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Ahhh, Hagerstown BMX. What a pleasant surprise! In earlier communications with the former track director, we laid the ground work for our arrival. When we recontacted Hagerstown, we found out there had been some changes at the track and that our former contact was no longer at the track. With only one week until our planned arrival, I was directed to a lady named Diane. I called and shared with her our story and found her to be so supportive and excited about what we are doing. She took our information and gave me the phone number for Sherman, their acting track director.
I spoke with Sherman and told him about our adventure and he told us that the track was hosting a Maryland state qualifier. We had originally planned to arrive on Sunday but decided that Saturday was do-able. Sherman asked what we needed and I assured him that we didn’t need much; that we’d like to camp at the track, if possible. I suggested that he and his crew contact local media so that we could help build local recognition for the track and BMX. He told me about the Herald Mail and we sent that paper an informational email and later called them, as well.
We awoke about 6:30 this morning after camping track side. I pulled together my clothes for the day and my toiletries and headed to the public restroom. Since it was early morning, I figured no one would need the bathroom; I locked the door and set about the process of a sink bath. I managed to wash my hair and all of my important parts and then toweled off and dressed. By 7am, I smelled and looked good enough!
Around 8am, Diane arrived with breakfast for all of us: McDonald’s big breakfast WITH PANCAKES! I love Pancakes! Although I had eaten a small breakfast meal, I couldn’t resist the breakfast excuse for CAKE! Diane also brought coffee and made a forever friend in Frankenbutt who LIVES for coffee. Diane excused herself to go put in a few hours of work before the race started. The fact that she came to the track before work to bring us breakfast, made us all feel cared about. Thanks, Diane!
When the mains ran, I didn’t want the day to come to an end. There’s something special at Hagerstown that you just don’t find at many tracks, or in general society, for that matter. We met and talked with several Hagerstown and Cumberland riders and their families. Not once did anyone we meet say a negative thing about anyone else. That is SO RARE. Having been around my 47 years, I know that a group attitude like that starts with a few people and becomes the way “business is done”.
I felt so good at Hagerstown BMX and I’m looking forward to seeing many of the same families at Cumberland, MD’s Riverside BMX later this week. But first, we’ll conquer the mountains again as we head towards Winchester BMX for a Tuesday morning arrival and Tuesday evening race. When I’m climbing those mountains, I’m going to recount the conversations I had and the hugs I got from the truly genuine folks at Hagerstown.