Motocross event to raise awareness of women in male-dominated sports

For San Diego native Kayla Kahn, there is nothing like the feeling she gets after tearing it up on a motocross ramp, then whipping off her helmet and hearing a collective gasp as her long blonde hair falls past her shoulders and spectators realize she’s a woman.

The 22-year-old motocross racer, who has her sights set on competing in the X Games, is hosting a free motocross event, Jan. 14, from noon to 6 p.m. at Global RV Solutions, 2736 Garnet Avenue (at the corner of Garnet Avenue and Mission Bay Drive).

Kahn and a team of female motocross riders will demonstrate the sport, along with X Games medalist and freestyle motocross racer, Myles Richmond, who performs at 2:30 p.m.

The event, which is designed to draw attention to the disparity in income and participation opportunities for women in a variety of traditionally male-dominated sports, will include balloons and face-painting for children, live rock music, free drinks and food and the launch of Kahn’s clothing line, MotoMizfit.

Kahn started out riding dirt bikes in Poway and Ramona, though longed to race motocross like her father, Karl Kahn, and has a long-term goal of obtaining her professional motocross license.

--Staff Reports