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Steel Wheels BMX to host annual race to benefit LLS

Updated: March 3, 2014 4:33PM



Steel Wheels BMX will host the annual Race for Life on Saturday. The racing venue at 709 N. Hobart Road in Hobart is the only indoor track in the state to open its doors to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society charitable effort.

Over the past 14 years, riders and supporters have raised more than $14,000 for LLS, according to Steel Wheels director Jackie Altizer.

Registration for the double-points event is on race day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with racing immediately following. Fees are $20 for Class or Cruiser, and $5 for Open/Strider. USA BMX memberships are not required to race.

The venue will also conduct a free new rider clinic on from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. Rental bikes and helmets will be available.

The Old Guns Shootout for riders over the age of 35 will also run on the same date. The event is a “run what ya brung” race for flat pedal riders. The race fee is $10 per rider (participants must run a regular Class or Cruiser race as well.) All proceeds are donated to LLS.

On Sunday, the Gold Cup will be the headliner at Steel Wheels. Again, the facility is the only indoor BMX track in Indiana that will host the triple-points Gold Cup qualifier.

Registration for this race will be from 9 to 11 a.m., with racing immediately following. USA BMX memberships are required to race. Inquire for a fees schedule. Spectators are admitted without charge.

For information, call 406-9833, or visit steelwheelsbmx.com.

Babe Ruth registration around the corner: Babe Ruth baseball swings into action in Crown Point with registration set for Feb. 8.

League officials will be on hand for sign-ups from 9 a.m. to noon at the Crown Point Family Fun Center (1301 Merrillville Road). The 13- to 15-year-old division is open to players from Crown Point, Hebron, Hobart and Merrillville. The 16- to 18-year-old division (including youths born in 1995) is open to players from Lake, LaPorte, Newton and Porter counties.

The cost is $200 per player, and $100 for the second participant in a family (with a $300 maximum per family).

For information, call Don Ernst at 746-4351, or Becky Mild at 306-6599.

Indoor soccer club to hold camp in March: Chicago Fire’s Spring Break Indoor Soccer School is coming to Portage in March.

The pro club’s instructional wing will be hosting a soccer camp for boys and girls and teens ages 6 to 16 at Portage’s Oakwood Hall at Woodland Park (2100 Willowcreek Road) on March 15 and 16.

All coaches are certified by Chicago Fire Camps and Training. The fee for the two-day school is $50. For more information and to register, visit youthelitesoccer.com/event/show/67499032

Baseball travel club looking for players: The 9U Indiana Playmakers travel baseball team is looking for two new players who can play multiple positions.

For more information, call Anthony at 776-6211.



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