Save the date for January 23, 2021 for the 2020 Season awards banquet and member meeting! The event will once again be held at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center in Shawnee, OK. Stay tuned for more details as the date approaches!
Please use this form if you wish to nominate someone for a position on the OCCRA Board of Directors. This seat will begin in 2021 and serve for 5 years.
1. 2020 members can nominate themselves (or encourage an individual to nominate themselves) for a position on the Board of Directors
2. 3 finalists are chosen by the current BOD, with one being the incumbent
3. The officer committee chooses the incoming BOD member from the 3 finalists.*
*the selection committee is comprised of all Race Officers from the current and prior two years (2018, 2018, 2020) who are current paid members of OCCRA.
This form will close to submissions on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. No nominations after that date will be considered.
This is it…last chance to race OCCRA in 2020. Your race club would like to invite you and your friends to help us make the last race of the one to remember.
Can you believe after all challenges 2020 gave us we still pulled off a full 12 race season? Can you believe we did it with record attendance? Thank you so much to everyone that has showed up and made it so great.
Since the last round is so close to Halloween we are asking everyone to wear a costume to race in! Yes, you heard correctly, we are having a costume contest for those that dress up during the race. We are so excited to see how creative our members can be.
Hinton is largely a “sand track” that flows through the woods with some open sections. This will be our 4th time to race this property and it seems to keep getting better each time.
We would like to thank our Round 12 Sponsors for their support. Our very own Russell Doughty with Lampton Welding Supply has ALL of your welding supply needs. Go check them out or give them a call at 405.232.2577 or visit their website www.lampton.com.
Altus Motorsports is a familiar shop that has been supporting your race club very well all year long along with its partners. If you are looking for a new bike/quad/SxS, parts, accessories or apparel they have a well stocked showroom with knowledgeable staff to help you out.
Round 12 is the last round to take advantage of our $5 Temporary Membership. We are just shy of our 1000 member goal but have 1 more shot to make it happen. Reach out to your friends and family that are curious why you are always talking about how much FUN you have racing. Most of us have those other friends that have taken a break from racing for some reason. Reach out and hassle them and remind them what they are missing.
GPS: 35.459927, -98.412104
Here are your 1 click directions: https://goo.gl/maps/EeuKHmVsdLVp7jtd8
Your race club would like to invite you to race this highly anticipated venue centrally located in OKC which is what many members call their home track.
Round 6 is a make up race from the Summer. 2020 has thrown some punches at us but we are still on track for a full 12 race season!
First we would like to thank our RD 6 sponsors for supporting the race.
Service Master Restore is also a primary sponsor for RD 6. When disaster strikes, they will be there to provide the guidance, expertise and personalized care needed to ensure your life gets back to normal, quickly. Just call 405.528.6600 or visit SMRSI.com.
Please read through this as we summarize a few very important topics.
For Special events we have Littles XC which is really fun to watch even if you do not have kids that are racing. Of course you will always find Cole Williams leading bible study at the Gooberville portable palace at 7:30pm.
If your normal race day is Sunday for example, and you wish to earn work points please keep in mind you are supposed to work Sunday (your normal race day) because there is a limit to how many workers can be accepted on your non-race day. Is it possible to work Saturday, yes. Is it guaranteed that there will be an available position, no. We anticipate large numbers of racers working the last few races which is typically the only time this gets brought up. Please see recent posts for more details.
Quads and Bikes are on separate tracks for this race but the start is in same staging area. Quads will be enjoying the very spectator friendly Grass track which is really fast and flows well. Big bikes will be on the recently reversed Blue trail which is single track at its best! There are lots of recent videos posted of the track, just not the official OCCRA track as there will be some variations.
Although we are REALLY close to achieving our 1000 member goal for 2020, we are asking each of you to reach out to at least 1 person you know that would enjoy taking advantage of our $5 Fall Temporary Membership offer. Whether its someone new or a racer that has not been involved this year just remember how much enjoyment YOU get from this and we are sure you would want others to as well.
Please refer to GPS or 1 click directions below. If you OPT IN to our texts you will be treated to an even more simplified resource for directions.
Directions: THIS IS NOT THE NORMAL RIDING ARE ENTRANCE
GPS: 35.348646, -97.382942
1 click directions: https://goo.gl/maps/5iKYeFWZmcv8dEZG6
There is a LOT going on at Round 11 – Battle with the Cattle and are breaking it all down for you in this video. Fireworks, live bands, $5 temporary membership and more! We are so close to meeting a goal we never set because it would have sounded crazy to think we could ever get 1000 members. Help your race club meet that goal by inviting your friends!
