Eli Miller dodged cars, stoplights and fatigue, successfully outlasting about 50 skateboarders visiting Lexington on Saturday for Outlaw Race 2, a four-mile "push" through downtown.
The event came as the skateboard community is raising money to build a second skatepark in Lexington.
"It was long, and we were dying at the end," Miller of Cedarville, Ohio, said of the race. It was one of only three he's done.
The four-mile course started at Woodland Park and wound through more than a half-dozen downtown streets stretching to Broadway. A long ascent up Limestone at one point took its toll on some skaters, although one intrepid contestant hitched a ride on a car.
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The "outlaw" part of the race meant that no traffic was diverted, although many of the streets in the race route have bike lanes.
Kyle Smith of Ashland finished second, and last year's winner, Reid Small of Lexington, was third.
Jackie Stark of Cincinnati was the first female finisher. "My legs feel like Jell-O," she said as she recovered on the grass.
Organizer Tom Wiesenbach said about 50 skateboarders from Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio paid the $10 fee to enter.
"I thought it would be fun to skate through downtown and be an 'outlaw,'" said Smith, the second-place finisher. "I think the best part is hanging out with friends and the rush of skating."
The competitors also were encouraged to put money in a jar for a proposed new skateboard park in Lexington.
That's a separate project being encouraged by city council member George Myers and the parks and recreation department, which hopes to build a skateboard park at Berry Hill Park, where a city pool is being closed.
The skatepark at Woodland Park, built privately by the Triangle Foundation in 1998, remains the only one in Lexington, said Elizabeth Chatterton, an aide to Myers.
And while the city supports the idea, private money will have to be used again for a new skatepark, Chatterton said.
"The skate community has grown tremendously, and it's always packed," she said. "We have a need."
To learn about donating money for the park, go to Friendsforskateparks.com.