Trike races a hit with competitors, spectators

MARYSVILLE — This year’s Trike races saw a variety of experience — from riders who have been racing for longer than 15 years to riders who woke up June 18 not knowing they were going to jump into a pool of strawberry Jello 12 hours later.

That much was the case for Mike Gilroy, 47, of Everett, who was one of a impromptu four-man team that filled in for no-show at Asbery Field.

“I had to try it to test my athletic ability,” Gilroy said. “It was great. I had a lot of fun and I think I would do this again next year.”

On the other end of the spectrum was Alex Baumann of Marysville, who has taken part in the Trike races for five years, with at least three first-place finishes.

“My boss pressures me into it,” Baumann, who works at the Golden Corral Buffet & Grill of Marysville joked. “I’m 32 years old — I’m too old to be doing this, but you can’t really say no.”

All kidding aside, Baumann and his team, Kitchen Masters, finished fourth in the competitive division.

Winners included Golden Corral’s Fabulous 40’s with a time of 12:15 in the Powder Puff division and Golden Corral’s Piggy Pushers with a time of 11:23 in the 50-50 division.

But the main event was between the Marysville Fire District and the Tulalip Fire Department. A close race throughout saw Marysville take the lead for good near the end of the third leg and finish the race in an impressive nine minutes flat to earn the top finish in the competitive bracket..

“We’ve all been doing this together now for six years,” said Tyler Dormaier of his three Marysville Fire teammates. “I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve got to get into it.”

The final race between fire squads drew the most cheers, as it was the closest of the night.

“Those are the kinds of races we usually get,” said event organizer Chris Nation. “And that’s what we like because the crowd gets into it and that’s what we love about it. It was a fantastic night. We had a good turnout and some really memorable moments.”

Among the obstacles the 12 teams of four had to overcome this year were a teeter-totter, a tire swing, an urban forest (made of road cones), a Road Pit, a ropes course, tunneling tubes, the Jello jump and the perilous poo pit.

The poo pit, which was a mud-filled, tiered set of speed bumps, demolished one tricycle and crippled a couple more this year.

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