WERTZ WARRIOR SNOWMOBILE ENDURANCE RIDE
January 29th - February 4th 2023
The Wertz Warriors...one man's dream transformed into reality.
Vic Wertz, a former Detroit Tiger and Michigan Hall of Fame member, had a dream "to completely underwrite the Special Olympics Michigan Inc. (SOMI) State Winter Games." So, in 1981 he set out and succeeded to enlist many of his friends to help him with his dream. Together they considered a variety of ways to generate the money needed to fund the Winter Games for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Michigan.
Their idea was to create an endurance snowmobile ride throughout northern Michigan. The ride would not only raise funds for SOMI, but it would help create awareness for those with intellectual disabilities. Since 1982, the Wertz Warriors have raised more than $11.2 million for SOMI. Each year, warriors ride over 900 miles as they journey across northern Michigan.
Take the ride of a lifetime
Be a part of the ride that changes lives. The Wertz Warriors are looking for riders to join the cause. Riders who participate will enjoy the seven-day ride touring northern Michigan, be a part of the Opening Ceremony at the SOMI State Winter Games, and will have gas and most meals provided. Riders must meet a fundraising commitment to participate. Anyone interested can contact the Wertz Warriors at (586) 725-9660. Become a Wertz Warriors Rider Today!
Warriors Road Map
The Wertz Warriors zigzag their way 900 miles across Northern Michigan.The 42nd Anniversary Ride will begin January 29 in Chesterfield Township and spans seven days ending in Mackinaw City on February 4.
WE WANT YOU!
Anyone who enjoys snowmobiling, and has a desire to be part of something greater than them self – look no further!
The Wertz Warriors are actively recruiting new members. Women, men and couples from all walks of life are welcome.
How Do I Join?
Every new rider needs a sponsor, and any current member of the Wertz Warriors can do that for you!
- Riders must be at least 18 years old.
- First year rider fundraising commitment is $2,000, second year $2,750 and third year$3,500.
- Riders must provide snowmobile and parts.
- Riders have one year to raise or donate their total fundraising commitment. Fundraising support is available.
- Get Started - Fill out the New Rider Applacation