By Lauren Screeden | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rockford- The Annual BMX Mid-West Nationals competition is one of the biggest summer sports traditions in the Stateline. The racing action got rolling Saturday at Searls Park in Rockford. It's all about pedal power. More than 1200 competitors from 34 states traveled to Rockford. One of the top local racers is Rockford's Tyler Whitfield. He's 19 years old, and he's in the hunt for the National Amateur Championship this year in the 19 to 27 expert division. He plans to turn pro next year. This event on his home track is a good tune-up for that.
"It's my last year of Amateur, so I really want it pretty bad. I've been training really hard for it. Hopefully, I can put it together at the end of the year. I just love the feeling of the crowd. The home crowd cheering you on the whole time. I feel like I can go a lot faster," says Tyler Whitfield, BMX competitor.
Whitfield began BMX racing when he was six years old. He is going to be a sophomore at Marian University in Indianapolis this fall.
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