PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. (November 04, 2019) – Charlotte BMXCharlotte County Community Services, and the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau are pleased to announce the return of the USA BMX Sunshine State Nationals to Charlotte County. The three-day event is scheduled for Oct. 23 – 25, 2020, at the Charlotte BMX track in Carmalita Park in Punta Gorda. Hundreds of riders from across the United States and some international participants are expected to compete.

Charlotte County last hosted a USA BMX Sunshine State Nationals event Feb. 13 – 15, 2015. That event attracted more than 600 riders and generated an estimated $750,000 in direct expenditures. Participants and spectators engendered more than 1,500 hotel room nights.

“It’s been 5 years since our last BMX National Qualifier and Charlotte BMX is extremely excited to be selected to host a USA BMX National in 2020. This accomplishment is only possible because of our volunteers both parents and riders who have dedicated countless hours to make our facility world class,” said Amanda Carr, President of Charlotte BMX who is also an accomplished professional BMX racer and Olympian, “Also, during our bidding process we received support of the Charlotte County Commissioners, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau, and Charlotte County Community Services. This event will massively benefit local businesses as well as our community, and we all look forward to hosting another National Qualifier in Charlotte County!”

BMX bicycle riding is a family-friendly sport. Each year, USA BMX sanctions and hosts approximately 30 other national-level events around the country.

Other state-level championship races hosted by Charlotte BMX include the 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015 Sunshine State BMX Series Championship Qualifier and a USA BMX Florida Championship Series event in 2018. All events for the 2020 competition will be held at Charlotte BMX at 2505 Carmalita Street, Punta Gorda, Fla.  Updated event information can be found on the track’s website at www.charlottebmx.net.

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Images from the USA BMX Sunshine State Nationals at Charlotte BMX in Punta Gorda in 2015.

Credit: PureFlorida.com




Jennifer Huber, Tourism Public Relations Manager
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau    
Tel: (941) 743-1900

Brittany Chapman, Managing Director, Public Relations
Aqua Marketing & Communications, Inc.
On behalf of the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau     
Tel: (727) 483-0707