EAGLE RIVER (WAOW)-- "Racing is good and I always say if you're burning gas you're having fun no matter what it is," Marketing and Sponsorship Coordinator Richard Decker told Newsline 9 on the first day of the Amsoil World Championships.
The derby is in its 49th year in Eagle River and organizers said the event will bring close to 20,000 people to the area.
"Snowmobile racing is exciting because it's fast, it's close," said Decker. Racers come from all over the world to compete. But they weren't just battling the clock on Thursday, they were also battling downright frigid temperatures.
Some racers said they didn't mind the cold. "I don't notice it too much when I'm going but it makes the sleds a lot faster," said Ski-Doo racer Spencer Graff.
Fans were also feeling the freeze. The cold temperatures are good for Kami Biermann's business. She sells pelts and furs for Wildthings.
"Yes, cold weather does help us," she said.
One fan came up with another way to beat the cold.
"Well sometimes you've got to jump up and down and wiggle and just act stupid but it keeps you warm," said Aubrey Wahl. Her brother is racing in the championships. She said no matter how far the thermometer drops, she won't miss a race. "I get like an adrenaline rush. I've loved it since I was little."
Organizers agreed. "It seems like Eagle River brings cold weather," said Decker. Cold weather, and a thrilling ride.