Another sign of Spring!


Get ready for the first race of the season Sunday, when the St. Joe Cycle Club kick-starts its season with the Muddy Butt race.
More than 200 riders are expected to participate in the annual motorcycle race at the beautiful Xmas Hills Recreation area 2 miles south of St. Maries.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the races begin with children/youth on smaller bikes at 9:30 a.m. followed by the adult race. The St. Maries Kiwanis Club will start serving lunch at 10AM to fuel riders and spectators at the day-long event.
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 race Sunday is the first in the series, followed by the Chuck Compton June 10 and Jimmy Hansen Memorial June 17.
This year the woods will be nice and wet; in perfect condition for riders,” Kristen Compton of the cycle club said. “It was gross last year. We still had some snow.”
The Muddy Butt is a tag-team race with a nine-mile course over a hilly field and through the woods, water and over bridges.
The race, which includes several classes of racers, lasts an average of three hours.
Commemorative race apparel, including T-shirts ($15), long-sleeve ($22) and hoodies ($30) will be available in black, green and charcoal.  Money raised from registration and shirt sales goes to the cycle club to help put on the races each year.

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