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ABA/BMX Great Northwest Nationals returning to Redmond

    The ABA (American Bicycle Association) has signed a three-year extension to keep the ABA BMX Great Northwest Nationals bicycle motocross (BMX) competition at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Oregon. The 2009 event, presented by Team BMX Oregon and the Oregon Sports Authority, will be held at the Hooker Creek Event Center April 3-5.

    The 2008 Great Northwest Nationals had over 1,200 riders from across the country competing in numerous age divisions. Attendance for the three-day festival was well over 8,000. The Great Northwest Nationals is part of the ABA’s national series, which spans across the U.S. and Canada.

    “The 2008 Great Northwest Nationals in the Hooker Creek Event Center at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds was amazing.  With record numbers in 2008, we are very excited about the continued growth and expansion of this great event for the next three years.  This new multiyear agreement could not have been realized without the support of Team Oregon BMX and the Oregon Sports Authority,” said John David, director of new track development of the ABA.

    The Hooker Creek Event Center, a multi-purpose indoor arena, is the largest of the buildings at the Fairgrounds that constitutes some 279,000 square feet of space under one roof. The complex has hosted over 100 sporting and entertainment events each year. The variety of events includes, but not limited to, professional sports, concerts, monster trucks, and supercross.

    “The excellent response from the Central Oregon community and the overwhelming turnout of riders from the American Bicycle Association to bringing the Great Northwest Nationals to Redmond made this a wonderful experience,” said Tracy Stephens of Team BMX Oregon.   “Team BMX Oregon is proud to be part of hosting this event showcasing a fabulously exciting sport open to amateur and professional biking enthusiasts alike. There is truly no more beautiful a location than that of the Hooker Creek Event Center amidst the beautiful Cascades.  We look forward to growing stronger and bigger as a sport and community in the upcoming years.”

    “We are delighted that the ABA BMX Great Northwest Nationals will be returning to Redmond for the next three years,” said Drew Mahalic, chief executive officer of the Oregon Sports Authority. “The event is a terrific opportunity for Oregonians to watch some of the top BMX racers in the country for free. We are looking forward to growing the sport of BMX in Oregon.”

    ABA (American Bicycle Association), formed in 1977 and headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, is “The Sanctioning Body of BMX”©.  The ABA organizes BMX racing for boys, girls and adults, nationwide and Canada.  With 60,000 active members, 274 racing facilities and a 27 event-national race schedule; ABA is the largest promoter of action sports. For additional press information about ABA, the sport of BMX, ABA events or Professional racers, call bonspeedMedia; (714) 666-1999. To find races in your area or view the national event schedule, visit


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