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Ice Buster Daze 'bikini radar run' raises money for breast cancer patients

Mike Boucher crouches down to be as aerodynamic as possible on his snowmobile while participating in the ND/MN Bikini Radar Run on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 9, in Crookston. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald1 / 3
LeeAnn Hujanen braves the cold during her lap of the ND/MN Bikini Radar Run on the frozen Red Lake River in Crookston early Saturday afternoon. Photo by Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald2 / 3
Justine Hansey-Allard cruises down the straightaway during her lap of the ND/MN Bikini Radar Run Saturday afternoon in Crookston. Photo by Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald3 / 3

A handful of men and women clad in bikinis and swim trunks raced in the sub-zero temperatures on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 9. This is snow joke, the group was raising money for breast cancer patients.

Jolene Beiswenger, participant and co-organizer for the event, said every year the group gets together for the Bikini Radar Run and raises money for breast cancer.

The bikini race is part of Driftbusters Snowmobile Club Ice Buster Daze and Fishing Derby event on the Red River in Crookston.

“We raise money a couple weeks before the event, some time starting a couple months before the event,” Beiswenger said.

Money raised by the group will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Riders. The Pink Ribbon Riders provide direct financial support to men and women fighting breast cancer. The group has a lot of support in the snow mobile community, Beiswenger said.

To date, the group has raised over $11,000 for breast cancer.

The Ice Buster Daze event stops for about 30 minutes for the bikini run. This is the fifth Bikini Radar Run in Crookston.  

Each rider races individually and then the group compares their race times.  At the end, some of the riders race side-by-side. Prizes are given at the end of the event for fastest time and most money raised.

Bonnie Meibers

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