ARCANUM – Riding a wave of popularity that saw the event featured on ESPN in addition to stories on Bloomberg TV, articles in Bicycling Magazine and an in-race reporter from the world famous Fatcyclist.com website organizers are excited to announce the eighth annual Tour de Donut in Downtown Arcanum will take place Sept. 6.
The Tour de Donut is a unique bicycle event where your ability to eat donuts is just as important as your ability to ride your bicycle. The event is a timed bicycle “race” where riders visit “donut stops” during the course and eat donuts. For each donut the rider eats during the ride (and keeps down) they have five minutes deducted from their ride time.
The Inaugural Double D challenge will take place this year for experienced cyclist featuring 64 miles of cycling and four donut stops.
Free kids events will take place on Saturday morning for ages 12 and under. Sponsored by Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio, kids will race on George Street prior to the ride start. All kids will receive a free donut t-shirt, finishers medal and all the donuts and milk they wish.
The full donut features a 30 mile course with two donut stops and is highlighted by a stop at Bears Mill.
The Donut mini will return with one donut stop on a 15 mile course. The mini will offer its own awards just like the longer distance while offering an alternative to those who are concerned about the full route allowing younger riders and families to take part in the fun.
Prizes are awarded in age group classes including the coveted golden Tour de Donut championship belts for the best adjusted “donut time” in addition to most donuts eaten and fastest bike only time.
You do not have to be an experienced cyclist to take part in this event. While the event is technically a “race” very few consider it a serious competition, remember this is all in fun! Anyone on a bicycle is welcome.
Expanding for 2014 will be Friday evening dinner rides and entertainment including a Strider bike series race for kids six and under, free camping and sleeping bag space, a downtown finish line festival area with live music, food and outdoor sports vendors.
This event operates with zero sponsorship and pays for everything utilized including the 750 dozen donuts at the 2014 event.
Growing by 300 participants in 2013, over 1650 participants from 20 states and five countries came to Darke County to compete.
Online and mail-in registration opened Jan. 1 and will remain open until the 2000 rider limit is reached or until the Sept. 1 deadline. There is no registration the day of the event.
For more information, visit www.thetourdedonut.com.