Controlled Chaos: Mobo’s Kid Race!

Our local bike coop ended the summer kid’s program with a race on Sunday. It was such an amazing event to be a part of, I am having trouble finding the words to describe how I feel. After volunteering at kid’s night the last few weeks, the race was just icing on the cake. I feel like these kids need more from society and Mobo really provides that with this program.

A few days after I posted here about kid’s night at Mobo, I received a large box in the mail from Kevin Timmermans at Raleigh Bicycles. His email said “it’s not much, but we wanted to donate to the event”. I was shocked when I opened the box to find about $500 worth of merchandise. They sent saddles, gloves, bike locks, tool kits, water bottles, water bottle cages, a helmet, a pair of rad pegs for a BMX bike, tire pumps, grips, the list goes on and on. For kids who have next to nothing, these items were a lot more then we could have ever hoped for.

The prize table, courtesy of Raleigh Bicycles
The prize table, courtesy of Raleigh Bicycles

The course consisted of 4 obstacles. They rode to the first station, got off their bike to jump rope. The second station they had to walk through tires with an egg on a spoon. The third station, they had to throw a football through a hoop, and the fourth station was to ride through some cones, and then a sprint to the finish line.

Pictures by Michael Providenti


Dominic demo’d the course for the kids before the race.


We had a total of 30 racers.


They were scored by time, in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place according to age. They were also scored on Best Sportsmanship, Most Spirited, Best Comedian, and Best Attitude.

PODIUM! ages 3-7
PODIUM! ages 3-7

Every participant was entered in a raffle for this rad BMX bike.

The winner of the raffle
The winner of the raffle

Lola, the newest addition to our household, had a great time.

Lola was a hit with the kids
Lola was a hit with the kids

After the race, we had pizza and cookies.


At the end of the day, every kid got a prize off the table, and more were raffled off. The day was such a huge success, I am so proud to have been able to be a part of something so cool. I cannot wait for next year.

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About Judi

Bicycles are my salvation. They are my way of life. If you don't like it, then you can go straight to hell. Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

11 thoughts on “Controlled Chaos: Mobo’s Kid Race!

  1. Awesomeness! I have to admit I’m a lil jelly of the Awards Table, very cool indeed Raleigh.

  2. Oh yea. I’m jelly too. Tho I fell like a putz for saying jelly.

    We used to have races growing up and the only award at the end was a punch bowl full of Kool aide and an occasional ding-dong.

    Props to Raleigh.

  3. Those Raleigh lads are based right here in Seattle, see ’em out on the roads and trails all the time. They’re doing damned fine work.

  4. I am glad there are awesome people that do awesome things in the world

    Too bad it reminds me of what a horrible person I am I need a beer