Topeka, KS- They say a family that rides together, stays together, and because of the Sunflower State Games, one Topeka family finds its common ground on their BMX bike.
On a racetrack where the bumps and curves are designed to separate the competitors, Heartland BMX is a place where the Wunder family comes together.
"I wanted to do something with them that they had in common,
so BMX was it, said Shannon Wunder who rides with her two sons. It
all started five years ago as spectators at the Sunflower State Games.
E very year when the games come along I tell the story about how we came out just to watch and then we started racing all together, said Shannon.
Of course, each has their own motivation to ride. One member enjoys BMX most when they're in the family garage. "When we're working on bikes and we work on them together, I teach the boys what needs to be done. Oiling the chain, tightening the chain", said Shannon who enthusiastically appreciated the quality time that the family gets to share.
The boys on the other hand, have a different perspective. "I like BMX so we can get a little time (away) from home", said five-year old Conor Wunder. His older brother Sean said, "I like to be competitive against my friends. I just feel comfortable out here".
For Shannon, who is a correction officer, believes feeling comfortable is good and that Heartland BMX is a great environment for her kids. "I believe sports is huge for keeping them busy. keeping them out of trouble, and keeping them away from all the negativity that other kids tend to get into. I just think that's really important".
If the boys keep it up, they'll be making laps around the country. "We've been to Texas, we've been to Oklahoma, we've been to Missouri. Next year I'm hoping we can do some nationals", said Shannon who plans to keep BMX a family tradition.
Sean felt similarly. "My long-term goal is to become professional".
Posted By: Jenna Corrado