Tulsa World

`A Tulsa first' Boulder Dash tricycle race features onesies and water balloons

- By Chase Reavis

With each blare of the horn, tricycles flew down the Boulder Avenue bridge before careening onto Archer Street and crossing the finish line drenched in water, or bleeding in Otto Stevenson's case.

Stevenson, 30, was desperate to get his teammate across the finish line first during Tulsa's inaugural Boulder Dash tricycle race on Saturday. So as one of his team's designated pushers, he readied himself with his hands braced against the tricycle. But when the horn blared, he shoved a bit too hard, sending Stevenson and his teammate flying down the bridge.

Following a somersault that resulted in a cut to his palm, Stevenson was bloody but proud that his teammate won the heat despite a rocky start.

“I'm only a little bloody now,” Stevenson said as he hurried over to get a bandage from event volunteers. “This is actually a lot of fun. I hope we get to do it again next year.”

Fun is what many of the 64 teams in the Boulder Dash event experience­d. Racers were tasked with trying to avoid obstacles, which included spectators being encouraged to hurl water balloons at them as they maneuvered

through the course.

Jeremy Diamond, the executive producer of the event and owner of Welltown Brewing at 114 W. Archer St., spent the afternoon on a microphone, spouting off jokes and encouragem­ent to the racers with emcee Ryan Howell. The event coincides with Welltown

 ?? IAN MAULE/Tulsa World ?? Hodge's Bend's Austin Edgar crosses the finish line to win his race during Boulder Dash in the Tulsa Arts District on Saturday.
IAN MAULE/Tulsa World Hodge's Bend's Austin Edgar crosses the finish line to win his race during Boulder Dash in the Tulsa Arts District on Saturday.
 ?? IAN MAULE/Tulsa World ?? A racer is hit by a water balloon thrown by spectators during his race at Boulder Dash.
IAN MAULE/Tulsa World A racer is hit by a water balloon thrown by spectators during his race at Boulder Dash.
 ?? IAN MAULE/Tulsa World ?? A racer tries to avoid water balloons during Boulder Dash tricycle race through the Arts District on Saturday.
IAN MAULE/Tulsa World A racer tries to avoid water balloons during Boulder Dash tricycle race through the Arts District on Saturday.

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