On Saturday, April 14, 2012, approximately 30 skaters attended the second annual Lexington Outlaw Push Race. This four-mile race drew longboarders, street skaters, slalom racers and derby girls from Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia and Indiana.
True to outlaw tradition, no streets were closed and no police were to be found. Organizer Tom Weisenbach supplied each registered skater with a course map and then it was on! Bombing through the streets of Lexington, racers were greeted with high fives, cheering, honking, cursing, traffic, old ladies, and of course road construction. No serious injuries were suffered during the race, although some skin and blood were left on those Lexington streets that morning.
Once all the racers made their way back to the park, the festivities began. Winners received homemade trophies and the sponsors came through in a big way. First Place Men’s award went to Eli Miller from Cincinnati, and Jackie Stark, also from Cincy, took home the First Place Women’s trophy. Weisenbach supplied enough food for an army of shredders, and everybody got something from the swag tables.
As the grilling wound down, racers could be found ripping at the nearby concrete skatepark or running the slalom course set up by the skaters. Racers are still stoked from this year’s event, and many are already looking forward to the third annual Lexington Outlaw Push Race. See you there! Words: Larry Pauley Photo: Jeanna Justice