Race for Life with BMX club

Penticton BMX Club is hosting a Race for Life event on Saturday.

Penticton BMX Club is hosting a Race for Life event on Saturday.

It’s aimed at raising money for the B.C. Children’s Hospital, specifically for research and treatment of leukemia, but to help promote the club by giving people a chance to ride without an obligation. Natalie Preston of the Penticton BMX Club encourages people to come. It was this event that got her family involved in the sport.

“This is a really great way to get started,” she said. “Usually when you come to BMX you have to have the full padding and face helmet and all the gear. Because this is a charity event, even though it’s using the BMX track … you can use any bike and regular biking helmet.”

Those who come out just have to wear long sleeves and long pants.

While registration began on Thursday, their race day, it will also be taking place at the track from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The event itself starts at noon. Preston said they hope to attract 100 people and raise a minimum of $1,500. For more information on that event, check www.pentictonbmx.ca or email pentictonraceforlife@gmail.com.

As the club is trying to grow and promote itself, it experienced a setback on May 10 when their motoshed was broken into. Stolen from the club was a complete gate starting system, laptop, start lights, PA system, tools and tubes, bikes, full face helmets, concession food and float, gas weed eater and leaf blower.

On their Facebook page, Pamela MacDonald said they have been “humbled by the support of the other BMX Tracks and from the community.”

The only thing not taken was their air compressor. MacDonald said that they do not have surplus funds to purchase new track supplies, gear, tools or concession items.

“We are accepting donations of any of the items listed above,” she said. “We are also accepting cash donations and have set up a donate now option on our website www.pentictonbmx.ca.”

She added in having a long way to rebuild, every offer of assistance is greatly appreciated.