Brave the elements at Winter Mega Run

by Willy Williamson . Mar 08 2019
Willy Williamson / Winnipeg Free PressSteve Rempel, the main organizer of Manitoba Winter Mega Run, expects more than 500 vehicles and several thousand off-road enthusiasts will attend the annual event, being held tomorrow on Crown land near Seddons Corner.

Willy Williamson / Winnipeg Free Press

Steve Rempel, the main organizer of Manitoba Winter Mega Run, expects more than 500 vehicles and several thousand off-road enthusiasts will attend the annual event, being held tomorrow on Crown land near Seddons Corner.

Tomorrow morning, a massive variety of vehicles — ranging from lifted trucks, SUVs, ATVs, snowmobiles and even motorcycles fitted with studded tires — will converge on a vast area of Crown land near Seddons Corner, about 15 kilometres east of Beausejour on Highway 44.

Officially known as the Manitoba Winter Mega Run, this year’s event marks the 10th such winter meet in the area.

According to Steve Rempel, the main organizer of the event, it started out as a casual gathering of off-road enthusiasts looking to beat the winter blues, and has since morphed into a full-scale winter festival.

“It’s really a great way to get people out of their winter hibernation, have fun and see some unique and interesting rigs,” Rempel says. “It has become THE winter event in Manitoba for the off-road community.”

From early morning until late afternoon, organizers expect to see more than 500 vehicles and several thousand hearty souls battle the elements and tour the area’s many trails. The bravest drivers and riders will attempt to climb one of several snow-covered summits, steep enough to almost qualify as Manitoba mountains, while the raucous crowds assembled at the bottom of the hills fill the winter air with cheers and jeers.

In recent years, there was less snow and the trails were easily passable. But with all the snow we’ve had this year, participants are being reminded to ensure their vehicles are equipped with recovery and tow straps, shackles to hook them up and easy-to-reach tow points on the front and rear of the vehicle. It is also strongly recommended that everyone attending dress appropriately for the weather.

Although large rigs with massive tires will surely break the trail and pack down the snow early on, your best bet for a day of fun is likely a 4x4 truck or SUV with winter or mud-and-snow tires. It is doubtful your mom’s Subaru will make it.

While the majority of the vehicles participating in Manitoba Winter Mega Run will be driven to the event, many others will be towed on trailers and run an off-road vehicle, or ORV, licence plate, issued by Manitoba Public Insurance and available through your local insurance broker. If your off-road vehicle is uninsured, your best bet is to leave it at home — if previous years are any indication, it’s very likely the RCMP will be patrolling the area and may even have a checkstop set up near the road leading into the pits.

If you’re unsure what to expect and want to drive in with Winter Mega Run veterans, a few suggested meeting spots include the Esso station in Dugald at 9 a.m., the Esso station in Anola at 9:15 a.m. and the 59er Esso station on Highway 59, south of the entrance to Birds Hill Provincial Park, at 9 a.m. Off-road enthusiasts are well-known for being extremely friendly and helpful folks — look for big tires and smiling faces and I’m sure you’ll be invited to join the parade.

In previous years, my friends and I have had an absolute blast at this event and we are geared up to take in all the action again.

We are starting the day off with breakfast in my shop, then a few of us are rolling out in our trucks, SUVs and Jeeps, while others are planning to ride their snowmobiles.

We’ve all had just about enough of this winter, and we intend to send it packing with a snow-packed day of MEGA fun in the sun!

See you there!

willy@freepress.mb.ca

Willy Williamson / Winnipeg Free PressSteve Rempel, the main organizer of Manitoba Winter Mega Run, expects more than 500 vehicles and several thousand off-road enthusiasts will attend the annual event.

Willy Williamson / Winnipeg Free Press

Steve Rempel, the main organizer of Manitoba Winter Mega Run, expects more than 500 vehicles and several thousand off-road enthusiasts will attend the annual event.

Willy Williamson / Winnipeg Free PressOff-road rigs of all shapes and sizes will be hitting the trails near Seddons Corner tomorrow for the Manitoba Winter Mega Run.

Willy Williamson / Winnipeg Free Press

Off-road rigs of all shapes and sizes will be hitting the trails near Seddons Corner tomorrow for the Manitoba Winter Mega Run.

Willy Williamson / Winnipeg Free Press

Willy Williamson / Winnipeg Free Press