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1233 North Third Street Harrisburg, PA 17102 717-236-7923 Wednesdays 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Hours:


Contact: Elissa Feinstein, 717-236-7923

The Broad Street Market teams up with Harrisburg Bike Taxi to celebrate Earth Day with Air Quality Partners 1st Annual Market Madness Bike Race
Free all-day event April 22 to feature bike races, workshops, entertainment and silent auction Sponsors, bike racers, silent auction donors sought
Harrisburg, PA (March 29, 2012) The Broad Street Market and Harrisburg Bike Taxi have teamed up to present the Air Quality Partners 1st Annual Market Madness Bike Race & Community Outreach Fundraiser on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, at the Broad Street Market, 1233 North Third Street, Harrisburg. The free event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. will feature bike races from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., workshops, entertainment and a silent auction. Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson will open the races and award prizes at the completion of the races. There will be bike races of various lengths in six categories, starting at age 8-10 through 25+. The sixth race is a two-mile endurance race for the 18-24 and 25+ categories. Prizes and trophies will be presented to race winners, and there will be give-aways throughout the day. After the awards ceremony, Harrisburg Bike Taxi will race chariot style with local personalities in the back seat, competing for the final trophies. This is the first of many community events we will be having throughout the year as we continue our legacy as a culturally rich place to experience the broad diversity of fresh food, people and city life, said Market Manager Elissa Feinstein. Events like this will allow us to continue improvements to the market experience, as well as educate the public about important issues such as bike safety and sustainable living in our community. The Market Madness Bike Race fundraiser has extended its sponsorship deadline to April 2nd! Sponsors still are being sought, but Market Madness already has attracted major sponsors including Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley ( as the Lead Platinum sponsor, having donated $5,000. Silver sponsors donating $500 include In Gear Cycling and Fitness ( and The Circle School ( Bronze sponsors donating $250 include Sundance Vacations (, Members 1st Federal Credit Union (, Friends of Midtown (, Green Belt Events which will sponsor the stage (, Aroogas (, Auto First (, andCulture (, Natural Health Improvement Center (, Mount Hill Tavern ( and Natural Awakenings (

$100 booth sponsors include Metzger Wickersham (, Pedal Pushers (, Fitness U (, Home 231 (, Trophy House (, World Cup Ski and Cycle (, Home 231 (, Hi Voltage (, Flex FX Digital Imaging (, Capital Area Greenbelt Association (, Chimney Sweep Systems Inc. ( and C-Town ( Private donations of any amount will be accepted. A donation of $50 entitles sponsor to a tshirt. Any donation of $100 or more entitles sponsor to a t-shirt and a water bottle. Donations also are being sought for the silent auction. The silent auction and a 50/50 raffle will run from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Winners will be announced when the final bike race is finished. Silent auction items include one adult and one child bike ($150 value each) from Recycle Bicycle, a $100 Wegmans gift card, three Bontrager Solstice helmets (adult & youth size) ($44.99 value each) from Holmes Cycle, $50 in State Museum passes, $50 gift certificate for Home 231, $50 gift certificate for Aroogas, and PiMag Sport Bottle from Nikken: THE Total Wellness Company (value $50), and one three-month membership from LA Fitness (value $100); 100 one-month memberships also will be distributed to anyone interested. Additional silent auction items include a personal fitness training package of 12 45-minute training sessions (value $480) with nutrition programming for specific goals such as fat loss by fitness trainer Derek Newcomer, CSCS, owner of Integrity Fitness & Sports Development, LLC (training from Fitness U facilities). Also a Crown Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey package (includes one night's stay in the hotel, complimentary valet parking for one vehicle and dinner for two in the hotel restaurant including all applicable taxes; gratuities not included). The Harrisburg Senators are also donating a prize package toward the silent auction, including tickets and gear (value unknown at press time). Proceeds from the event will benefit Broad Street Market and Harrisburg Bike Taxi for event production and expenses, as well as HBG4Kids and The Joshua Group. HBG4kids is dedicated to helping children in the Harrisburg area by bringing young professionals, adults, businesses and organizations, and the community together to make a difference in the lives of children. They will host a booth with information on previous fundraisers and future plans to support other non-profit organizations. The Joshua Group ( seeks to provide hope and support for at-risk youth primarily through education and vocational opportunities. They will host a booth with resources for eating locally and/or growing it yourself, as well as promoting their mission and future projects. Joshua Farm (, an agricultural education and urban gardening organization, will present a workshop. Many sponsors and participants including Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Friends of Fort Hunter will have booths. Workshops and entertainment will be ongoing throughout the day. Food will be for sale by participating vendors in the Broad Street Market Stone Building. Ross Willard of Recycle Bicycle ( will be speaking and answering questions about bicycle safety, maintenance and repairs, bicycle advocacy and their community involvement and outreach programs. Community residents bringing their bicycles can receive a free repair or tune-up. There will be inspections of all bicycles for competitors in each race. All racers can use any bicycle they choose but must have helmets and brakes and, of course, no electric or motors engines. Bike races around the two Broad Street Market buildings will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Local artists Sierra Lush and Meisa Chase will present Live Art, a workshop that will encompass a community chalk canvas, live sketch artist and face painting. Facebooth Photo also will be providing a 10-person photo-booth to capture your victory on going GREEN! The Derry St. Home Depot will host two clinics Learn Ways to Be More Green: Organic Gardening and Composting and also Creating an Energy-Efficient Home. The clinics will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Bands will play throughout the day on a stage set up in the courtyard. Band line-up includes: 9 a.m.: Chris Gassaway Pianist playing a wide variety of your favorite tunes, new and old. 10 a.m.: Nina Scarcia & Natalie McKee Sugary Folk with Sweet Harmonies and acoustic guitar, viola and banjo 11 a.m.: No Last Call Harrisburg's "Street Band" consisting of 2025 musicians playing trumpets, trombones, baritones, tubas, saxophones, clarinets, and percussion Noon: The Company of Praise Youth Choir Musical style: Very eclectic, Rhythm & Blues, Latino, Urban, Pop! Comprised of 48 youth ages 13-18 from five local school districts in York County, the group includes 35 singers, 12 instrumentalists and two sound crew. The group has performed at places including Disney World and The Grande Ole Opry. 1 p.m.: Voxology Americana from Folk Generation Records 2 p.m.: The Great Northeast Americana roots, folk, grass, rock 3-3:30 p.m.: Jesse Mills Doo-wop, rockabilly, gypsy folk 3:30-4 p.m.: The Dirty Sweet Hip-swingin' Funk with Horns. This local nine-piece band will have you off your bike seat and singing along to all your favorite Funk Jams! 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Dirty Sweet Sponsors and racers can print off the sponsor sheet by clicking the Market Madness link on the homescreen of www.harrisburgbiketaxicom and cutting off the bottom sponsor/registration slip and mailing. They also can email Sean Hertzler at or call him at 717-602-8998 for more information. The Broad Street Market was founded in 1860 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The community is encouraged to like the Broad Street Market on Facebook and check there for the latest specials and news. Usual market hours are Wednesdays 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturdays 7 a.m.-4 p.m. # # #