To all Alaskan riders,
I have been kicking around the idea of an Alaskan Knik Glacier (Jim Creek) run this next summer based on the earlier "Grizzly Central Forum Group Ride" idea and talking to some local Alaskans. Seeing as we are so far away from everyone else in the lower 48, I figured we could do our own ride. I was originally planning on doing a "Rhino Run" (for the Alaska Outdoor Directory Forum Crowd) and a separate "Grizzly" run (for the Alaskan Grizzly Central Forum Crowd) during the summer. I was over at Performance Yamaha (Wasilla, Alaska) today trying to locate a camo grizzly for new Grizzly Central Forum member, BigityGrizity. No luck on the camo grizz today but I was talking to Ben (lead salesman) and I mentioned wanting to put together a group ride this summer. He informed me they were kicking around the same sort of idea. We talked "big picture" stuff for a while and he has some great ideas. I cannot and will not speak for or commit Performance Yamaha or Ben but what he wants to do sounds great. It would basically be a single event (unlike my dual event concept) that Performance Yamaha might sponsor (maybe other Sponsors as well). Anyone that wanted to ride could come out and ride, regardless of what brand quad/UTV you have. He was talking about possibly having food, drinks, and a band out at the staging area (where ever would be at Jim Creek...probably the parking lot). I suggested a small fee to cover food and other cost ($5 - $15 per person or maybe $25 per family). He also said they would like to have a few different quads for folks to test drive (Yamaha, of course). They want to do a "Promotional Event" as well as a "Customer Appreciation Event" all in one. Like I said before, I cannot speak for or commit Performance Yamaha or any of its employees to ANYTHING!!! We are still just kicking around ideas at this point. My idea was much less formal and complicated but having a sponsor would be great. We have enough riders up here to have an awesome turnout. If we can't make this happen, I still plan on doing a "Group Ride" at Jim Creek sometime this summer. If we get enough riders the sponsors will come to us. Word of mouth is an awesome machine.
Alaskans, let me know what you are thinking and what ideas you have to make this event a reality. We will need volunteers for this so let me know if you want to help make this a reality.