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Lack of snow shortens ‘Snowarama’

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The 24th-annual “Snowarama” ride in Atikokan in support of Easter Seals may be shorter this year due to the closure of many local trails, but it will definitely go ahead this Saturday.

“Due to lack of snow and conditions of the trails, they are no longer travelling to White Otter Castle,” Joanne Davis of the Easter Seals said last week.

“The [run] is still going ahead. They are just going to use trails available in Atikokan.”

Organizer Dave Beauregard said while the 120-km route would have taken sledders from Atikokan to White Otter Lake and then on to Calm Lake before returning, has changed, all other events—including the dinner and dance Saturday night—are continuing as usual.

He added he was surprised by unseasonably mild weather conditions this winter that forced the closure of many trails, especially those over lakes.

“This is the first time we’ve ever run into this in 24 years,” Beauregard said Friday.

Funds raised for Easter Seals through this one-day event, which topped $25,000 last year, support programs such as financial assistance for children with physical disabilities and their families, family support and education, camping programs for special needs children, research, and equipment such as walkers or wheelchairs.

Both Beauregard and Davis said they hoped the weather doesn’t keep district snowmobilers from coming out to support the cause. “It’s not too late to pick up pledge forms and go out for the day,” Davis noted.

Participants can register at Union Gas in Atikokan this Friday (Jan. 25) from 7-9 p.m. or on Saturday from 7-11 a.m.

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