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July 19, 2013

Costume contest set for Slow Bike Race

NEWBURYPORT — Even if you doubt you can be the slowest rider of all, you could still win a prize for best costume at the Slow Bike Race on Wednesday, July 31. Rumor has it that the 2012 winner, Slater the African Grey Parrot, might sit out the race this year so other participants can have a chance to win the generous Judges’ Prize package, typically awarded for creative attire or best spirit.

Last one across the finish line without touching a foot to the ground will win the first prize package. The “race” track is a short one, the block of Pleasant Street between Green and Titcomb streets, and each heat takes just a couple minutes. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. on Pleasant Street at Brown Square and the “race” will begin at 6 p.m. This is the first year that the event, a fundraiser for the Coastal Trails Coalition and Newburyport Rail Trails, will be held downtown during Yankee Homecoming. Other prizes will be awarded to runners-up and a grand prize for fundraising.

To preregister or volunteer for the Slow Bike Race, contact, visit or call Cyd Raschke at 978-462-2733.

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