Trailmates Snowmobile club celebrates 50 year anniversary

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW)-- The Trailmates Snowmobile Club was able to celebrate a milestone anniversary for the club on Sunday.

"This is our 50th year for the Trailmates Snowmobile Club here, and it’s ironic the trails opened in our zone today. And we're having a celebration to Duane Grunenwald, we call him Pee Wee for short," Club President Randy Thurs said.

The club started 50 years ago with just seven members. Duane Grunenwald started the Trailmates Snowmobile Club. It has come a long way since its first year.

"You never thought of machines like this or anything, we built drags out of wood," Grunewald explained.
The program is now run by Randy Thurs who has put his fair share of time in with the club.

"I've been involved my whole life. My family sorted snowmobiling in the early 70's. Then we joined the Trailmates snowmobile club and we've been members ever since," Thurs added.

Over the span of 50 years, some things have stayed the same. Like that community with the younger and older members.

"I mean that's what it's about, that's what keeps the snowmobile industry going is the young people getting into the sport," Thurs said.
"It's awesome you work together with the people and the people work with you. Which is number 1 today," Grunenwald added.

The community that has cherished the efforts of the founder of the club, is now celebrating his dedication.

"We put the bridge in a few years ago, we are dedicating that bridge to Pee Wee Grunenwald which was our first President of the Snowmobile club so we're going to do that today. We're going to go down and dedicate that bridge and come back and have a little lunch and spend the day with him," Thurs explained.

It might be a simple gesture to some, but to Pee Wee, it means a lot.

“Everything is just very special,” Grunenwald added.