KCPRO East Ice Racing

Alec Ausmus
January 09, 2015 12:02 AM

Duluth, Minn. - When the lakes freeze, the outdoor fun doesn't stop and for one organization, the ice is what they need to kick off their season. KCPRO East Ice Racing kicked off their season last Saturday at Pike Lake.

"We got a bunch of motor-heads out here and bunch of kids that like to go fast," says Mike Podgornik of KCPRO East.

They give the phrase 'start your engines' a whole new meaning.

Mackenzie Olsen: "and I did great out there, and that was super awesome for my first time," says 5-year old Mackenzie Olsen, who races.

These kids ride their sleds in the snow and ice, but these sleds have motors.

"About two weeks ago, we started putting in the track, marking what the track layout is going to be. We were hoping for cole weather and we got it last week," says Tim Jorgenson, Vice President of KCPRO East

These speed demons between the ages of 4 and 14 came to Pike Lake from all over Minnesota and even parts of Canada for the start of another ice racing season.

"A season starts typically the first weekend in January, the first Saturday if we have good ice. There have been years where we haven't had good ice,"says Podgornik.

Sleds of all different size, shape and color zip around the track. It is a great competition for boys...and girls.

"When she became of age last year, we checked it out. I asked her if she wanted to try it and she said yes so we had some friends help us buy a sled and put it together for her and here we are," says Brandon Olsen, Mackenzie's dad.

Around in circles the racers go, as fast as they can, but there is more to it then just racing.

"We like to teach sportsmanship with the kids. Get them out here and learn safety on the snowmobiles, and the best thing is to have fun," says Jorgenson.

"Anytime you try something new, the safety is an issue. She has on a tech vest, a protective hard chest protector. She has got the knee pads on when she races, full helmet goggles," says Brandon Olsen.

The locations and some of the racers will change from week to week, but the overall meassge stays the same.

"Go left, go fast," says Jorgenson.


Alec Ausmus

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