Race Day 2015 Feature: Bernadette Griffith

By: Patrick Newell

GREENE – The last time Bernadette Griffith appeared in these pages, she was hobbling around on crutches after shattering her ankle and breaking her fibula.

An admitted adrenaline junkie, the then-32-year-old was living life to the max participating in one of the many outdoors sports that occupy her free time. Griffith was also chomping at the bit to get back on her motocross bike.

"I had to get a doctor's note to go back (to racing)," Griffith said remembering the start of the 2011 season.

What the doctors didn't know is that Griffith was on the bike perhaps a smidge before she got the official okay. But we won't tell anyone about that slight indiscretion if you won't.

If you were as successful as Griffith, you would be eager, too, to get back to the track. In the seasons subsequent to that injury, Griffith has become a staple on the District 3 racing circuit.

And 2014 was her best season yet. She won not one, but two championships taking the women's class, while also claiming the 30-year-old-plus novice class.

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Griffith said that the women's class is an open division that might include teen-aged girls, prospective professionals, and of course every-day working women like herself.

On the novice 30-plus side, any one of 200 riders in the district may take to the track, and Griffith was just one of a handful of women among that 200.

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