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Running at the Fair

I now know first hand why the Kenyans are world-class runners. Anybody who can run at 5,300 feet elevation on the equator, along dirt trails with intense sunlight and hilly terrain has to be tough!

Last year, the Gomes family watched the quad racing from the stands of the Nevada County fairgrounds.

This year, the family from Grass Valley had a different vantage point, due to the fact the four children raised on the sport participated in the evening showcase Friday night.



“This was their first time in the fair,” said Tom Gomes, the father of Tommy, Travis, Tiffany and Troy. “Last year, they kept telling me that they had to race. And after we signed them up, they were all excited.”

They were every bit as excited, post-event as well. Travis, 14, won the 14-16 age group of the quad racing, completing the oval in 20.81 seconds. Tommy, 15, took second with a time of 21.50.




“I’ve been riding a quad since I was 4 years old,” Tommy said. “At first I was nervous, but after I started riding, the nerves went away, and I felt fine.”

Troy Gomes, 11, took third in the 9-13 age group of quad racing, won by Travis Rowley. Troy’s sister Tiffany, 12, took fifth.

Friday’s event, put on by Worlds Greatest American Sports, featured a number of motorcycle races, followed by demonstration jumps and the running of four Monster Trucks.

Matt Davis posted the best quad time of the evening while winning the 17-older division, with a time of 18.77. Rick Horn took second in 19.28

Six-year-old Tyler Creamer of Penn Valley won the quad race for 6-8 age group with a time of 42.68. Ashlee O’Dea and Sierra Robinson finished second and third. Dakota Robinson won the 5-under division, with Wyatt Price taking second.

“I do it because I like going over the jumps,” said Creamer, who also raced at the fairgrounds last year. “I was concentrating on the track and where to go.”

Among the other racers were Zachary Horn, who won the 9-13 age group of the moto-cross racing with a time of 25.16. Matt Morse of Nevada City took second, narrowly edged out with a time of 25.20.

“I felt I did really good,” said Morse, who rode a 125-Suzuki. “I just love it for the jumps and to go as fast as I can.”

Rough and Ready’s Miles Hagood rode his Honda-80 to a fifth-place finish Friday night. Hagood said he has been been competing at the fair since he was 6 years old.

“Having fun is the most important thing to me,” Hagood said.

Kyle Snobers won out over Ed Parker in the 14-16 age group, with a time of 20.77. Scott Muhlbach won the 17-older division in 18.34, with Mitch Morse taking second in 19-flat.

Doug Hunter won the moto-cross 6-8 age group with a time of 30.55. Walter Price took second, Kolt Keeney third. Spencer Perry placed first in the Odyssey division.


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