MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - As the 24th Annual AMSOIL Ironman Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) race draws nearer, Crawfordsville, Indiana is set to host the final round of the 2018 AMSOIL GNCC Series, an AMA National Championship. The season finale has been deemed a "pink race" in honor of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and will take place the weekend of October 27 and 28.
The purpose of Ironman's "pink race" is to raise awareness and funds locally for breast cancer care and research, while also bringing the GNCC Racing community together for a cause that exceeds racing. The pink attire will make a compelling distinction throughout the woods, hills and dirt of Ironman Raceway.
GNCC Racing will relax number-plate background codes for the race and encourages riders to run pink backgrounds, available via HBD MotoGrafx. To continue the fundraising efforts, a $25.95 pink front number plate background will result in a $5 donation. A full set of front and side backgrounds will retail for $59.95 and includes a $10 donation. In addition, each order will include one free mini plate. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 386.308.2225 to order yours before the Oct. 23 deadline!
HBD MotoGrafx is also providing the exclusive GNCC breast cancer awareness race stickers for a minimum $1 donation. Stickers will be available at rider registration throughout the weekend. All donations from background sales and stickers will once again go to the Montgomery County Free Clinic (MCFC), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free mammogram examinations across the Crawfordsville and Montgomery County region. Last year GNCC made a group donation from all of the event's efforts of $11,350 to the MCFC.
The race facility will be adorned in pink, including a special pink podium backdrop. The backdrop will be autographed by each podium finisher during the weekend and auctioned off on Saturday evening, with proceeds going to the MCFC.
Yamaha Motor Corporation will once again be contributing to the Ironman GNCC fundraising efforts, and will donate $50 for each class win at the Ironman GNCC by a Yamaha rider, and $50 for each 2018 National Championship clinched on a Yamaha.
Zakowski Motorsports will again be at Ironman Raceway for their annual breast cancer awareness campaign. Their popular $10 t-shirt line will return with all-new designs, in addition to hoodies and a large assortment of miscellaneous "pink" items. Over the past few years, Zakowski Motorsports has donated over $71,000 to various breast cancer awareness organizations. For the first time ever, Zakowski Motorsports will team up with Walker Fowler Racing to sell limited edition autographed Walker Fowler t-shirts for $20, with all proceeds from the entire collection going to breast cancer research. Make sure to keep an eye out for the neon pink canopy near Pro Row as they try and meet their fundraising goal of $20,500.
An exciting lineup of live musical entertainment presented by Monster Energy will take place on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. The Davisson Brothers Band (DBB) will kick off the weekend on Friday at 8:30 p.m., followed by country music artist and ACA Award Winner, Easton Corbin at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Racers and spectators can get in on the fun by bringing and wearing pink clothes, riding gear, graphics and other decorations in addition to the planned Halloween festivities. The GNCC Trick-or-Treat for the kids makes its return for the Ironman GNCC on Saturday evening, October 27, from 5-6 p.m. Following Trick-or-Treating will be a costume contest presented by Team Faith at 6 p.m. at their location in Sponsor Village.
The 2018 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series picks back on October 27 and 28 with the AMSOIL Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Adult (12+) gate admission is $20 for the full weekend and $10 for kids ages 6-11. Children five and under are free. All admission includes pro pit access, and concert admission. On both Saturday and Sunday, the youth division races are at 8 a.m., amateurs' race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and pros race at 1 p.m. The sixth and final round of UTV racing will take place Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
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