Friends and fans of professional BMX star Dave Mirra will honor his memory with several events on Feb. 4, the first anniversary of his death.
A bicycle road ride, along the Greenville roads Mirra used to ride, will be held early in the day, followed by a benefit concert to raise money for a memorial to Mirra.
The most decorated BMX rider ever, Mirra died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Greenville on Feb. 4, 2016. He was the first action sports athlete to be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease associated with concussions.
A Ride With Dave Memorial bike ride, sponsored by local organization EC Velo, will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 4.
The road ride will include two distances -- 30 miles and 62 miles. The ride will begin and end at Villa Verde restaurant, 2601 E. 10th St. Registration cost is $25 by Feb. 3 and $35 on the day of the ride. Visit ecvelo.org for additional information or to register.
There also will be a Family and Kids Ride from Villa Verde along the Greenville Greenway to the new Town Common playground. Cost per family is $30 (pay on the day of the event).
After the ride, food and drinks wil be available at Villa Verde for a minimal cost per person.
Proceeds will be donated to the organization More than Sport, a global movement of athletes working to transform lives around the world through clean water, food, medical care, education and housing for those in need.
More than 100 riders took part in an impromptu ride from Mirra's Greenville home in February 2016. Organizers expect this second annual ride to attract more riders.
Live music and a silent auction will be held the evening of Feb. 4, with 100% of the proceeds to be used for a Mirra memorial statue to be placed at Greenville's Jaycee Skate Park, where he once trained.
The benefit will be held from 5-9 p.m. at Tiebreakers Sports Bar and Grill, 1920 Smythewyck Dr.
The event will include performances by Miss Nothing and Bryan Mayer.
Silent auction items will include a helmet from Ryan Nyquist, who used to train with Mirra in Greenville; Travis Pastrana jerseys; an East Carolina University football helmet autographed by record-holding receiver Zay Jones; an U.S. women’s soccer team jersey autographed by Abby Wambach; a Fat Tire beach cruiser; gift certificates from local businesses; and other memorabilia from pro BMX riders and X-Games stars.
Memorial T-shirts will be for sale.
The benefit is being organized by Brian Lee of Lee House Art Studio and Custom Tattoo. For more information, contact Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured : Dave Mirra poses on his bike in 2005 at his training facility in Greenville, North Carolina, a town that became a BMX mecca after he moved there.
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