Benefit race to put more children on bikes, into races |

Benefit race to put more children on bikes, into races

More financially underprivileged children will be allowed to compete in South Lake Tahoe BMX races next season.

The nonprofit racing association accomplished that goal recently during the fourth annual Mike Hart Memorial Full Moon Madness BMX Race.

Forty-three riders participated, raising more than $1,000. The money will help the association acquire bikes, helmets and American Bicycle Association memberships for financially strapped racers.

“Our goal is to make BMX available to anyone who has the desire to participate but is unable to due to financial hardship,” said Lauren Thomaselli, South Lake Tahoe BMX co-track operator. “Once a recipient is identified or referred to us, all he or she needs to do is fill out a scholarship form.”

In turn, scholarship recipients are expected to maintain good grades in school and behave accordingly on the track.

In the past three years, the local association has provided four bicycles and 15 ABA membership to local children.

Hart was an original BMX committee member back in 1996 when supporters of a track were searching for a venue. He died of cancer in November of 1999, leaving behind two children who enjoy BMX racing.

For more information, phone Thomaselli at (530) 542-9337 or stop by the track Tuesdays or Thursdays from 4 p.m. to dusk or Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. The track is located next to Al Tahoe Elementary School.

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