REDLANDS – There is no mistaking the excitement of a child, and on Saturday the Redlands Bicycle Classics Childrens Public Race was no exception.
With eager eyes and a smile across his face, 3-year-old Magnus Hillman was first to cross the finish line in the first 50-yard heat of the tricycle race.
Mom Jennifer Hillman was waiting for him at the finish line, cheering him on with encouraging words and open arms.
He races for skittles because he doesnt understand what a race is yet, Hillman said.
All of Saturdays RBC childrens racers were winners, receiving a congratulatory medal as they crossed the finish line.
Rhonda and Joe Hwang, parents of Joelle and Jayden Hwang, were participants in
this years race.
This is great family fun and its something to do within the community, Joe said.
This race helps to start the focus on health in their lives, said Rhonda.
I like riding with my daddy in the cold-de-sac to prepare, said 4-year-old Joelle.
Her preparations paid off because Joelle flew through the finish line in first place in the second heat for the 4-year-olds.
Parents gathered at the finish line, waving their little ones across the finish line, while other parents lined the streets shouting encouragement and snapping pictures.
I am excited to do the race. I want to win. I have been practicing for a couple of months and even got a bike for Christmas with a computer
on it, said 7-year-old Joshua Boucher.
Joshuas parents, Michelle and Tim Boucher, said they like the fact that Joshua can come there and be competitive.
The sense of community could be felt throughout the RBC. Everyone gathered there for a common cause – to either participate or to offer support and kind words to loved ones and to each other.
Anytime there would be a man down the crowd would pull together to offer words of encouragement.
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