GNCC-Goes-Pink-9-27-13MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Round 13 of the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series will once again “go pink” for the 19th Annual AMSOIL Ironman GNCC. Taking place October 26 and 27 in Crawfordsville, Ind., the season finale has become more than just a race, as nearly 10,000 spectators are expected to attend what has arguably become the largest fall festival in Montgomery County.

The goal of Ironman’s pink-effort 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 transcends racing. The pink livery will make a dynamic contrast to the woods, hills and mud of the iconic Ironman GNCC.

MESA, AZ: The Pink Vehicle Campaign, started on October 1st through October 31st, features all types of vehicles that are painted pink.  As each vehicle is featured on I’m Not Just a Girl and Bower Media, there is information posted with it from disease statistics, to economic impact, to snippets from survivor’s blogs, to features on race teams that changed their car color to pink this month and more.

“I started this campaign because I don’t have much money to give to any organization and I know many others are in a similar situation, but we all have a voice and I believe in the importance of spreading information.  Pink Vehicles sounded fun, adding information sounded right, and all we are asking is for everyone to share it, it’s simple!” said Charlene Bower, owner of Bower Media and I’m Not Just a Girl.  “The response has been amazing!  People have sent me so many pink vehicles that I had to start posting 2-3 vehicles a day!  And everyone is commenting on their favorite pink vehicle when I see them, which indirectly to me also means they have probably learned something, I know I have learned a lot!”

Morgantown, W. Va. – In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Round 12 of the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series will once again “go pink” for the 18th annual Amsoil Ironman GNCC. Taking place October 20 and 21 in Crawfordsville, Ind., the penultimate round has become more than just a race, as over 10,000 spectators are expected to attend what has arguably become the largest fall festival in Montgomery County.

The goal of Ironman’s pink-effort 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 transcends racing. The pink livery will make a dynamic contrast to the woods, hills and mud of the iconic Ironman GNCC.

CARLSBAD, Calif.– SPY Optic today announced the release of its all-new SPY + Keep A Breast goggle series, a collaboration philanthropically branding the Zed snow goggle and Whip MX goggle in firm support of the Keep A Breast Foundation.

“Keep A Breast was a group we were excited to work with,” says Kevin Casillo, SPY Snow Segment manager. “We are inspired by their point of view on educating youth and being active in their lifestyles.”

SPY Optic and Keep A Breast Foundation teamed-up to craft a goggle duo, the sales of which will generate a $3-per-goggle contribution to awareness programs aimed at eradicating breast cancer through prevention, early detection and personal assistance. The Keep A Breast foundation focuses on promoting breast cancer awareness among youth through art events, educational programs and fundraising efforts across the globe.

“The Keep A Breast team is so thrilled to partner with SPY—they’re our neighbors here in Southern California, they share our passion for health and wellness and they are diehard riders who make incredible eyewear,” says Kimmy McAtee, Keep A Breast PR and marketing manager. “We believe prevention is the cure and one way to lower your risk of cancer is by living a healthy, active lifestyle. These goggles allow people to make a statement out there in the snow or on the dirt, at the same time raising awareness and funds for KAB’s programs.”

Like all of nature’s most spectacular creations, no two pairs of SPY + Keep A Breast Zed and Whip goggles are the same. Each goggle is uniquely treated with a pink Keep A Breast logotype on a matte black frame, a black strap emblazoned with the “I (heart) boobies!” moniker, and includes a goggle pouch and sticker.

“I’m super excited to be able to ride the SPY + Keep A Breast Zed goggle… The cause is super important to me and I’ve been backing KAB in a big way for a while now,” says Sarka Pancochova, SPY and Keep A Breast team rider.  “It’s like getting two rad things for the price of one and it even has a cool pink bonus lens for cloudy days.”

MSRP for the SPY + Keep A Breast Zed is $110, which is available with a bronze with silver mirror lens along with a free pink bonus lens. The Zed features the SPY-patented Scoop® ventilation system; anti-fog poly-carbonate cylindrical dual lens system with 100% UV protection, anti-scratch protection; triple-layer Isotron face foam featuring moisture-wicking Dri-Force fleece; and a dual-adjustment, silicone-ribbed strap.

MSRP for the SPY + Keep A Breast Whip is $55, which is available with a clear lens and free black nose guard. The Whip features an anti-fog, scratch-resistant, 100% UV protective Lexan® lens with posts; triple-layer Isotron face foam with Dri-Force fleece; and silicone ribbed strap.

For more information about the SPY + Keep A Breast Zed, go to http://www.spyoptic.com/product/472842/310198989085/_/.

