California-based ministry puts on Christian motocross camp at Swan MX Raceway Park

Published on Friday, 23 June 2017 18:09 - Written by EMILY GUEVARA, eguevara@tylerpaper.com

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Engines revved and tires kicked up red dirt as children and adults rounded the track at Swan MX Raceway Park.

What appeared to be easy rides around the tracks required precision, balance and quick reflexes, and the riders were on hand to improve their skills.

About 50 people from Texas and surrounding states came to the park earlier this month for CampRev put on by PanicRev, a California-based Christian ministry.

The three-day camp included four to six hours of riding each day along with two chapels throughout the camp and a morning devotion.

“We’re super passionate about our faith and we’re just as passionate about motocross and the people of this sport,” PanicRev President John Parkinson said.

Parkinson said the ministry began in 2003 and since that time he has built relationships with professionals and others who help do the training.

The riders at the local camp ranged in age from 4 to older than 50. They split into groups based on ages and abilities and worked on different skills in different sections of the track.

Mark Stolba, 50, of Bixby, Oklahoma, has only been riding for three years. He said he got into the sport because he finds it fun and he came to the camp “to get better and safer.”

PanicRev is putting on five camps this year. The one in Texas was the first, with others set for Washington state, Oklahoma and California.

In addition to the camps, PanicRev puts on chapel services at motocross races around the country.

This is the first year PanicRev has put on the event at the Swan MX Raceway Park. Sarah Clingfost, whose husband, Trey, owns the track, said the ministry had contacted them about having it there and as a family friendly business, they agreed. The raceway has been in the Clingfost family for more than 30 years and has grown from a pasture with a few hills to 1 1/2 miles of groomed track, a grandstand and restrooms with hot showers.

They have more than 50 RV spots with water and electricity for people to stay at while they are at the raceway.

 

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