In Delaware, the only sanctioned track is in Milford, where the sport has continued to grow each year.

For 40 years, BMX biking has spread worldwide, offering kids and adults of all ages the opportunity to compete on the track.

In Delaware, the only sanctioned track is in Milford, where the sport has continued to grow each year.

Recently, a new board of governors took over First State BMX as they look to keep the growth of the sport going.

“Right now we average about 50 riders on race nights,” said Jennifer Gallagher, one of First State BMX’s board members. “It has grown over the past couple years, though, especially since the new board has taken over. Before they’d average around 30 or 35 riders on race days.”

The track, adjacent to Milford High School, is one of the largest tracks sanctioned by the USABMX at just under a 1/4 mile, offering riders a top-flight course to test their skills upon. 

While getting on a bike and tackling the course may seem like a tall hill to climb for an inexperienced rider, First State BMX offers several options.

“We do offer a one-day free trial membership where a bike, helmet and a practice session are included,” Gallagher said. “They could also use the free trial to participate in a race, but after that we require a membership because of insurance and liability.”

Many sports, like BMX, require expensive equipment, but First State BMX offers a solution for those weary of the cost of a bike and pads.

“We normally offer a bike and a helmet for 30 days,” Gallagher said. “After that, we charge a small fee due to the amount of kids coming in.”

The track in Milford is no stranger to hosting events that benefit the community. A number of yearly charity races are heldthere, including the Race for Life, a race for the Bob Warnicke Memorial Scholarship Program and a free race on every Olympic Day.

The Race for Life, started in 1981, benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and will be held Tuesday, July 11.

In late November, First State BMX will host the Warnicke Memorial Race, benefiting the Bob Warnicke Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in 1995.

Warnicke was a huge supporter of BMX, helping pave the way for future riders, while also exposing the sport to new eyes when he helped bring the “Road to Glory Series” to ESPN in the early 90s before passing away in 1994.

The fund was created to help students and their families with the cost of college, whether it be undergraduate college or a trade school. All BMX members in the U.S. and Canada are eligible to apply. Last year, the program helped raise over $47,000 for 78 students with BMX backgrounds.

First State BMX also holds other events, such as a Breast Cancer Awareness Race, benefiting the Cancer Coalition, and a food drive race benefiting a local food bank, where last year the nonprofit helped donate nearly 500 pounds of food to local families.

Gallagher said holding community events  “is extremely important, especially the breast cancer one we did last year where we donated all of the money, we didn’t keep any. We love helping the community.”

There’s action on the track three days a week, starting on Tuesday nights with open practice and the first races of the week. After another practice every Thursday evening, the weekly Saturday races are held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

With races normally beginning in March and ending sometime in December, First State BMX is always looking for volunteers as they hope to not only grow within the state, but also perhaps hold a national event in the future.

“We are non-paid parents and volunteers,” Gallagher said. “We’re a board of five and we do ask for volunteers to run the races, we’re still in need of around five extra parents.”