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Brian and I would like to announce with much love and heavy hearts that we are hanging our helmets up at the conclusion of this season. There are a hundred reasons we could give to explain why but just simply said…It is Time. We have for many years devoted our time, love and passion to the youth of this sport and in turn we were blessed by being part of so many families’ weekend adventures. We have formed life long bonds of friendship that if not for this sport we would have missed out on. Every single hug and smile we received or gave was sincere and treasured in our hearts. The NEOC has only been half of the years we spent trying to make our small part in this world a better place. As we all know, Life dictates the way our path winds around the mountains we climb and we couldn’t be more blessed then having all of you take that walk with us, especially when the climb was steep and full of obstacles. We have seen and shared many life experiences, happy times, sad moments, accomplishments, devastation, new life brought into this world and many angels taken from it……The hurt and sadness you feel for those you care about is soothed by the love and friendship from those very same people. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and The Beautiful is what life is made up of, however, it is up to you on which one you choose to seek out and embrace. Of all the things we promoted over the years please remember this one; it’s always about the faces not the races. The love you shared and how it made them feel is what they will remember not the finish. We cherish the friendship and every hug that was freely given to us over the last 20 years. Our life has been rich with emotion and passion that will last a life time……This isn’t goodbye but until we hug again….after all, if you know the Hartem Family, then you know we don’t sit idle or watch the parade go by.
Round 6 Cumberland County Fairgrounds October 29th & 30th will be the final Offroad Harescramble Event for the NEOC and Brian & Noel Hartem. Please come out and share in our last 10 second count and the final throw of our checkered flag.
November 5th will be our final Offroad Harescramble Awards Ceremony. See website for details.

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  1. Ken Harwas says on October 16, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Is there anything that we could do to help keep neoc together I think that neoc is the best thing going for kids and parents alike when I think back to good memories most of them were from an neoc event we absolutely love you guys and don’t want it to end my family would absolutely be willing to donate time and effort to keep this great race organization together and racing whatever it takes we love the NEOC

  2. stephyjo1977 says on October 17, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Noel this was very well said. We will all cherish the memories that we made with the NEOC, the smiles, the hugs, all of it. Zach and mitch have raced for years with you guys and we could not be more proud to be part of such a family oriented, and amazing organization. Mickey and I would like to thank you for all those wonderful memories that you gave to our boys, we would also like to Thank you for allowing Zach the honor of singing the national anthem every Sunday for the last 5 years, you guys definitely played a huge part in him pursuing his dreams in Nashville. Thank you for allowing us to volunteer our time all of these years, it has been a blast (especially setting up the cat briar and watching Mickey and Brian dance, priceless). The NEOC is a one of a kind organization and will be missed, there’s no replacing you. We love you guys xoxo

  3. Jessica N Buonadonna says on October 17, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you Noel & Brian for the last several years that we have been involved with the NEOC. This organization has been a huge part of our life and is now our family!!! I never thought that this time was going to come but here we are. Please everyone keep safe and continue to pay it forward as Noel and Brian has always done for us!!! We love you guys and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the NEOC!!! Let’s ride this wave like we have all the others!!!

  4. jake sponsler says on November 5, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    hey if its possible can u put on maybe one race a year you guys cant just end it this place is where i won my first race and beat dylan leary plzz 1 race every now and then

  5. Irene LOPER-HAWN says on November 8, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Thanks for all your years of dedication to all of the riders young and old that have passed through your gates to participate in your events. I know how heavy your hearts must be as is mine.Your dedication has made a huge impact on so many young people, you will be greatly missed my friends. Irene

  6. Joe Steele3 says on December 18, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you to all of the families for sharing a part of your lives through racing with the NEOC! The memories that my son and I have made throughout the years will last us a life time!! Joe and Cody Steele ; ) Until we meet again in the circle of life! Be well!

  7. Rita Harris says on March 3, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    wow, all good things must come to an end sometimes! My son started racing with you when he was a tike on trike and now is 14 years old! He is truly saddened to see it end! Thanks for the priceless memories and may God continue to Bless you and your families!

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