13th Heights Bike Marathon 2007
13th Annual 24-hour Memorial Weekend Bicycle Marathon was
held at Gary Depken Field. It started on Saturday, May 26
at 10:00 a.m. and concluded on Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 10:00
200 boys and girls participated in 50 teams.
team consisted of a minimum of four participants with an optional
fifth person as a coach/mechanic.
to the event, Coach Nick Delcalzo briefed participants about
the rules, procedures and code of conduct.
team bicycle had an odometer installed and calibrated. Periodical
mileage checks were made throughout the event.
rider received a bicycle helmet and a "T" shirt,
and were required to wear a helmet and "T" shirt
while on the bicycle.
Marathon started with the D.A.R.E. vehicle and Bill Kundert
in a brand new Volvo leading the first lap.
cyclist from each team then took turns riding the designated
bicycle around the track. A special lane was designated for
riders to switch.
team was responsible for keeping its bicycle moving at all
times. Mechanics with tools were available to handle minor
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.
and friends were in the bleachers supporting their favorite
team during the entire event.
Heights Fire Department and EMS members were on the scene
for the 24-hour event and reported only a few minor scrapes
the conclusion of the race, all bicycles were stopped and
a mileage count was taken.
tabulations were computed, a final championship lap was taken
around the track amid thunderous applause by supporters.
participant who completed the race received a medal. Various
1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies were awarded to the winning
teams by age group.
winners received mountain bikes donated by Bill Kundert.
Marathon was co-sponsored by the Hasbrouck Heights Police
Department and Kundert Volvo. ###