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New York Power Authority Supports Astoria Civic Association Bike Race Sunday, May 21 at 10 a.m. in Astoria Park

Joseph Leary


 May 15, 2006


Astoria— Spectators from all parts of Queens will join New York Power Authority (NYPA) representatives, local elected officials and community leaders to cheer on more than 200 tots to pre-teens who are expected to participate in the 26th Annual Astoria Civic Association Bike Race for Kids on Sunday, May 21, starting at 10 a.m. along Shore Boulevard in Astoria Park.

“The Power Authority is delighted to help support this wonderful event that is celebrating more than a quarter century of community involvement,” said Joseph Leary, NYPA’s director of public and governmental affairs for Southeast New York. “Children get to compete at their own age level and everyone goes home a winner.”

Sixteen races will take place -- eight categories for boys and eight for girls -- starting with the Lollipop Division for 4-year-olds and younger pedaling 50 yards, followed by the Toddlers, School Boys and Girls, Grasshoppers, Peewees, Mites and Midgets, and topping off with the Intermediate Division for 11-year-olds going a half-mile. While trophies will be awarded to the first five to reach the finish line in each race, all children who participate will receive a medal and a commemorative tee shirt.

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