More than 200 kids turned out for the 33rd Annual Children’s Bike Race on May 20, organized by the Astoria Civic Association and Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria).
Children ages 3 to 11 competed in separate races along Astoria Park’s waterfront. The youngest group kicked off the race — some on tricycles, others with the help of training wheels — on Shore Boulevard between Ditmars Boulevard and Astoria Park South. Vallone announced this year’s winners, who were trumpeted at the finish line with former Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria).
A $5 registration fee allowed for each child to receive a T-shirt and medal.
“I encourage all of our young cyclists to start training for next year,” Vallone Jr. said.
Girls ages 4 to 5 years old talk to their parents before the start of the fun.
The riders received T-shirts as well as trophies.
Winners’ trophies are all lined up ready for the taking.
Peter Vallone Sr., left, and his son Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), far right, recite the Pledge of Allegiance with two volunteer participants to kick off the race.
A young participant on her bicycle, with the RFK Triborough Bridge in the background. .
The race attracted more than 200 youngsters
Children ages 3 to 11 participated in the race.
A proud winner displays his trophy for a job well done.