Hundreds participate in the St. Germain Radar Run Submitted: 02/02/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas

ST. GERMAIN - Imagine flying down a stretch of ice at 170 miles per hour.

Add a little snow and hundreds of sleds and you've got the St. Germain Radar Run.

"We've got a beautiful snow track for people to come in off the trails to just try it for themselves and see what it's all about," said Mark Hiller, director of the race.

The 10th annual Radar Run brings almost 200 snowmobile racers to the West Bay of Little St. Germain Lake.

"We have 2 different tracks down here. We have a snow track that is 660 feet long and then we have an ice track which is shaved with a Zamboni blade, it's 1000 feet long for the race and there's 2000 feet of so that's 3000 feet of shaved ice out there," said Hiller.

Racing on the ice isn't just about getting a good time. It's about raising awareness for a good cause.

"I had lymphoma back during nursing school, and it was my junior year and I knew something was going on and finally I over Christmas break, my junior year I had surgery and they found out it was Lymphoma," said racer Mitchelle Schroader.

Today Mitchelle Schroader is 18 years cancer free and racing in the bikini run to fight breast cancer.

"The fact that I'm here and it's been 18 years, and I'm doing well, I'm healthy and happy and my husband is also a cancer survivor so it means something to me in more than one way," said Schroader.

Fourteen thousand dollars was raised at last year's event and this year's goal is 20 thousand.

"It's not just about me it's about everyone and the cancer patients that this money will help support, and fund so, good cause," said Schroader.

"You've got to be proud of raising this much money, all of it goes back to either charity or the community, and the local civic groups," said Hiller.

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