The 811 Foundation was started by Josh’s brother Billy Lichtle, following Josh’s death on July 4th, 2011. Sadly, Josh passed away after suffering the effects of hyperthermia and heat stroke while racing the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Michigan.
“Josh was an incredible brother, and became instant friends with anyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting him”, said Billy. “This foundation is very important to our family, as well as for other motocross families who are likely not aware of the serious dangers involved with hyperthermia and overexertion while riding in hot temperatures.”
Billy went on to say that the new foundation aims to overcome that lack of awareness by offering free resources to riders and families who might not otherwise have the ability or insight to properly protect themselves from situations like the one his brother Josh encountered:
“We’re going to be traveling to motocross events across the country and offering training, nutrition, and hydration-based resources by partnering with industry-leading experts and packaging it all into a series of fun and rewarding track-side seminars that kids will enjoy, and parents will appreciate”, said Billy. “The Ride with Wings event at Valley is a perfect place to get things rolling, especially with some of Josh’s closest friends in attendance.”
Central Michigan track Valley Motocross is hosting and promoting the event with help from local dealership Power Sports Concepts. Event liaison Buck Riggie says, “we’re creating a fun event to honor the fun memories we all enjoyed with Josh.”
The event will feature events inspired by Josh such as; a one-footer contest, holeshot elimination contest, pit bike races, and 5-lap motos. Valley Motocross will also have a silent auction and raffle prizes supported by these sponsors: Believe Clothing Co., Courtyard by Marriot in Auburn Hills, Ithacadirtdevils.com, J-jo's Market of Midland, Defye Clothing, The Buckle of Okemos, Jim Martin Chevrolet of Alma, michigansportpilotrepair.com, Bentley GFX, Bay Cycle, Central Motorsports, C and S Sports Center, O’Neal Motocross, and Leatt Brace. All proceeds from the event will go to support the 811 Foundation and its mission for proactive injury prevention.
To find out more about the “Ride with Wings” Josh Lichtle Benefit at Valley Motocross, go to http://www.valleymotocross.com/
To find out more about the 811 Foundation and its effort to increase rider safety awareness, please visit http://www.godspeed811.com/