Yeti Tour Raises Money for March of Dimes

By KBJR News 1

January 29, 2011 Updated Jan 29, 2011 at 10:21 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's Newscenter)---Snowmobilers are covering more than 2–hundred miles of trail in the Northland this weekend for a good cause.

It's all part of the Yeti Snowmobile Tour, which is raising money for the March of Dimes.

Nate and Kelly Alvar have a hope, that one day, all children will be born healthy.

In honor of their three sons, the couple organized a 200 mile snowmobile ride to raise money towards the March of Dimes.

The organization aims to fights infant mortality, pre–mature births and birth defects.

"Our first son Isaiah was born with severe birth defects and we had twenty minutes with him before he passed away," said Nate Alvar. "Our second son mason, our second born son was born three months pre–mature. He has surgery that he didn't recover from, he passed away after a week."

Despite struggles with their third son Jonas's birth. The couple says they are blessed to have a happy and healthy two–year old.

They also say, they wouldn't be where they are today without the help of the March of Dimes and the strength of their friends and family members.

"The fact that we share this common bond together, makes us more attached," said Kelly Alvar. "The fact that there are people here that have lost their children, or have had early births, or maybe there are people who have just had healthy children that are just grateful."

David Cannon, a family friend is riding in the tour to support the Alvar's.

"I know the Alvar's and they've had some relationships with the march of dimes and I know them so, I figure it was a good cause," said Cannon. "I can see their kids in them, and I know they are good people, and I know those kids would have been good."

About 100 riders signed up for the tour, participants left Sun Set Bar and Grill at about 9:30 Saturday morning and headed East on the Hermantown Trail. It's about 100 miles to Black Bear Casino and a majority of the riders will spend the night there."

A poker tournament was also set up at the casino to help raise money.

The goal of this year's tour was to raise $20,000 dollars for the March of Dimes.

"We're all here to make a difference, because we can't change what's happened. We just want to make it better for other families," said Nate Alvar.

On Sunday, the riders will snowmobile back to Duluth to enjoy dinner at The SunSet Bar and Grill.

Written and posted to the web: Jennifer Walch