Young riders aid leukemia fight

       The BMX “Race for Life” raised $1,500 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Jan. 28 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center
       The event is an annual one for BMX riders, in commemoration of an 11-year-old rider who died of leukemia 25 years ago. It was the first time at Norris-Penrose, which only this year started being used for dirt track bicycling.
       “It went real well,” said Charlie Mandry, the track operator for the volunteer Pikes Peak BMX. The money arrived through entry fees from about 135 BMX racers between the ages of 4 and 52, as well as about $400 in donations.
       More BMX racing is scheduled at Norris-Penrose the next two weekends. In all the events, participants pay an entry fee, but there is no charge for spectators. Races start about two hours after registration begins. The dates/registration times are:
  • Saturday, Feb. 3, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 10, at noon.
  • Sunday, Feb. 11, at 9 a.m.
           The races Feb. 9-11 are the regional qualifying for the Redline Cup finals next fall, Mandry said. He expects more than 200 racers, including riders from New Mexico, Kansas, Utah and Wyoming.

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