The 2015 USA BMX Grand National Sets New Record For Participation
Tulsa, OK.--Thanksgiving weekend, USA BMX concluded the 32-race USA BMX National series in Tulsa, Oklahoma with record numbers. The USA BMX Grands, often referred to as "The Greatest Race on Earth," definitely lived up to its popular hashtag. This year's Grands had 2,947 unique participants, an increase of 238 riders over the prior year. The record setting numbers included riders representing 47 states and 20 countries from one year olds on balance bikes to the oldest rider of the event at 71. The 2015 USA BMX Grand Nationals were the biggest BMX race even in the history of the sport.
This was the 17th year that USA BMX's 4-day event has been held in Tulsa at the River Spirit Expo. The quarter mile length building is ideal for a BMX event of this caliber, and every square foot was filled with BmX race track, vendors and expo space. Utilizing over 500 dup truck loads of dirt, USA BMX sculpted a world class BMX track which even featured a jump requiring the professional riders to clear a thirty-five foot gap from takeoff to landing filled with water in between.
Another part of what makes The Grands "the Greatest Race on Earth" are the event awards and the fact that three Pro Championships, four Amateur titles, three Team titles and sixty-four National Age Group champions were crowned throughout the weekend. Event awards were distributed to every rider making the one hundred and twenty-two main events. First place winners were treated to seven foot tall trophies creating a major logistical problem for those who won and flew to the event.
With these large numbers and continued growth, the economic impact of The Grands on Tulsa's economy is huge. As BMX racers, their families and fellow team members fill local hotels, restaurants and shops, it is estimated that Tulsa's economy gets a $10 million dollar boost over Thanksgiving weekend thanks to the USA BMX GRand National. The success of this event would not be possible without the incredible support from the Tulsa Sports Commission and Visit Tulsa.