2012 BMX Jam Press Release

TORONTO BMX JAM 2012
Better Living Centre 195 Princes' Boulevard
Exhibition Place, Toronto, M6K 3C3
(Part of the Toronto International Bicycle Show)
Canadian BMX Rider Drew Bezanson Will Be Riding At Toronto BMX Jam 2012
Friday March 2, Noon – 9:00pm
Saturday March 3, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday March 4, 10:00am – 6:00pm

195 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Media Contact:  Scott Mills | scotmills@gmail.com | Cell: 647-383-6528

Thank you to Tommy Norman for the video and photos of the 2012 course layout.
2012 Toronto BMX Jam Course Layout Video:  http://vimeo.com/36253132

Pro Finals From 2011: http://torontobmx.ca/2011-toronto-bmx-jam-pro-finals/
Toronto BMX Jam 2012 Course Layout Diagram (Angle 1)

 

Toronto BMX Jam 2012 Course Drawing (Angle 2)
The Toronto BMX Jam 2012 will occur on Friday March 2, 12noon-7pm,
Saturday March 3, 2012 12noon-6pm and Sunday March 4, 2012 12noon -
6pm at the Better Living Centre at the Canadian National Exhibition
Grounds, 1 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario Canada.

The event will feature pro and amateur male and female BMX riders from
around the world in a competition featuring an $8,000.00 Prize Purse.
The media are invited to cover the event.  The competition is intense,
and the opportunities to speak to interview, photograph and video the
event provides for excellent news coverage.

This year, the TorontoBMX Jam will be streamed live on  LiveStream and
Ustream, all embedded in a brand new website http://TorontoBMX.ca

Opportunities for profile interviews on riders, both international and
local rising stars from Toronto are available and easily arranged by
contacting Scott Mills.

EVENT DETAILS:
Registrations are open for PRO ATHLETES for 2012. The sections for
riders aged 14 and under and SENIOR AMATEURS are now completely FULL.

As in the past, there will be a section for Junior Amateurs (aged 14
and under), the ladies and Senior Amateurs on Friday March 2, and the
Pros on Saturday March 3. Finals and a best trick comp all happen on
Sunday March 4, 2012. Look forward to seeing you there. Let us know if
you have any questions.

 The light green are former "Metro Jam" ramps - steel frame, birch
plywood sheeting. The brown are wooden ramps, similar to what's been
used at past event.

 GAME OF B.I.K.E.

Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 am the course will be ready for 4
riders who'd like to play a game of B.I.K.E. Great way to grab some
extra course time and have a bit of challenging fun with your friends.
Just let Mike know you'd like the course and it will be yours: first
one to ask for it, gets it: torontobmx@hotmail.com  Did I mention that
the winner of this gets some nice prizes?

 URBAN NINJA FOOT DOWN COMPETITION

The LAST person still on their bike at the end of the 5 minutes of
madness at the end of each practice session all day FRIDAY and
SATURDAY will head to the foot-down finals.

Friday at 8:45

 Saturday at 6:30.

The Urban Ninja Foot-Down warriors will win Red Hot Chili Pepper
tickets in Toronto April 27th and a cash prize of $75

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

10:00 to 12:00 - Ladies and Junior Amateurs Practice and Finals

12:00 to 2:00 - Senior Amateurs Practice and Finals

2:00 to 4:00 - Pro Practice and Finals

4:00 - KRUSHER Best Trick Competition

5:00 - Awards

 This year, our announcer will be Darryl Nau: if you caught any of the
summer Dew Tour events, he is the voice you heard. We are looking
forward to the insights that Darryl will bring to our event. Event
judges will include Mark Losey, Leigh Ramsdell and Brody Rutledge -
all of whom we thank so much for a very tough job.

Don't forget - we also have a very conveniently located Youth Hostel
right down town at 76 Church, just north of King Street. Single rates
$25 and up: www.hostellingtoronto.com

PRIZE PURSE

$8000 total prize purse for TorontoBMXJam12

PRO PRIZE PURSE to 9th place: $2000, $1500, $1000, $800, $600, $400,
$300, $200, $150

NEW THIS YEAR

SENIOR AMATEUR PRIZE PURSE: $100, $75, $50

LADIES PRIZE PURSE: $100, $75, $50

(provided 8 ladies register)

BEST TRICK PRIZE PURSE: $300, $200, $100

PLUS

AMAZING PRIZES FROM OUR PRIZE SPONSORS:

