38th Annual DRY RUN BICYCLE TOUR
SEPTEMBER 8, 2019
The tour will depart from Westerville Central High School and offers routes of 34, 54, 70 and 100 miles along hard-surface roads that are mostly rural and lightly traveled. All routes have some hills – the longer the distance, the greater the challenge. Ride at you own pace through scenic central Ohio. And your entry fee will help the nonprofit Westerville Bicycle Club support trail-building and other local cycling projects and advocacy.
The Dry Run is a full-service ride with great food and exceptional support. Included are marked and mapped routes, SAG and well-stocked rest stops with fresh fruit, homemade cookies, PB&J, water, sports beverages and more. The Johnstown breakfast stop will feature pancakes, and the Centerburg lunch stop will have sandwiches and other fare. There will be a snack stop for riders who conquer Click on Logo to Register Now! Reynolds Hill near Utica.
REGISTRATION COSTS AND DEADLINES
You can sign up for the Dry Run Tour online, by mail or onsite.
-- $25 for registration completed online or postmarked on or before August 12.
-- $30 for registration completed online or postmarked from August 13 to September 1.
-- $35 for walk-up registration on the day of the ride. Walk-up registrants can pay by cash, or credit card.
Online advance registration closes on September 1 at 11:59 p.m. PST . Click on the Dry Run Logo to register now!
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If you prefer to Mail-in registrations download the paper form here:
Must be postmarked by September 1st.
and mail it with payment by check to: 37th Annual Dry Run, PO Box 356, Westerville OH 43086-0356. Please make your check payable to the Westerville Bicycle Club.
Walk-up registrants can complete the mail-in form at home and bring it to the ride, along with the payment, for faster check-in.
Riders who pre-register will be sent an email with links to GPS files for all the routes. The GPS email will be sent ONLY to riders who pre-register, sometime during the week of September 3. All riders will receive paper maps at check-in.
The tour will go on rain or shine. Helmets are required, and rearview mirrors are encouraged. All riders under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Dry Run Tour check-in and same-day registration ($35) are at Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave., Westerville, OH 43082, from 7-10 a.m. The ride and SAG support end at 5 p.m. Please leave early enough to complete the route by then.
Recommended start times:
100 miles ...........................7-8 a.m.
70 miles …………………8-10 a.m.
50 miles ............................9 a.m.
30 miles ............................10 a.m.
Online ticket sales end September 1st, but tickets can be purchased the day of the ride. After the ride, check at the information tent to see if you've won one of the many prizes. Winners must claim their prize on the day of the ride.
SUPPORTING CENTRAL OHIO CYCLING
By riding in the Dry Run Tour, you’ll help the WBC support numerous cycling causes and advocacy in central Ohio.
Proceeds from the Dry Run have helped the club donate to organizations that include Westerville Adopt-a-Trail, Westerville Bike Hub, Westerville Public Library, Bike Lady, TJ Evans Foundation, The Ride of Silence, Ohio Bicycle Federation, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Ohio to Erie Trail, Delaware County Friends of the Trail, League of American Bicyclists and Adventure Cycling.
Why do we call our ride the Dry Run?
The name of our event, the Dry Run, is a nod to an important part of Westerville's history. Westerville was incorporated as a village in 1858. The next year, one of the first laws passed, banned the use or sale of fermented spirits in the village. Westerville was one of the first communities in the state to do so. In 1875, thinking that the town had outgrown its old-fashioned ways, saloon keeper Henry Corbin opened a saloon at 37 W. Main St. right in the heart of the village. For some, this became too much, and because the village authorities failed to enforce the law, they took matters into their own hands and set off a keg of gunpowder in the saloon that lifted the roof off the business. Not to be outdone by any angry mob, Corbin re-opened his saloon on State Street. However, this building too was blasted away.
Prior to the beginning of the 20th Century, there was a growing movement across the country to ban alcohol everywhere that was mostly sponsored by religious organizations. This movement was spearheaded by several groups, including the Ohio Anti-Saloon League (founded in 1893 in Oberlin), the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and the Prohibition Party. As these movements began to grow and have influence in the government, they also became better organized on a national scale.
Westerville's reputation for temperance was so significant that in 1909 the National Anti-Saloon League moved its national headquarters to Westerville and with the League’s headquarters now established here, the town earned the nickname “The Dry Capital of the World”. The League, at the forefront of the Prohibition movement, gained its greatest triumph when the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified in 1919. The League printed over 40 tons of leaflets in support of temperance and prohibition which caused Westerville to become the smallest town in the nation to have a first class post office. After Prohibition ended in 1933, Westerville remained dry for most of the twentieth century until 2006 when the city approved alcohol being served for the first time in 73 years.
The League’s headquarters is now a museum attached to the Westerville Public Library at 127 S. State St. that houses documents about the Anti-Saloon League.
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