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News Release – Redmond to host ABA BMX Nationals

The ABA (American Bicycle Association) has signed an agreement with the Deschutes County Fairgrounds to host the 2008 ABA BMX Great Northwest Nationals bicycle motocross (BMX) race.  The event, presented by Team BMX Oregon and the Oregon Sports Authority, will be held at the Hooker Creek Event Center in Redmond, Oregon April 4-6, 2008.

Thousands of BMX racers of all ages and abilities will compete in multiple events as part of the ABA’s national series, which spans across the U.S. and Canada. 

“The Great Northwest Nationals has been a staple of the ABA BMX National Series.  The move to the Hooker Creek Event Center at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds is going to be amazing.  This entire facility is spectacular and the arena will be one of the best we will visit all year.  This location could not have been obtained without the support of Tracy Stephens and Mick Parsons from Smith Rock BMX, Lance Maguire of Emerald Valley BMX and Arran Gimba of 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.

“BMX is an emerging sport in the Northwest, and it’s wonderful that we are able to bring this premier event to Central Oregon,” said Drew Mahalic, chief executive officer of the Oregon Sports Authority.  “We’re ecstatic that Oregonians will get a golden opportunity to see some of the most spectacular BMX races in the country for free.”

The Great Northwest Nationals mark a significant accomplishment for the non-profit Oregon Sports Authority, which is launching its first model chapter in Central Oregon for the purpose of enhancing the region’s economy and quality of life by attracting sports events, and supporting area youth sports programs.

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 ababmx.com.

The mission of the Oregon Sports Authority is to position the state of Oregon as the preferred location for select amateur and professional sports events, franchises and related activities in order to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians and to stimulate the state’s economy. For more information, visit oregonsports.org. 


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