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  • County BMX Park will host Race for Life event Aug. 12

    Aug 04, 2017 | Read More News
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    Two Tucson BMX riders who placed first in a BMX Worlds competition in South Carolina last month will be racing Saturday, Aug. 12, 6-10 p.m., at Pima County’s Xtreme Fun Spot BMX in Mike Jacob Sports Park, 6901 N. Casa Grande Hwy. The riders’ $20 entry fee in the “Race for Life” event will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

    BMX racing is a type of off-road bicycle racing, generally conducted as sprint races on off-road, single-lap race tracks. The Corben Sharrahtrack usually consists of a starting gate for up to eight racers, a groomed, serpentine, dirt race course made of various jumps and rollers and a finish line.

    Sixteen Tucson riders went to the BMX Worlds competition last month. The two riders who came back with first-place honors were 7-year-old Dylan Patterson and 25-year-old Corben Sharrah, who grew up at the County BMX park and competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics

    “This event is very special because we get to celebrate the success of our very own Corben as an Olympian and now a World Champion and Dylan as a 7-year-old World Champion,” Julie Vaughn, Xtreme Fun Spot operator, said. “To have two local World champions is very exciting.”  

    Vaughn said BMX athletes have been participating in “Race for Life” for decades and have raised thousands of dollars for leukemia and lymphoma. The event offers young athletes an opportunity to enjoy and celebrate the love of their sport while having the opportunity to give back to their community. 

    Pima County’s Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department has two other parks featuring BMX tracks:
    For more information about the event, contact Julie Vaughn, Xtreme Fun Spot BMX Park operator, at 520-631-4256.

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