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Thirty Years of BMX Racing in the “Heart of Akron”

June 6, 2011

(Sorry for the poor photos. The track was closed when I stopped by, but I thought these YouTube videos—posted by someone else—would give you a good idea of what the track looks like. The regular post follows.)

Akron BMX
1000 Massillon Rd
Akron, Ohio 44312
Only open during designated practice and event times (see schedule on their Web site)

So far this summer I’ve covered places where you can buy greasy burgers and chili dogs as well as drive-in theaters where you can sit on your duff and consume even more food. Now that the weather is totally gorgeous it’s time to get outside and enjoy the few months of sun that we can.

Akron BMX is a nonprofit organization that started in 1981 (according to their official site, but other sources say 1975) to give people of all ages the chance to participate in a physical family activity and to (eventually) made use of a barren piece of property near Derby Downs in the shadow of the blimp hanger. The track was designed for competitive biking events and to provide a structured spot where bicycle enthusiasts can make some sweet jumps without destroying someone else’s property. It has plenty of ramps and hills as well as stands for spectators.

The track is open to the public during practice times, which are posted on their Web site, but hosts races each week from May to October. The site is also available for birthday parties and other rental events.

When I visited the other day it took me back to my childhood in the ’80s when my friends and I used to ride all day and return home at night to watch the movie Rad.


Rubber City Roller Girls

March 13, 2010

Rubber City Roller Girls
One Saturday Each Month
John S. Knight Center
77 E. Mill Street

Akron’s leading ladies of the flat track are starting their 2010 season on March 13 and will compete one Saturday a month through September at the John S. Knight Center. Over the next few months the RCRGs will go up against rivals including the Black-N-Bluegrass Rollergirls, Killamazoo Derby Darlins and the Glass City Rollers.

Don’t confuse this with your Grandma’s roller derby of the 1970s. This is a sport that takes dedication, practice and focus, it’s not a wrestling match. The league gives adult women of all ages and walks of life the chance to engage in a physical, skill-based competition and help their community at the same time. The league raises money for causes that affect women and children in the Akron as well as hosts special skating events. Not only that, but the Rollergirls have really fun names like Lita Maround, MC HamHer, Megabeth, and Sissy Slammer. Check out their profiles on the Web site.

Tickets are $9 advance/$13 at the door for adults and $5 Advance/$6 for kids 12 and under. Check out their Web site for specific dates, times and other info.

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