Just last week, the gate at the starting line wasn't able to operated after equipment was stolen from here at Lake Shore BMX. Now, these riders can practice and run on Saturday thanks to generous donations from other BMX tracks in our area.
"Our BMX tracks and everything are kind of a community of itself and we're willing to help each other out," said Doug Burlingame of Lake Shore BMX.
And that's just what Drake Well BMX in Titusville did when they heard about equipment stolen from lake shore BMX. Clint Schenberg, assistant director of the track, brought in the piston to operate the gate, and the PA system.
"On Thursday morning, I tried to contact some of my board members to try and see what we could do to help out," said Schenberg. "I got the 'ok' from everybody to use our equipment. Anything they needed to back them up with."
Schenberg says riders at his track also raised money for Lake Shore BMX. Companies and members of the community here in Erie, too, have pitched in.
Riders at Lake Shore BMX, say the support has been overwhelming.
"It feels nice that people actually care about it," said rider Mitchell Gallagher. "They are contributing to what kids like to do, they support what we like to do, so it's nice."
"I'm pretty excited for everybody that gets to race and get back out on the track for the season," said rider Jennifer Schenberg.
Burlingame said it really has been a collective effort on the part of parents, the BMX community and the Erie community, to get these riders race day ready.
"Everybody pulling together to get the equipment and working together on it because we weren't going to let the theft of our equipment and everything put us down," said Burlingame. "We were going to still race one way or another."
Thanks to help from the community, equipment has been purchased and it is on it's way.Until then, racing will continue at Lake Shore BMX with the help from Drake Well BMX.
A surveillance system has also been donated to the track, to help make sure nothing else like this happens again.