In late July 1976 a first for Nay Aug Park took place, a Bicycle Race. The Scranton Bureau of Parks and Recreation organized bike race for July 24. In addition to the races, the event featured disco and folk music which led to dancing throughout the park.  

Scranton Bureau of Parks and Recreation presents its first Bicycle Race on Saturday, July 24, 1976 at Nay Aug Park. From left: Ray Bulger, Jane Mappi, Harold Huester and Bob Maloney. Times-Tribune Archives

The winners of the races (first and second place, in order) were – Tricycles (ages 4 to 8) – Todd Senofonte and Jeff Czankner; Bicycles (ages 8 – 10) Mark Senofonte and Chris Toscano; (ages 11 and 12) Mark Kovac and David Lettieri; (ages 13 to 15) Edward Burke and Peter Muchinsky; (ages 16 to 18) Bob Crawford and Lee Kohn; (ages 18 to 30) Earl Trygar and Timothy Shean; (ages 30 and over) Michael Antosh and Larry Karkinksi.  

To join in on the fun, WELJ Radio challenged local broadcast personalities to participate in a special one-mile race during the event.    

Radio and television broadcasters from Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties exchanged their mikes for bikes on Saturday, July 24, 1976 to take part in a challenge race at Nay Aug Park. WEJL issed the challenge and the response was good. The race was conducted in conjunction with the Bureau of Recreation’s bike races at the park, which included everything from a 75 yard dash for youngsters to a 10 mile race for more experienced bike riders. Times-Tribune Archives

Here is the list of personalities who participated – From WEJL/WEZX: Thom Welby, Joe Silva, Paul McNamera and Norm Avery, from WNAK: Howard Paul, Norm Williams, Bob Neilson; from WWDL: Jack Kraft; from WYZZ: Bob Edwards, James Brozena and Walker Bennett; From WILK: John Bugbee, Jeff Carr, R.J. Harkins, Jill Douglas and Jefferson Kyle; from WICK:: Glenn Kalina, Joe Ghergo and Rickj Merrick; from WDAU/WGBI: Mike Ritz, Derry Bird, John Perry and Steve Homan; from WBAX: Brian Wilensky, and from WSCR: Jim Vanston, Tony Richards and Mike Remish.

Thom Welby, left, WEJL Radio, presents a third place trophy to Bob Edwards of WYZZ-FM, Wilkes-Barre, for his finish in the First Annual Northeast Pennsylvania Celebrity Bike Race which was held on July 24, 1976 at Nay Aug Park. At right is Paul McNamara, WEJL. Times-Tribune Archives

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