SOUTH MOUNTAIN – More than 300 machines and an equal number of riders took part in Sat., March 3’s annual Telus ATV Ride for Dad.

The Nation Valley All-Terrain Club-hosted event sent riders throughout the Township of North Dundas’ trail system during the daylong run.

The Nation Valley ATV Club’s annual Ride for Dad event featured more than 300 machines and an equal number of riders Sat., March 3.

In all, the participants helped to raise $57,000, with money still trickling in for prostate cancer research and awareness.

“We were very fortunate with the weather conditions considering how wet the land has been in the area, but we got through it and had a fun day for a great cause,” club president Sebastien Smith said. “We are very lucky to have great volunteers, sponsors, and participants that keep this event a real draw.”

It is a well-attended ride, given that people from as far away as New York State, Oakville, Renfrew and Lanark County arrived to take part.   

Rain and above-freezing temperatures in recent weeks has made area trails a bit muddy. Susan Sloane photos

In the event’s six year run, more than $347,000 in pledges and sponsorships have been raised by the area’s ATV chapter. It was 2013 when the Nation Valley club became the first in all of Canada to start a Ride for Dad ATV rally. Since then, the model has been replicated across the country.

“This event is truly a win-win on several fronts,” co-chair Dave Baker said. “Many of our participants are men that need to be aware of the need to get tested for prostate cancer. Not only does the ride raise much needed funds for research… it raises awareness and gets more men talking and thinking about their health.”