Posted by OCCRA Oklahoma Cross Country Racing Association on Thursday, September 24, 2020
First we would like to thank
/ Altus Factory Racing Development and
for sponsoring RD 11.
Your race club is very excited to invite you to race an all new track at Lake Murray this weekend. Officers and generous volunteers have been cutting this new track in for some time now and is ready for action.
Its a really fast track that weaves in and out of the tree lines along the shoreline. That is a recipe for a great weekend.
**Saturday evening is Fall Potluck dinner.** Hamburgers are provided by OCCRA and the Hot dogs by Russell with Lampton Welding. Looks like we will have great weather for it as well.
is sponsoring RD. 10. Altus Motorsports is a strong supporter of racing and has a wide selection of inventory with generous OCCRA discounts (see store for details).
Directions: THIS IS NOT THE “NORMAL” LAKE MURRAY RIDING AREA. Its at the RC Flying Field.
Here are your 1 click directions: https://goo.gl/maps/js2ogbut79rfnjzV6
Here are the awesome folks who have nominated themselves for 2021 OCCRA Officer positions. We appreciate all of you that have nominated yourselves to contribute your time to this organization to help make a great series for all. There’s still a bit of time remaining to throw your hat in the ring, so please fill out the form if you are interested. There are many positions available for a wide variety of interests and skillsets. We hope that you will consider nominating yourself for a position!
Voting eligibility: Every 2020 full Member of OCCRA who is considered a Racing Member, which is defined as a Member who has completed at least (1) race organized by OCCRA in 2020 and is in good standing at the time of the election. Temporary memberships do not count for voting rights. The election for 2021 officers will be held at Round 11: Battle of the Cattle in Cache, OK. So make your plans to attend Round 11 – not only is it a fantastic venue with a unique track, you’ll also have a chance to vote for your 2021 leadership. You must vote in person.
(presented in alphabetical order by last name per position)
- Nick Cohlmia – I am currently the 2020 President. I have had the pleasure to be this great organization’s President for 2020, but I am just not ready to step back from it just yet. I would like to continue the role into 2021 and continue to work and make our great club bigger and better.
- Benny Darnell – Cause I’m Benny and you guys love me
- Emily Cohlmia – I would like to continue next year as our scoring director.
I have enjoyed creating and maintaining our clubs competitive classes. I have helped modernize our membership system to include online membership sign up and hope to continue to modernize as we go on.
- Mary Doughty – To continue to work with our riders to help encourage them to be the best they can be on and off the track.
To share the love of Jesus with our minis and adults.
- Mary Doughty – To continue to work with our riders to help encourage them to be the best they can be on and off the track.
Mini Track Director
- Russell Doughty
- Dylan Stanley – I race XC1 im getting too wore out these younger guys are too fast i wana step away from racing and focus on my sons’ racing by being a bigger part of OCCRA
- Allen Aboujeib – I have enjoyed being a part of this amazing team that works very well together. Working through the “2020” challenges in addition to normal challenges along side the other officers has impressed me considering what we pulled off. I believe my role has helped grow the club, keep members more informed & entertained. I still have goals to accomplish for 2020 but with what I learned my first year I feel like I can come into 2021 with more resources to keep members even more informed and engaged in their race club.
Sponsorship and Contingency Director
- Jessica Cochran – Continue making our sponsorship and contingencies bigger and better!
Continue sponsored awards for Minis, grow awards and giveaways to eventually every class!! Highlight riders and assist with individual sponsorship when needed.
I love hearing from the members and their ideas for making OCCRA better each year
RD. 9 at Big Fox Run is ON! We have inspected the track and it is ready for racing. There will be some muddy areas as expected but overall in good shape.
Gates open at 3pm Friday.
Here are your 1 click directions: https://goo.gl/maps/yKUu4pX7B4uckhtr9
Your race club is excited to invite you and anyone you know with a bike or quad to our Big Fox Run event September 5/6 in Cameron, OK.
As we head to our Eastern borders make sure you contact all the racers you know in the surrounding areas to come race with us at BFR.
If you only attend 1 special event this year, the Power Wheels downhill is almost as excited as a spectator as it is to pilot one in a race. Be looking for a separate post about this special event as there are some very important details.
You can thank our very own David Brown with Brown Oil Tools for sponsoring the BFR race. Brown Oil Tools is your go to place for Down Hole oil field tools and can reach them at 580.436.0002.
If you are looking for lodging, Poteau is the closest town with modern amenities. You can also camp at BFR.
Here are your 1 click directions: https://goo.gl/maps/yKUu4pX7B4uckhtr9
Thanks again to
and the Central Oklahoma Federal Credit Union for sponsoring RD 8.
