In an ever-increasing technology dominant world, many young kids have lost sight of the simple joys of playing with friends outside or riding bikes through neighborhood streets. With the omni-present influence of video games and the internet, it is difficult for even parents to find physical alternatives for children to avoid the increasing risk factors associated with unhealthy lifestyle choices.
Local non-profit organization, First State BMX, offers a place where children and adults can come together to enjoy the outdoor fun through the thrills of BMX racing. Beginning in the early 1970’s in Southern California, BMX is a type of off-road bicycle racing where athletes cover a serpentine dirt race course.
Part of a larger East Coast BMX Circuit, the First State BMX track is located behind the newly constructed Milford Central Academy building. The volunteer driven organization offers fun for kids of all ages and sizes and hosts annual professional races to encourage kids to enter into the sport of BMX. In the recent past, First State BMX has held a National and UCI continental Race, which qualifies riders for the international events.
Milford’s track is also home to Olympic hopeful Austin Loebe from Dover who looks to compete in the 2012 London Olympics. An eleven year veteran of the sport, Austin has practiced at the Milford track since he began racing at the age of 8.
“It is a fun smooth track and not too hard so the beginners won’t have any trouble making it around,” commented Loebe. “ The best thing about the track for me is the length, it’s one of the longest tracks in the US. I’ve put in so many laps at the Milford track since I began there 11 years ago and it has gotten me to the top national level that I’m at today.”
First State BMX has approximately 140 members and racers that range from age 2 to 60. The BMX season began in March and will run through the month of December. Practices are held at the track for just $5 and racers can buy practice passes that entitle them to multiple days at the track.
“The track is open for local riders to bring their bikes and practice,” commented Kerri Fry, Vice President of First State BMX. “The organization funds itself by sponsors and volunteers that put in many hours. It’s all about having a place where the kids can come and have fun.”
Locals are encouraged to come out to the track, located at 1045 N Walnut Street behind the Milford Central Academy, on Tuesdays and Saturdays for practices and races. For more information on the Milford Track visit www.firststatebmx.com, friend them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FirstStateBMX or call the shop at (302) 422-4133.