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Early Saturday morning, I woke up in the tent to the sounds and smells of a BMX National event: bike wheels were rolling by, the gate was being tested, Concessions was brewing coffee and making breakfast sandwiches, volunteers were changing shirts and kids and parents were having pep talks and strategy sessions. I was in heaven! I crawled out of the tent and joined the madness!
I checked in at the volunteer tent and found an amazing array of food, most of it home made by Brittney Whisler … Thank you, Brit! Totally yummy! Surprisingly, Brittney’s husband, Chuck, was volunteering! For those unaware, Chuck woke up Friday morning (also his birthday) and drove himself to the hospital instead of work when he had excruciating pain. It turned out that he had an 8mm kidney stone that required surgery! After surgery, pain meds and a little rest on Friday, Chuck was here at the track to help pull the national event together. That’s another example of the devotion we as BMX parents have to our sport.
I took up my score pad along with the other volunteers at the finish line and feverishly scribbled number plates onto it as the riders passed in a blur. Volunteer runners took the sheets to the verifying table where more volunteers recorded and checked finishes. In the staging area, volunteers made sure riders got into their proper lanes and gates, and volunteers up on the hill took turns dropping the gate as gate counter volunteers recorded and displayed the number of riders in each moto to the scorers. Corner Marshalls volunteered throughout the day to oversee the racing throughout the track. The Concessions stand was manned by volunteers, the bike inspection was performed by volunteers, 50/50 tickets were sold by volunteers, the trash was emptied and toilet paper and paper towels replaced by volunteers. I’m sure there are many other volunteers I can’t recall at the moment that came together to make this event one of the smoothest running national events I’ve ever attended. It drew over 1,000 riders and their families from around the country and the world. There were over 200 races run each of the two National Race days. Amazing!
Next to Virginia Beach BMX Designs was a live radio broadcast that gave terrific color commentary on everything happening at the event. Frankenbutt, the Beast and I were interviewed about our big bike trip and we enjoyed sharing the funny and crazy details of our two wheeled undertaking. In addition, the broadcasters interviewed BMX riders, local regulars and some track personnel, too. It was a terrific opportunity for Trilogy Park to reach listeners and share all the great stuff happening in Memorial Park.
When all the mains had been run and the families dispersed to their campers, motor homes, hotel rooms, etc., Frankenbutt, the Beast, the Editor, her friend, Lee, and I prepared to go to dinner at Juan Carlos on High Street in downtown Pottstown. The Farside family agreed to puppy sit Coco so that we could go; Thanks, Rich, Lisa, Taylor and Charlotte!
Sorry for the late posting of this blog; I promise I’ll catch up soon. It’s been a very busy few days, with little time for sleep or extracurricular activities.