Gardenhire Preps for Spring Training with Blizzard Snowmobile Ride

By KBJR News 1

January 31, 2013 Updated Jan 31, 2013 at 11:51 AM CDT

Proctor, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- We are only a week or two away from Minnesota Twins pitcher and catchers reporting to Florida for Spring Training. But Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire always prep's for Spring Training by heading to the Northland to help with the ALS Blackwoods Blizzard Snowmobile ride.

The pre-ride banquet was held Wednesday night at Blackwoods in Proctor with 180 riders taking part this year.

A year ago, they raised over $780,000 dollars toward ALS efforts.
It's the largest snowmobiling fundraiser in the country.

It's now in it's 14th year and will start tomorrow and run through the weekend.

Former Twins Kent Hrbek, Terry Steinbach, and Tim Laudner also taking part in the event this year.

The three day event makes it's way to Fortune Bay Lodge and Casino and back.

Riders have to collect at least $1,200 dollars for the event and the rider that collects the most win a snowmobile.

For Gardy it's to have fun, and help out at great cause.