2014 Powder Puff Towards A Cure - Kicking Up Barstow DustPosted in Events on January 15, 2015
One of the most anticipated of all M.O.R.E. races is the Powder Puff Toward A Cure. In this year’s race, the ninth annual, the number of women who participated and came out to support the event was impressive. Eighty entrants left the line of the Barstow, California-based race. Thanks to those competing and donating, the Mojave Off Road Enthusiasts (M.O.R.E. Racing) raised an impressive $12,000 for Cedars-Sinai.
While good deeds were the driving force, good racing was on everybody’s mind. The ladies racing would have a three-hour block to run as many laps as they could get in. During the morning heat the women averaged around 45-minute lap times, and the afternoon heat bringing a little more fury to the event with an average lap time of roughly 34 minutes. Christina Perkins, driver of the First Place–winning UTV, gave many thanks to her father, sponsors, and event staff for such a great race. The overall winner for the morning heat was Jennifer Clemison. The afternoon heat overall winner was Chelsea Magness.
Madison Dormack and codriver Heidi Bird ran in the sticker-littered Class 5 Unlimited. Madison was able to raise just under $2,000, attending shows like Sand Sports Super Show and accepting donations and asking participants to sign a ribbon and place it on her car for the race. They may not have finished the race, but it was all for a great cause and they were nothing but smiles through the whole event.
Another unique element about Powder Puff Toward A Cure is that some vendors are given the opportunity to get into the vehicles and compete. PCI Race Radio’s own Sharlene Mescik raced with Tori Poole in her Class 1300 car and the duo pulled off a Third Place finish in their class.
While winning nearly takes second place to the importance of the event, the trophies, which featured the pink ribbon motif and were designed and fabricated by Boone’s Fabrication in Barstow, will hold a very special place for all who took one home.
This event is one that shows the best of our sport. It has competition, compassion, and a sense of community. Those who compete and those who produce and back such an event should be proud of themselves for giving themselves over to bettering the lives of others. If you’ve never attended the Powder Puff Toward A Cure race, you can next year. We’ll be back, and we hope to see you all there too.