Wertz Warriors snowmobile trip across Northern Michigan slated for Jan. 27

LANSING – The Wertz Warriors will begin their seven-day, 900 mile snowmobile endurance ride on Jan. 27, traveling from Clinton Township to Petoskey.

The ride raises money for Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) athletes along the way. This year marks the 38th annual Wertz Warriors ride.

Former Detroit Tiger and Michigan Hall of Fame member Vic Wertz formed Wertz Warriors in 1981 with a dream of completely underwriting the Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games. The idea was to create an endurance snowmobile ride throughout northern Michigan that would help raise funds and awareness for those with intellectual disabilities.

Since the first ride in 1982, Wertz Warriors has raised over $9.7 million for Special Olympics Michigan athletes.

Detroit Lions’ Luther Bradley is joining the Wertz Warriors for the duration of the ride this year. Bradley was an All-American defensive back at Notre Dame and member of two national championship teams with the Fighting Irish.

A first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 1978, Bradley played four seasons in Detroit, later spending three years in the United States Football League (USFL) and is the league’s all-time interception leader.

The Wertz Warriors will arrive at the 2019 Special Olympics Michigan State Winter Games at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme on Jan. 30.

Wertz Warriors members will give SOMI athletes snowmobile rides from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., hold an autograph session from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m., and present a check to SOMI during the Opening Ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about Wertz Warriors and how to join the ride visit http://www.somi.org/whoweare/sponsors/wertzwarriors.html.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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