BMX track vandalized, racers look for answers

BMX track vandalized, racers look for answers

CITY OF SHASTA LAKE, Calif. - The track for the Boomtown BMX racers in the City of Shasta Lake has been vandalized.

"It means a lot to us because it keeps us busy and not playing video games," said 10-year-old Raymond Gienapp, who is an avid racer at the track.

Gienapp races with nine-year-old Dee Jay Potter and four-year-old Devyn Potter.

The trio travels all over the state and even out of state to fulfill their love for the sport.

On Monday they whizzed around the Boomtown Track in the City of Shasta Lake, but things were different than they usually are.

Over the weekend someone burned down their start hill tower as they call it, which operates the gate at the start of a race and lights the area

Now the community is out of a place to race, which has provided a track to the community since the 1970s.

"Without this start tower, operations of the races can't begin," said volunteer Crystal Potter as her sons rode their bikes around the track.

"The children put such hard work and all the riders ride so hard in this sport to see it devastated is very saddening to us who give them that time," she continued.

The cost of repairing the tower is estimated to be more than $1,000.

However Potter said there are electrical issue that need to be taken into account too.

This isn't the first time the track has been vandalized.

Within the last few months someone attempted to break into the snack bar, the track's moto board was almost torn down, a storage box was broken into and a shade canopy was taken within four hours of being put up.

For now the boys can still navigate the course, but they're hoping something can be done to get their track back to normal so they can race again.

"It would mean a lot, like the rest of my life," said Dee Jay Powell.

Volunteers plan to be at the City of Shasta Lake City Council meeting Tuesday night to express concern.

They hope to get community support.

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