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MS Snowmobile Tour 2015

MS Snowmobile Tour 2015

2015 RIDER

Think you can’t do the MS Snowmobile Tour? Think again.

“When someone you love has MS, the search for a cure never ends, or even rests, thus, the fundraising must also never end. Our Lisa has MS. And she’s the biggest concern for our whole family,” said Betty Panek, explaining that her daughter’s diagnosis led Betty and her husband, Stan, to join the MS Snowmobile Tour.

“Some of us think of it as ‘funraising’ because that’s one of the important ingredients in the event. My own excitement mounted and mounted higher and higher the closer it got to the ride. I DO love snowmobiling and was really looking forward to everything about it,” Betty described. 

Then Stan had heart bypass surgery.

“He did GREAT!!” Betty said. “He healed, and got back to normal, but was told not to snowmobile this year. That meant he wouldn’t be with me for the most difficult (also exciting) snowmobiling you could imagine. WHAT IF I COULDN’T KEEP UP??? Last year one of the nice guys said to me ‘Grama, you really kick butt!’  Now I have a reputation to uphold.”

With those thoughts in mind, Betty convinced herself she couldn’t do it, but she didn’t have the nerve to officially withdraw.

“And the day of the ride I found myself on my machine, using EVERYTHING I had to do EVERYTHING right. I’m doing it, really doing it!”

About that time Betty also discovered several “handsome young men” who were keeping an eye on her to make sure she was doing okay. That left Betty to only have to “watch out for moguls and snow devils and ‘get some air.’ Whoohoo!!”

“Now, in retrospect, how could I have doubted this would turn out great?  We had marvelously talented and caring and handsome young men watching over us and leading us,” Betty said. “When the ride was over, I felt a strong urge to tell everyone that ‘old age’ is not so bad after all.  Just hang on tight and go.”

Join us January 22-24, 2015 for the 32nd annual MS Snowmobile Tour, a fun, all-inclusive and fully-supported weekend of snowmobiling through beautiful Northern Wisconsin. Ride and make an extraordinary difference in the lives of people living with MS!

Meaning in Every Mile
Not only will you experience a fun weekend, every mile you ride means more dollars to help those facing the daily challenges of MS.

Registration Fee March 1 (non-refundable): $45
Minimum Fundraising Commitment: $650

NOTE: First-time participants can waive the registration fee with an MS Snowmobile Tour Ticket to Ride.

All-inclusive experience features:

  • Three-nights lodging at Lake of the Torches Resort & Casino in Lac du Flambeau, Wis.
  • Six meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
  • Mechanical support throughout the weekend
  • Long-sleeve T-shirt (must register by November 30, 2014)

We’ll be with you every step of the way! Plus, with online fundraising tools, it's easier than ever for your friends and family to contribute. Go to Your Participant Center to learn more.

You take care of the fundraising, we’ll take care of the rest! 

See photos from the 2014 MS Snowmobile Tour.

Bob Schmidt

In Memorial: Bob Schmidt