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Snowmobilers prepare for Purple Ribbon Cancer Ride fundraiser

Following the 2011 Purple Ribbon Cancer Ride, Donna Brockway — organizer of the fundraiser — signs a $8,102 check over to the American Cancer Society for their local support services for cancer patients.

Following the 2011 Purple Ribbon Cancer Ride, Donna Brockway — organizer of the fundraiser — signs a $8,102 check over to the American Cancer Society for their local support services for cancer patients.

— A regional snowmobile run to raise money to fight cancer is set for Saturday Feb. 4, and the event is open to everyone to participate.

The the Purple Ribbon Cancer Ride starts and ends at The Boar’s Nest on Pattens Mills Road, West Fort Ann. Registration is set for 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. the day of the ride.

Regardless of whether there’s sufficient snow covering the ground, the fundraiser — which features a concluding dinner, auction and live entertainment — will indeed be held, event organizer Donna Brockway of Hudson Falls said this week. The party, with food, fun and music, will go on whether there’s snow or not, she said.

If there is snow in the region but not on the local trails, the Cancer Ride organizers may be offering the option of trailering the sleds to where snow is plentiful. Such a plan will be sent out, if weather dictates, to those participants who are pre-registering, and be posted on the charity’s website: www.purpleribboncancerride.com.

All proceeds go to benefit the American Cancer Society’s local cancer patient services, Brockway said.

Several snowmobile clubs and motorsports dealers are among area businesses sponsoring the event. Among them are Progressive Motorsports of Hudson Falls, Sportline Honda of Queensbury, The Barnstormers Snowmobile Club of Hudson Falls, and the Ridge Riders of Hartford, and the Washington County Association of Snowmobile Clubs.

Registration forms are available at progressive Motorsports, 3058 state Rte. 4, Hudson Falls, NY. Riding fees and further details are posted on the Purple Ribbon Cancer Ride website.

Last year, the ride raised more than $8,000, with 151 snowmobilers participating, Brockway said.

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