OREGON TOWNSHIP — One after the other, taking off from the starting line, snowmobiles raced in the middle of summer. Instead of snow flying, the machines kicked up dirt and dust.
The annual event near Honesdale attracts drivers with the need for speed, no matter what’s under the treads.
It was the ninth year for The Great Outrun and Watercross held by the snowmobile club NEPA Sno-Trails. It gives thrillseekers the chance take their sleds for a ride and not have to wait until winter.
“It’s a good time, a gathering just to get together, have a good time, run our sleds, have an itch for snow,” said driver Joe Cirba.
Some of the snowmobiles even hit the open water.
The club’s president said all the money raised helps maintain 230 miles of snowmobile trails in the area.
For 15-year-old Mackenzie Munley of Archbald, it’s a ride she’s been on since she was three.
“I just think it’s crazy. It’s fun. I love it. It’s fun to do,” Munley said.
Bob Munley, Mackenzie’s dad, said his daughter and the other snowmobilers can reach upwards of 90 miles per hour on these flat drags.
“Every time she pulls the trigger my heart stops,” he said.
The runs are timed. And many times the teen is running against the big boys.
“She’s usually the youngest all the time. There are sometimes junior classes, then she bumps up to adult classes,” Bob Munley said.
Mackenzie said she prefers grass to snow, and doesn’t get nervous when she’s taking off, enjoying the snowmobile in any weather and over any terrain.
Hundreds of people came out to the snowmobile event from all over the tri-state area.