Chase Ungerman’s Inspirational Memorial
Two years ago Chase Ungerman was killed in an automobile accident. Thanks to his passion for motocross, and the way it shaped his life, his spirit lives on.
Each spring the Montana motocross community honors Chase Ungerman’s life by awarding a prize to an aspiring racer. This prize isn’t based on speed or skill. It’s awarded to someone who has used personality traits he or she has gained through racing to make the world a better place.
While the prize itself is limited to Montana racing residents, Chase’s story–and the annual award its inspired–is global and motocross and off-road racers young and old can appreciate its power.
Below is Chase’s story and what a grateful family of racers is doing to honor him. Have a great weekend and see you on the track/trail
Who was Chase Ungerman? How did he inspire us to create the Chase Ungerman Memorial Fund?
Chase Ungerman was a Montana motocross racer from 2004-2007. As a member of High Country Motocross Association (HCMA) he raced open beginner and then both 250 and Open Junior. In his final year of racing he placed in several events in the 250 and Open Junior class. But racing and winning were only part of the story.
Since the day he twisted the throttle of his first mini-bike Chase had been an active dirt-biker. Motocross racing demands great physical and even greater mental skills. Like any rider, he had to learn body positioning, cornering, jumping, passing and the secrets of the holeshot. Since he didn’t want to be an average racer, Chase had to devote many hours of practice, lap by lap, to perfect the techniques. Doing that helped him develop patience, endurance and self-discipline. Not only did that make him a better rider, it made him a better person.
Chase discovered that perhaps the most challenging part of motocross is the mental part. Over many months he practiced analyzing, visualizing and creating attitudes that would help him win. The results of his work became evident as he began to win more races. His career and life outside of racing also benefited from the new mental skills that he learned.
To Chase, motocross was not just about bikes and tracks; motocross events were like family reunions. He made friends with many riders of all classes. He was not above spending time with the younger riders, becoming a mentor and role model for some of them. He made friends with moms and dads as easily as he did other motocross riders. Motocross taught him to help others, to serve them and make them smile. With these social skills he made the world a better place.
Chase was killed in an automobile accident in December of 2007. Nearly 800 people attended his funeral, many of them were people directly influenced by the physical, mental and social skills that he developed through motocross. The Chase Ungerman Memorial Fund was created to honor Chase and the traits that he developed. The fund was established to encourage motocross riders to develop successful traits–traits that make a person successful beyond the events of a race day.
Do you know an inspiring motocross racer who lives in Montana? Help them win a set of 2010 Fly Racing gear and helmet (a combined value of $500 retail).
We all know and understand that racing motocross is one of the toughest sports on earth. It naturally develops a competitive spirit, physical endurance and mental toughness not matched in any other sport.
But we believe and embrace the fact that motocross also develops life-long personality traits that help us to get through life’s problems and maybe even make the world a better place. With this belief in mind in March 2010 we will pick a winning entry who’s story shows this best. On May 2nd in Anaconda they will receive a set of 2010 Fly Racing gear and helmet in the winner’s choice of color and size.
This year the rules to win have changed. We are asking you to nominate someone other than yourself. Nominate someone who has gained, through racing, some personality trait that has helped them to make it through life, or helped the lives of others or has given in some way to make this a better world.
To be eligible you must:
1) Submit an entry form (500 words or less) about the person who you would like to win and explain what they have done, or why you believe they should win.
2) Nominate someone other than yourself.
3) Nominated must be a Montana resident.
4) Person nominated must have raced a minimum of 6 HCMA point events in 2009.
5) Submit entry no latter than March 15, 2010.
Winning entry will be notified no later than March 30, 2010.
The Chase Ungerman Memorial Foundation Give-Away is sponsored by: