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 Lancaster Newspapers has won back the coveted Trike Race trophy from 2012 champion, NxtBook Media, at United Way of Lancaster County’s 15th Annual Trike Race in Lancaster Square.
Each year, friendly but fierce competition ensues as teams race tricycles relay style in an effort to raise awareness for United Way of Lancaster County and its work in the community, while generating excitement about asking others to LIVE UNITED. In addition to raising awareness for United Way of Lancaster County the teams raised over $3,500 to kick off United Way of Lancaster County’s 2013 campaign.
Thirteen local organizations competed in a 4 heat race for the coveted trophy: Alcoa, Benchmark Construction Company, County of Lancaster, Lancaster County Superintendents, Fulton Bank, Johnson & Johnson, Lancaster Barnstormers, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster Newspapers, NxtBook Media, Rhoads Energy, Susquehanna Bank, and Y & S Candies.
The quarter finals consisted of Lancaster Newspapers, NxtBook Media Team A, NextBook Media Team B, and Susquehanna Bank all competing for a slot in the final race. Lancaster Newspapers edged past Susquehanna Bank and, in a surprising turn of events, NxtBook Media Team B beat Team A and moved on to the final heat. Lancaster Newspapers, the 2011 Trike Race champions, then took on current champions, NxtBook Media, for the trophy.
The second to last leg of the final heat was neck and neck when one of the NxtBook Media racers took a spill. The quick recovery was good, but not good enough. Lancaster Newspapers flew past the finish line and back into the Trike Race champion glory. 
The rivalry between the two media moguls continues as Robert M. Krasne, Lancaster Newspapers President & Board Vice Chairman, says, "Let's face it, the Lancaster Newspaper delivers every day." Their Team Captain, Terry Christopher, continues, “We were prepared, focused and we ran our best race. We knew that if we ran our best race we were untouchable.” NxtBook Media’s Chief Inspiration Officer, Michael Biggerstaff, retorts with, “I really think it was our race to lose, and lose it in grand style we did. I’d love to say the better team won, but unfortunately I can’t. The cup will be back at Nxtbook after next year’s race.”
Teams continued to celebrate as awards were distributed. Fulton Bank received the “Team Spirit” award for the enthusiasm from their loud fans serenading the crowd with plastic clappers as they cheered on their team. The Lancaster County Superintendents team received the “Most Tricked-Out Trike” award for not only the school banners and pom-poms decorating their tricycle, but also for their uniforms; dressing as athletes from their respective school districts. Cheerleaders were also on site to cheer on the Lancaster County Superintendents team with pom-poms and megaphones in hand.
For information on how to have a team in the 2014 Trike Race, contact United Way of Lancaster County’s Campaign Director, Kristin Marshall,
United Way of Lancaster County advances the common good and creates opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the key building blocks to a good life: Education, Financial Stability, and Health. United Way brings together people, organizations, and resources to make lasting change in the community and invites all to LIVE UNITED by giving, advocating, and volunteering to help build a stronger Lancaster County. 
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United Way’s 15th Annual Trike Race drew a large crowd as 13 local companies competed for the championship trophy.
NxtBook Media Team B edges past NxtBook Media Team A.
The Lancaster Barnstormers celebrate as their team wins their first qualifying trike race ever.
Dressed as school athletes, the Lancaster County Superintendents display their “Most Tricked-Out Trike” award.
McCaskey cheerleaders cheer on the Lancaster County Superintendents trike team.
Fulton Bank celebrates their “Most Team Spirit” award.
NxtBook Media, Team B, wearing their Second Place medals.
2013 champions, Lancaster Newspapers, and the coveted Trike Race trophy.
Thursday, May 23, 2013