Annual Tree Hugger event ready to blast off

One of the region’s premier local motocross events is set to take off this Sunday.

One of the region’s premier local  motocross events is set to take off this Sunday.

The eighth annual Tree Hugger is put on by the West Kootenay Dirt Bike and ATV Society and is sure to once again be a great time for riders and spectators alike.

The event takes place at the Kootenay Motocross Track up the Bombi Pass.

Volunteers from the Society have worked hard to design and redesign the Tree Hugger loops for this year’s event. One twist is that the loops will be rode backwards.

“I always love the reaction from riders after they have participated,” said Aaron Seminoff, one of the volunteer organizers of the event. “It is a mix between dismay, and pride when they relay stories of their crash, burns and triumphs.”

To accommodate varied skill level, there are two classes and courses.  There’s an A-loop for those who are more seasoned riders, giving them more than 20 kms of gruelling excitement.

For those not yet ready to jump head first into the A-loop there is the 6 km B-loop, which is still challenging but gives newer adventure riders a chance to experience the Tree Hugger without getting in over their head.

The classes in this year’s event include: masters, expert, vet expert, intermediate, senior expert, vet amateur, senior amateur, super senior, junior over and junior under.

The Sunday event starts at 10 a.m. The Kootenay Motocross Track is located 3 km up the Beavervale forestry road on the Bombi Summit between Salmo and Castlegar.

For more information contact Aaron Seminoff, at Main Jet Motorsports 250-352-3191.