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Remembering Phil Barlow

Memorial BMX race Saturday drew hundreds to honor late city councilor
by: Courtesy photo MEMORIES — BMX riders wore Phil Barlow T-shirt’s to honor the memory of the late city councilor and biking supporter who died late last month.

Nearly 100 racers and 300 spectators converged at the McCormick Park BMX track for a memorial race to honor Phil Barlow, the St. Helens city councilor who died Sept. 24 at the age of 39.

Barlow, whose family owns and operates Barlow Bikes and Boards in St. Helens, is remembered in part for his dedication to the biking community.

From 9:30 a.m. to noon, riders sped around the track sporting shirts with Barlow's face on them. Some BMX riders attached photos of Barlow on their bikes. The Oregon BMX group posted on its Facebook following the race that the event was the largest outdoor race of its 2011 season.

Barlow died in Thailand on a trip to move his fiance Jirawan 'Tan' Chomseang from there to St. Helens. She sat next to Barlow's parents at the race.

A public memorial service for Barlow will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. in the St. Helens High School auditorium.