A professional BMX rider started riding at St. Louis County Park

The park is known for BMX, but it has become something more for Zack Warden. The course is special for him.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – The St. Louis Bike Park is hosting its annual fundraiser this Saturday. The non-profit organization raises funds for its insurance.

The park is known for BMX, but it has become something more for Zack Warden. The course just next to the Greenway of Gravois is close to his heart.

“This place means a lot to me,” he told 5 On Your Side.

This is where he learned not to be afraid.

“It teaches you to face your fears. It takes a level of courage and bravery,” he said.

He used to go to St. Louis Bike Park to get away from the stress of his childhood.

“I had a bit of a rough childhood. When I was out of school, I would come here and just drown out all my problems,” Warden explained.

These riding sessions were more than therapeutic. The constant driving helped him become a professional.

“He helped me get to those places I never thought I’d go,” he said.

Warden has been participating in the X Games for 14 years. He won six medals at the Games. Although he didn’t always win, the lessons he learned at the park pushed him to do better.

“You must be able to accept your failures to achieve your success. And a lot of people don’t realize that,” he said.

Warden realized what determination could do for her career.

“It makes you dig deep inside. If there’s a will, there’s a way, and I just try to embody that in everything I do,” he said.

He believes the trait is something kids in our area can also earn by biking at the park.

“I really want to give kids a place to have some innocence and learn to grow as a person and face your fears and know that almost anything is possible,” he explained.

Warden discovered the possibilities of the park and now he is living his dream.

“Playing and representing St. Louis is just breathtaking to me,” he said.

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Earnest L. Veasey