Vikings preparing for Arctic Blast fundraiser

The Vikings will host one of their major fundraising events this weekend, the Arctic Blast Snowmobile Rally in Central Minnesota.

The Vikings conduct events throughout the year to benefit the Vikings Children's Fund, but there are two that are the primary fundraising events – involving vehicles alternately popular in Minnesota – snowmobiles and motorcycles.

The mid-summer Ride For Life is one of those events. Shorts and tank tops – where the phrase, "On me, it's a muscle shirt. On you, it's a tank top" come into play – are the apparel of choice. For the Arctic Blast, the winter primary fundraiser for the VCF, it's layering of clothing that makes the most sense and even the most curvaceous of Vikings fans look pedestrian in a five-layer outfit capped with a snowmobile suit.

The 19th Annual Minnesota Vikings Arctic Blast Snowmobile Rally will take place Friday to Sunday at Lake Mille Lacs in Central Minnesota. The event will feature a slew of current and former players and coaches, team executives and the Vikings cheerleaders

Among those scheduled to attend are Vikings front office personnel Mike Zimmer, Rick Spielman, George Paton, Lester Bagley, Rob Brzezinski, Steve LaCroix and Steve Poppen, current players Harrison Smith, Matt Kalil, Brandon Fusco, Everson Griffen, Jerome Simpson, Toby Gerhart, Andrew Sendejo and Larry Dean, and Vikings alumni Bud Grant, Robert Griffith, Steve Jordan, Carl Lee, Bob Lurtsema, Darrin Nelson, Sean Salisbury, Doug Sutherland and Robert Tate.

The weekend begins with a parade at 7:30 p.m. Friday, featuring Zimmer and former and current Vikings players. On Saturday, the ride around Lake Mille Lacs will take place with numerous giveaways, prizes and games for the whole family. On Sunday, a prize party will be held with more than $30,000 in prizes being awarded, including a grand prize of a new Arctic Cat snowmobile or ATV.

For more information, go to the Vikings team website for how to register and the full schedule of events.


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    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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