39th Annual DRY RUN BICYCLE TOUR 2020 - Cancelled
DEAR DRY RUN TOUR PARTICIPANTS - 2020 tour Cancelled!
After much discussion and thought regarding the safety of our riders, the Westerville Bike Club has decided to cancel its popular autumn Dry Run Tour. We understand that this will be a great disappointment to our diverse community of riders from within Ohio and across the country. Given the sizes of groups who participate and the variety of routes, rest stops, etc. there is simply no way for the Club to ensure adequate safety in this difficult time. Typical venues that we reserve for the event are also not available this year.
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.
Dry Run Elevations
Westerville Central High School
Dry Run Sponsors
Please support our generous sponsors who help make the Dry Run possible