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With the support of the community, the 30-year-old Lebanon Valley BMX track got new life this summer.

"It's about the kids," said track supervisor Rick Roeske. "And giving the kids an outlet or a place to go. To keep them off the streets. To keep them athletic. To keep them involved in a sport."

And it's just plain fun. Bicycle motocross racing, better known as BMX, in Lebanon is celebrating their 30th year of racing by breaking in the newly refurbished Lebanon Valley BMX track.

There is 1,025 feet of jumps, banks and turns; and competition are designed for all ages and skill levels.

Lauren Roeske, 10,  is already a three year veteran of the sport. She says it's not only a great way to exercise, but a chance to make new friends all around the country.

The track do-over took four months and cost only $1,600 thanks to a network of volunteers, sponsors and business donations. The track's original five turns were converted to three and other modifications were made to bring the track up to national competitive standards.

"The jumps are placed strategically so that everything, when they ride the track, it just naturally flows," Roeske said. "It doesn't feel awkward: no hitting hard spots or anything like that."

Five-year-old Josh Blair rode the track for the first time without training wheels today. He took it one hill at a time.

Joe Sages, 44, calls the sport a perfect family activity. He and his sons are regulars at the track.

"We get to come out on weekends. We're together," Sages said. "We just got back from Pittsburgh. We did the nationals in Pittsburgh together. Lots of good fun."

And with BMX racing now a sanctioned sport in the upcoming Summer Olympics, track officials are hoping for a spike in interest from new riders, and continued strong support from the community

"A lot of parents have come up with 10-20 dollar donations," said Track Director Steve Skishalley. "Anything they can do to help me keep moving forward. And it's nice to know."

 

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