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I am Bill Bradfield, President of the MichCanSka Snowmobile Club, the only International Snowmobile Club World Wide. We are based in Cadillac Michigan and we have members in the USA, Canada and Russia and we organize Extreme Snowmobile rides World Wide promoting Diabetes Research and Awareness promotion programs. In 2010 the MichCanSka club shook the World Community of Snowmobiling with its Epic Adventure from Sault Ste. Marie Michigan to Tok Alaska. This was a journey through 5 States, 5 Provinces, 4 Time zones and over 4,000 miles of some of the most beautiful landscape and sometimes most treacherous landscape in North America. It was a fundraiser for Diabetes Research and we raised an incredible $102,000.00 in one snowmobile ride. There were 78 riders total some of them doing segments of the ride with 54 making it all the way and a median age of 62! Since that inaugural ride we have collectively ridden 440,000 miles raising funds for diabetes Research from Alaska to the Atlantic Ocean in Quebec Canada. We have won many prestigious awards from the Michigan Snowmobile Association including the Presidents award, Family of the Year, Snowmobiler of the Year in Michigan and New York. We have been awarded the Key to the Cities of Cadillac Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie Michigan ( 3 times) and Tok Alaska. The one and a half hour video documentary of the Alaskan ride has been shown on PBS World Wide for the last 5 years. Articles have appeared in the Michigan Snowmobile Association magazine, the Michigan Snowmobiler, the International Snowmobile Congress publications, newspapers across America and Canada and numerous TV and radio interviews. We also have received many proclamations for our” Winter Adventure and Philanthropy “
On February 5, 2015 we will be embarking on the first ever World tour on Snowmobiles for Diabetes Research starting in Cadillac Michigan at the Coyote Crossing Resort. Mayor Carla Filkins will address the group along with Ron Corbett, president of the Michigan Snowmobile Association and pastor John Martek will perform a blessing of the Snowmobiles and the riders. This event has been added to the North American Snowmobile Festival that draws thousands of people each year. After a trail ride on the Cadillac trail system we will meet at the Cherry Grove Event Center for a benefit luncheon for Diabetes Research. We will be presented with a tribute from the Governor of the State of Michigan as well as the House of Representatives and the Senate. When the luncheon is over we will load our sleds on trailers and caravan North to Sault Ste. Marie. We will be greeted by Mayor Tony Bosbous and city officials with proclamations. We will ride for 3 days in Michigan, then 3 days in Ontario Canada, where Mayor Roger Segouin and city officials of Hearst Ontario will be paying tribute to the ride and its cause. On February 14th we will be boarding planes headed to Bodo Norway. For the next 6 days the ride will take us through Norway, Sweden and Finland on Snowmobiles. On February 21 the Swedes will escort us to the Russian border and we will begin a 4 day ride to the city of Murmansk. On February 24th we will take a flight to St. Petersburg for the Grand finale and Banquet. Two of the riders will make stops in Paris and London to further promote Diabetes Research and fly back to the US on March 2, 2015.
There will be 9 riders on the full tour and we will be picking up an average of 20 more riders in each country so the total of participants could be about 130.
While all this is happening the USA segment of the ride will be riding through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on a 12 day ride promoting Diabetes research as well. There will be 20 riders in this group and many of them are Veterans of the 2010 Alaskan ride. They to will be equipped with Spot tracking devices and there daily whereabouts can be found on our website at www.michcanska.com also and you can send them supportive messages that they will appreciate.
When MichCanSka started their winter adventures in 2010 there were 26 MILLION People in America with Diabetes, today there are 29 MILLION People in America with this dreadful disease an increase of 3 MILLION in just 5 years! There are 382 MILLION People in the World with Diabetes. Like so many other Veterans I am type-2 due to exposure to Agent Orange while serving my country in the line of duty in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. There are more deaths annually from diabetes than Breast Cancer and Aids combined! We have been on a journey since 2010 to help find a cure for diabetes which is a very noble cause. There has never been a World Tour on Snowmobiles for diabetes Research and there may never be another one.