Who would like to ride their dirt bike for a great cause?
Our long time member Bill Walker was recently in a terrible motorcycle accident requiring extensive medical treatment. Your monetary support in any amount will go a long ways to help him and his family.
Please help us share this information with your friends to get the word out especially those that do not use social media.
Here we go…RD 8 at Stroud Lake will kick off the 2nd 1/2 of the 2020 season in less than 2 weeks!
We hope that everyone has been enjoying the Summer break. Some of you may not have touched your machine since the last race and others have been riding a lot. Either way its time to start preparing.
If you are needing parts, maintenance or maybe a whole new machine one of our RD 8 sponsors is Shawnee Honda Polaris Kawasaki and will take very good care of you. They have experienced off-road enthusiasts on staff that would love to help you get what you need.
Central Oklahoma Federal Credit Union is also sponsoring RD 8 so we would encourage everyone to check out their website which offers a large variety of banking solutions. https://cofcu.net/
For those of you that are camping, RV hook ups are on a first come basis. Gates open at 3pm Friday. Please do not show up before 3pm.
Your race club will be very excited to see everyone. Please help us continue to grow our amazing sport by sharing this flyer and reaching out to those that do not follow social media.
Here are your 1 click directions: https://goo.gl/maps/
Please share this important race update:
All races for Sunday are delayed 2 hours.
All practices are cancelled for Sunday.
We will have a parade site lap prior to all races.
85’s will race for 30 minutes instead of 45.
We have a great track that should be pretty good tacky dirt for most of the track and of course there will be a few sloppy sections you would expect in any “mud race”.
We had several people say how much fun it was racing in it today.
We will be doing lots of work on the creeks by race time tomorrow to present a great race. Thank you for your patients and understanding today. We were posting info as quick as we were getting it.
Hey racers, your race club is excited to invite you to what we are officially calling Round 3 Make Up Race at Baldwin Ranch in Indiahoma May 16-17 next weekend.
We have a few special events we know you will love. There will be a Team Night Race as well as Littles XC and of course Bible Study Saturday evening. There are recent Facebook posts with more details as well as on the flyer.
Round 3 is sponsored by Ajax Motorsports in OKC. Lets show our support to the shops that support our club by supporting them. We will be doing a video with Ajax next week to spotlight some of the great things going over there. They are well stocked with all the parts and accessories you will need and if you let them know you are an OCCRA member they have special benefits for you.
Get directions: https://goo.gl/maps/4KwyrG1hhbey4KfB7
Turn by Turn Directions: From OKC/Tulsa: Take I-44 south towards Lawton. Take Exit 40B to US 62 West. Travel about 21.5 miles to Indiahoma Road. Turn left (south) and go 5.6 miles. Turn left onto Woodlawn Road. Go 1 mile and turn Right on Bandy Road. Entrance will be on the right (west) side of the road.
- Race 1 Baldwin Ranch May 16th at 6 PM
- Race 2 Fry Lake May 30th at 6 PM
- Race 3 Williams Ranch date TBD at 6 PM
- Race 4 Part Land and Cattle October 3rd at 6 PM
Here’s the revised schedule for the 2020 season. This will take us up to the end of the Spring half of the season. From there, we will pick up in the fall as usual.
- Baldwin Ranch will be a rescheduled round 3 that is being made up in place of round 6 may 16th and 17th
- May 30th and 31 – Round 7 at Fry lake
- June 13th and 14th (Rain Date) – Round 2 at Gruber ORV
- June 20th and 21 – Round 4 at Williams Ranch
Round 6 will be rescheduled using the fall rain date at a location TBA.
IMPORTANT Round 6 UPDATE.
RD 6 will now be held at the Baldwin Ranch. We believe in being transparent yet also maintain professionalism. To keep it simple and ease gossip there was a contract dispute at Pettijohns that could not be worked out. We wanted to let you know as soon as we did. We will put an official flyer with announcements out very soon. Everything is the same for the Round 6 race except for the location. Please share information with your friends that may not be on social media, get emails or texts from us.
We are very excited to invite you to race Round 5 Make Promises Happen (MPH) this weekend, May 2-3.
MPH is not only an extremely popular track but it is also a charity race for a very good cause.
PLEASE PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO SPECIAL GUIDELINES UNIQUE TO REBOOTING THE SEASON.
For this race to be a success it is critical that everyone respect and follow all guidelines. Do not overlook the CDC flyer even if it looks familiar. We have added addition guidelines to the top of the flyer.
In the event that you are affected in a way that prevents you from attending this race, we have options for you. These options can be discussed on a personal basis by calling Emily at 405.612.2660.
