KCPRO snowmobile oval ice racing on Fall Lake set for Feb. 28

Oval ice racing returns to Fall Lake on Feb. 28 but the racers are on the younger side.
The KCPRO Ice Racing circuit will make a stop at the Longbranch on Fall Lake for racers age 4 to 14.
There’s an Ely connection, with Brant Gruba, age 6, who’s in his second year of racing.
Brant is the grandson of Rod and Sheila Gruba of Ely.
“We got started when I was looking for a Kitty Kat on the internet and I came across the racing web site. I figured we would try it and it was a pretty fun time,” said Adam Gruba, Brant’s dad.
Racers ages 4- 14 compete on up to 13 different classes of snowmobiles from Kitty Kats to full size 340 snowmobiles.
Brant races both a Kitty Kat and a 120 snowmobile. He competes in four different classes.
So far this year, Gruba has run up three wins.
“He’s been doing pretty good, he’s in the top three in points in three classes and in sixth in the other,” said Adam.
KCPRO encourages good sportsmanship and promotes snowmobile safety skills through competition for a variety of ages and skill levels.
The oldest racers use 340cc machines and race on a larger oval.
For the Gruba family, racing has become a winter weekend tradition.
“He loves going every weekend and he’s made all kinds of new friends from Duluth all the way up to Canada,” said Adam.
Parents can register kids on the day of the race to participate. However, they should check the website, www.kcproeast.com, for rules and regulations.
“I would be willing to let a kid try out my sled with all of the safety gear,” said Adam.
There is no charge to watch the racing which will be held right in front of the Longbranch.
“It’s free so come and check it out,” said Adam.
Registrations begin at 8 a.m. with hot laps at 9 a.m. and racing action set to begin at 10 a.m.
KCPRO East is a non- profit organization established in 1991.