Well it looks like Rod and Karen have had to step aside. Here's their letter that a friend sent me:
To our friends (you are more than customers to us)
This letter first is to Thank all of you for supporting The Ridge as a new facility during itís 2 Ĺ years of creation and itís first 3 seasons of operation. This letter is from Rod and Karen Powell and not from The Ridge entity.
We would like to also thank you for your patience as the partnership dispute went on. It was a long 2 Ĺ year struggle for us, and for you. Your faith in the facility during this time, by booking your events and trusting us with your customers will never be forgotten.
It was always our goal to create a facility for people to have fun, enjoy their machinery and the camaraderie that is in the paddock. The goal was to build a track that would be welcoming, supportive, safe, challenging and fun. We wanted to grow our business, your business, and help an ailing economy in Mason County. We accomplished that, something that can never be taken away from us.
Karen and I have fought to keep our interest in this facility with every fiber of our being. I donít take on challenges lightly, and the creation of this facility was a passion that burned very hot inside my soul.
Every person that stepped onto the property was important to me. The creation of this facility took more than my time, it took my creativity, my mind, soul, sweat, and even tears.
Along with that passion is also a business person, and sometimes you are not able to make the popular decision, and still make the right one for the business. Some of these decisions did not make me popular with some groups. I stand by those opinions and decisions today, although I am not happy with the way they were played out by others. I have to admit that unfortunately, I donít have control over others opinions, actions, and behaviors, only my own.
Karen and I have determined that the best option, for us, is to step aside. This decision was not taken lightly, and is not an easy one, as many of you know. We feel that this was our only option at this time.
The Ridge was more than a project, more than a business for me. Those of you that know me, know that when I invest myself into something, it is complete. Stepping away from The Ridge is like removing a part of my body and my soul. It will take time to heal, but there were many great parts to this journey.
We met many fantastic people on this journey. Your smiles and those of your customers were the fuel that fed the passion and kept us going. The undying loyalty from some of you, and your faith in us, is not taken lightly. I enjoyed driving, riding and karting with many of you. Thank you to the Motorcycle and Karting community for introducing me to your sports and sharing your passion and love for them. Karen will never forget her two up ride on a race bike with MotoFit owner, Rob Burch that July 2013 day.
Even though we are no longer active members of The Ridge, we hope the best to all of you and your opportunities there. We wish continued success to all you and your endeavors, whatever they may be.
Rod and Karen Powell
It's so fricken sad! Rod and Karen are such amazing people and to have their dreams crushed like that sucks big time. I know that I speak for a ton of people in saying that they will be missed.