The 3rd annual DMXS Ride-4-AT charity event raised $36,817 on the Sunday following the Amp’d Mobile Supercross race in Atlanta at the Bremen Racepark, in Bremen Georgia. With more than 400 riders, and over 1500 spectators in attendance, this has been our most successful event to date. The heavy rain that fell the day before did little to dampen the spirits or turnout as the weather broke in time for a spectacular February day in Georgia. All of the monies raised will go directly to the Children’s A-T Project for research in hopes of finding a cure to this debilitating childhood disease.
Our great friend and event organizer Heath Hamrick’s beautiful daughter suffers from this disease and he was touched by the incredible support. “The money raised here today will go to research to help find a cure for A-T. If it were possible for everyone to spend one day in Savanna’s life, you would understand this cruel disease and what it means to the children and their families with A-T. Your support helps us live with hope that a cure will be found.” Heath would also like to thank his family and friends for their unconditional love and support.
This charity ride holds a special place in Ricky Carmichael’s heart and his continued support of this event further proves his resolve to help bring awareness to this rare childhood disease. Ricky was on hand again this year to sign autographs and just hang out with the fans. “It’s awesome to see such a great turnout every year. The Atlanta fans really came through again this year to support the Ride-4-AT and I am just honored to be a part of it.” The fans were appreciative and understood just how important this event was to Ricky. “Helping out these kids is what it is all about. It makes you realize that there is more to life then just racing.”
Fox Racing’s Scott Taylor usually works his magic behind the scenes, but we have to mention how integral his help has been to this event for the last three years. Scott’s attitude has always been, “Whatever you guys need,” and then he makes it happen. He has been there every step of the way and we count on his support to make this event a success every year. Fox Racing presented us with four sets of gear to auction off at the ride. Including two very limited edition sets worn in the heat race and main event at Atlanta. Fox Racing has supported our charity event from day one, and this is just another example of their commitment.
One of the big highlights for the fans is our huge pro-rider turnout for some autographs and some face time not afforded them at the races. This year was no different as the fans were treated to some of the biggest names in our sport. Ezra Lusk, Shae Bentley, and Matt Walker are all personal friends of Heath and Savanna and they continue to whatever they can for this event. Davi Millsaps stopped by on his way home to South Georgia for a few hours and brought Martin Davalos, and Bryan Johnson with him. FX champ Dustin Miller flew all the way from California on his own dime to show his support. Broc Sellards was sporting our special Ride-4-AT graphics on his bike for the Atlanta SX, and came out for the whole day on Sunday. Kelly Smith, Jessica Patterson, Eddie Ray, Jason Weigandt and Josh Woods were all there for the fans too. A special thanks goes out to Steve “TFS” Bruhn who comes out every year and donates some signed prints from the night before for our auction.
We could not pull this event off without the countless hours put in by our faithful volunteers. We can never express how grateful we are to the men and women that go above and beyond every year for this event. Christine Denny from RoostMX.net defines what caring and compassion is all about and her efforts reflect that. Ryan Hardwick owns Mountain Adventures which just happens to be one of our biggest sponsors. Ryan spent the entire day behind the grill making sure all the participants were welll fed. It is this kind of selfless attitude that makes working with this group of people so amazing. Shane Yeagin from Tucker Rocky deserves the Volunteer of the Year Award for his tireless efforts and contributions to our ride. Shane represents everything good that our sport has to offer. We could never individually thank each and every volunteer, but please know how appreciative we are for all your hard work and sacrifice.
The industry continues to back the DMXS Ride-4-AT every year and we want to certainly recognize their support. On behalf of DMXS Radio and Heath Hamrick, we would like to thank, Makita, Suzuki, Fox Racing, Mountain Adventures, RoostMX.net, Red Bull, O’GIO, Pro Circuit, Maxxis Tires, Aaron Rocco’s, Tucker Rocky Distributing, Racer X, MX Sports, Mike Koger of Smooth Industries, Yamaha, Danny Vancil of OAS Powersports, and KC Wood of Barney’s, Hertz Equipment Rental, Canada, The Racing Paper, Motoworld, and Kevin Rempel.