National BMX Event Lands in Spokane USA BMX Lumberjack Nationals | Aug 18–20, 2017 | Joe Albi BMX Track

The 2017 USA BMX Lumberjack Nationals, August 18-20, is the largest BMX event in Spokane history.

The event will draw approximatedly 1,500 riders and 2,500 spectators who will pack the Joe Albi BMX Track at Dwight Merkel Sports Complex. This national race means 3,500 hotel overnight stays in Spokane and an estimated $2.3 million spent in Spokane.

Deep turns, daring downhills and big air—there will be no shortage of spectacular racing when Spokane hosts some of the best BMX riders in the country this week.

Years of planning went into winning this event including a concentrated effort between Spokane BMX, Spokane Parks and Recreation and the Spokane Sports Commission. All three entities funded extensive improvements at the BMX track at Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

“We’ve really focused the last couple years on improving the track, increasing our race attendance, and adding more members to Spokane BMX,” says Jay Brothers, Spokane BMX President/Track Operator. “It’s all culminated into the Lumberjack Nationals. We couldn’t be more proud to be hosting this event.”

With over $50K granted in 2016, the Spokane Sports Commission’s Advance Sports Grant helped fund track improvements. In combination with additional funding from Spokane BMX and Spokane Parks and Recreation, a new start gate was installed, the turns were raised, the track was resurfaced with paved corners, and a new start hill was added—creating a national caliber facility.

Joe Albi BMX Track at Dwight Merkel Sports Complex

Without track improvements, Spokane would have never been considered for a national race as prestigious as the Lumberjack Nationals.

“The Spokane BMX project is a good example of why our Advance Sports Grant was created,” says Eric Sawyer, Spokane Sports Commission President/CEO. “If we can help fund strategic facility improvements or equipment upgrades that secure national sporting events for Spokane, the whole community benefits by the millions of dollars generated by these large events.”

Learn more about the Lumberjack Nationals and come check out the action when racing begins August 18!

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