Our endorsements include the Michigan Snowmobile Association, the American Council of Snowmobile Associations, the International Snowmobile Congress, the American Diabetes Association, the Canadian diabetes Association the Lions Clubs Internationally, the cities of Cadillac Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie Michigan, Hearst Ontario Canada, Bodo Norway, Kiroun Sweden, Salla Finland, Murmansk Russia, St. Petersburg Russia, the North American Snow Festival, the I-500 International Snowmobile Race, the Sheet Metal Air and Transportation Workers International, Fox Motors of Cadillac and dozens more that can be viewed on our website at www.michcanska.com .
We can be proud that we are the very first State and Country to organize such an event and I welcome you to join us in promoting and endorsing this one time World Adventure. You can help through the social media by letting all of your subscribers know about this amazing journey across the world. Donations can be made on our website and sponsorships are welcome. Together we can show the whole world that snowmobilers are a caring group of people. At the same time we can also be promoting the Winter Adventure of our beautiful country and the economic value that snowmobiling gives us as a BILLION DOLLAR industry that cannot be outsourced!
The riders will be equipped with Spot Satellite tracking devices which will enable people to go to the Website and watch the entire event on a daily basis. We will also be downloading pictures, video and stories every day so come along and enjoy the fun and excitement.
With kind regard,
Bill Bradfield, President MichCanSka International Adventures, firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the 5th annual adventure ride for the MichCanSka extreme snowmobile club. This years ride across the northern Canadian province of Quebec will include the last leg to complete the over 6,000 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to Tok, Alaska. Effectively riding across the North American continent. (Click here) to go to the blog
contact: Bill Bradfield President MichCanSka, email@example.com
MSA announced at it’s recent convention in Bay City, Michigan in December 2012, that Bill Bradfield our president was named “Snowmobiler of the Year” Congratulations Bill!
Does Michcanska know how to adapt to change? Almost every step of the way. The first 3 days of the trip never took place where they were originally planned. Instead we drove right to WaWa, but from there on out we had really great trails, well ok except for one day which was a repeat of Ross River. But with our skilled leadership and careful planning we were able to manage to get back to where we were suppose to be. Oh yes and the 12 foot “Wall of Snow” was a little challenging for 5 members of the group and a little costly but they all joined us a little later in the evening. We could not go to Minnesota, no snow we couldnt go to Wisconsin, no snow and we could not get to the western Up yeh you guessed it no snow. But it did not stop us from clocking 2,200 miles, raising $19,000.00 and having a lot of fun doing it! The hospitality of our good friend Roger Segouin the Mayor of Hearst and his council members was fantastic. I wonder how many other snowmobile clubs had trail signs welcoming them in to the towns they visited last winter. Also our good friend Gaby and his wife Doreen and all the great people from the Sno-Hos club that treated us like royalty we thank all of our good Canadian friends for their northern hospitality. Also Mayor Tony Bosbous of Sault Ste. Marie for the great send off from Michigan. The MichCanSkans have made their mark three years in a row now and we can all be proud of our accomplishments. The team effort prevailed once again.
The MichCanSka club motto that echoed across North America in 2010 when we organized the Snowmobile Dreamtrip of a lifetime, an Epic Adventure that traveled through 5 States, 5 Provinces and 4 Time Zones of some of the most beautiful and most treacherous landscapes on earth. It was to be a one time event raising funds for diabetes research and awareness promotion. Today it has evolved in to the first International Snowmobile Club that has already raised $130,000.00 in it’s first Three years, said Bill Bradfield President of MichCanSka.
Millions of dollars are spent each year in Michigan Businesses and we need to protect this viable industry for our economic prosperity. It is one of the few industries that cannot be outsourced. The MichCanSka group was responsible recently for sending almost 600 letters of response to the State Forestry Department opposing the closing of any and all trails in the Manistee and Huron National Forests. We launched this campaign in conjunction with the Michigan Snowmobile Association at the Novi Snow show in November of 2011. The case was resolved in February in favor of keeping trails and hunting open in the Manistee and Huron forests!
Bill Manson, Executive Director of MSA stated ” The MichCanSka snowmobile club raised an incredible $10,000.00 this year for Diabetes Research and Awareness through fund raisers such as their annual car show, wild game dinner, benefit dinners and by orgainizing the most exciting snowmobile adventures ever!”
The picture with the kids and my snowmocycle was taken on September16, 2011 in front of the K-12 school in Paradise Michigan. They had a penny drive and raised $25.78 for MichCanSka. I gave them a complimentary copy of our video, they all remain strong supporters of our cause.