Whether it was coaching boxing, putting on youth functions or creating off-road bike races around the trees of Palms Park, Ron Mackler was all about helping out the local kids, giving them something positive to do and keeping them out of trouble. As park superintendent, working for the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Ron Mackler was the man in charge of Palms, and held some of the first organized BMX races ever.
It wasn’t long before kids were showing up from all over the valley to compete in Ron’s races. Charging only 25-cents for an entry fee, participation began to grow – attracting many of the early BMX Hall of Fame pioneers, such as Thom Lund, John Palfreyman, Perry Kramer and the legendary Rick’s Bike Shop team, led by Rick Twomey. Ron was just humbly doing his job – which was to give Santa Monica teens something positive to do. Little did he realize that his actions would give generations of kids, young and old, something positive to do, and help lay the groundwork for an eventual-Olympic sport.
Ron passed away on July 10, 2010, but members of his family will be present in Chula Vista to accept this posthumous honor.
Both Bob and Kathy were previous inductees into the NBL Hall of Fame. The process of adding them to the National BMX Hall of fame Class of 2015 was completely separate from those previous honors. All inductees were voted in by a ballot sent to Hall Of Fame members, BMX Media and select other folks.