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Bike contest is a race to be proud of

PAT FRIDGEN
It's always refreshing to see a bike race without the scandals and hard feelings of the Tour de France, and Greencastle's own James P. Oliver Memorial Bicycle Race, held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, did not disappoint. Contestants in age-ranked categories competed cheerfully despite scorching heat on the first block of North Carlisle St., which was closed off for the event.

It's always refreshing to see a bike race without the scandals and hard feelings of the Tour de France, and Greencastle's own  James P. Oliver Memorial Bicycle Race, held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, did not disappoint.  Contestants in  age-ranked categories competed cheerfully despite scorching heat on the first block of North Carlisle St., which was closed off for the event.

In the 4-and-under category, winners were Zach Beam, first (7:32 seconds); Nathan Nolan, second (8.34 seconds) and Hayden Nolan, third (8.59 seconds). Adam Murr took first in the 5-to-7-year-old category with a time of 3.72 seconds, Drew Leydig, second (3.81 seconds) and Levi Bingaman, third (3.9 seconds).

First in the 8 and 9-year-old group  was Ethen Hildebrand (3.18 seconds), followed by Jordan Stevens, second (3.29 seconds) and Ethan Murr, third (3.34 seconds).  In the 10- and 11-year-old category, Luke Steele took first (3.11 seconds) Alexandra Shatzer, second (3.18 seconds) and Loren Ramer, third (3.24 seconds).

Matt Kline placed first (2.78 seconds) in the 12- and 13-year-old field; followed by Jake Wertz, second (2.92 seconds) and Daniel Kegerreis, third (2.93 seconds).  Among 14- and 15-year olds, Brayden Burgener placed first with 3.09 seconds.

Dillon Shatzer was first in the 16- to 20-year-old age group, with a time of 2.64 seconds, and Caleb Martin placed second with 2.74 seconds. Rick Brake, the only rider in the 21 to 50 age group,  placed first with a time of 3.32 seconds.

The race concluded with an exciting race between Old Home Week President Ben Thomas Jr., and Officer Chris McGarrity of the Greencastle Police Department, which ended in a draw. The Greencastle Police also reported they received seven new bike registrations at the race.

 All winners received a certificate and all race participants received an Old Home Week 2010 water bottle courtesy of Family Cycling Center of Chambersburg.

Ethen Hildebrand won first place in the 8-9 year old division with a time of 3.18 seconds.