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Derby City BMX Celebrating Olympic Day with Local Races, Kids’ Activities and Free Lunch

Derby City BMX Celebrating Olympic Day with Local Races, Kids’ Activities and Free Lunch
Event in Louisville is one of more than 700 nationwide celebrating birth of modern Olympic Games

Louisville, Ky. – June 18, 2014 – The spirit of the Olympic movement rolls into Louisville in celebration of Olympic Day as Derby City BMX hosts its annual “Open House” comprised of BMX races, practice and kid’s activities on June 21 at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park BMX Track.

Created in 1948, Olympic Day is a celebration for youth around the world to observe the Olympic values of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship. It is also a day to celebrate the International Olympic Committee’s three pillars: move, learn and discover. In the US, Olympic Day activities in communities across the country range from small gatherings to large, city-wide events.

Derby City’s Open House will consist of heats and races in the Novice, Intermediate and Expert divisions in all age groups, ranging from two-year-old striders, to five and under to the 60-plus aged Cruisers. Gate practice will take place from 10 a.m. until noon with racing from 12:30 p.m. until approximately 3 p.m. All youth riders will be served a free lunch and there will be kid’s activities in addition to the BMX riding.

Derby City welcomes youth and adults who have never participated in BMX, “To come out and give BMX a try,” said Richie Jones, BMX track operator. Newcomers should wear a long-sleeve shirt, long pants and closed-toed shoes. Derby City BMX will have a limited number of loaner helmets and bikes available for those who do not have one.

“We’re excited to take part in Olympic Day to encourage Louisville youth to come out to take part in the day’s activities,” said Jones. “Derby City BMX is proud to support the Olympic movement and encourage children to lead healthy, active lives.”

The Derby City BMX Olympic Day activity is one of more than 700 events taking place nationwide between June 14 and 30. The events, designed to engage youth and promote the ideals of the Olympic movement, feature athlete appearances, family-friendly activities and interactive learning. More than 160 countries take part in the annual celebration.