WYLIE, TX — Racers, start your engines… or rather, start pedaling! Yeah, The 11th Annual 500 Pedal Car Race happened Sunday in historic downtown Wylie.
“The racers will race exactly, you got it, 500 inches to the finish line,” explained Craig Kelly the City of Wylie. “The proceeds go to benefit the area Special Olympics, so it’s a great cause.”
“Wylie was just named this past year the second best place in the nation to raise a family and it’s events like the Pedal Car races that really exemplify what we’re trying to do as far as being a place for families," Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue said.
The competition was fierce as the kiddos were split into two age divisions, the 2 and 3-year-olds and the 4 and 5-year-olds.
“They get real serious with these four a five year olds," Mayor Hogue said. “You’ll watch them, you’ll even see the determination in their eyes, they’re going to win this race.”
No kidding! Before the races even started, some were already making their confidence known.
“I’m gonna beat everybody!” five-year-old Creighton exclaimed.
In the end, everyone was happy to finished those grueling 500 inches and gone home with a special ribbon. Of course each group did have the top winners withe trophies going to first, second and third place.
“I’m just five years old and that’s how fast I pedal. Real fast," Dylan said; he was the winner of the 4 and 5-year-old age group.
Yep, today the Wylie 500, tomorrow the Indy 500! As long as they let them pedal, that is.