Donut Time to the Finish Line!

The Tour de Donut is a fun cycling and dining event hosted every year in Arcanum, Ohio. This cycling event challenges cyclists to eat donuts and race to the finish line. For over twenty five years now the event has evolved into an annual Arcanum tradition. This event brings cyclists, bakers, and communities together. This event takes eating donuts to the next level. Eating donuts and peddling fast are the way to win this race. It’s a family funfilled event that takes place every September.


What is the Tour de Donut?

Just like any other cyclists tour, the Tour de Donut , has the riders competing to the finish line for the fastest completion time. However, this particular race has stops at various locations where riders can if they choose to can stop and eat donuts. Each single donut consumed shaves fives minutes of the racers time. The cyclists must keep these sugary snacks down in order to gain time back. There are of course awards. Awards include the fastest time of completion of race with cycling only and as well as awards for donut eaters. Other awards are for the best adjusted donut time, the most donuts consumed in all different classes, and even costume prize winners. The timed race has a few different courses. The courses include the sixty four mile, the thirty two, and the fifteen mile mini course. At each course there are “donut stops”, for the sixty four mile there are a total of four stops. The thirty two mile course has two stops and the fifteen mile mini course has just one stop. Prior to the main races a free kids race takes place. The children’s race has gives a medal to all those who complete the race and allow the all you can eat donuts and milk award. There are around one thousand dozen donuts made each year for this event, that’s a total of twelve thousand deliciously sweet treats!The donuts are made by Ulbrick’s Hometown Bakery. Each competitor can eat a total of three donuts at the “donut stops.” Helmets are mandatory and headphones are not allowed.


Where and When does this event takes place?

This cycling event takes place in Arcanum, Ohio. Arcanum is a village of Darke County in the state of Ohio. The original Tour de Donut took place in Staunton, Illinois in 1989. The tour is now held in six different states around America including Illinois, Ohio, California, Michigan, Utah, and Texas. Starting in 1989 with only twentyfive competitors. The event now has grown to well over 1,000 competitors. The event starts annually in September following Labor Day weekend.


How to Join the fun?

To participate in the Tour de Donut you must register and can do so online. Each participant must fill out a waiver form and if under the age of eighteen a parental release form must also be signed. Registration must be done prior to the event. There is no onsite registration. Registration for the next Tour de Donut starts on January 1, 2016. This delicious event has been bring people together in Ohio since 2007. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice bike ride? Adding donuts to the race just makes it the all the better.

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