Anaheim, Calif.  - The Ironman GNCC has long been known as the largest and most prestigious event on the series schedule. However, for the second year in a row this stop on the tour has been about something bigger than racing itself.

The weekend started off with GBC team riders Johnny Gallagher and Jeff Pickens making a special visit to a local Indiana elementary school where the riders spoke to hundreds of 5th and 6th grade students about Breast Cancer Awareness. The two racers even helped the students fashion pink ribbon pins that would allow them free entry to the Ironman festivities for the weekend.

“I really enjoyed spending time with the kids, and it was great to see many of them actually make it out to the race wearing their pins and cheering us on,” said Jeff Pickens after his grueling 2-hour race on Saturday afternoon.

“I couldn’t believe how many of the students knew all about our racing, and it felt good to see them so enthused about learning more about such an important cause,” commented Johnny Gallagher upon leaving New Market Elementary on Friday.

Kristen Atwell started the weekend’s race action off right by leading much of the race and landing a hard-fought 2nd place in the women’s division. Atwell also made an impressive 4th place overall finish out of more than 320 morning racers! Look for Kristen to bounce back from some recent struggles and make a statement at the final race at Loretta Lynn’s in Tennessee.

Jeff Pickens was the standout performer in the afternoon race with his 7th place finish in XC1, followed very closely by Kevin Yoho in 8th. Eric Hoyland landed his X-Rex tires on the XC2 podium with a 3rd place finish after grabbing yet another holeshot.

Jay Shadron heads up this week’s list of GBC riders who earned class wins, and his remarkable 11th place overall finish on a 300cc machine certainly shows that he is one to watch for in the future. Other GBC team riders who won their classes this weekend were Ryan Smith, Garon Davis, Forrest Wharton and Chris Barbee.

With only one round remaining in 2011 competition, we are excited to see all of our team riders step up to the plate at Loretta Lynn’s in Hurricane Mills, TN the weekend of November 4-6. This is a great opportunity to build some momentum going into the off-season. We will also have some exciting giveaways happening through our Facebook and Twitter pages over the next few weeks so be sure to “Like” us at www.facebook.com/gbcmotorsports and follow us at www.twitter.com/GBCMotorsports.

Crawfordsville, Ind. (October 19, 2011) - Athletes from the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series are getting involved with the community, with a visit to New Market Elementary School in New Market, Ind., this Friday to promote Breast Cancer Awareness in conjunction with the October 22 and 23 pink themed Amsoil Ironman GNCC.

Over 1500 racers are expected at the Ironman GNCC, ranging from youth racers all the way to the pro ranks. Riders will compete on highly tuned dirt bikes and four-wheeled ATVs through the woods and competitors will include top international talent, such as U.S. National Champions and World Champions from Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

GNCC athletes will promote breast cancer awareness by crafting pink ribbon pins with fifth and sixth graders at New Market Elementary. The students can wear their pink pins on Saturday and Sunday to receive free entry to the Ironman GNCC Race all weekend long.

GNCC athletes attending include Indiana’s XC2 Pro Lites racer Steven Squire, 8-time Women’s ATV Champion Traci Cecco and Factory Yamaha ATV’s Johnny Gallagher and Jeff Pickens.

The Ironman GNCC is known as one of the best all-around off-road tests in America, with a track offering loamy soil, flowing woods trails, huge hill climbs and water crossings, as well as high speed, motocross-style runs through the cornfields. The event usually boasts the largest spectator attendance of the season. Spectator passes for the event cost $15 for the full weekend, with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. On both Saturday (ATV racing) and Sunday (bike racing), youth riders race at 8 a.m., amateurs race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.

The track is located south of Crawfordsville off Route 47. For more information and complete directions to the event, please visit http://www.gnccracing.com.

POMONA, CA – The 6th Annual Powder Puff Off-Road Race For The Cure presented by Mohave Off-Road Racing Enthusiast (M.O.R.E.), which is a female-only event comprised of drivers and team owners’ wives & daughters plus female industry leaders and celebrities, has moved to new dates: Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15, 2011 in Barstow, CA.   The 12th Annual Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo, the off-road industry’s leading & largest public trade show, will maintain their traditional weekend, October 8 & 9, 2011 at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA.

The race schedule change will allow fans & enthusiasts the opportunity to go to both events without having to choose which event to attend.  The change was facilitated to benefit the Cedar Sinai’s Breast Cancer Research Center, the sole recipient of the charitable proceeds of the Powder Puff Race.  Now both the Powder Puff Race and the Expo will support Cedar Sinai and help promote breast cancer awareness within the off-road community.