KEARNEY — Families swarmed Washington Street in front of Kearney City Hall to bike, hop and run as part of the Kearney Optimists Club’s annual Labor Day Races on Monday, Sept. 2.

Races include scooters, roller skates, bicycles, tricycles, skateboards, three-legged and sack. Races are done in age range heats. The day’s events culminated with an egg toss.

Kayla Barham brought her four children to the races. Bryce Ward, 9, has been participating for the last eight years.

“Every year, Bryce looks forward to it,” Barham said. “He starts asking about the races a couple weeks before the event.”

Barham said she brought her oldest when he was 1. Now, Bryce is riding his scooter and running. His little sister, Emeree Barham, 5, said she was excited to race with friends.

For Devin Thompson, his sons Reed, 3, and Ryker, almost 2, are newcomers to the family fun. Wife Mandy Thompson helped the boys onto their tricycles.

“We came and watched last year,” Thompson said. The VanSickle family also came to Kearney’s downtown for the races.

Chelsea VanSickle and her husband, Tyler, brought their son Rogan, 4, with his birthday bicycle, a Spider-Man bike, helmet and elbow and knee pads. Little sister, Millie, 2, also participated in the foot race for those age zero to 2.

For the VanSickles, the races have become a family tradition as Chelsea remembers a version of the races from years ago.

“I loved to do these races when I was a kid,” she said.

Southeast Editor Kellie Houx can be reached at or 389-6630.

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