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Bob Warnicke Memorial Scholarship race to be held at Thrifty Acres Indoor BMX


Grand Rapids, Mich, January 10, 2012 – USA BMX is pleased to announce that Thrifty Acres Indoor BMX, located in Greenville, Michigan, will host a 2012 Redline Cup Qualifying race. The Redline Cup series consists of qualifying races held around the United States and Canada. The Redline Cup Series divides the United States and Canada into three (3) regions with a final held in each region. Thrifty Acres Indoor BMX is located in the east region and will host the first of 27 qualifying races held between January and August.


This qualifying race held at Thrifty Acres will be the first qualifier held for the 2012 season and is expected to bring in at least 400 participants. The Redline Cup race will be held Saturday, January 14, with registration and practice taking place from 11am to 1:30pm and racing to begin around 2pm. In addition, there will be practice held Friday evening beginning at 6 pm. A Bob Warnicke Memorial Scholarship race will be held on Sunday, January 15, with registration and practice taking place from 10am to 12mp and racing beginning around 1pm. There is no fee for spectators.


The Bob Warnicke Memorial Scholarship Program was established in 1995 to honor the memory of the National Bicycle League’s late vice president. Bob passed away Nov. 16, 1994, at the young age of 48 years old. He played a very active role in BMX for many years and was well known for his leadership and efforts in promoting the sport. Bob’s many contributions improved the sport and the image of the BMX throughout the years. He will best be remembered for his instrumental role in bringing BMX to millions of viewers through the airing of the “Road to Glory Series” on ESPN2 and ESPN. More than anything else, Bob was a person who cared deeply about the sport of BMX. His dedication showed his commitment to the youth who benefited from his efforts.


The Scholarship Program preserves Bob Warnicke’s legacy of love by contributing to the futures of deserving USA BMX members in his name. The Bob Warnicke Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to assist students and their families in meeting the costs of undergraduate college education, trade school, etc. Over the years the Bob Warnicke Scholarship has paid out over $100,000 in college scholarship awards.


Thrifty Acres Indoor BMX (TAIBMX) is in its second year of operation and is sanctioned by USA BMX. The track is operated by a Grand Rapids based all volunteer non-profit organization, Helmets On, Inc. In addition to running Thrifty Acres, Helmets On also operates an outdoor BMX facility, Grand Rapids BMX, located at the GR Bike Park at Burton St. and US 131. TAIBMX has about 90,000 sq/ft of usable space and is located inside the former original Meijer building, located in Greenville, MI. The facility is the largest indoor BMX racing facility in the Mid-West. “We have essentially created an outdoor track indoors”, said Doug Doerr, Vice President of Helmets On, Inc. “The facility offers the current and future BMX riders of Michigan a place to race and practice all winter long,” continued Doerr.


The facility consists of a full-sized BMX race track, full concessions, and an indoor dirt pump track. “We have plenty of loaner bikes and gear for those who are new to the sport or are just learning of the sport,” said Doerr. With riders ranging in ages from 3 years old to over 50, it is never too late to start racing. Thrifty Acres is located at 1220 N. Lafayette St. in Greenville and the facility operates from October through April with races held on Saturdays and every third Sunday of the month. Additionally, practices are held on Tuesday and Friday evenings. Spectators are always welcome and it is free to come and watch.


“The West Michigan Sports Commission is excited to see such a high level of USA BMX race in the Redline Cup Qualifier coming to the Thrifty Acres Indoor BMX facility,” stated Mike Guswiler, Executive Director of the West Michigan Sports Commission. “Our local BMX group, Helmets On, Inc. continues to operate quality races and tournaments in our community. The participants and their families can expect a great experience in our community over the race weekend,” added Guswiler.


For more information please visit the website at You can also contact Herschell Brown via e-mail at or via telephone at (616) 915-2407.




USA BMX was formed in 2011 by merging the ABA (American Bicycle Association), formed in 1977 and the National Bicycle League (NBL) formed in 1974. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, USA BMX is “The Sanctioning Body of BMX”©. USA BMX organizes BMX racing for boys, girls and adults, in the United States and Puerto Rico as well as in Canada under the name BMX Canada. With over 70,000 active members and 350 racing facilities, USA BMX is the largest promoter of action sports.


About Helmets On, Inc.
Helmets On, Inc is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization and the parent organization of Thrifty Acres Indoor BMX . Working together, they are dedicated to providing the youth of our community with a fun-filled, recreational program and promoting responsibility, character building and family togetherness.


About the West Michigan Sports Commission
The mission of the West Michigan Sports Commission is to promote Michigan’s West Coast as the premier venue for hosting a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events, enhancing the economy and quality of life in the region.

Media Contacts

West Michigan Sports Commission:

Katy Tigchelaar

Kim Skeltis, Blue Blaze PR

Meijer State Games of Michigan:

Eric Engelbarts, II

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