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Torch run opens BMX park

Course ready for Senior Games May 8-15

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Torch run opens BMX park

Martin Lewis of Escalon based McGehee Paving Inc. sweeps away some of the excess asphalt on the starting hill Friday at the BMX course at the Spreckels Recreation Park.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED March 21, 2010 1:54 a.m.
The Manteca Senior Games will help christen the city’s latest recreation venue - the Spreckels Recreation Park BMX track.

A torch relay featuring those 50 and older including notables such as retired San Francisco 49er great RC Owens will start at Del Webb at Woodbridge and meander through Manteca with a police escort to reach the BMX track at Spreckels Avenue and Moffat Boulevard on Saturday, May 8.

The day will also double as the dedication ceremonies  for the joint venture complex built with the efforts of a developer, the city, and the non-profit Anderson 209 BMX group that will oversee an maintain the course. One of the first events of the 2010 Manteca Senior Games, the BMX competition, will take place that day at 11 a.m.

The extended rainy weather and cool temperatures held up work on the complex for several months. Weather conditions were good enough Friday for necessary asphalt work to take place. Now all that is left is a secondary fence that the city is responsible for putting in place and some other final work on the starting gate.

Senior Games in second year
This is the second year that Manteca has hosted the Northern California Senior Games. They are being organized by the sports commission of the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Over a hundred athletes plus a number of teams have already entered the 2010 Manteca Senior Games taking place May 8-15. The deadline to register is April 2.

Last year the inaugural Manteca Senior Games attracted 300 participants plus their spouses.

The games this year include softball, basketball, volleyball, martial arts, BMX, tennis, pickle ball, track and field events, as well as dancing.

The Manteca Senior Games serves as a qualifying event for the California Senior Games Championships.

Age divisions are primarily in five-year increments starting with ages 50 to 54. Placement in team sports is based on the age of the youngest competitor as of April 30, 2010.

There is a $30 registration fee for reach individual event. Team fees are higher. There are gold, silver, and bronze medals award in all events.

Manteca Senior Games sponsors are Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau, Golden State Karate Association, Manteca District Ambulance Service, Andersons209 BMX, Doctors Hospital of Manteca, Woodbridge at Del Webb, Comfort Keepers, City of Manteca, Big League Dreams, The Commons at Union Ranch, Merrill Gardens Senior Living, Prestige Senior Living, Manteca Unified School District, Boys and Girls Club of Manteca, Manteca Sports Commission, Future Stars 2000’s Youth Tennis Program, MJ Consulting, and Central Valley Screen-Printing & Embroidery.

For more information go to the CVB website at www.visitmanteca.org, call 823-7229 or drop by the Manteca Visitors Center that is open  Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley.

BMX track meets ABA standards
The BMX course is 1,200 feet long with three 180 degree banked turns. It also has various jumps on the course and one rhythm section. It conforms to American Bicycle Association design standards.

Manteca leaders in August agreed to provide Anderson 209 BMX Race Team with $7,500 for the first year to maintain the city’s new yet-to-open BMX track at Moffat Boulevard and Spreckels Avenue.

In exchange, Anderson 209 will also provide $1 million in additional liability to cover all non-American Bicycle Association use - essentially the general public – for the BMX course.

City staff has indicated it would cost Manteca $28,000 a year to maintain the course using municipal employees. The $7,500 compensates Anderson 209 for doing the work which in turn allows them to pay for insurance on top of the ABA coverage they already have in place.
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