Marlin Benson Fun Run is Saturday

The Webster County Ice Breakers will be holding their main fundraising event, the Marlin Benson Fun Run, on Saturday.

The ride will start off at Mulligan’s at the golf course in Gowrie. Registration for the Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. It costs $10 for club members and $15 for non-club members.

Stops this year will be at Market Street Grill & Bar, Gowrie; Ralph’s Tap, Moorland; Stumpy’s, Duncombe; Riverside Tap, Lehigh; Rungo’s, Stratford; and 209 Main, Paton.

During the event, those who have registered will be entered for a chance to win donated door prizes.

“We hold the Marlin Benson Memorial Fun Run as a way to raise funds for our club,” said Nancy Lundgren, the club’s secretary.

The funds raised are used to pay for their snowmobile trailers, groomers and drags, and to support Benson’s namesake trail kept up by the Namakagon Trail Groomers in Wisconsin. The Fun Run also funds the Webster County Ice Breakers college scholarships for local youth, and to fund the trail system.

The ride will go on with snow or no snow. Snowmobiles, cars, trucks, buses, and ATVs/UTVs are all welcome to ride.

Benson, son of Leland and Donna Benson was born on April 8, 1956, and passed away on December 27, 2007. He enjoyed NASCAR, snowmobiling with friends in Wisconsin, and truck and tractor pulling.

After the first year of holding the fun run, there was a snowmobile trail named after him on Lake Namakagon in Cable, Wisconsin.

The Webster County Ice Breakers formed in 2009 and incorporated in 2010. It currently has approximately 75 members and more than 160 miles of trails. The WCIB has two VMC groomers (Clark and Clunk) and two drags to maintain most of its trail system.

The WCIB is a nonprofit club designed to work with Webster County to create a system of snowmobile trails that connect to the surrounding counties.

The purpose of the Ice Breakers is to advance the general welfare and safety of snowmobiling; to serve the interest of snowmobile owners; to promote a positive relationship between snowmobile owners and the owners of the property used for their trail system; to provide a medium for the exchange of snowmobile information; and to successfully operate the club in the best interest of its members and general public.

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