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Clearview Student Takes First at the Race of Champions BMX National Competition

William Sebalho Callahan, a second grader at Clearview Elementary School never thought that a free community education class through St. Cloud Area School District 742 would land him a national title.

“In May of 2022, William tried BMX for the first time at Pineview Park after we saw the community education advertisement for the Beginners League,” says Sebalho Callahan’s mom, Kassia. “We brought him to Pineview Park BMX in St. Cloud for a free class. He was a little intimidated but after his first lap, he said, ’I want to do this!’ [So], we signed him up for the Beginner League at six years old.Only three months later, he advanced to the intermediate class after achieving 10 first places in novice class.When the 2023 season began, Sebalho Callahan set a goal to try to win the Minnesota State Series Championship. His determination shined! After competing in six of the ten races at tracks across the state, Sebalho Callahan won the Minnesota State Championship for novice/intermediate and earned the State 1 number plate (first place).“Being the top rider in the state for age and class, William was invited to the Race of Champions (ROC), which is the opening race for the USA BMX Grand National Championship race in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on November 23 & 24,” shares Kassia. “This was William's first time traveling to the ‘Grands’ National race.”

At the Race of Champions, Sebalho Callahan competed against 53 seven-year-old boys from across the country and needed to advance through six qualifying races to advance to the Main. In the Main, he took first place. He’s also the only 7-year-old intermediate in the country who can run the coveted red ROC 1 number plate for the 2024 season.Last week, Sebalho Callahan won the Governor's Cup, an event arranged by Rum River BMX in Isanti, MN. He competed against expert, intermediate and novice 7-year-old boys from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. Rum River BMX was recently voted the number one track in the country.

Sebalho Callahan’s future in BMX racing is looking bright as he continues with his 2024 season!