Environmentalists blast fundraiser

October 9, 2008 1:55:32 PM PDT
Environmentalists are blasting a three-day motorcycle race at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area to raise money for spinal cord injuries.

Members of Safe Beach and Dunes and the Center for Biological Diversity have organized a letter-writing campaign against the fifth annual "Endurance Beach Race" this weekend. The center calls it a "highly destructive" event that will harm the habitat, sensitive species and pollute the air.

The race raises money for a research center that focuses on stem cell treatments to repair spinal cord injury, and a nonprofit foundation that helps injured motorcycle racers.

Dennis Law, president of the Central Coast Motorcycle Association, says the organization has protections in place for both riders and the environment.