 45th Annual Snowfest. Activities
included trail rides, raffle drawings and a Saturday evening dance and torchlight parade. Clockwise
from top, local hotels were booked solid for the four-day event; hungry riders stop by the Expo Center
for a Cub Scout pancake breakfast; and snowmobilers pause at a warming bin on the trail before
crossing the stateline bridge at Florenceville.