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A family tradition
Local family to compete in Mark Hahn Memorial 300 race

2/24/2016

ANTHEM – For Roger Amaya and his sons Brandon and Abraham, family comes first: from the business they run to their family traditions. Brandon and Abraham work full-time at the Tortas Chano restaurant in Anthem, which is owned by their parents, Maria Estrada and Roger Amaya. Roger and his sons will be competing in the Mark Hahn Memorial 300 jet ski race in Lake Havasu this weekend. Roger has competed in this race before; this year will be the first time father and sons have all participated.

“All three of us are going to be taking off right next to each other,” Roger said, noting that he will be in a different race category than his sons. The race will be held on Feb. 27; see www.markhahn300.com for additional race information. Known as the “World’s Longest Continuous PWC Race,” the 300-mile endurance race consists of 10-mile laps.

Roger noted that the Mark Hahn Memorial race attracts contestants from all over the world and from all over the United States. Last year, 125 contestants entered the race. Roger has competed in this race before; his last race time was 4 hours, 48 minutes. As a friend of the late Mark Hahn, Rogers says that he is “doing the race in respect of him,” calling him a “very good man.”

“He (Hahn) turned me on to the jet skis,” Roger said. “He taught me a lot of moves.”

Roger said his sons are “very eager to push this.” They’ve been practicing at Lake Pleasant and Lake Havasu in preparation for this race, training to increase their endurance and make pit stops as fast as possible. They aim to get in and out of each pit stop in three minutes. They’ll be representing Tortas Chano with their team gear, and they’re ready to do the family business proud.

The Amayas’ pit crew for this race includes local business Kommander Industries. Roger called Kommander “beyond supportive of us,” noting their continued backing.

Roger feels incredibly blessed to have this opportunity to race with his sons, saying racing with his sons is worth more than any money to him.

“Having my two boys run with me in the Mark Hahn race…This is what it’s about,” Roger emphasized.