Motorcycle Challenge seeks to improve motorcyclist skills, help child abuse victims

Special to The Log

The Emerald Coast Motorcycle Challenge Rodeo and Skills Training is scheduled for April 10-12 at The Boardwalk parking lot on Okaloosa Island.

Hosted by the Emerald Coast Blue Knights FL XXV, the Rodeo features various motorcycle challenges that test a rider’s skill and ability. Prizes will be awarded to the best riders. The competition is open to all motorcyclists. Divisions will include motor officer, civilian expert, and civilian advanced. Motorcycles must be in as equipped from the factory and at least 1000cc’s

Skills training will be provided as a public service event to promote motorcycle safety and the benefits of motorcycle training. Active Motor Officers will receive a certificate for 24 hours of training. With training and practice civilian riders can reach the same level of skill and proficiency as motor law enforcement officers. This skills training is an effort to produce safer motorcycle riders on the highway.

April 10 will be a practice day with the competition taking place April 11-12. The registration fee is $45 per competitor with proceeds benefitting the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. The Center helps save and heal child abuse victims in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.