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Wertz Warriors Take on 900 Mile Ride for Special Olympics

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Special Olympics Michigan doesn't pay a cent for the Winter Games.

The tab is picked up by a 32-year old snowmobile endurance ride, currently snaking its way across Northern Michigan.

They are the Wertz Warriors and every year since 1981 they have zig zagged their way across Northern Michigan collecting donations to pay for the Special Olympics Winter Games in Traverse City.

The first ride was a total of 35 people raising $35,000.

Today, there are 51 riders with a 30 man support staff.

Their goal is to raise more than $400,000.

There are still three original riders left in the group and this year they welcomed four new rookies, to help extend the life of the group.

9&10's Eric Lloyd and photojournalist Jacob Johnson rode alongside the Warriors today and have more details.

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