Lewistown locals participate in 26th annual Trans-Montana ride

By: 
JENNY GESSAMAN
Reporter

Karl Thomas (front) and Jerry Vogl of the Little Belt Snowmobile Club take a short break from riding.

Photo courtesy of Ron Albee

A 300-600-mile trip may not sound fun to everyone, but several Central Montanans were excited to log the journey as part of the Trans-Montana 2017 Snowmobile Charity Ride.

Matt Helm, Ken Jaeger, Karl Thomas, Darrell Tuss and Jerry Vogl rode in six different mountain ranges over six days raising money for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Tuss and Thomas have put in almost two decades to the charity ride.

Ron Albee, president of the event’s hosting organization the Montana Snowmobile Association, also rode. He said the group was excited to donate to NAMI, and received thanks for its fundraising efforts.

Helm received the Dollar Scholar Award for this year’s ride, given to the rider with the highest total pledges. He attributed the success to Lewistown.

“I never asked anybody [for donations], they just offered,” he said. “My philosophy is there’s givers and there’s takers in the world, and Lewistown has a lot of givers.”

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