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

Tulsa World - - Metro&region - 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

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Hodge's Bend's Austin Edgar crosses the fin­ish line to win his race dur­ing Boul­der Dash in the Tulsa Arts Dis­trict on Satur­day.

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A racer is hit by a water bal­loon thrown by spec­ta­tors dur­ing his race at Boul­der Dash.

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A racer tries to avoid water bal­loons dur­ing Boul­der Dash tri­cy­cle race through the Arts Dis­trict on Satur­day.

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