Crawfordsville, Ind. (October 19, 2011) - Athletes from the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series are getting involved with the community, with a visit to New Market Elementary School in New Market, Ind., this Friday to promote Breast Cancer Awareness in conjunction with the October 22 and 23 pink themed Amsoil Ironman GNCC.
Over 1500 racers are expected at the Ironman GNCC, ranging from youth racers all the way to the pro ranks. Riders will compete on highly tuned dirt bikes and four-wheeled ATVs through the woods and competitors will include top international talent, such as U.S. National Champions and World Champions from Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
GNCC athletes will promote breast cancer awareness by crafting pink ribbon pins with fifth and sixth graders at New Market Elementary. The students can wear their pink pins on Saturday and Sunday to receive free entry to the Ironman GNCC Race all weekend long.
GNCC athletes attending include Indiana's XC2 Pro Lites racer Steven Squire, 8-time Women's ATV Champion Traci Cecco and Factory Yamaha ATV's Johnny Gallagher and Jeff Pickens.
The Ironman GNCC is known as one of the best all-around off-road tests in America, with a track offering loamy soil, flowing woods trails, huge hill climbs and water crossings, as well as high speed, motocross-style runs through the cornfields. The event usually boasts the largest spectator attendance of the season. Spectator passes for the event cost $15 for the full weekend, with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. On both Saturday (ATV racing) and Sunday (bike racing), youth riders race at 8 a.m., amateurs race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.
The track is located south of Crawfordsville off Route 47. For more information and complete directions to the event, please visit http://www.gnccracing.com.
About GNCC Racing
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1979, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,500 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. Riders compete for more than $3 million in prize money, which draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised and airs every week on the Versus Network. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.