Mount Airy bicycle club to sponsor family-oriented races Sunday

NEIGHBORS

June 17, 1994|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Velokids, a Mount Airy children's bike club, is sponsoring a family-oriented bicycle event Sunday to delight young and old.

From tricycle-riding toddlers to senior citizen cyclists, the second annual Fathers Day Bike Race and Family Fun Day will offer something for everyone. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Supersports Arena in the Eldersburg Business Center on Route 32 -- one mile north of Route 26 and opposite Liberty High School.

Bicycle enthusiasts of all ages and capabilities are encouraged to participate in races that will be geared to various levels of expertise. The races, which will range in length from 200 yards for the tricycle trek to 15 miles for the top contest, will feature medals for the top three finishers in each, according to organizer Larry Black.

Patrons will have opportunities to win "lots of prizes" through drawings. "Top area amateurs will be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes," he added.

Mr. Black, who owns Mount Airy Bicycles, said the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. when cyclists, ages 28 to 34 years and licensed by the United States Cycling Federation, compete in the top-sanctioned race of the day.

The next sanctioned race begins at 10 a.m. and will be held for master cyclists age 30 and up. After a noon lunch break, licensed cyclists who are 10 to 16 years old will compete at 1 p.m.

Citizen races, which are for anyone without a cycling license, begin at 2:30 p.m. Free pony rides, snacks and other activities will also be featured. Showers will be available.

With the exception of kiddies age 2 to 6 who are competing in the tricycle-bicycle match, all participants are requested to pay a $10 fee. This donation includes a T-shirt and a healthy buffet lunch.

Proceeds will benefit The Arc of Carroll County, formerly the Carroll County Association for Retarded Citizens.

The June 19 event will also feature the "first bike pull in Maryland," said Mr. Black. The unmotorized bike pull will be held for two categories of bikes -- road and mountain.

Sunday's family day is one of many activities enjoyed by the Velokids, the junior division of the Mount Airy Bike Club. Mr. Black said the club is totally nonprofit and specializes in (P "developing children's riding skills and safety techniques through competitive events and recreational activities."

"We take them at age 4," he said.

Mr. Black, who owns College Park Bicycles, moved to the Mount Airy area six years ago because he and his family liked riding there. They opened Mount Airy Bicycles more than three years ago after discovering "there was a need for a shop."

The 1993 Fathers Day Bike Race and Family Fun Day drew 150 participants, said Mr. Black. "The biggest race was the kids," he said. "We had 50 kids in one race."

No preregistration is needed for Sunday's rain-or-shine event but "helmets are always required," said Mr. Black.

Children under age 18 also need parental consent. For more information, call Mr. Black at (301) 831-5151 or Peter Reeves at (410) 781-6228.

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A fellowship of young teens has volunteered to help cool off Mount Airy on Saturday evening by making curb-side deliveries of frosty ice cream creations.

Frigid root beer floats, bone-chilling banana splits, and shiver-inducing sundaes will be served to patrons in their cars from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 18 in the parking lot of Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy.

The Calvary Youth Ice Cream Drive-In, an annual fund-raiser for the church's middle school-age youth group, will also feature

generous scoops of vanilla, strawberry and chocolate served by the cup or cone. Glacial toppings of chocolate, cherry, butterscotch and other flavors will be available to complete the desserts. Sodas will also be sold. Prices will range from 50 cents to $2.50, with proceeds to benefit youth activities such as retreats and camping.

The event traditionally has a '50s theme, and music from that period will be broadcast to entertain patrons and workers, according to Calvary youth director Tom Mitchell. From scoopers to servers, the event's personnel will come from the group's growing list of youth fellowship members.

"We have 25 to 30 active kids -- Calvary members and friends," said Mr. Mitchell.

Calvary has all ages of teen-agers covered for fellowship purposes, with another group organized just for high school students. Eight adult volunteers work to make the teen programs successful.

Mr. Mitchell said both fellowship groups have a variety of activities planned for the summer including picnics, white-water rafting, a visit to a Frederick Keys game, a July dance, miniature golf, a pool party and a service project.

Weekly meetings will be held during the summer, either or Saturdays or Sundays. "It will be a fun summer," he added. "New members are always welcome."

Information: (301) 829-0358.

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There are still a few spaces open for the first session of the popular Mount Airy Recreation Council two-week Summer Playground in July at Mount Airy Elementary School.

Summer Playground hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Session I held July 5 to 15. The second session, July 18 to 29, is filled and has a waiting list.

Organized for younger children (those who will enter kindergarten in the fall to those who have completed second grade), the program will include arts and crafts, bowling, a pizza party, a picnic in the park and a trip to the library.

The cost will be $30 per child and the deadline for registration is July 2. Special rates are available to families who have more than one child enrolled in the program.

To register or for more information, call Cheryl McDonough at (301) 831-3529 or Pam Medairy at (301) 829-9418.

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