THE MOST FUN SNOWMOBILE RACER EVER IS ALL WRAPPED UP FOR 2022!!
AND BEST OF ALL, WE RAISED BIG DOLLARS FOR AN AWESOME CAUSE (WINGS FOR LIFE)! 😎
April 13, 2022 - Longville, Minnesota The Levi Tri 5 is completed and the event is still a-buzz. Ghost Busters, Goose and Maverick from Top Gun, Tiger King, Evel Knievel and the whole Sesame Street "Outlaw" gang showed up, amongst many others. 😉
For those who are slightly confused by that previous sentence, the Levi Tri 5 “The Most Fun Snowmobile Race Ever!” is a judged style racing event that Levi LaVallee created years ago at his LaVallee Compound and has now evolved into so much more. Now, individuals and teams can sign up to be apart of the Tri 5, as well as two other Sprint Class options, and the racing will be judged on creativity, most fun, and overall awesomeness.
After a two year hiatus the Tri 5 was at a new location for 2022 after being canceled due to the pandemic, and last year due to lack of snow. Hill Fest / MESC held at Mount Ski Gull in Nisswa, Minnesota welcomed the Tri 5 with open arms. Hill Fest / MESC had their Hill Drag, Hill Cross, and Hill Climb already scheduled for April 2nd at Mount Ski Gull and the opportunity to bring on the Tri 5 as well seemed like a great fit!
With registration nearly full for the 2022 Tri 5, it was time for “The Most Fun Snowmobile Race Ever!” to get underway. As the sleds rolled in, costumes were put on, and staging was set; the Guest Judges - Snocross Racers - Raycer Frank and Ryley Bester, along with Kristen LaVallee had some tough decisions to make!
The afternoon consisted of 3 races (which each participant and/or team could sign up for all three); Sprint 1 - 1990 and Older Class, Sprint 2 - 2000 and Older Class, and the grande finale the Tri 5. The Sprint races were 20 minute plus 1 lap, and the Tri 5 was an intense 45 minute race before a grooming break, and finishing up with a final 30minute race to cap it off! Again, yes it’s a race, but it’s not necessarily who crosses the finish line first. The judges paid attention to creativity, most fun, and overall awesomeness and those individuals/teams were the real winners. And this year, the Tri 5 participants had transponders to see their lap times and how many laps were completed. So, who brought home the awesome custom Tri 5 Medals (which were designed and created by ROX Speed FX) from the Tri 5? Without further ado, here are your 2022 Levi Tri 5 results.
Sprint 1 - 1990 and Older Class
First: #686 Brandon Soine “Macho Man”
Second: #54 Bryton Summer “Duffman”
Third: #302 Nova Witham “Larry Enticer”
Sprint 2 - 2000 and Older Class
First: #14 Derek Craft & Team “Sesame Street Outlaws”
Second: #181 Tony Smith “Evel Kneievel”
Third: #11 Samuel Phillips
First: #ECTO Michael Barthel “Ghost Busters”
Second: #490 Kyle Roggenkamp “Top Gun”
Third: #14 Derek Craft & Team “Sesame Street Outlaws”
Bonus Awards presented by Polaris Vintage Oil
Most Laps: Bobby LePage (87 Laps)
Fastest Lap: Samuel Philips (41.673)
Lap times can be viewed through the Speedhive App or by clicking here.
AND THE BEST PART of all of this fun is, the Levi Tri 5 is all about raising money for an awesome cause, Wings for Life - Spinal Cord Research Foundation. And Big Dollars were raised! All proceeds from registration were donated to WFL, Tri 5 T-Shirt sales proceeds and over $4,000 dollars was also raised from the Levi Tri 5 Online Auction, which was in collaboration with the Hunter Houle Memorial Foundation. And if that wasn’t enough, the Hunter Houle Memorial Foundation also generously presented Levi and Kristen LaVallee with a donation check to Wings for Life for $7,500! How awesome is that!? With the help from gracious sponsors (listed below), those dollars helped fund on-site expenses and any left over funds were also donated. Whew! That’s a lot of donations. And here is the final tally …. drum roll . . . . . . . Over $22,000 is being donated to Wings for Life! WOW! Thank you!! Thank you to the participants, judges, announcers, volunteers, Ski Gull, Hill Fest / MESC, and our incredible sponsors who helped make the Levi Tri 5 possible and bring so much awareness and funds to a cause that is special to so many.
THANK YOU TO THE LEVI TRI 5 SPONSORS!
Polaris, Polaris Lubricants, TDS Trucking, C&A Pro Skis, Team LaVallee, Hunter Houle Memorial Foundation, FXR Racing, ROX Speed FX, Hill Fest / MESC
Thank you! Can’t wait to do it again next yea