BMX races benefit breast cancer, riders |

BMX races benefit breast cancer, riders

The South Lake Tahoe BMX Association will host a multi-benefit event consisting of two BMX races.

The first race, scheduled Sept. 20, is the second annual Mike Hart Full Moon Madness race. The fee for this race is $10 per rider and all proceeds will benefit the youth scholarship fund, designed to help local youth get involved in the sport of BMX. Last year the event raised more than $1,000 and the BMX Association was able to introduce several children in the community to the sport who otherwise would not have been able to participate. The fund has provided equipment and American Bicycle Association memberships necessary to participate at the BMX track. The track opens at 4 p.m. with sign ups and practice until 6 p.m. and racing begins at 6:30 p.m. The Mike Hart Full Moon Madness race is sponsored by Laine Photo Labs.

The second event take place Sept. 21 and is the first BMX for Breast Cancer Race. The fee for this race is $20 per rider and all proceeds will benefit the BMX Mammogram Fund. Since the beginning of 2002, the community has seen a need for mammograms in women under the age of 40. These needs may have been due to family history or symptoms found by breast self-exam. Through this event the group hopes to increase breast cancer awareness and educate the community about the importance of breast self-exams. The event will start at 10 a.m., when education booths open. Race registration will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. and racing will beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Anyone who is a survivor is encouraged to be part of the opening ceremony, which will include a live singing of “I Will Survive” by Sharon Kerrigan beginning at 2 p.m. The event will conclude with first- through third-place awards for race participants in each category and a huge raffle. The event is made possible by local sponsors Barton Memorial Hospital, Shoreline Ski and Snowsports, Tahoe Clinic and Tahoe Bike Shop. The event concludes at 4 p.m. with a grand prize drawing of a snowboard. To qualify for the grand prize all one has to do it visit each of the education booths at some point during the day and their name will be entered in the drawing. Winners to do have to be present, so community members are asked to visit the BMX track between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 to get educated about breast cancer and check out some great racing action.

The BMX track is located at 1100 Lyons Ave., at Al Tahoe Elementary School. For more information on how to support this very worthwhile benefit event call the BMX Track hotline at (530) 542-9337.

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