Bikini run breaks records, raises thousands for charitySubmitted: 01/31/2015

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ST. GERMAIN - Bikinis and snowmobiles don't typically mix. Except, when you're at the St. Germain Bikini Run.

The event draws a huge crowd every year and it raised thousands of dollars for charity.

"We started with six girls and maybe $8000 seven years ago. Now, we're up to 33 girls today and more than $50,000," says Mark Hiller, the St. Germain Radar Run race director. "Every year it just grows, and grows."

A lot of the money raised goes to Pink Ribbon Riders. The group helps people battling breast cancer.

"Pink Ribbon Riders is an organization where we give the money right to the person," says Jody McKay, the founder of the group. "They receive $500 gift cards from us. Both men and women when they're diagnosed [qualify]. The money goes right to them so they can pay for medical bills or house money."

The Bikini Run also raises money for the St. Germain Fire Department and the Plum Lake Ambulance.

Each woman racing in the event tries to raise as much money as she can.

"This year I raised $2,000. It's the most I've ever raised," says Angela Domenico, who hit 99 mph in the race. "It's my personal record. I was really happy about that."

This year, the girls broke their own record and raised more than $50,000. That wasn't the only record set at the event.

"We've had record attendance," says Hiller. "Record number of racers that have signed up."

One racer even made the Guinness Book of World Records. Michelle Jensen sped down the track at 125 miles per hour.

"I'm very excited to see videos, pictures, my name [in the Guinness Book of World Records]," says Jensen. "It's a lifetime accomplishment."

Jensen thinks the record will help raise more money in the future.

"My speed has brought a lot more attention to the event," says Jensen. "It's all about the money and all about the cause. It helps the fundraising."

The excitement of the day helped many of the racers brave the cold.

"It's honestly like a [different] world," says Domenico. "You just tunnel in and you just go. When you come back, you get pumped up because everyone is cheering for you."

"There's so much adrenaline pumping through me," says Jensen. "It's not hard to be warm."

Story By: Karolina Buczek

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