WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) — Devoted coaster riders showed up for the 90th anniversary celebration of The Racer at Kennywood on Saturday.
The wooden coaster, built in 1927, has been named a historic landmark by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation.
“Beyond Pittsburgh, and even outside of the United States, Kennywood has a big international reputation because of the Racer and the other classic wooden coasters that we have here,” Kennywood spokesperson Nick Paradise said.
Saturday’s anniversary celebrations had a special twist: the person who rode the most winning trains would win a free 2018 season pass to the park.
Park employees kept track of riders’ wins by punching holes in their wristbands.
“I think I got close to 20 holes in this thing,” rider Walter Rosiak said. “And we’ve only done 23 or 24 rides, I think, so we’re getting there.”
Kennywood announced Sunday afternoon that Rosiak had won the contest with 33 rides on the winning train.
Rounding out the top five were Noelle Tewell with 30 wins, Krissy Smith with 29 wins, 8-year-old Ayden Kozaw with 23 wins and 10-year-old Landon Kozaw with 20 wins.