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BMX Racing Series gears up in Toledo this weekend

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

There's plenty of high flying fun this weekend at the Toledo Speedway. A total of 1,000 racers from around the world are in town for the BMX Racing Series.

This is the 22 stop out of 30 on the tour.

Racers range in age from 2 to 70. Most are amateurs, competing for trophies in various categories.

It's a real rush for them.

"It can be hard. Just depends on how much you want to push yourself," said Blake Gerholdt.

They all love it - but for different reasons.

"Because I get exercise and I don't really get that much exercise a lot," said Gabriel Murphey.

You get quite a workout on the 1200-foot hilly track. It opened four years ago to cash in on the BMX racing craze.

"It's growing. Since this was introduced into the Olympics a few years back, there's been a resurgence. It's starting to grow again," said track operator Brad Moore.

Nick Fox is a professional racer from New Zealand. He hopes to represent his country at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Argentina.

"Just the individual aspect of it. It's up to you. Not relying on other teammates," he said.

It's one sport that definitely has its ups and downs for racers who dare to challenge the dirt track.

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