LOGAN — The forcast for October 27, 2013, had looked dismal all week, but when Sunday rolled around, it was a magnificant day in the mountains for the Second Annual All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Charity Poker Run held on Hatfield McCoy’s Bear Wallow Trail. The ride raised $2,298 for the Mud Buddies Foundation and was sponsored by Logan Motorcycle Sales and Keefer’s Kawasaki, Suzuki and Polaris of Logan.
It was a day for the children, with both Benjamin Dillon and Paige Hicks, two special needs children, along for the ride once again. They were also on the ride last year.
“It’s hard to describe the feeling that you get when you are with these children,” said one of the Mud Buddies founders, Susie Rasmussen, “They change. They come out from wherever they are. I think it’s the experience. Even if it is only for one day, they are just like everyone else.”
According to Denny Frost, about 175 people registered for a trail ride that was supposed to be two hours long, but actually lasted longer than five — much to the delight of most of the participants. Participants traveled from several states and a few from Canada to take part in the ride.
The Rasmussens acknowledged the efforts of the Hatfield McCoy Trails, the City of Logan police and fire departments, and sponsor staff members, who worked tirelessly throughout the day to make the event a success. They had music again this year and also had a vendor, Gandee’s Candys.
The Mud Buddies Foundation is a non-profit organization located in the Gilbert Town Hall. It provides safe, no cost guided ATV rides and trips for children affected by physical or developmental disabilities. The rides are customized with each child’s interests and abilities in mind.
The Hatfield McCoy Trails donate 75 admissions to the trails, and with other donated admissions, this year Mud Buddies took about 90 children for trail rides. That’s a few up from last year.
The winter months will be spent planning for 2014 and there is a possibility of having a ride in the Spring.
Mud Buddies is going to be featured on the Outdoor Channel’s Dirt Trax program on Dec. 2, 2014.
For more information visit the Mud Buddies Foundation Facebook page or call 304-583-6511. Donations can be mailed to Mud Buddies at P.O. Box 133, Gilbert, WV, 25621.