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Sunset Ridge will host fourth annual walks

Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 1:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 16, 2014 1:15 p.m. CDT

WALNUT — On May 30 and June 20, Sunset Ridge MX Park in Walnut will host its fourth annual Susan G. Komen Track Walks for Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser. The events, which raised more than $8,000 last year for the Quad Cities and Memorial Affiliates of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation, are expected to attract between 200 and 300 participants each. National race teams riding at Sunset Ridge also contribute to the fundraiser.

Jan Pistole, co-owner of Sunset Ridge MX, says the events attract local walkers, as well as family members and friends of ATV and MX racers who will be at the track on those days cheering on riders who are participating in the ATV National Practice and Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier practice sessions.

“We are fortunate to have wonderful participation from people from across the country who enjoy a chance to get out and walk the 1.8 mile motocross track at the end of a long day of supporting their friends who are practicing for national races. Since every dollar raised goes to support our local affiliates, we also look forward to welcoming local citizens who support the efforts of this very important organization,” Pistole said.

The walks will begin at 5 p.m. on May 30 and on June 20, at the conclusion of the practice sessions for each race event. Pre-registration is available prior to May 19 for the first event or June 9 for the second event, online at www.sunsetridgemx.com or at the track for $15. After those dates, the cost is $20 per registration. For those that would like to participate in both events, registration will be $25. All participants will receive a T-shirt and goody bag the day of the event. Sunset Ridge MX is located at 24558 1100 East St. in Walnut. Directions are available on the park’s website.

Local participants who come out May 30 for the Walk will receive a half-price coupon to return for the racing on May 31. The world’s best ATV pro-riders will be converging at Sunset Ridge for the annual ATV Showdown that weekend.

“We are looking forward to challenging ourselves and everyone involved to go beyond our contribution in 2013. We all know or will know someone who has been impacted by this devastating disease, and the goal is to raise money to help researchers eradicate it for future generations,” Pistole said.

For those who are unable to walk the track but who wish to participate, Sunset Ridge will offer shuttle transportation across the 1.8 mile course. Onsite registration for those who wish to register the day of the event will begin at 2 p.m.

For more information, contact the track at 815-379-9534.

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