Author: Charlene Bower
The 12th annual MORE Powder Puff race was hosted at Glen Helen in August this year, a different location and time of year than in the past. That didn’t stop the ladies from participating in this historic event, in some ways it gave more people the opportunity to participate. The two-day event started on Friday with Tech and Contingency and rolled into a full day of Racing and Awards on Saturday. All proceeds from this event go to Cedars-Sinai Breast Cancer Research Fund.
Teams showed up on Friday, parked, and unloaded. The track was open for pre-running for most of the afternoon. Pre-running wasn’t all about the track layout, for some of these ladies, this was the first time they were behind the wheel of their husband or friends vehicle! “I think this is what makes the Powder Puff race what it is. Ladies who always support the husbands finally get to jump behind the wheel and understand why the adrenaline keeps them coming back to the start line. We have saved quite a few marriages along the way with this race. The ladies get out at the checker flag and say ‘I get it!’. The next year that same couple is back and she is more prepared to be part of the race environment,” said Jen Clemison, race promoter.
Friday evening was Tech and Contingency where the ladies were able to roll their vehicles through vendors and check their tracking devices. Industry partners came with their support trailers and ladies clothing booths lined the activities. There was a lot of pink and big smiles along the way – even some of the vehicles were dressed up with boobs! The key table was across from registration where raffle tickets were being sold for huge prizes including a HISUN UTV! All proceeds going to Cedars-Sinai!
Saturday was race day! The list of races started early. There were a lot of classes and each got to take the track twice during the day. Their combined time would determine the winner of the class for the day. The racing started with Dirt Bikes and ATVs, followed by UTVs, and then onto the bigger buggy and truck classes. Being on the start line, finish line, and on the track taking pictures, I can certainly attest to the skill level and enjoyment levels were equally high. It was so fun to watch the ladies that had never raced before come across the finish line whooping and hollering excitedly about their race!
Glen Helen offered the perfect area for the ladies to be seen by all their fans and families. The husbands and kids were left in the pits, many of them dressed in pink or in their team gear. All of them cheering on their successes. The track was a mix of fun and fast, but nothing that was overly aggressive for any of the ladies that were new. The team at MORE Desert Racing Series put together the perfect mix of a track.
Saturday night the group started to form for the awards ceremony that went into the dark hours. It was nice getting to hear some of the ladies stories. This race isn’t only about the ladies racing, it is also about their own Breast Cancer survival story. Because of this race they have gotten checked and caught their breast cancer early, or because of a story they have from their family history of breast cancer being part of this race is extremely important. Normally the night ends with the huge raffl,e but the August race date postponed it to the last race of the season at the Rage at the River. You still have time to participate! CLICK HERE to learn more.
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Ladies Offroad Network at the 2017 M.O.R.E. 12th Annual Powder Puff Race at Glen Helen. Meet some of the Ladies and vendors...#girlsracetoo Ladies Offroad Network at the 2017 M.O.R.E. 12th Annual Powder Puff Race at Glen Helen. Meet some of the Ladies and vendors...#girlsracetoo #ladiesoffroadnetwork
Posted by Ladies Offroad Network on Friday, August 25, 2017
We are having a great day at the 12th Annual M.O.R.E Powder Puff race!! Lots of pictures and videos to come, but go to the BFGoodrich Tires Instagram page now to see some action in the stories. Only girls are allowed to be Driver or Co-Driver...who is in for next year??? :)#girlsracetoo #powderpuffrace
Posted by Ladies Offroad Network on Saturday, August 26, 2017