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Bicyclers pedal for dollars at Chesapeake Citizen#039;s race

CHESAPEAKE - The legs were pedaling fast Saturday in Chesapeake and it was all for a good cause during a bike race sponsored by the Chesapeake Citizen’s Coalition.

The Children's Bike Race was held at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The race was part of a community event hosted by the Chesapeake Citizens' Coalition to raise money for a new stage and shelter at the triangle.

An adult bike race and rummage sell were held after the children’s race.

"We're really excited about this," said Andy Hunt, chairman of the bike race "It's great for the community."

The first race was for youth ages 10 and under. Five children participated in the race, which was held on Second Avenue in Chesapeake.

They were Dylan Maynard of Chesapeake and Jane Aulick, Sam Aulick and Riley Aulick of Huntington.

Nine-year-old Dylan Maynard was at the race with his mom Debbie.

He said he entered the race "for something to do" and he had a great time. He plans to enter the race next year.

"I was out of breath," Maynard said.

The second children's race was for children ages 11-14. Cody Roy and Carrie Henson of Chesapeake and Ben Aulick of Huntington, W.Va., participated.

"I like riding bikes," said 11-year-old Cody Roy "I saw the flyer at school and decided to join it."

Roy said he had a great time.

Onlookers seemed to be enjoying the race just as much as the youth, as they cheered the racers on.

Staci and Lou Aulick said they were having a great time with their children.

"I thought they did a good job, it was well organized and laid back," Staci Aulick said. She also participated in the 20-mile adult race.

"I think it's great (that) there are other activities that families can get involved in besides just sports," Lou Aulick said.

This is the second bike race in which their children have participated.

Awards were given to all participants at the conclusion of the race.