Let’s Get Muddy!

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The annual Muddy Butt is Sunday, May 4 and officially launches the St. Joe Cycle Club’s racing season. The race is at Xmas Hills Recreational Area, just southeast of St. Maries. The event is free for spectators and open to the public.

But those who plan to go to the race might want to give themselves extra time; new insurance requirements call for everyone who attends – both riders and spectators – to sign a liability waiver and wear a wristband. Insurance also requires more structure in the event including designated parking and camping areas.

Registration for the races begin at 7:30 a.m. The children’s races starts at 9 a.m., and the big bikes, at 11:30.

Kristin Compton displays this year's Muddy Butt race apparel. The race is Sunday at Xmas Hills Recreation area. Only blue hooded-sweatshirts will be available at the race.

Kristin Compton displays this year’s Muddy Butt race apparel. The race is Sunday at Xmas Hills Recreation area. Only blue hooded-sweatshirts will be available at the race.

As many as 275 racers from as far as Washington, Montana and Oregon participate in the event each year. Last year approximately 220 bikes were registered. Organizers hope to beat that this ear.

Club member Mike Minier, with the help of Clayton, Ben and charlie Harvey, Dylan Julian and other club members, will build this year’s course, which will include a lap that will take from 20 to 40 minutes to ride. The race is expected to last approximately three hours.

The motocross racers have raced on Xmas Hills for more than 30 years. The St. Joe cycle Club offers three races each year; the Muddy Butt is the first in the series, followed by the Chuck Compton May 18 and the Jimmy Hansen Memorial on June 15.

The club offers a fourth race later in the year that is not included in the series. The Stix and Stones race has been scheduled for Oct. 12.

 

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