Thousands Hit Trails for SNIRT Run

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Roads and trails in Lewis County were packed with ATVs Saturday for the ninth annual SNIRT run.

Organizers say more than 3,000 people registered for the event that brings riders in from all over the region.

SNIRT is not without controversy, though, as some local environmental group leaders worry the event may do more harm than good for the area.

Organizers disagree.

(Click here to see our earlier coverage of the war of words that erupted between the Adirondack Council and the Lewis County Board of Legislators ahead of Saturday's event.)

"We're concerned with both the activity and the scope in terms of where it's being allowed, and how far into protected areas people are going," explained John Sheehan, Adirondack Council Executive Director.

"We have great cooperation with the police, the D.E.C., the Sheriff's office," said SNIRT Run organizer Gary Stinson.

"But I feel the true story is the economic impact this has on Lewis County," he said.

The event also collected canned goods to be donated to the Lewis County food pantry.
 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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