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Playing in the mud

May 7, 2019

Mud and fun were both flyin’ high at the Rock River Riders Motorcycle Club’s annual Mud Bog races on Sunday. Competitors from across northern Illinois and Iowa took part in the club’s mud bog on the club grounds, located east of Polo on Pines Road, across from the entrance to White Pines State Park. Got stuck? Vehicles were pulled out by a pulley system powered by a large Ford farm tractor operated club member Lance LeFevre, of Mount Morris. The Daily Driver Class followed the Open Class competitors whose muscled-up trucks and SUVs flew through the man-made course tossing chunks of mud into the air to the crowd’s delight. The club was founded in 1935 and was known for its hill climb event, held just to the west of what once was the Pines Drive-In Theater. When the theater closed, the club purchased the land it was on, and eventually added other events. Sunday’s event also include a race for little boggers on their battery-operated toys and the ever-popular and especially messy “run the bog” race for kids and adults. Remaining club events for 2018 include the Father’s Day Hill Climb, June 16, 11 a.m.; Night Time Hill Climb, July 27, 4 p.m.; and Mud Bogs, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. For more information on the Rock River Riders Motorcycle Club, visit rrrmc.org or call 815-970-5837.