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Youth racers compete at World Championship Snowmobile Derby
EAGLE RIVER - Professional snowmobilers from around the world compete for the world championship trophy in Eagle River this weekend. Meanwhile, some smaller racers compete for prizes of their own.

While countless snowmobile enthusiasts cheer on the pros, parents support their kids in a variety of youth races.

Derby Complex president Russ Davis said it's a vital aspect of the World Championship weekend.

"You have to have a minor league," said Davis. "Just like baseball and basketball. These kids have idols, their dads, their buddies who are racers."

10-year-old Trentyn Strand has been riding for the greater part of his life. He looks forward to competing in Eagle River every year.

"My dad's friend used to race when he was a kid, and he kind of talked me into it. I said, 'sure', and that's where it started," said Strand.

Trentyn competes every year with one goal in mind: to one day take his skills to the big track.

Story By: Peter Dubois

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