Eclipse Financial Snowcross Pro Challenge
Since 2014, Eclipse Financial has had the pleasure of being the title sponsor of the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association(CSRA)’s annual event held in Timmins. This event has seen roughly 200 racing teams and 300 racers from across North America and as far away as Norway, converge in our beautiful city each March for a weekend of racing that includes 27 classes, from 4 year-olds on mini-snowmobiles all the way up to world-class pros.
We live in a place that has snow on the ground for close to half of the year and we make the most of it by adapting to the elements. Snowmobiling is a great past time of people in the north and it’s no secret that we have some of the best snowmobile trails in the world. Each year we have transformed the snow dump on Spruce Street into an oval race track complete with moguls and jumps. Having an event like this here in Timmins really opens the eyes of the next generation looking to get into the sport but who have never had the opportunity to see it up close. We have even seen local rider R.J. Roy win the Pro Light class in 2018 and Dave Joanis from Cochrane win our local Men’s Pro Open for the first two years and again in 2019, taking home our coveted one-of-a-kind trophy.
An event of this size brings an economic boost to the city, as it sees many of our local restaurants and hotels filled to capacity and brings roughly a million dollars into the local economy each year. It also allows Timmins to shine, showing that we can host and support large-scale, National events like this and is a great complimentary event to the ones put on in the summer.
We are very fortunate to have had a ton of great sponsors who have continued to step-up every year and makes sure that we have what we need to ensure this event is a success. We would also like to acknowledge Angela Vacchino who has been instrumental in bringing this event to Timmins. Being a former champion herself several times over, she has been the perfect person to spearhead the event. This event simply would not be possible if it were not for the tremendous support and dedication of our sponsors, organizers, city council, the CSRA and our wonderful city. We really are the city with the heart of gold.