Brandon Hurst


Brandon Hurst is a senior at DAHS. Brandon has been racing competitively in hare scrambles or woods races since he was 3 years old. His dad bought him his first bike and then started teaching him how to ride, and the rest is history. Brandon started racing early since there are many classes for different age groups. Hare racing is a form of off-road motorcycle racing that varies in distance and time, with the riders completing multiple laps around a marked course through wooded or other rugged natural terrain. Woods racing is a single track of racing. Brandon rides more than he races anymore but he enjoys the thrill of racing; “It’s really fun and a good personal challenge to try,” he says. He claims that the more you ride and race makes you a better and faster competitor. Brandon races on the trails in Ohio, but he also travels to other states to ride.

The most challenging race for Brandon was Big Valley, 2 years ago, because his bike was not working properly and he was fighting just to keep it running. In his struggle, he wrecked badly. This did not stop Brandon though; he got back up and finished the race, going on to win 10th place.The most accomplishing event for Brandon was when he won 1st place for his first time. Winning 1st place made his dad proud and Brandon was also very happy to be on the podium for the first time.

Racing is not as easy as it sounds, and it’s not something you can do for your first time and succeed. The sport takes a lot of practice because you have to have technique and skills to really be great at it. Brandon has been injured several times from wrecking, has had about 14 concussions and some broken bones, “But nothing too crazy,” he says.