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Hobart to hold annual BMX race

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Updated: May 12, 2013 2:18PM



Steel Wheels BMX in Hobart will again be the only indoor BMX facility in the state to host an annual race to support the Warnicke Scholarship.

The venue (709 N. Hobart Road) will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday and registration will continue through 6:30 p.m. Racing will immediately follow.

Fees for racing are $20 for Class or Cruiser, or $5 for Open/Strider riders. Participants will receive double points for this race. USA BMX memberships are required to race this event.

The Warnicke Scholarship Race was created to help fund the Bob Warnicke Memorial Scholarship Fund, which assists students and their families in meeting the costs of undergraduate college education, trade school, etc.

According to Steel Wheels operator Jackie Altizer, Warnicke, who died on Nov. 16, 1994 at 48 years old, was well known for his leadership role and for his many efforts in promoting the sport. He will best be remembered for his instrumental role in bringing BMX to millions of viewers through the airing of the “Road to Glory Series” on ESPN and ESPN 2.

Steel Wheels BMX track is a volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide BMX racing to the area residents. The 40,000 sqare-foot facility houses one of the largest heated indoor tracks in the country, as well as full concessions and spectator areas.

For more information, call 406-9833, e-mail indianabmx@comcast.net, or visit steelwheelsbmx.com.

Softball travel team to hold final tryouts: The Region Predators are hosting their final tryouts for the upcoming travel softball season as they look to “add a couple of stellar players to their solid team of mostly 12-year-olds.”

Evaluations will take place on from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Marquette Field in Michigan City (next to Michigan City High School). In case of rain, the high school’s Scholl Center will be utilized.

Participants are asked to arrive with all of their gear 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork.

The Predators are coached by Mike Hackett and Jeff Hostetler and practice in Chesterton, Michigan City, and Portage. They will play KVA league, and participate in local tourneys en route to the World Series in Peoria, Ill., in July.

For more information, call 898-5448 or 616-6329.

Hammond track club looking for participants: No Limits Track Club seeks to continue with its mission of teaching track and field fundamentals, good sportsmanship and promoting positive self-image among participating youth.

The Hammond-based club announced registration dates at the Hammond YMCA (7322 Southeastern Ave.) for their upcoming AAU outdoor season. From 9 a.m. to noon on April 13 and 27, and May 4 boys and girls ages 5 to 18 are invited to sign up.

All age divisions are determined by year of birth with an original birth certificate and a $50 non-refundable fee required. Fees are $200 per child or $250 for the travel season (payment plans are available.) An end-of-season banquet and awards ceremony is included.

For more information, call No Limits secretary Robbie Thomas at 306-5645 or e-mail him at thomas_robbie@yahoo.com.

Crown Point to hold fundraiser walk: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northwest Indiana will host its annual Family Fundraiser Walk in Crown Point on May 18.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. with a complimentary breakfast at Franciscan Communities St. Anthony Home at 203 Franciscan Drive, participants will later walk to the Lake County Fairgrounds.

The charitable event is free and registration will take place before the breakfast on the morning of the walk. Activities are slated to end at noon.

For more information, call Leona Bachan at 789-2470, e-mail her at regulusent@aol.com, or visit www.alz-nic.org.



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