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3J’s Motorcycle Track Days Raises Nearly $30,000 for Speedway Children’s Charities

| 4 May 2015 11:28 am

3J’s Motorcycle Track Days
Sonoma Raceway

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Photo by Mike Doran
SONOMA, CA, APR. 29, 2015

The 21st 3J’s Motorcycle Track Day raised nearly $30,000 for charity on Wednesday, April 29, at Sonoma Raceway.

The 2015 edition of 3J’s Motorcycle Track Day raised almost $30,000 for charity.

The 2015 edition of 3J’s Motorcycle Track Day raised almost $30,000 for charity.

More than 80 riders converged on the raceway for a day of recreational riding around the 12-turn, 2.28-mile road course. The event also featured a catered lunch, a 3J’s T-shirt, a charity raffle and an evening reception. In total, the event raised $28,697, and all proceeds will go to qualified youth groups in Sonoma County through Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway.

“I had a great time, as usual,” said San Anselmo’s Peter Hively, who has participated in six 3J’s Motorcycle Days. “I enjoy track days in general for a variety of reasons, but I particularly like 3J’s because of the mellow atmosphere. I like the people who run it, and I appreciate the opportunity to help out good causes. Every lap is a gas.”

3J’s Motorcycle Track Days have generated more than $480,000 since 2003. Jere Starks, vice president of facilities at Sonoma Raceway, along with Jenah Smith, operations logistics manager at Sonoma Raceway, and Santa Rosa’s Jim Randolph, run the 3J’s program. For more information, visit 3Jsmotorcycledays.com.

“We had lots of motorcycles, great food, and it seemed like everyone had a good time,” said Starks. “For me, it’s a day of all the things I like. I like riding motorcycles, I like the adventure of putting on the event, and we raised a lot of money for charity. Everybody has a great time.”

The event kicked off the festivities for the Sonomafest motorcycle extravaganza, which featured the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA), on April 30 and May 1, and American Federation of Motorcycle (AFM) racing, May 2-3.

About Speedway Children’s Charities
Speedway Children’s Charities is the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway. The mission of Speedway Children’s Charities is to care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need to help them lead productive lives. The Sonoma Chapter of SCC has distributed more than $4.8 million to qualified Sonoma County youth groups since 2001. Much of the funds distributed by Speedway Children’s Charities are raised at special events held throughout the year, mostly tied to race weekends at Sonoma Raceway. The Sonoma chapter is one of eight chapters throughout the country, all affiliated with Speedway Motorsports Inc. speedways.

For more information on SCC, visit www.racesonoma.com/scc.

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