CRAIG MOREHOUSE
1972 - 1991

Craig Morehouse, or "Lumpy" as we all called him, was a kid you loved to be around. To him, BMX racing was simply something to have fun with. Even though he tried his hardest, How he finished was always secondary.

There was one race on a Wednesday night so many years ago now, up at RT 5 BMX in South Windsor, where Lumpy's good nature and great attitute had a chance to shine.

After earning his Expert ranking, it was very difficult to score a win as this class was huge. It was 17 & Over Expert at that time and included some of the top riders in the state. In the main event that night, all were coming down the last straight and just before the finish line, they all stopped allowing Lumpy to ace the win. He was so proud he put that trophy on his mom's grave for one year.

In 1991 Craig married, but, working two jobs to support his wife and soon to be born child, he lost his life in a work related accident.

That child, now 24 years old, is married and living happily in the mid west.

At the suggestion of Roger Plaskett, it was decided to create an annual award to be given in his memory.

The CRAIG MOREHOUSE MEMORIAL AWARD is now given annually to a male rider who shows the most improvement and/or whos actions and mannerisms closely emulate those of Craig Morehouse. The award is now given at the State Championship Race.

Former Recipients
1994
Bill Cadella
1995
Nolan Heasley
1996
Adam Keller
1997
Allen Currier
1998
Patrick Palmieri
1999
Howie O'Dell
2000
Steven Klucik
2001
Daniel Buckner
2002
Stephen Newman
2003
Jacob Enriquez
2004
Freddy Long
2005
Anthony Delvento
2006
Jeffery Crousier
2007
Zach Pirulli
2008
Brandon Wojtkowski
2009
Joshua Wedge
2010
Jake Pirulli
2011
Dallas Tuttle
2012
Matt Higgs
2013
Mike Strandberg
2014
Alex Kuehn
2015
Jagur Layman
2016
Johnny Tomboly

  Johnny Tomboly  
  2016 Recipient  
     
  Photo Curtesy Christine Levine