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Hundreds Participate in Olde Mill Inn Tour [VIDEO]

Kids, amateurs and professionals participate in the traditional Labor Day bike race in Basking Ridge.

Hundreds of people—including professionals from all over the world and young people from toddlers to teens—participated in the Olde Mill Inn Tour of Basking Ridge, the traditional Labor Day close of summer held in Basking Ridge center.

The annual bike races, which required a closed circuit in the downtown to be blocked to traffic, were jointly presented by Bernards Township and , and sponsored by the Olde Mille Inn of Basking Ridge.

With 20 years of history under its belt, the event has become a Labor Day tradition for many. 

"They love it — they have fun," said Barbara Vitolo of Basking Ridge, whose children participated in the kids races late in the morning. Her twins, Kate and Madison, 6, and her 8-year-old son each took part in the race.

Andy Fletcher of Basking Ridge said the kids race brought out the competitive side in his son, four-year-old Blake Fletcher, who did win his race. "The kid is obsessed with being first," he said.

Children who crossed the finish line received lollipops from Township Committeeman John Carpenter, who said he has been assigned to that duty for about six years.

"Some of the kids were calling them dum-dums," Carpenter said of the prize candy he was handing out. "But I'm trying not to read too much into that."

Linda Sadlouskos contributed to this story.

Some earlier photos are in our initial report on the bike races, filed earlier on Sunday.

Steve St Clair September 07, 2011 at 02:09 AM
Basking Ridge Patch does a great job of covering local events like this. Thanks!

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