USA BMX Grand Nationals Sets Record in Tulsa

USA BMX Chief Operating Officer John David, CSEE, says he has “the best problem to have” after putting on the biggest event in the sport’s history over Thanksgiving weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Namely, he’ll be working to make “The Greatest Race on Earth”—officially known as the USA BMX Grand Nationals—even greater, both in terms of numbers and logistics to accommodate the expected growth next year. “This requires creativity with scheduling,” says David, adding that an extra day of competition may be needed for the annual event that’s made Tulsa its home for 17 consecutive years. “We will take on this challenge any day!” David has a lot to live up to considering the 2015 USA BMX Grand Nationals enjoyed unparalleled success at Tulsa’s Expo Square. To put it all in perspective, consider these numbers: 2,947 — number of riders at the event 15,000 — estimated number of room nights generated (post-event reporting continues and the number could grow, David says) $10 million — estimated economic impact of the event, made greater given it occurs over a holiday weekend that otherwise would be much slower for tourism in the host city 1,872 — number of races Nov. 27, from 8 a.m. to after 10 p.m. 238 — increase in participants from 2014 300-500 — additional number of contestants USA BMX is hoping for in 2016 as it tests a pilot program targeting international countries 47 — number of U.S. states represented 20 — number of countries sending athletes to the competition 71 — age of oldest rider at the event