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Motocross with a mission

MABTON - Spring is here, which means it's time again for Mabton Dunes Motocross. Pat Jaquish is one of the organizers, and he figures motocross races have been taking place in Mabton for at least 40 years.

This year's race series started this past Sunday and for the first time one of the Sunday races will benefit a non-profit cause.

Specifically, net proceeds from the motocross races on Sunday, May 1, will benefit the Lower Valley Relay for Life.

Jaquish said the race organization typically has to pay $1,500 to reserve the track, but that the owner will waive the fee on May 1 so more funds can go to Relay for Life.

The cost is $8 for spectators and $30 for race participants.

The races take place two miles west of Mabton off of Highway 22. Jaquish said directional signs will be posted.

Jaquish, a board member of the Washington Racing Association, said there are several different racing contests based on age and skill level. For example, competitors may range in age from over 50 years old all the way to four years old.

There are both pro and amateur race classifications as well.

Jaquish noted the motocross races also distinguish based on engine size, which can range from 50 to 450 cc.

Spectators are encouraged to bring their own seating. A concession stand will be available during the races.

Aside from the special race on May 1, Jaquish says the races need to draw about 125 competitors to break even. That's because in addition to the track use fee, there is also a $900 insurance fee for each day of races at the Mabton track.

As an incentive, the top 30 percent in each race receive prizes, which can range from trophies to cash.

There truly is a race for everyone, Jaquish notes, as there are 35 different classes a competitor can choose to compete in. That includes a special competition for quads.

For more information about the Relay for Life race on May 1 or any of the other motocross races at Mabton Dunes, contact Jaquish at 509-786-0260.

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