Spokane BMX is bent on bringing the family-friendly sport of BMX riding to the Inland Northwest in a big way. As a non-profit, the all-volunteer organization helps run the city-owned BMX racetrack located at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex and puts on races and other events. The track is open to the public for free riding from dawn to dusk daily, except during special events. Spokane BMX hosts races every Saturday from April through October, and participants also race on Thursday nights when school is out. There are races for all genders from 5 and under to 61 and over, and there are even balance bike races for kids ages 2-5, so the entire family can participate. Spokane BMX also puts on BMX League, a beginners’ program for kids and parents who are just starting out racing. The program includes five weeks of coaching and racing, as well as equipment for the racers to use.