The first double points race of the season at Miami BMX Track will be a special one.
Today’s Race for Life, which could draw more than 100 riders, will benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
"We are going to be donating all entry fees and proceeds to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for that race," said Cindy Riley, secretary-treasurer of Miami BMX Inc. "The riders give up their trophies and just get certificates so that the money for trophies can be donated as well. Our goal is to raise $1,500 in donations and entry fees."
The race originally was scheduled for May 15 but was postponed because of inclement weather.
Registration will be from noon 1:30 p.m. with competition starting around 2 p.m.
The registration fee is $20 per rider.
The Race for Life series began in 1981 when 12-year-old BMX rider Todd Kingsbury was diagnosed with leukemia.
When Todd's friends and the American Bicycle Association learned of his diagnosis, it was decided that an organized effort should be made to help in Todd's Race for Life.
The first ABA Race for Life events were formed that year, with over 130 tracks participating and raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Ever since, the ABA has held a series of double point Race for Life events nationwide to help in the fight to find a cure for blood-related cancers.
"We are hoping that we can have a great event to benefit a very important cause and are thankful that we can hold one of these races," Riley said.
Among the sponsors of the event are the Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Route 66 Rentals, the Big Nickel, Waylan's Ku Ku Burger, Sonic of Columbus, Kan., and O'Reilly Auto Parts of Baxter Springs, Kan.