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Chesapeake BMX season starts Sunday

Maryland State Police

Few sports can claim participants from toddlers to retirees, but BMX is one of them. BMX — short for bicycle motocross — will begin its local season when the first event in 2013 for Chesapeake BMX is held Sunday at Severn-Danza Park in Severn.

The season will be highlighted by the BMX national championships in Severn in mid-June.

According to Karen Bean, whose 5-, 7- and 11-year-old sons are seriously into BMX: "We're trying to draw some attention and attract families to the sport. It's really a family-oriented sport. The more kids we have, the better off we'll be."

Motos — races — will be held in several age groups, including Striders, which, according to Bean, are as young as 18 months. The toddlers use bikes without pedals and often have their parents pushing them along.

"They're so funny and so beautiful to watch," Bean said.

A few of the world's most accomplished BMX competitors will be among the 200 or so riders expected at today's event, which is scheduled to begin around 1:30 p.m. (Registration will be at the park, located at 726 Donaldson Ave., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Among those scheduled to compete are Emily Krickler, a retired Maryland State Police motorcycle officer who won the 30-and-older women's cruiser championship in Birmingham, England, in May, and the husband-wife team of Lance and Jill McGuire, who won a women's national championship last year for 31- to 35-year-olds.

For more information, go to chesapeakebmx.com and usabmx.com.

don.markus@baltsun.com

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