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J.D. Charles
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While TrailFest may be over the fun and adventure will continue on the Hatfield McCoy Trails thanks to the first annual Thunder in the Mountains Charity Poker Run in support of the Mud Buddies Ride for a Reason Project.

If you missed the September 8 Mud Buddies ride in Boone County on the Little Coal River you missed out on a very fun event. This will be a chance to participate in something fun that helps others as well as have a good time yourself.

The First Annual Thunder in the Mountains ATV and Side By Side Charity Poker Run supporting Ride for a Reason! is coming to Logan on Sunday, October 21, with plenty of fun and prizes for a good cause.

Some time back the folks at the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority decided to team up with the Mud Buddies Foundation because it brought happiness and fun to disabled children and it tied in perfectly with the Trail experience of Hatfield-McCoy.

“What Mud Buddies does is make possible trail rides for those with disabilities who might otherwise miss out on riding the finest, most beautiful and popular maintained trails in the Eastern United States,” Hatfield-McCoy Trails Marketing Director Mike Pinkerton explained on Oct. 10.

All ATVs and Side by Sides are welcome to Thunder in the Mountains. The cost is $15 per single rider and $5 for each additional rider.

Admission includes a free t-shirt, a one-day trail permit, and lunch.

Launching point will be at 1 Wildcat Way on Middleburg Island in Logan at the Logan High School. Registration starts at 9 a.m. through 10:45 a.m. Rides leave at 11 a.m. The event is hosted by Keefer’s Powersports of Logan; Logan Motorcycle Sales and the Hatfield-McCoy Trails. Come and enjoy a great opportunity to support a worthy cause and have fun — and remember — machines must be designed for multiple passengers and helmets are required.

The Mud Buddies foundation of Gilbert makes guided, no-fee All Terrain Vehicle rides available for those affected by disabilities who might not otherwise be able to enjoy the great outdoors in that manner. Each ride is customized to the interest of the riders.

Perennial longtime visitors Mike and Susie Rasmussen came up with the idea a few years ago; wanting to help the children of friends back home in the Northern state they came from.

When it was unfeasible there, due to terrain and geographical reasons, they did what many HMT riders dream of. They moved to the mountains of West Virginia. Along the way they set up Mud Buddies.

Mud Buddies had their first ride in June of 2011.

For more information on Mud Buddies, visit www.mudbuddiesfoundation.com/

In addition to a fun time on the trails, riders will get a meal for their contribution and a chance to win prizes.

For more information on the Hatfield-McCoy Trails visit www.trailsheaven.com

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