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Bike race a traditional event at Old Home Week

August 10, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, PA. - About 60 children and adults geared up for the James P. Oliver Memorial Bicycle Race on Wednesday, an event at the 36th triennial Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week.

"It's been around for as long as I can remember," said Ben Thomas, chairman of the event and secretary of the Old Home Week Association.

The bicycle race was named in honor of Oliver, who grew up in Greencastle, served on the Greencastle Borough Council and chaired the bicycle race for many years.

"It's just a fun race to have all age groups involved in at this part of Old Home Week," Thomas said.

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The bicycle race was a time-trial "drag race" beginning at the intersection of East Madison and North Carlisle streets and ending just before Center Square. Two riders (grouped by age) competed at a time and winners were based on speed.

It was the third time that Amy Fulton, 14, had been signed up to ride in the bicycle race. She said she won second place when she was 11 and first place when she was 8.

"I wanted to do it again," she said. "I couldn't wait until Wednesday (of Old Home Week)."

Seven-year-old Nathan Fulton, Amy's brother, was riding in the bike race for the first time. He won first place in his race.

"I barely beat her," Nathan said of the girl against whom he raced.

Rhonda McClellan came to Greencastle, where she grew up, from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Her son, Jonathan, 13, was involved in the bike race.

"He loves competition, he loves a challenge," Rhonda said.

Everyone who participated in the bicycle race received a certificate of participation and those who won a race based on speed were given a special certificate.

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