BMX bicycle racing is a way for the Raum family to bond. Timm, father of 3, is the track operator for Hagerstown BMX and races competitively. His wife, Tina, is the office manager. Together with other volunteers, the Raums help run Hagerstown BMX in Hagerstown, MD.
On a spring night at Chesapeake BMX in Severn, the pursuit of the night was speed. With the smell of hamburgers grilling in the air, brother helped brother, father helped sons and even a grandmother helped her granddaughter, all in the pursuit of pedal power. This wasn’t about the jumps or tricks, like the X Games. It was about the shrieks of children as young as two, and the panting of adults as old as 57 as they raced bicycles on a 1180-foot dirt and asphalt course.