One Lunger 100 returns to Big Detroit Lake Jan. 12
Despite race day temperatures in the minus 20s, the return of the One Lunger 100 snowmobile endurance race to Big Detroit Lake drew more than 100 riders last year — and organizer Grady Shearer hopes the addition of one very special guest racer will bring big crowds to watch the action in 2019.
"We have Larry Enticer coming," says Shearer, referring to the popular Canadian snowmobile rider whose YouTube videos of his stunt jumps on his vintage Yamaha Enticer class sled have become a viral sensation. "He's going to be racing, and signing autographs in the bar (at the Holiday Inn) following the race."
This year's One Lunger 100 is set for Saturday, Jan. 12, and will once again be staged on the ice of Big Detroit Lake, in front of the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn.
As the name implies, the race will feature the style of vintage, single-cylinder snowmobiles referred to as "one lungers," and riders will be competing to be the first to complete 100 miles on the Le Mans-style course.
"It's an endurance race," Shearer said. "It doesn't matter if it's 40 degrees or 20 below, if there's snow or not... as long as there's ice, we race. It's all about battling the elements and making your sled last for 100 miles."
Because the racers use vintage sleds, that task is rarely as easy as it sounds, he added — if there are 100 racers at the start, there may be 40 sleds that cross the finish line.
Nevertheless, the sport remains popular, drawing riders from as young as age 16 up to those in their mid to late 60s. The race is open to both men and women, Shearer added.
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