Caruso was a very special young lady. Her presence could
spread warmth on the coldest day. She was an icon around
BMX in Connecticut for 7 years. She touched so many
people in that time.
not only a great rider, but she was a great and courageous
young lady. Tragically, after being accepted at Tufts
University and while in the midst of writing a book
about her experiences, she lost her battle with cancer
on July 23, 1990.
In 1992. under the suggestion
of Kathy Olson, it was decided that an annual state award
should be created in the memory of Ronnie Caruso. The RONNIE CARUSO MEMORIAL
AWARD is now given annually to the female
rider who shows the most improvement and/or whos actions
and mannerisms closely emulate those of Ronnie Caruso. The award is now given annually at the State Championship Race.