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‘Hardy’ boys organize race for peers

Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival event held Sunday

September 1, 2017
By JUSTIN A. LEVINE - Outdoors Writer ( , Lake Placid News

WILMINGTON - A pair of Lake Placid fourth graders has pulled together a kid's mountain bike race that will wrap up the Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival this weekend.

Charlie Wilson and Henry Loher organized the Hardy Kids mountain bike race, including giving presentations to both Barkeater Trails Alliance and the town of Wilmington. After their presentations, the kid's race was added to the lineup for the three-day festival.

After getting approval for the race, Loher and Wilson got sponsors including the Pourman's Taphouse in Wilmington and several local bike shops.

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Henry Loher, left, and Charlie Wilson, fourth graders in Lake Placid, pose at the Hardy Road mountain bike trails in Wilmington Monday, Aug. 28. The pair organized the Hardy Kids Mountain Bike Race as part of this weekend’s Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival.
(News photo — Justin A. Levine)

"We were driving by Whiteface, and I was like 'I want to do one of the bike races,'" Wilson said. "And my mom was like 'I don't think you're old enough' and I said 'Why can't there be a kids' race I can race in?' And she said 'Why don't you make one?'"

Wilson said it was last year that he came up with the idea, and asked his friend Loher to help out.

"We had to go the mayor (Wilmington town Supervisor Randy Preston) and talk to the mayor and make sure it was OK," Loher said. "And we needed to get some sponsors. Our parents helped us a little."

The town of Wilmington and BETA are hosting the festival, which runs Friday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 3 and offers camping, shuttles to trails and live entertainment. Wilson said BETA was quite receptive to the idea.

"They said they were really excited for getting kids out and exercising," Wilson said.

Wilson said about a dozen kids had signed up for the race, which has pre-K through kindergarten balance bike and kindergarten through second grade peddle bike races, plus longer routes for older riders. Age groups continue up to include the rest of elementary school, middle school and high school divisions.

Each racer will get a T-shirt, a raffle ticket and free entry to an ice cream sunday party at the Wilmington town beach after the race.

The race kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Hardy Road trail system outside of Wilmington on Sunday morning.

To register, email Registration will also be accepted at race time. For more information, including maps of the courses and the registration form, visit the Facebook page at



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