With skies that went from blue to gray to blue (but it will NOT rain on Tuesdays) 40 excited, and warm, children came to challenge the course at Look Park, participating in this year�s third race. This week saw a double heat in the 7-8 yr old race with many children bringing friends to experience the fun of the race.
An almost completely new 5-6 yr old field lined up at 6pm to start the evening. Sam Shelffo showed the newcomers a quick jump out but was unable to hold the lead over this enthusiastic group. Will O�Connor held off John Ferrara and Chris West to take 1st. This group was quickly followed in by John O�Connell, David Helems, Johnny Emond, Sam Shelffo, and Joseph Sireci. This group will definitely challenge the group of the past two weeks. Hopefully next week will see them all joined together for some great racing.
6 veteran 7-8 yr olds took shared the course with 8 new riders. After dividing the field in half the first group lined up for the instructions on this two laps race on the shorter oval. Eli Friman repeated his win of three weeks ago against David Stamm. Allison Helems then took 3rd directly in front of Phoebe Gelbard, 4th. Ryan Wall, racer from last year, brought in the rest of the field with Ben Bruscoe and Joseph Ryan.
William Bass crossed the line barely in front of Vincent Sireci and Davis Rioux for the podium of the second group. Brenna Mottor then led in David Brewer, Bryce Wall, and Colin Rudolph.
A quick changed to the course and the 9-10 yr olds were set for a two lap race on the longer course. Craig Blair repeated his will of last week by sliding by Theo Viola in the last corner. Ben O�Connor, after a mechanical on the back of the course during the second lap, came back to take third place in front of Leland Rege-Colt who has aged up from last year. Kyra Blair led in the second group of riders follwed quickly by Austen Rioux, Emily Stamm, Sophie Lellman, and Caelin Mottor.
The final full lap race of the evening was three lap race with a record breaking 7 11-12 yr olds, joined by 9 yr old Craig Blair. Instructions given, the group readied themselves for a long race. Owen West gained steadily and finally turned on the gas to finish in front of Seth Samuelson. Craig Brown showed that warm-up really can help by cruising to a third place just moments before Maya Gelbard, who had recovered from a mechanical during the first lap. Fifth place was too close to call and Charlotte Lellman and Chantel O�Shepa were awarded with identical ribbons. Latoya Brown and Charlie Brewer finished strong with close sixth and seventh.
Aiden and Sophie then took their places in the first corner to compete in a 50 yr dash. Sophie, and mom, finished seconds before Aiden, and dad.
Congratulations to all of our participants and thank you to the cheering section. Hope to see you all again next week.