Wausau 525 Snowmobile Race

By: Carli Shingleton Email
By: Carli Shingleton Email

The Wausau 525 Snowmobile Championship is now over - but hundreds of snowmobile racers and spectators from all around Wisconsin came out to support the memory of a special racer.

Flip's Fund was started in 2003 after the racer Philip Merwin had a fatal snowmobile accident while racing. All proceeds from the Wausau 525 go to this fund.

A lot of preparation goes into snowmobile racing for both kids and adults.

"I mean if someone's sled goes down there's eight dads there before the dad can even get there to fix it. It's a great group of people," says Keri Simace, the parent of a racer.

A racer in the adult competition says he takes a month off just to start building his sled from scratch but that it is his passion.

"16 years ago my dad and I were driving and saw a venue for Kitty Cat racing. We stopped, tried it out, went back and it grew from something we like to something we eat, sleep and breath," says Nick Van Strydonk, a 525 Racer.

For the spectators, kid and adult racers - it was not just a competition but a way to help the community in the memory of a fellow racer.

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