The ninth “official” annual Alaska Ladies Ride is scheduled to take place on Jan. 28, 2017, in Petersville, and this season’s event promises loads of fun, as always. This season’s ride marks the fifth year the Ride has partnered with Providence Alaska Foundation to raise money for Friends of Providence Cancer Center. All registration fees, pledges and funds raised from the silent auction go directly to the support of cancer patients in Alaska. In the past four years, the Alaska Ladies Ride has raised more than $43,000 for the Cancer Center. In addition, all expenses – T-shirts, plus the silent auction/ meet and greet, food and beverages – are paid for by local businesses.
The ride start from the back of the Kroto Parking lot at approximately 11 a.m. and will finish at Kenny Creek Lodge by 3 p.m. Men are invited to help fund raising and join in on all the other activities taking place, but the ride will be a girls-only event. Last year 76 ladies participated.
“I am anticipating 100 this year, but won’t know for sure until we get closer to the date,” said Jennifer Adams, a member of Alaska Ladies Ride.
Alaska Ladies Ride hopes to expand in the future to have other events separate from the fundraiser. It also hopes to coordinate with professional backcountry snowmachiners to offer ladies-only skills clinics.
“Divas Snow Gear ambassador and pro rider Stephanie Schwartz from Revelstoke had expressed interest in putting on a clinic in Alaska,” Adams said. “We may line something up next year.
“Our goal is to always have a safe and fun event that promotes women’s interest and involvement in the this male-dominated sport,” Adams added. She said the dynamic of riding is different when it’s just the ladies: Confidence is bolstered, and skills and abilities are enhanced. In the past, though, the real challenge has been unfavorable snow conditions, and she hopes that moving the event from March to January will remedy that issue.
The Meet & Greet and Silent Auction will be 7-9 p.m. Jan. 26, 2017, at Bella Vista Restaurant in Peters Creek. For more information or to register, email Jennifer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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