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B'ville student competes at national motocross event

At 7-years-old, Nathan Redmond has made his dream of three years come true.

That's right, at his tender young age, he has already succeeded where others only dream.

The Baldwinsville resident is participating in the 26th annual AMA/Air Nautiques Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Tennessee. The event is the largest amateur motocross race in the world and is being held this week.

With 42 competitors in his age group, Nathan first became qualified at an area qualifier held in WV, then at a regional qualifier held in PA, where he placed third. A total of 394 kids in his age/bike class tried to make it.

"He is the only one in his age/bike class to qualify from the state of New York and will be racing kids from all over the United States," she said.

A popular kid at Palmer

Teachers and students know a lot about the Palmer Elementary student's dream.

"He has been active in Motocross and is well known to friends and teachers at Palmer Elementary for his motocross," Amie said.

In fact, when Nathan qualified at the regional competition held in PA, his father Rich brought a brand new bike to the school as a prize.

"Dad surprised me with the bike," Nathan said.

And that's not the only surprise the young boy has "earned" from his winning streak. His parents recently bought a recreational vehicle (for the family) to make the trip to Tennessee.

"We have a brand new RV sitting in the driveway," Amie said.

Nathan's sponsors include Barefoot Racing, K100, mom and dad and grandma and pop-pop, all who have helped pay his way to the races.

If Nathan makes the top five in this week's race, his dad has promised him another surprise.

"I get a new bicycle," Nathan said excitedly.

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