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ATV riders can show their stuff in Templeton race

| Thursday, March 21, 2013, 11:44 a.m.
Bill Shirley | For The Leader Times
Dominick Sgro, 9, of East Franklin, was the 2012 youth champion in the age 7 to 9 category for dirt bike riders. He plans to hit the course again this year and is moving up into a higher age bracket, Wednesday at Stiller Motorsports in Manor Township. March 20, 2013.

All-terrain vehicle owners, side-by-side riders and off-road motorcyclists in search of some family-friendly competition have a chance to show their stuff in a Templeton race this weekend.

Saturday's hare-scramble cross-country race, which kicks off the AWRCS (American Woods Racing Championship Series) is organized by Steve Stiller of Stiller Motor Sports LLC in Manor Township.

Dominick Sgro, 9, of East Franklin, plans to be there with his family and is looking forward to letting some mud fly while hitting the course on his green Kawasaki 65cc bike.

Last year, he was the 2012 youth champion in the age 7 to 9 category for dirt bike riders.

Dominick recalled how last year he had waited with all the other riders for the race to begin and heard the man at the starting line yell “10 seconds” before dropping the flag.

And he can't wait to relive that moment.

Mike Sgro, Dominick's dad, said his son told him, “When I hear the words ‘10 seconds' — the fun's about to begin.”

Racing in the series is a family affair, said Mike Sgro. He said the kids look forward to seeing one another every year.

“After their races, everyone goes back to the pits for a cookout,” he said.

According to Stiller, 2013 marks the fifth racing series, which includes 10 races in locations criss-crossing Pennsylvania and Ohio.

He said the series draws competitors ranging in age from 3 to 68, including top professionals such as ATV champion Pat McGuire of Gibsonia, and cross-country motorcyclist Jason Thomas of the United Kingdom.

Stiller said the cash prize for the professional bike event is usually between $500 and $1,000, with the professional ATV event prize coming in around $500.

A lot of competitors travel the AWRCS circuit with family members and camp out near the race course locations, Stiller said.

And, he said, it's not too late to sign up. Registration begins before each race and riders aren't obligated to complete all of the races in the series.

Stiller said the series includes a category for side-by-side vehicles.

The venues are all spectator friendly, he said.

For information call Steve Stiller at 412-607-0960 or visit www.awrcs.com.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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