July 30-31 Catawissa,PA – ECEA/MSR AMA East Regional Hare Scramble was held at Southside Conservation Club, this was the 20th Anniversary at this venue. The Shotgun is known for it grassroots style hare scramble, woods, single track, rocks, roots and streams. Mother Nature showed up to lend a hand into the excitement with heavy rain from Saturday mid afternoon til mid morning. The rain not only played havoc with the youth riders but made parking a huge challenge. THANK YOU to who worked with the HMDR during the rain. In 50cc action Austin Tsakanikas took the overall, in the Juniors we had Joey Rainone and in the mud sling youth event Max Fernandez laid down the law to seal the Top spot. Reports from HMDR Trail Boss Mike Soudas .. “during the early laps Fernandez, Beeler and Bruner blazed the mountain switchback trails faster than I have ever seen, faster than AA riders..bar dragging in the rocks was sick to see”
After the FastKidz events, our fastkidz fun factory John Castaldi along with Valley Chemical Fire Department put on a massive slip and slide for the kids.
Sunday started off a bit slippery and sliding for the Morning riders but after a lap the mud started to tack and by the end of the event it was primo riding conditions. The morning event was topped by the young gun on fire Max Fernandez setting some blazing speeds with 2 min over 2nd place and 6 minutes over our top C riders Brandon Rymarzow.
In the Main Event with almost 3 miles of unridden trail added we saw Jesse Groeme and Thorn Devlin set a 30+ minute lap time. Jesse road hard to maintain the lead and take home the Shotgun.. the traditional award from HMDR.