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To the great enjoyment – and relief – of event organizers and participants, the weather and trail conditions were as close to perfect as one could have hoped for during the fourth 24-Hour Vermont Border-to-Border Snowmobile Ride (aka B2BN24), which took place February 7 and drew more than 200 dedicated sledders. In spite of a poor forecast the week before (rain!), a sour economy and high fuel prices, riders delivered.
“Thanks to the incredible generosity of our friends, family, co-workers, sponsors and the snowmobiling community, we were simply overwhelmed with the success of Border to Border IV,” said event organizer and inspiration, Tom Potanovic, a 41-year-old CF patient and MRI technician at Albany Medical Center. “When the snow dust settled, we raised over $77,000 for the event and totaled over $250,000 in the four B2B Rides. The positive spirit that was exhibited during this one-day event is a reflection of the great work the DMC Foundation does every day.”
Proceeds from the VTB2B are split between the DMC Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
vtb2b2The trek, which spanned 35 miles between the Vermont/Massachusetts and U.S./ Canadian borders, began inWoodford, Vermont, at 4:10 a.m. with groups of 10 taking off three minutes apart. Maximum speeds were 35 miles per hour and riders were encouraged to have a chase car to carry food and help with potential mechanical problems. The trail ended in Norton, Vermont, near the Canadian border, where riders began pulling in at about 2 p.m., with the last rider arriving after midnight. Together at Chez Pidgeon, the group enjoyed a celebratory dinner.
Tom’s co-chair in Vermont, Marion Gray, was invaluable to the success of the event, which required meticulous organization and coordination of trail grooming by dozens of snowmobile clubs.
“The B2B ride is a massive undertaking,” said David Crandall. “It is a testament to the impact Tom and Marion have made when you witness the enthusiasm and support behind this event.We are lucky to have such dedicated partners in our effort.”

Posted on:  November 18, 2009