As Published by Aiken Standard, 5/7/08
By ROB NOVIT
Lexi Kimbrell came out to the Aiken Kiwanis Club"s annual Tricycle Races ready to ride. She"s only 3 years old, but, hey, she"s got good genes.
"I"ve been racing motorcycles all my life and work at Aiken Motorcycle Sales," said her dad, Chad Kimbrell. "Lexi has a dirt bike and a tricycle, and she"s got her tricycle racing shirt on. We"re having a good time."
The event for kids age 3-8, sponsored this year by Shaw Areva Mox Services, is the club"s biggest fundraiser, said Kiwanis President Scott Singer. The proceeds are used to support the Circle K clubs and Key Clubs in high schools, as well as Terrific Kids programs at the elementary level.
Silver Bluff High School"s Key Club adviser Mary Thomas brought some of her students to help with face-painting and bookmarkers.
"We want to support the Kiwanis Club because they do a lot for us," said Key Club member Angela Wilson. "The program has taught me to not think of self, but to serve others."
In the race for 4-year-olds, Angelica Rodriguez finished in a dead heat with Caden Cribb for first place.
"This is an awesome event for the kids," said Angelica"s mom, Pamela Rodriguez. "It"s a good cause, too."
The winners by age are listed in order of finish:
* 3-year-olds (No. 1) -- Sterling Osbon, Markee Lott, Tucker Crenshaw, Lexi Kimbrell and Landon Williamson (tie), Ryan Mondshein.
* 3-year-olds (No. 2) -- Benjamin Tripp, Tucker Samaha, Walker Griswold, Alexis Barton.
* 4-year-olds (No. 1) -- Angelica Rodriguez and Caden Cribb (tie), Andrew "Jack Jack" Singer, Luke Hanna, Lauren Evensen, Michael Roberts.
* 4-year-olds (No. 2) -- Alexander Jakub and Nick Jakub (tie), Alex Glass, Evan Bishop.
* 5-year-olds (No. 1) -- Sam Jones, Brayden Tripp, Cade Bargelon, Sophia Frank, Bobby Robinson.
* 5-year-olds (No. 2) -- Brown Crenshaw, Justin Turno and Parker Gibbons (tie), Madelyn Simmons.
* 6-year-olds (No. 1) -- Ruston Bowles, Dustin Williamson, Brycen Williamson, Stephen Webster, R.C. Corbett.
* 6-year-olds (No. 2) -- Tanner Hay, Brad "Dash" Singer, Madison Hall, Madison Griswold, Rachel Larson.
* 7-year-olds -- A.J. Glass, Jake Hibbits, Justin Snipes, Bree Davis, William Griswold, Jayla Lott.
* 8-year-olds -- Brennan Webster, Chelsea Anders.
Corporate and government sponsors of individual children included Aiken County Council, Osbon Cleaners, Southern Bank and Trust, Shaw Areva, Tripp Land Surveying, USC Aiken, Bradley Plumbing and Heating, Regions Bank, Burger King, Durban-Laird Insurance, Family Pharmacy, Aiken Office Supply, Holley Fuel, Dixie-Narco, the Aiken Standard, Hitchcock Healthcare, Cherry Bekaert & Holley, Webster Photography, Aiken Drug, Security Federal Bank and Substation II.
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