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Snowmobile race brings thousands to Portage Co.

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Revving their engines, snowmobilers have been tuning up and getting ready to race.

"It's an adrenaline rush, you never get used to it," said snowmobiler, Malcolm Chartier.

There was no lack of fans, ready to watch.

"It's fun, it's crazy to think these people are going that fast," said Celia Piesik of Wisconsin Rapids.

"Just an adrenaline rush, I guess, to watch it and see it," said Nicole Bedward of Plover.

It's all part of the Ice Wars snowmobile racing event in Amherst.

"It's a USAA sanctioned snowmobile race, benefitting the tomorrow lions and the amherst fire district," said Race Director, Kyle Krogwold.

Malcolm Chartier has been racing at the event from the start, five years ago. This time, he's looking for a win.

"I've been runner up a lot, I've won a lot of races, and it's fun, just coming up through the ranks, as a junior to sport, to semi-pro to now to premier pro class," said Chartier.

He said he's ready for the ice cold challenge.

"It's a lot of concentration, it's a lot of speed, it's like driving in a car, but with all the windows down and there's no roll cage on, it gets intense," said Chartier.

From start to finish, he's got his crew, fans and fellow riders to root him on.

"When one person wins, everybody celebrates, you know, you don't really hang your head low and go home," said snowmobiler, Nick Van Strydonk.

Organizers said the loud engines and high speeds bring in thousands of racers and spectators from across the nation and they hope the big turnout will help them raise money the community needs.

"For equipment for the fire department, support for a lot of our local youth programs," said Krogwold.

While racers fight to be first to cross the finish line.

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