Rotary Rally for Kids
Time & Location
About the Event
The Rotary Rally for Kids is a snowmobile rally centered around raising funds for local kids in the Cloquet/Esko/Carlton area. 100% of the proceeds raised from the rally will go back to the youth in our community through the Cloquet Rotary Club's Literacy Program, school supply and backpack drive, clothing drive, and school lunch assistance.
How the event works is individuals donate to a cause of their chosing associated with the event, which gains them access into a snowmobile ride starting at The Buffalo House, venturing out to the Cromwell/Wright area, and looping back to The Buffalo House. The ride will feature a 50/50 "Poker Run" (must be 18+) sponsored by Wood City Riders, where riders stop at local bars/restaurants along the trail and collect playing cards. At each stop, riders will take one card and at the end of the event, the rider with the best Poker hand of 5 cards will win the 50/50 pot. Stops include: The Buffalo House, The Streetcar, Carmen's, Rob's Mahtowa Tavern, The Elmwood Inn, Park Lake Inn, The Cromwell Muni, and Kalli's Place in Wright. Riders are welcomed to stop at any of the listed spots, but must collect 5 cards for the Poker Run. The cost for the Poker Run will be $10 at registration. Riders not wanting to participate can ride the mapped route at their own pace and length. Along with the ride, a post-race celebration will be held at The Buffalo House, where food and drink options will be available, along with bonfires and fellowship. The cost of the event is $30 to participate, but donations of any amount are accepted. COVID-19 protocols will be in place for the duration of the event, as safety is our top priority. We believe this event can be done safely, while having a great time coming together for our local youth. See the "COVID-19 Precautions" tab for more information. Parking will be available down by the softball fields at the Buffalo House.
Group preferences will be taken into account for those wanting to ride with a group of friends, otherwise riders will be randomly assigned to a group. We will do our best to keep people of the same households/areas together. No one will ride alone. Groups will range from 5-10 people. At check-in, a starting time will be provided along with the names of other riders in your group and a map of the ride. The map can also be found on the website for review. It is recommended that all riders review the map prior to the event on our webiste or through the Polaris RideCommand app.
The snowmobile ride is open for all riders with a valid permit, and riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The post-race celebration is an all ages event. The ride maxes out at 125 miles of mostly groomed trails, however trail conditions may vary. Make sure you have a basic understanding of snowmobile hand signals and maintenance items for your sled, in case of a breakdown. A breakdown crew will be on-call to assist with breakdowns and getting sleds back to an easy access point to trailer a broken sled. Face coverings will be required for admittance into the event (balaclava, mask, bandana, etc), along with social distancing and being mindful of congregating in large groups. Hand sanitizer will be available at the event.
Registration for the event will close a week or so before the event starts. Please consider supporting this event! 2020 has been a test for all of us, in varying degrees. Parents and kids have sacrificed many days in class with their friends, numerous extracurricular activites, and are being forced to adapt to an ever-changing world that we live in. The mission of Rotary is "providing service to others, promoting integrity, and advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders." In the spirit of Rotary, we all must come together and support our neighbors in times of need.
Check-InThe Buffalo House
Start of EventThe Buffalo House