The Hilltop Reservation in North Caldwell was once again the site of the annual Hilltop Grasshopper Kids Bike Race on Saturday.
Racers from kindergarten through 8th grade blazed through the dedicated Kid's Korse, a challenging track designed for youth racing and general use throughout the year.
Mountain bikers and their families came from all over New Jersey, as well as New York and Pennsylvania, to compete for medals and bragging rights in the third annual event.
The day started with a light rain, but by the beginning of the first race for K-1st grade riders, the skies were clearing and racers were smiling.
Seven-year-old Jason of Warren finished first in the kindergarten through first grade category, racing once around the 0.6 mile course.
Verona racer Andrew Hunt earned a second place medal in the grade 4-5 boys class, pedaling hard through three laps or 1.8 miles. He's been training with his father, volunteer Kevin Hunt, and his hard work is earning him podium finishes.
Cole Smith from Verona took an early lead in his four-lap race (2.4 miles) and even with a crash, was able to hang on for a first place finish in the grade 6-8 class.
Volunteer support was provided by a number of Verona and Cedar Grove residents and Cycle Craft of Parsippany brought their technical support to ensure bikes were ready to race.
Next year's race is already being planned for August 18.