TORONTO BMX JAM 2012 Better Living Centre 195 Princes' Boulevard Exhibition Place, Toronto, M6K 3C3 (Part of the Toronto International Bicycle Show)
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 | email@example.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/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.