Please help us share this information. We will also be pushing out more information throughout the week.
The address to MPH is:
One Twin Cedar Lane
Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044
Round 4 is officially postponed. We held out hoping for the best. Please stay tuned for round 5 and previous make up race info.
Effective immediately we have to hit the pause button on round 3 at minimum. We have more questions than answers right now and will continue evaluating all options for future rounds as well as make up races while keeping you in the loop along the way.
Our goal is to keep racing and believe that the passion for what all of us do on the track is essential for happiness in life. Your race club is still planning on delivering the epic season we promised you for 2020 but we are going to have to wait until the restrictions handed down to organizations like ours have lifted.
We have been informed of the governor’s amended executive order. We are currently working on getting more details on outdoor events with social distancing. We will keep you up to date on any changes in race events.
We have been weighing many factors as to whether or not we should race at our Round 2 Gruber this weekend. Unfortunately with all of the rain and the Covid-19 situation, we feel that the best course of action is to postpone the race to our rain date in June. We know that everyone wants to race, but the safety of our members is the number one priority. Continue to watch Facebook and the website on information for upcoming races.
You don’t have to search too hard to find reports about the threats of The Corona virus. We are in the business of adventure and plan to continue. Currently, we believe that being outdoors with minimal contact to others we will continue racing as scheduled. Please use all precautions being discussed from sources you feel are credible. If you believe you are sick or do not feel comfortable for any reason, please stay home. Otherwise, we believe the majority of the club understands and accepts the risks of exposure and desire to continue racing.
Your race club understands this is a sensitive subject with many conflicting opinions. Do not think for a second we are not discussing this rationally using the most credible information available.
Occra expects each individual to be responsible and self sufficient with any resources you believe are important such as hand sanitizers.
Please don’t be offended if your buddies or OCCRA Officers are hesitant to hug, shake hands etc. for the time being.
In short, we ask that regardless of what your stance on this subject is, you respect others stances. If you want to race…race. If you are uncomfortable with any aspect of racing please stay home.
As this subject continues to evolve we will keep you in the loop.
The image is just a cool picture of dirt bikes we thought you would enjoy.
With Round 2 at Gruber approaching in 2 weeks we hope that this extra time everyone is getting has allowed everyone to get those race machines back in tip top shape. All of our officers and BOD would like to thank YOU the MEMBERS for a amazing turnout at round 1. Let’s keep this large number of riders going and continue to make this year amazing. We also want to challenge everyone to bring a new rider to every race this year to help grow our membership. So dial in that suspension for the first rock race of the year. Please do not forget to thank David Brown and Adam Criner for laying out this awesome track.
First off, the weather was 70+ degrees all weekend and attendance was off the chart! What a great way to start the season.
We are very happy with the overwhelming attendance and want to thank our members that have been referring their friends. Lets keep the momentum going…join us by setting a goal to get at least 1 person you know to start racing with us. This weekend we did a spotlight on Jay, a brand new rider that has never raced before and he is so excited to race with us now. Let’s get more stories like Jays and keep growing our sport.
Being a new track there were a few learning curves.
Thanks to Dave Campbell and everyone that helped fix the “soft spot” in the road. Also, thank you to those that patiently waited.
The Long Course (LC) Quad race had more than double the attendance of last year and got to enjoy laying down first tracks on this brand new venue. The new Short Course (SC) Quad race was also a success and looks like it will keep growing.
A and B big bike attendance was overwhelming. Bikes usually like tight woods and that’s exactly what they got. The majority of the track was nice tacky dirt but there were some mud bogs that could eat bikes which led so some really wide sections of track. The OCCRA crew worked hard between races to reroute and repair areas. Overall, most people we talked with or read on social media said they had a great time and enjoyed the technical challenges.
We introduced the all new Ajax Motorsports Medic Quad piloted by Michael Montgomery “Cheeseburger”. Your race club takes safety very serious and are grateful to Ajax for making this possible. Without your support, shops like Ajax would unlikely be able to support such critical portions of our club. Next time you are thinking about clicking a button to get those parts you need, check them out. They stay very well stocked on parts and accessories for popular brands in addition to a loaded showroom full of machines. We will be doing a better feature on the new Ajax Motorsports Medic Quad in the next round or 2 once Cheeseburger gets it set up the way he likes.
Easy Lay Liners is who sponsored Round 1 and would love it if anyone needing a pond, water treatment or trench pit liner will call them first.
Moving on to Round 2 at Gruber will be a completely different type of track and hope to see you there. Stay tuned for the new race flyer and venue information this week.