Endurance race hits midway

Published 11:43 pm Saturday, June 6, 2009

MAPLESVILLE — The eighth annual KTM/Husaberg Perry Mountain 24-hour Challenge celebrated the halfway point Saturday night, heading into today’s 10 a.m. finish.

Racers from across the United States — and even from Australia — spent Saturday maneuvering around the 10- to 12-mile course that snaked through woods, climbed over jumps and included Noah’s Motopark motocross track.

The winners in each class will be presented their awards about noon today. The top team wins $2,500, followed by $1,500 for second, $1,000 third, $750 for fourth and $500 for fifth. Single riders win $500 for first place, $300 for second and $200 for third.

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Dave Cain, who was working pit row Saturday, said Saturday night is a highlight of the race.

“Everything starts to settle down, and everybody gets their headlights on their bikes,” he said. “They’ll look at their watches and it’ll be about 9 or 9:30 (p.m.). Then they’ll realize that they’ve still got a long way to go.”

Fireworks were scheduled at 10 p.m. Saturday, the official halfway point.

Michael Green worked with the 250 Sportsman team Dust Monkeys, a group of 13- and 14-year-olds who were competing for the second year.

“The race has been good, except for the lower numbers because of the economy,” Green said. “Last year was such a record year.”