Team pits ride against ride in United Way of Capital Region Trike Race

Under a burning noon sun, five warriors rode their trusty steeds through the streets of Harrisburg on July 19 and joined the ranks of a mission to bring good to the land.

United Way of the Capital Region tricycle race

No, the cast of “Game of Thrones” wasn’t in town. The warriors were colleagues from Penn State Health.

Their mission: to kick off the United Way 2019 Campaign.

Their trusty steeds: Actually designed for warriors a little smaller — kids’ tricycles.

The team competed against 17 others in the United Way of the Capital Region’s 23rd Annual Trike Race at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Penn State Health also sponsored the race.

The Penn State Health trike team raced groups from other local businesses and organizations in the yearly friendly competition. Riders wore costumes and tricked out their trikes.

This year’s team:

  • Gary Paronish, Facilities, Buildings and Grounds
  • Steve Furmanski, Facilities, Buildings and Grounds
  • William Neide, Hematology and Special Hematology Lab
  • Emily Kreider, Penn State Health Information Services Clinical
  • Jason Callopy (alternate), Shipping and Receiving

Capital BlueCross out-pedaled the other teams to take first place, followed by Gunn-Mowery LLC in second. Fun team spirit awards were also presented:

  • Tallest Team — Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area
  • Smallest Team — Penn National Insurance
  • Most Spirited — Millers Mutual
  • Wackiest Costume — M&T Bank
  • Good Sportsmanship — Member’s 1st Federal Credit Union

Penn State Health’s United Way campaign officially kicks off on Sept. 16. The campaign goal is to raise $380,000 in support of health care access, basic needs, school readiness and workforce development in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties.

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