NEKOOSA (WAOW) -- Motocross riders raced in the mud Sunday.
The Rapid Angels Motorcycle Club held their annual motocross event in Nekoosa.
Many racers there said they developed a lifelong love for the sport at a young age.
Dylan Narel has been racing for almost 20 years and is only 24 years old. He says races like the one Sunday are why he rides.
"It's not just, 'Okay, let's see who can run the fastest,'" Narel said. "There's a lot more that goes into it. You have to have the proper bike setup as well as the proper gear and riding technique."
The event featured riders as young as four years old. Organizers say motocross is a great sport for children.
"It helps you develop character, I believe, in that these are very muddy conditions for these bikes," said John Lazar, the president of the Rapid Angels. "These bikes have very small wheels and it's very hard for those kids to ride through that sand. It's a challenge that they probably won't get in a lot of places in their lives."
Some parents say they put their children on a bike because of the community that comes along with it.
"He's going to be here every weekend," said Scott Syverson of Nacedah. "He's going to be out of trouble, and he's going to be surrounded by good people."
Narel says starting at a young age kept him close with his loved ones.
"This sport's a really good sport for families," he said. "We've always done it as a family together. We're always on the road together so it keeps you united as one."
He says he appreciates the opportunity he was given, so now he's the one giving back to the sport he loves.
"When I was down at the Pee-wees, you look up to all those A-riders so I like to be involved and helping with the Pee-wees and younger kids," said Narel.
For he and his fellow riders, it's that family atmosphere that keeps them coming back.
Sunday's races also did some good in the community. Some of the money that the club raises goes towards high school scholarship funds.