Running a BMX track requires so-much-more than just dropping the gate on race day. At every track, there is a committed group of volunteers, who put in many, many hours of time during the week, and set an early alarm on race day to ensure things go smooth (even when, sometimes, they don’t go-so-smooth). The Hill has a world-class group of volunteers who make our program the success it is.
Below are the “Staff Volunteers,” who take-on the major responsibility of running the track. Before we introduce them, it’s important that you know that there are dozens-more, who set the same early alarm to make it happen out here, practice after practice, race after race, year after year.
You will meet many of those people in our “Volunteer of the Month” posts, and we encourage you to pull-them-aside, and give them a private “thanks!,” for an effort that is largely “thankless.”
Allow us now, to introduce the Staff of The Hill BMX.
Track OperatorJackie is not only Track Operator of The Hill, she is also TO and founder of Steel Wheels and Imagination Glen BMX in Northwest Indiana. She is the one responsible, for saving The Hill from the proverbial wrecking ball, in 2014, and is actively-involved in keeping our track, on-track, to this day. Away from BMX she is a Commercial Flight Attendant, dedicated mom, nana, wife of 43 years and USMC veteran. Jackie is an amazing leader of The Hill BMX, and always-available to assist riders and their families, in making their time in BMX Racing the most rewarding it can be.
Assistant Track Operator
JoAnne has been a volunteer at The Hill since 2014, when Jackie stepped-in to save the track. In her eight-plus years serving the families of The Hill, she has worked virtually every-position in the operation of our program. To this day, you’ll see her in concessions, registration, at the finish line scoring races and much more (all on the same Race or League day). Behind the scenes, she is our “operations” rock, handling scheduling, race management and answering your questions about our program. All this, and a career woman in the marketing industry, plus a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
FinanceA tax accountant by training, Julie brings decades of experience in finance to our operation; as well as the type of organizational skills for which accountants are so well-known. The Hill (via it’s management entity, the Elgin BMX Riders Association) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and Julie makes-sure the necessary filings are done in a timely fashion…plus the endless USA BMX paperwork, and all the rest behind the scenes. Julie and her family came to The Hill via our “Elgin BMX League” program for Beginners. Her sons, Hayden and Cole, are active racers— both at The Hill and on the state and national circuits.
Dustin has put in countless hours both at the track and at home to help us bring a better race program to our track families. In addition to being an active racer himself, he recently stepped-up to contribute a higher degree of involvement in our race management area.
This area of track management is an essential part of making the gates drop on time– what some might call “the little details.” We know Dustin will do a great job in his new role, and hope you will welcome, and thank him for making The Hill a better place to race.