Rochester Hills, MI (May 23, 2012) – Returning to Baja Acres Motocross Park for 2012, the 7th Annual Extremity Games will take place during Memorial Day weekend, on May 26th in Millington, Michigan. The Action Sports series for disabled athletes starts with its most popular event, where amputee and paraplegic athletes gather to race motocross on one of the toughest and most challenging tracks in the region.
Created by the non-profit organization Athletes with Disabilities Network, Extremity Games 7 (eX7) provides limb loss (amputee) and limb difference (paraplegic) racers with a venue where they can compete on an equal playing field. In spite of their disabilities, each racer has found ways to adapt their riding technique and bike set-up, enabling them to exhibit some incredible speed and talent.
Last year’s winner in the limb loss class has developed his own motocross-specific adaptation known as the Moto Knee. The Fox Shox integrated prosthesis allows creator “Monster” Mike Schultz the ability to better absorb harsh bumps and impacts while riding on the motocross track. The Minnesota native and pro snocross racer has been preparing for eX7 in hopes to defend his championship medal from 2011, and perhaps even string together some consecutive wins like his friendly rival: 4-time Extremity Games and 2-time X Games gold medalist Chris Ridgway.
“This year, I’m feeling great”, says Schultz. “I’m looking forward to getting to Extremity Games, meeting some new riders, and hopefully dice it out with them.”
Fellow adaptive racer and Extremity Games Motocross Director Jim Wazny says that he too looks forward to welcoming fresh faces to the event—encouraging racers and fans to come out and experience the event first-hand.
Along with the Extremity Games races taking place on Saturday, the “Memorial Blast” weekend will feature a full schedule of motocross racing and other fun events that Baja Acres is known for. A Horseshoe tournament, Mailman Marathon, and a Baja Wheelie Boys Contest will take place throughout the holiday weekend and award cash and prizes to each winner.
To find out more on the Extremity Games, please visit http://www.extremitygames.com or http://bajaacres.com/events/extremity-games-baja-blast/. You can also watch last year’s event video here: /2011/06/03/extremity-games
About Extremity Games
Extremity Games, organized by Athletes with Disabilities Network, is an extreme sports event including competitions, instructional clinics and exhibitions for individuals amputations or spinal cord injuries. Organized to raise awareness of the abilities of athletes with limb loss or limb difference to compete in extreme sports, Extremity Games allows participants to demonstrate skill, persistence and passion while competing for cash and other prizes. You can brace a limb, replace a limb, but There is No Replacement for the Competitive Spirit™. For more information, visit www.extremitygames.com
About Athletes with Disabilities Network
Extremity Games is organized by Athletes with Disabilities Network (ADN), whose mission is to promote a better quality of life by creating opportunities for people with physical disabilities. In addition to Extremity Games, ADN operates and organizes the Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame, the only Hall of Fame completely dedicated to honoring individuals with disabilities for sport and recreation achievement. Other programs include Mentoring and Outreach, and the Adaptive Sports Coalition. For more information, visit www.adnpage.org.