CAMP WOODWARD
NIKE
ROCKSTAR
5050 BMX
SKULLCANDY
DANS COMP
MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT CO-OP
ALLISPORT - DEW TOUR
OUTDOOR GEAR CANADA - BELL HELMETS & GOPRO CAMERAS
ACKLANDS-GRAINGER
KRUSHER
STOLEN BIKES
TWISTED STICKERS
INFLOW BIKE and SKATEPARK
MAGNOLIA BMX
JOYRIDE 150 BIKE PARK
McDONALD'S RESTAURANTS of CANADA
TORONTO CRIME STOPPERS
FOX RACING CANADA
URBAN NINJA MARKETING

and more to come

 SATURDAY NIGHT RIDE

After the competitions end Saturday, transportation for you and your
bike will be ready to take you to the famous indoor BMX and Bike park
in Markham, Joyride. Transport and the evening all provided for you by
the Toronto BMXJam12 and Joyride. Don't forget you'll need a signed
waiver to ride at Joyride: get yours in advance at www.joyride150.com

 LUNCH IS SERVED

Capers on Location (the choice of the best Concerts and Movie Sets) is
returning to us again to make sure you're properly fueled for your
rides. Healthy and hearty. Make sure to CATCH A GREAT DVD while you
have your meal in the lunch room:

Friday from 2:00 to 5:00

Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00

Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00

This is included with your registration fee. Sorry, no friends and family.

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help make sure we have a great event. If you
are interested, just say the word. Lots of perks for some dedicated
hard work and long hours. Send name and contact info and indicate if
you’d like to help with:
COURSE SET UP (Wednesday and Thursday, February 29 and March 1, from
8:00am - 6:00pm each day),

OPERATIONS (Friday March 2 from 10:00am til Sunday March 4 at 6:00pm) or

COURSE DECONSTRUCTION (Sunday March 4 from 6:00pm til it's done).

BACKGROUNDER:
Toronto BMX MISSION / WHO WE ARE:

TorontoBMX is a not for profit organization dedicated to the BMX sport
and helping youth succeed in life.

Mike Heaton, a retired alternative school teacher with a passion for
BMX is the leader of what has become informally known as "Team Michael
Heaton".  A team of community volunteers has rallied around Mike
Heaton's vision of building more BMX bike parks to engage our youth
with life skills surrounding the BMX sport, with the goals of success
and safety for our youth.  The list of contributors is endless.  This
group of people are honoured to work with Mike Heaton on a regular
basis, working tirelessly behind the scenes to make TorontoBMX a
success.

We are very proud to be  involved in a number of projects that will
help to benefit the BMX community.  Our projects include spearheading
the creation of new parks in the downtown Toronto area and elsewhere,
as well as organizing the TORONTO BMX JAM that is part of the Toronto
International Bicycle Show held at Exhibition Place in Toronto
annually in March.

Many of the ramps used at the torontoBMXjam have become part of a
FREESTYLE BMX PARK at Wallace Emerson Park (Dufferin and Dupont area
of Toronto). Ramps were located on the outdoor rink just south of the
Community Centre. There is also a 500 foot clay/dirt track at the west
end of the Wallace Emerson park.  The ramps are on loan by Mike to the
riders of Toronto for the summer riding months, as plans call for them
becoming a part of future show courses.

Over time, TorontoBMX, in collaboration with the Young President's
Association, the Toronto Police Service and the Toronto Crime Stoppers
Youth Program, was behind getting some BMX ramps at the Toronto
Community Housing building parking lot located at 75 Tandridge Cr in
Toronto.  This project has resulted in the BMX sport helping youth
succeed, and focus on positive programs, in stead of a life of guns,
gangs and drugs. This project continues to search for sustainable
funding and programming.

Many of the stories of the history of Mike Heaton and TorontoBMX are
chronicled on a number of Youtube (http://Youtube.com/TorontoBMX )
videos that have been mostly filmed by Toronto Police Service officer
Constable Scott Mills, who is also the Social Media Advisor for Crime
Stoppers International.  You can find a number of these videos by a
simple search on the Internet of "Toronto BMX". Scott has also engaged
youth in the city in a project to paint graffiti images on all of our
ramps. Not only does this painting help to extend the life of the
ramps, the images look great. The entire painting-the-ramps project
became a part of the 2007 Grey Cup BMX Youth Engagement event. Many of
the story of this graffiti art community building project can be seen
on youtube here:  http://Youtube.com/LegalGraffitiArt

Social media for success and safety is an underlying theme of the
continued work of BMX.  Free and open access to BMX riding facilities
is a long term goal of TorontoBMX

Toronto Parks, Recreation and Forestry, under the leadership of
Recreationist Al Crawford organizes summer programs for BMX riders
at  Wallace Emerson Park each summer, and we are currently searching
for funding for the Tandridge location, and other indoor year round
facilities both inside and outside of Toronto.

We are very open to discussing any possibilities, and are very excited
to have a new website in time for the Toronto BMX Jam 2012 designed by
Rob Cairns that will allow us to celebrate our past and hopefully
provide some education for the world about who we are and what we do,
to make the BMX sport bigger and better in Toronto.