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Detroit Lakes to host three races this weekend at 412 BMX track

After losing almost the entire month of June due to rain-drenching weather, the Detroit Lakes 412 BMX racing track was in full operation for July.

The track attracted an average of 30 to 40 bike racers every Wednesday evening, leading up to DL 412 BMX's biggest weekend, Aug. 19-21.

The track will be hosting two big races over the weekend, with the Race for Life event Friday, followed by the Red Line Cup race Saturday and concluded by a State Championship series race Sunday.

All are sanctioned by the American Bicycle Association.

"We did an overhaul of the track this past year, so it is a moderate to difficult track," said track operator Stacy Heinlein. "It is designed for the beginner, as well as the expert."

Heinlein added that 412 BMX will race into September, weather permitting, and this weekend's festivities are the highlight of the season.

"Anyone can race in the Ride for Life event and you don't have to be an ABA member," she said. "We'll also be raffling off a Red Line bike Saturday... that race gives racers triple points, as well."

Friday's Race for Life event starts with registration from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., with a $10 entry fee.

The Red Line Cup race Saturday has registration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and has a $20 entry fee, while Sunday's Championship race series' registration runs from 10 a.m. to noon.

Racers need to compete in at least three State Championship races to qualify for nationals, so the weekend's races will attract up to 200-plus racers, with families.

All races will start approximately one half hour after registration ends.

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