By Brenda Koch, CTVA

Helena Capital Trail Vehicle Association (CTVA) held their Fourth Annual Fun Run and trail clean up June 21-23 at Hellgate campground at Canyon Ferry Lake near Helena. Everyone enjoyed good times, good food and great riding. Rain on Saturday tried to dampen spirits but that didn’t stop the dedicated OHV riders from riding, telling stories and whoppers, and having a lot of fun!

 The kick-off event Friday evening included a potluck barbeque of chicken and pulled pork. One Way Marine of Helena sponsored the pot luck chicken for the last two years. A cake was presented to CTVA member Al who experienced an ATV accident during the MTVRA state ride in Boulder. Don’t worry folks, all that was hurt was his “PRIDE!” Al always wears his helmet and we are thankful that he does, Helmets save lives. Al is a key member of CTVA, along with Dave, they spend many days a week maintaining our wonderful trail system. 

Saturday morning started off bright and early with the cooks starting two large pots of coffee, followed by stoking up the smokers and loading them with link sausages. Pancakes, eggs, smokey sausages, juice and coffee were served for a $5 donation. We had pretty nice compliments on the breakfast. 

A rider’s safety meeting followed breakfast. Randy Santifer from Elk Park Recreation presented a brief safety seminar that was enjoyed by all. After the seminar riders suited up in rain gear and headed for the trail. Geo Cache was set up along the trail for folks who had GPS. Cards were hidden along the trail and could be traded in for prizes at the end of ride. We even had wild stuffed animals hidden along the trail for the riders to find. Two of the children who were passengers found stuffed animals and thought it was great fun to look for them. 

Riders came and went all day, the weather steadily got better as the day progressed. Riders were treated to a wonderful lunch/dinner of smoked pork tenderloin sandwiches, chips, cookies and drink, burgers were also available. Lots and lots of door prizes were given out. We really need to thank the CTVA members who either collected donations, or who created gift baskets on their own, or donated some of their own handy work. It really takes members working together to put this kind of event together! A special thanks to Linda Peterson for the beautiful handmade quilt. 

Sunday morning brought a beautiful day for trail clean up and riding. The day started out with another great breakfast from 7-9 a.m. Riders enjoyed a beautiful sunny day.

CTVA was honored to have such a wonderful mix of folks representing the different clubs around the state. Riders from Washington and Minnesota attend our ride. Many folks commented on some of the best trails they had ever ridden. The wildflowers were stupendous! Patty Dotard took these pictures on top Magpie meadow. If you didn’t get to see them, plan to attend next year and take a look for yourself. 

CTVA plans to have this event every year the weekend after father’s day. You can view pictures and add comments at Capital trails on Facebook. Our web site is CTVAOHV.

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