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BMXers alike ‘Race for Lift'

May 07, 2001|By TIM YANNI, Sports Writer

SEELEY — BMX racers and fans came from all over Southern California and parts of Arizona to the Race for Life on Saturday at the Imperial Valley BMX track near here on Saturday.

People came for many reasons, but the primary purpose of the evening was to raise money for the Leukemia Society of America.

Racers and fans of all ages were entertained by different features. Some enjoyed the snack bar while others just liked to see people race.

Carson Tabor, a 3-year-old Lakeside resident, came to see his brothers Landon and Weston race.

"I like the bicycles," Carson said.

He also said he liked the food and candy sold at the concessions stand.

Jaydon Tabor, Carson's 5-year-old sister, said she was having a good time as well.

"I like to watch the races. I think it would be scary, though," she said, explaining why she doesn't want to go near a BMX bicycle.

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Mike Williams, 32, of San Diego said he came to race in the event because it offered double points.

"The track here is nice," Williams said. "It's for a good cause and they raise a lot of money." .

Williams, who races a cruiser, said he is making a comeback.

"I used to race when I was younger," he said. "But I've only been back for about six months now."

He said among the reasons he enjoys BMX riding is that it keeps him in shape and he has a lot of fun doing it.

Brock Russel, a 13-year-old fan from El Centro, said he likes to watch the racers jump.

"I like to jump," Brock said. "That's why I like it."

Brock said he regularly attends BMX events at the track because his brother plays baseball at the nearby Sunbeam baseball fields. When the games are over, Brock walks over to the track to see the races.

Ian Malcolm, 14, of El Centro has been racing BMX for three years.

"It's a challenge," Ian said. "I like jumping and having fun."

He said the sport is challenging and he enjoys it because he wants to improve.

"There's always someone out there who's better than you," Ian said.

To keep in shape, Ian tries to train as often as he can. He also races about three times a week.

Joe Nuñez, 29, of Brawley came to watch his 5-year-old son, Anthony, race.

"We come out here all the time," Nuñez explained.

He said Anthony is just a beginner. He began racing about six months ago, Nuñez said.

Nuñez said he thinks the Race for Life is a good idea because he would like to see an end to cancer.

"We know people who have had it," Nuñez said.

He said he plans on attending a second Race for life in Yuma in the near future.

The Race for Life is a nationally held event and membership at participating tracks is not required for a rider to race. Proceeds from the event went to the Leukemia Society of America.

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