Trip Report: Spring Poker Run 2022

April 30, 2022

Whew, what a great 2022 Poker Run, it was a huge success! Now that we have had time to unwind, let us take a minute to give a rundown from the event.

First and foremost, we need to thank the Poker Run Committee for volunteering their time at all the meetings to make this event so successful. They are Rusty Anderson, Karl Olson, Gretchen Voeks, Butch Baker, Debbie Baker, Ron Seale, Kandis Addington.

Second, we would like to thank our Trail Master, Karl Olson, for creating such an interesting course. He found us flat roads, hills, valley, a tree, and the last part of the run, which some refer to as Purgatory, was the most challenging to crawl across the boulders. We also thank our course creators and set-up crew for marking the course with arrows, so no one got lost – Karl Olson, Dan Anderson, Ron Seale, Butch Baker, Bill Fiasco, Dakota Dawson, Rick Seale, Brian Mariluch. We also thank Ron and Bill for going out the morning of the race to ensure none of the arrows got blown away from our Friday night winds.

Third, we want to thank the ham radio crew who maned the Card Stops. Each card stop had radio contact with their base radio at the community center. If a vehicle broke down, or someone had not checked in with them when going thru, this was reported back to the base and our Sweep Team was on the lookout.

We had 198 poker cards sold and 120 vehicles on the run. With this many people, we had very few problems. There were some vehicles that broke down and had to leave the event. There were some other vehicles that could not make that first hill. But there was no report of anyone racing past other vehicles; everyone was courteous and overall, enjoyed the day.

Per our permit from BLM, several officers of the club and member drove the route the next day to ensure there was no damage from any vehicles going off-course, etc. And none were found, so we would like to thank all the participants for following the Guidelines set for the event.

Fourth, we would like to thank the Beatty Senior Center for hosting a pancake breakfast before the run. We especially appreciate them opening an hour early so our Safety Crews could take advantage of breakfast before they went out to their card stops. Working on a full belly make the day go so much smoother.

We also want to thank Chef Chili Eddie Huffman and crew for the BBQ dinner. If you did not get a chance to taste one of his chicken, hamburger, or hot dog dinners, you missed some very tasty beans and potato salad. Everything was good.

We also thank the Beatty Volunteer Fire Department for hosting the bar, Jeremy and Summer Carter. We thank the Beatty High School Close-up for hosting a car wash for all our dirty rigs, Teresa and Gus Sullivan and crew. They had their work cut out for them. BOE did make a donation from the club to Close-up, which we were happy to do.

We thank the Beatty Town Advisory Board for allowing us to use the community center and the water for the car wash, and Carrie Radomski and Ricardo Lopez for all their help.

Fifth, we would like to thank the donors for our raffle prizes. AngloGold Ashanti, Wayne Chancellor, Walsh Reclamation, Ron and Kandis Seale. And we had a new twist on a couple raffles as they were auctioned off, which was fun.

Thank-you everyone who attended and look forward to seeing you on the next run. If you have any pictures from this event you would like to share and we can post on our website, please forward them to this email address:   [email protected]


Our final winners were Best Hand $400.00 Nancy Blackstone with 4-3’s, Next Best Hand $200.00 Mark Hagen. Congratulations!

As you can see, it took a village to put this event together. And while this was our club’s first event, it certainly will not be our last. Trail Master Karl is already scouting out our next course. We have learned from this event to make the next one even better.

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