BMX event spreads Olympic ideals

June 19th, 2015 9:21 am

First Posted: 6/24/2014

Everyone was welcomed to join the fun at a free day of racing at Cedar BMX at the Red Barn Village in Newton Township, Clarks Summit on June 21.

The thrill of Olympic Day attracted racers of all skills levels and ages from three to 50-years-old from as far as New York and the Poconos.

Dan Uhranowsky, 14, Clarks Summit has won 40 to 50 races since he “found” the sport when he was approximately nine-years-old. He races almost every weekend and rode in the “15 expert” category on Olympic Day.

“You must have a certain number of first place finishes (to ride in that category),” Uhranowsky said. “… It (BMX) is kind of one of those things (to do) that’s really fun.”

Olympic Day was a celebration of modern day Olympics and meant to spread the word about Olympic ideals, according to track organizer Candy Rosencrance.

“BMX is an Olympic sport and we are trying to promote the idea of the Olympics and sportsmanship,” Rosencrance said. “It was a free event. Anybody can do it. Any bike Any age. Some were racers who race at the track in Newton Township every week.”

Cedar BMX is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization and one of approximately 400 tracks in the United States. It’s sanctioned by USA BMX.

Races at the track are expected to continue until November, weather permitting.

Rosencrance said the upcoming annual “Race for Life” on Saturday is open to racers of all skill levels and ages.

Money raised from this event will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. No membership is needed but a $10 donation is required.