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Bethel Supercross BMX to host free race day

BETHEL — Bethel Supercross BMX Track is hosting a free Olympic Day Race next week to promote the sport.

Registration for the race is from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. June 20, with balance bike racing starting at 6:45 p.m. and other races starting at 7 p.m.

USA BMX and the U.S. Olympic Committee are also associated with the event.

BMX racing is an Olympic sport that is growing in popularity in the state, according to a release.

“This is a fantastic free event that we hope attracts new riders to come see what the great sport of BMX is all about,” Donald Olson, track director at Bethel Supercross BMX, said in the release.

Bethel Supercross BMX is a nonprofit that has hosted races on Wednesday evenings for about 35 years.

“It’s like having a big second family with all the friends you see at the track every week,” Olson said.

Riders range in age from 1 to 62. The number of female riders is also growing, with some girls competing nationally.

Recently, 50 balance bike riders between ages 1 to 5 showed up for the race, which is the largest turnout in the country for riders this age, Olson said in the release.

Bethel Supercross BMX is in Mitchell Park at 162 Old Hawleyville Road.

Julia Perkins|Reporter