Race Inspires Little Pedal Pushers

Kids stage a bike race of their own


Several of the winners from the Fire on the Rim mountain bike kids’ race on Sunday show off their medals and winning style.

Several of the winners from the Fire on the Rim mountain bike kids’ race on Sunday show off their medals and winning style. Photo by Michele Nelson. |

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The kids raced around the Pine-Strawberry school grounds on their bikes Sunday morning in their own Fire on the Rim mountain bike event.

“The older kids went twice around, the younger just once,” said Rick Weiss, organizer of the kids’ events for the weekend.

Rick and his wife, Chara, put together the kids’ camp and bike race to entertain racers’ children while they completed the course. Unfortunately, they learned they should have had the kids’ camp closer to the race starting line.

“Most of the kids saw friends from last year at the venue and decided to stay there instead of coming to the school grounds where we had set up the program,” said Chara.

Last year, the mountain bike race started and ended near the playing field of the Pine-Strawberry school grounds. This year, organizers moved the adult race near That Brewery just outside of Pine.

“We learned a lot,” said Janet Brandt, a board member on the event committee.

She said with the expanded event schedule, the organizers had a steep learning curve. The kids’ camp was a prime example.

“Eight people signed up for it, but parents didn’t bring their kids. They (the kids) just wanted to play there,” she said.

Next year, Brandt and Chara plan on using a barn near the campground to host an arts and crafts table and other events. The ladies hope the race for the children draws more participants, as well.

At this year’s kids’ race, six children participated in the seven- to nine-year-old group, while three children rode in the four- to five-year-old race.

And the winner is...

Six- to Seven-Year-Old Race:

1 – Emme Sopeland

2 – Autumn Lynch

3 – Olivia Sopeland

3 – Isaac Bishop

Four- to Five-Year-Old Race:

1 – Oliver Bishop

2 – Jack Sopeland

3 – Scout Lynch

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