Gorgeous weather and pumped up riders made for another successful race up Kings Gap! On Saturday August 31st, forty-five registered participants challenged the 3.3 mile course to the summit of Kings Gap where the proceeds of close to $700 went to benefit The Friends of Kings Gap, a volunteer organization that maintains the beauty of the park. Temperatures in the morning were PERFECT for racing, at right around 70 degrees. Riders took off one minute apart on their "race of truth" to the summit, blazing across the finish line. This year our top male rider was again John Selus from Mechanicsburg with a time of 11:22, which was 5 seconds faster than his winning time last year! On the female side, a new challenger emerged, Alissa Gindlesperger from Frederick MD. Her winning time was 14:36. Congratulations to John and Alissa!

This year the very first unicycle made it up the mountain! Joe McMaster who has previously raced up Kings Gap, tried it a new and unique way. He crossed the line in 25:14. Now that is a real challenge!

While each rider made their way to the top, the spectators awaiting their arrival were entertained with "rider trivia" by our colorful race announcer, Keith Spangler! After the last rider crossed the finish line, the tabulation of the results began.

While they were awaiting the results, they enjoyed muffins, bananas, juice and coffee and then the raffling off of multiple gift certificates and items from our local bike shops.

When the results were completed, the top three male and female racers were announced and awarded trophies (1st place) and medals (2nd and 3rd place).


They are as follows:


Top 3 males

John Selus  11:22

Andrew Webster  11:27

Michael Shirey  12:43



Top 3 Females

Alissa Gindlesperger  14:36

Denise Vaughn  15:42

Charlotte Yanno  16:51