Grown men and women raced around on pink tricycles and multicolored bikes Thursday afternoon in Rock Hill during the 7th annual Williams & Fudge Bike/Trike Race.
The event brings Williams & Fudge employees and members of the community together to have a little fun and collect bikes for the United Way of York County's Toys for Happiness program.
In the "celebrity race," Rock Hill schools Superintendent Lynn Moody, Williams & Fudge head Gary Williams and WRHI's Manning Kimmel faced off. They weren't allowed to pedal, and had to use their bodies to move the bikes to the finish line. Moody ultimately won.
After the races, the bikes were given to United Way. Families in need can go through an application process to receive a bike or trike.
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Last year's event netted 130 bicycles, so Williams & Fudge upped the goal to 150 this year.
They far surpassed that, collecting nearly 200 bikes.
"We're very grateful for the support of the Williams & Fudge employees," said Debbie Hayworth, United Way executive director. "Every child dreams of having a bicycle. Without Wiliams & Fudge's support, we would not be able to make those Christmas wishes come true."
Wiliams & Fudge employees hosted a bake sale in October, raising more than $2,000 to buy about 40 bikes. The rest were bought by employees. The Wal-Mart in York and Newport provided a 10 percent discount to help employees purchase the bikes.
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