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Posted June 4, 2006  -- Photos by Fritz Rethage

12th Heights Bike Marathon -- 2006

2005 [Group 1][Group 2]        2004 [May 29 photos]
2003 May 24th Night time photos
2002 [May 24 photos] [May 25 photos]          2001 [May 26 photos][May 27 photos]
2000  [May 27 photos][May 28 photos] [Final Stats][The Record May 26 story]

2006 mpeg's of [First lap] (7 meg) [Final lap] (4 meg)
2003 mpeg's of:  [At bend/scoreboard] [At pit-stop] (500k)
2002 mpeg of:  [
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10,002 miles later ...

... and it appeared that these Sixth through Ninth Graders could have completed another 10,002 miles.

The 12th Annual 24-hour Memorial Weekend Bicycle Marathon was held at Gary Depken Field. It started on Saturday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m. and concluded on Sunday, May 28 at 10:00 a.m.

About 200 boys and girls participated in 40 teams.

Each team consisted of a minimum of four participants with an optional fifth person as a coach/mechanic.

Prior to the event, Coach Nick Delcalzo briefed participants about the rules, procedures and code of conduct.

Each team bicycle had an odometer installed and calibrated. Periodic mileage checks were made throughout the event.

Every rider received a bicycle helmet and was required to wear a helmet and the "T" shirt while on the bicycle.

The Marathon started with the D.A.R.E. vehicle and Bill Kundert in a brand new Volvo leading the first lap.

A cyclist from each team then took turns riding the designated bicycle around the track. A special lane was designated for riders to switch.

Each team was responsible for keeping its bicycle moving at all times. Mechanics with tools were available to handle minor repairs.

Participants were required to stay on the field at all times. A secured "tent city" was set up on the practice field where each team set up their own tent with sleeping bags, extra clothing and food. Water and sports drinks were provided.

During early evening, "No Apparent Reason," a band from the Hasbrouck Heights High School played a few sets.

Parents and friends were in the bleachers supporting their favorite team during the entire event.

Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department and EMS members were on the scene for the 24-hour event and reported only a few minor scrapes and cuts.

Upon the conclusion of the race, all bicycles were stopped and a mileage count was taken.

While tabulations were computed, a final championship lap was taken around the track amid thunderous applause by supporters.

Every participant who completed the race received a medal. Various 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies were awarded to the winning teams by age group.

Overall winners received mountain bikes donated by Bill Kundert and presented during the Lions Club Fireworks Program.

The Marathon was co-sponsored by the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department and Kundert Volvo. ###

For more photos and movies go to: www.hasbrouck-heights.com

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[Go to Group 2 photos]

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Overall breifing on rules, conduct, etc.

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Each participant received a bicycle helmet and "T" shirt

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Installing  counters on each bicycle

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After two test laps, each counter was calibrated

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And the marathon begins...
Movie of [First lap] (7 meg)

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Riders changed inside a special inside lane

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And sometimes the bicycles breakdown.
Staff was on hand to make minor repairs

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Riders of the night

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"Tent City"
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Live band played music during the early evening
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The Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department was on hand and in force.
No major injuries were reported -- just a few cuts and scrapes.

[Go to Group 2 photos]

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