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Showcasing the DL 412 BMX track

A race to the finish was had by a trio of BMX riders last Wednesday. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

The Detroit Lakes 412 BMX racing track will have a splendid opportunity to showcase its improvements when the facility hosts a state championship qualifier Saturday, Aug. 16.

There will be over 250 BMX riders competing in the state qualifier on the newly refurbished 412 track, which is located on the Becker County Fairgrounds behind Kent Freeman Arena.

The new-look track was restructured, resurfaced and glued with a soil tac to maintain a strong surface, even under the most rainy conditions.

Those aiding in the track improvements included Anderson Gravel, Hough Landscaping, Jeff Ehnert and Merlin Johnson.

“We capped the track with 45 loads of specialty clay mixture and a top coat seal with soil tac,” said 412 track operator Chris Disse. “The track will be in top shape for the state qualifier, which is a big thing for us to host.”

The state championship qualifier is one of three in the area, with Fergus Falls and Brainerd also hosting qualifiers.

But the DL event will be a popular attraction, because it comes just before the state championships, which will be held in Isanti.

“The USA BMX organization was helpful by scheduling us towards the end of the schedule, which will attract more riders because they are trying to get their final points of the season,” Disse said.

The 412 BMX track was established in 1999 and has been in use every summer since.

This past summer, the track has averaged 45-50 riders on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, which are designated as race nights.

BMX riders of all ages compete and race for points, with the track having four expert riders in Jaiden Disse, Gavin Smith, Tyler Myhre and Joe Heinlein.

Chris Disse, who is Jaiden’s father, has been involved in the track in some capacity or another since 1999, before taking over as track operator last year.

The president of the track is Dave Myhre and the secretary is Missy Krabble.

But it’s the volunteers who have made the track function for over 15 years and made it what it is today.

“We are all volunteers and it takes a minimum of 12 volunteers to run a race,” Chris Disse said. “We would not be able o run this program without their help. If you were to ask me why and how do you put so many hours into the DL 412 BMX track, my reply would be simple, ‘It’s for the kids.’”

The 412 BMX track will also host the Race For Life event Tuesday, Aug. 12, which is a fundraiser for a cure for leukemia.

The Bob Warnike ‘Scholarship for Higher Education’ race will be held Friday, Aug. 15, the day before the state qualifier.

The season started in May and will run through the month of September, weather permitting.

Races begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, with Disse providing skill training after Wednesday’s racing.

“Our goal is to provide bikes to use during events for those kids who don’t have one,” Disse said. “The first time will be free, since we want kids to have an opportunity to enjoy and try the sport out.”

Racing is open to all ages and skill levels, with about “98 percent” of the 412 BMX riders being novices.

The only equipment required is a helmet and long pants.

For more information, contact the 412 BMX hotline at 218-850-8171.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.