Feb 17, 2013

Tour de Donut returns to county with expanded events in Sept.

ARCANUM – Riding a wave of popularity that saw the event featured in Rachel Ray and Cooking Light magazines in addition to articles in Bicycling Magazine and an in-race reporter from the world famous Fatcyclist.com website, organizers are excited to announce the 7th Tour de Donut in Downtown Arcanum will be held Sept. 7.

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 two "donut stops" during the 30 mile course and eat donuts. For each donut the rider eats during the ride (and keeps down) they have 5 minutes deducted from their ride time.

The third annual 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 experiences cyclist to take part in this event. While the event is technically a "race" very few consider it a serious competition. Anyone on a bicycle is welcome.

Expanding for 2013 will be Friday evening dinner rides and entertainment, free camping and sleeping bag space, 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 600 dozen donuts at the 2012 event.

The Tour de Donut has grown from 400 participants to over 1350 participants in 2012 with entries from 16 states and Canada.

Online and Mail-in registration opened Jan. 1 with 60 participants signing up that day. Registration will be open until the 2000 rider limit is reached or until the Sept. 1 deadline. There is no day of registration. For more information, visit www.thetourdedonut.com.

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