The GNCC Ironman National returns to Crawfordsville today, Saturday and Sunday at Ironman Raceway. The popular annual event will attract nearly 20,000 racers and fans throughout the weekend. Most attendees will camp at the track, listen to live bands and watch ATV and motorcycle racers navigate the course that runs through woods and fields.
Race director Tim Cotter said the race will be conducted within Indiana’s COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. Attendees will be asked to mask up and observe social distancing requirements.
“We have been working with the county health department and will be encouraging attendees to wear masks and social distance,” Cotter said. “We have around 1,000 acres that we will enable us to spread out.”
Cotter wants county residents to know that GNCC has been working with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office to enforce alcohol consumption laws.
“We have communicated to the sheriff that GNCC does want to put the clamps on underage drinking,” Cotter said. “If someone is just wanting to drink illegally, then that person should not be coming to the Ironman.”
The weekend will be used to once again raise funds to fight breast cancer as riders and fans will have opportunities to donate toward the cause.
The majority of the racers and fans will start showing up in Montgomery County on Friday with racing featured Saturday and Sunday. Competitive racing begins at 8 a.m. each day. The ATVs are scheduled for Saturday and the dirt bikes will be featured Sunday.
A nationally known freestyle dirt bike rider will be representing Monster Energy in Sunday’s race. The Californian has over one million followers on Instagram.
The professional ATV race will kick off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and the dirt bike national race will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Amateur racing and other family friendly events are scheduled all weekend.
Former motocross racer Bryce Mauldin, a 22-year-old up and coming country singer from Florida, will perform at Friday’s concert. The popular Davisson Brothers Band from Nashville, Tennessee will take the stage Saturday evening.
Cotter said GNCC racing events have been successful this season. He said the popular racing series continues to be a good entertainment value.
“We are very family friendly and we work hard on having a lot of things happening during the weekend,” Cotter said. “Crawfordsville is very important to GNCC.”