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FARMINGTON -- Bad luck with weather may push the opening of the Legacy Raceway BMX track back to Friday, May 13.
But track operators said Monday that despite the superstition surrounding the Friday the 13th date, any day the track opens will be a lucky day, based on the Northern Utah demand for such a facility.
"I am still shooting for a May 6 grand opening," Legacy Raceway BMX track operator Kevin Dilley said of the dirt track being built at 151 S. 1100 West in Farmington.
The facility, owned by RAD Canyon, of Salt Lake City, is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. grand opening May 6.
"But with this weather, you never know," Dilley said.
"If it snows and rains, we will have no choice to put it (back to May 13)," Dilley said.
The event is set to be free to the public and to include prize giveaways.
The track is sanctioned by the American Bicyclist Association.
Dilley said he is anticipating a large number of riders wanting to compete on what will be a 1,300-foot to 1,400-foot dirt track, the first of its kind in Davis County, he said.
A similar bike track in South Jordan operated by RAD Canyon has been successful, Dilley said. And, based on the large number of riders in Northern Utah, the company feels there will be a demand in Davis County from riders who do not want to go to South Jordan to participate.
The plan is to operate the track through Sept. 30, Dilley said.
In January, the Davis County Commission approved an agreement with RAD Canyon BMX to build a bike dirt track at the county's Legacy Events Center grounds.
The contract will have RAD Canyon pay the county $100 per week for each week the outdoor race track is operating, said Legacy Events Center Director Dave Hansen.
In the past, RAD Canyon rented the county's indoor arena for winter events, Hansen said. This year, however, it wanted to take its activity outdoors and offer a warm-weather venue.
The BMX track will be temporarily removed from the outdoor arena Aug. 1, to make way for the annual Davis County Fair demolition derby to be held there, Hansen said.
The fair will be Aug. 17-20 at Legacy Events Center.
The dirt track is being built by volunteers, significantly reducing the construction cost of the project, Dilley said.
There are more than 280 ABA-sanctioned tracks across the United States and Canada, said Aimee Edwards, spokesperson for RAD Canyon BMX.
For more information, call 801-698-1490, or visit www.utahbmx.com.