Snowmobile groups blaze trails to the Falls

Phil Gambini/staffBill Bradfield, the president of the MichCanSka International Snowmobile Club is among those in the Falls this week for the 47th International Snowmobile Congress at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls.

The MichCanSka International Snowmobile Club is one of the many snowmobile affiliates in the Falls for the the 47th International Snowmobile Congress at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. 

The conference began Tuesday and runs through Saturday when an awards ceremony will be held. This event is dedicated to the development of strategies on our common role with respect to the environment, conservation, access, education and accountability. 

The conference features banquets, performances, presentations and auctions with the presence of American and Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations, the International Snowmobile Congress and others.

The MichCanSka group rides throughout the world and is partnered with the American and Canadian Diabetes associations, which receive donations on the snowmobilers behalf.

Most recently, 62 riders in the organization completed a 110,660 mile run through Michigan, Canada, and after a transatlantic flight, through Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Conditions on the ride ranged between 25 degrees and 42 degrees below zero.

Bill Bradfield, MichCanSka president and a diabetes patient himself, was among the riders who completed the full journey. Bradfield said his organization's events and mission are unprecedented in the snowmobiling world.

"Nothing this big has been done on snowmobiles, ever," Bradfield said.

Since their 2010 founding, the group has raised $180,000 for diabetes research.

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