ATV Ride for Dad has another banner year

In this provided photo, participants get ready for the sixth annual ATV Ride for Dad in South Mountain, Ont. on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The event raised $57,000 for prostate cancer research and awareness. (Eric Duncan via Newswatch Group)

SOUTH MOUNTAIN – An ATV ride Saturday (Mar. 3) to fund prostate cancer awareness and research has raised $57,000 “and counting.”

The results were shared Sunday night after 317 machines and more than 365 people took part in the sixth annual Nation Valley ATV Ride for Dad in South Mountain.

While there were more riders this year than in 2017 or 2016, the amount raised was less than last year ($76,000) and 2016 ($62,000).

Nation Valley ATV Club President Sebastien Smith said the weather cooperated, considering the wet conditions on area trails and land in North Dundas.

During the six years of the event, over $347,000 has been raised.

Event co-chairman Dave Baker called the event a win-win.

“Many of our participants are men that need to be aware of the need to get tested for prostate cancer. Not only does the ride raise much needed funds for research, it raises awareness and gets more men talking and thinking about their health,” Baker said.