35th Annual DRY RUN BICYCLE TOUR
SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
RAIN OR SHINE
The 35th Annual Dry Run, which is to be held on September 11, 2016, is a beautiful bicycle tour that is not a race or contest of speed. It is a self-paced ride through scenic central Ohio. The ride will depart from Westerville Central High School, and you will have a choice of four routes: 34, 54, 70 and 100 miles. All routes are over hard-surface roads and include a combination of city streets and rural county roads. All routes contain some hills, with the 100-mile route the most challenging.
The Dry Run is a full-service ride with great food, interesting routes and exceptional support. The Dry Run will go on rain or shine. Helmets are required, and rear view mirrors are encouraged. All those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Advance registration for this year's Dry Run has closed. However, you can sign up quickly and easily from 7-10 a.m. at the start of the ride at Westerville Central.
You'll need to do two things:
-- Fill out a "day-of-ride" registration form Sunday morning. Or, to save time, you can print the Day Of Registration Form, fill it out in advance, then go directly to the registration table.
-- Bring cash or a check for $30. No credit cards are accepted on the day of the ride.
All pre-registered riders must check in at the start of the ride, from 7-10 a.m. at Westerville Central, 7118 Mount Royal Ave., Westerville, OH 43082 (see the map below). Please note that the ride and SAG support end at 5 p.m. Please leave early enough to complete the route and to receive lunch by about noon.
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.
At check-in, all riders will receive a bag that includes a wristband, Road ID number and promotional material.
Your registration fee includes marked and mapped routes. Riders who pre-registered will be sent an email sometime during the week of September 4 with links to GPS files for all the routes. The GPS email will be sent ONLY to riders who pre-registered online. All riders will receive paper maps at check-in.
The registration fee includes SAG service and rest stops that offer water and sports beverages, homemade cookies and other snacks. The lunch stop in Centerburg includes sandwiches and more.
A limited number of this year's Dry Run T-shirts ($15) will be sold in the registration area, as will some "vintage" shirts and jerseys from past years.
RAFFLE: At registration you will receive a RoadID rider number. Simply tear off the corner and place it in the raffle container at the information tent. After the ride, check at the information tent to see if you won one of our many prizes. All prizes must be claimed the day of the ride.
We suggest all riders wear an approved cycling helmet!
SUPPORTING CENTRAL OHIO CYCLING: Proceeds of the Dry Run are used in part to support the following organizations: 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.
Don't put away those bikes just yet! Gather some teammates, join us for the Dry Run and earn some money for your peloton.
For every 10 team members who ride, the Westerville Bicycle Club will make a $20 team donation to their peloton before the close of Pelotonia fundraising on Oct. 7. (Names will be verified through the Pelotonia website.) A captain or other team representative will need to submit this form by Oct. 1: Promotional Form
Biking with friends always is more fun, so get the gang back together, enjoy a great ride and help your peloton in the fight to defeat cancer. You'll also be helping the WBC support numerous cycling causes in central Ohio.
Dry Run Elevations
Westerville Central High School
Dry Run Sponsors
Please support our generous sponsors who help make the Dry Run possible