It all started in 1981 when an avid 12-year-old BMX racer from Michigan discovered he had Leukemia. Todd Kingsbury was his name, and like many BMXers, he had dreams of someday becoming a top pro in the sport. Unfortunately, this dreaded disease would keep Todd from fulfilling his dream. 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.”
It was at that point that the USABMX Race for Life campaign was born. Tracks and racers across the country raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) each year to help with their goal to find a cure for this deadly disease. USABMX is proud to announce that since 1981, BMX racers have raised more than $5.6 Million for the Race for Life.
The top three fundraising tracks from 2022 will be recognized at the USABMX Grand Nationals Friday night during the Pro Spectacular. This year the top three tracks include:
Egg Harbor Township BMX (New Jersey)
Lincoln Park BMX (Washington)
Steel Wheels BMX (Indiana)
For their efforts, USABMX provides tiered awards based on a rider's total donation amount. Awards range from a t-shirt and wristband to a jacket to free entry fees to the USABMX Grand Nationals. In addition, Box Components, the Race for Life sponsor, awards the Top 10 Fundraisers with custom bike parts. The top 10 individual fundraisers for 2022 were:
Speaking of top individual fundraisers, Ryland Bricker (Egg Harbor Township BMX) tops the list for the fifth time in a row. Over the last 5 years, Ryland has raised over $160,000!
USABMX would like to thank each and every track and rider who raised funds for the 2022 Race for Life campaign. With your help, USABMX was able to raise $260,504.38 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For riders who raised enough funds to earn an award, we anticipate the awards will begin being shipped out the first week of December.