Sled For Eternity: Ride For Recovery

Contributed by Sarah Merrick

Sled For Eternity
3/11/2017 - 9AM
Pacific Northwest Adult & Teen Challenge
Trapper Creek Elementary School
6742 Petersville Rd. Trapper Creek
Registration: $50 Early, $75 Regular 

Come join the fun, all you ski-doo and snow machine fans. Come and ride to support recovery for substance abuse here in Wasilla. On March 11th at the Trapper Creek Elementary School, beginning at 9 AM, the second annual sled event will be happening. 

Riders can expect to have fun riding and racing with their friends and others on a trail marked off from the school to a gold mine. The halfway point will be 40 miles approximately. It will be a break at a gold mine with some cabins there to look at, and a shop where some moose stew and cornbread will be served as a warm up meal. The main meal will be back at the school. 

Participants who want to register will seek sponsors to donate money in their name to support the needed services of the Adult and Teen Challenge located at on the KGB road. The rider raising the most money in sponsorships will win and take home a brand new 2015 Ski-Doo Renegade 600 ACE donated generously by the CC Team Dealership in Wasilla.

After the ride, a free hot meal will be served for the registered participants prepared by the clients of the Wasilla program. Family and friends supporting the riders can purchase the meal for $25. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be available throughout the day for the supporters of riders. 

The event will end with raffle prizes and the announcement of the grand prize winner for the Renegade Ski-Doo. You will hear some amazing stories of changed lives from the ministry of Adult and Teen Challenge. 

Register online at or call 907-202-8850 for more information. The fee for registration is $75, and early bird registration by February 15th is $50. Once registered, you will receive a packet with sponsorship forms and information. People can sponsor riders online by giving, or they can fill out sponsorship forms and send them in. 

If you’re not a rider, but would like to be a donor and don’t know a rider, you can support this Ride for Recovery by looking at the event’s website. The program’s goal is to raise $50,000. The program has space for twelve at this time and is full with a waiting list. With renovations to other buildings, the program will be able to service a total of 26 in need of recovery. 

Teen Challenge was originally founded in 1960 by David Wilkerson who moved to New York City and worked with teenage gang members. The first residential program opened in a house in Brooklyn in December 1960. The programs are 501(c) 3 non-profit corporations. There are 200 programs in the US. In the world, there are 1100 Teen Challenge programs in 110 countries. The program has been found to be very successful. The Wasilla Adult and Teen Challenge Program opened its doors in April 2016 and is nationally recognized as an accredited Teen Challenge Program. Each program needs to support itself, which is why we are hoping for the generosity of the people of Matanuska Susitna Valley.