Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Uptown Westerville is a Place for Honoring Friends

This Saturday, August 8, 2009, Uptown Westerville will be the site of the 6th Annual Garrett Wonders Memorial Bike Race.

Event coordinator Westerville Bike Shop's Kurt Lehmkuhl tells us:

The 6th annual
Garrett Wonders Memorial Bike Race
will be held on Saturday, August 8th from 8 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in Uptown Westerville.

The event will bring hundreds of the top cyclists from across the Midwest to the heart of Westerville to race and enjoy what Uptown has to offer.

The event is named after Garrett Wonders, a 25-year-old aspiring elite cyclist who was tragically struck by a car while on a training ride. Garrett began his cycling career with the Westerville Bike Shop racing for the OSU Cycling Team.

In memory of Garrett and his enthusiasm for the development of young cyclists, Garrett's family set up the Garrett Wonders Memorial Fund. The Garrett Wonders Memorial Bike Race honors Garrett's memory and raises money for the promotion of cycling safety and helps fund a collegiate cycling scholarship at Ohio State University.

The races start at 8 a.m. with road races for beginners, and run through the morning. After the Elite mens race at 11:00 is a community fat tire race open to anyone at noon. The day concludes with childrens street sprints at 12:25 down State open to all children ages 2 to 12 years of age with ribbons, ice cream, and more for all children who enter.

Parking & Restricted Street Closures for Uptown Westerville

The start/finish line for the race will be on State Street, near the State/Winter intersection. The racer's route will be State St. turning left onto Park, then left onto Summit, left onto College, and finally left onto State.

State Street, between W. College and Park, will be closed from 8 a.m. - 1p.m. on race day. Area residents will be able to gain access to this portion of State Street from the nearest officer on duty, who will allow area residents in and out privileges before the races begin and during breaks in between races. Those who are attending weddings at nearby churches will also be able to get through by finding an officer on duty, but should expect some delays.

Other roads on the route will be closed from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on race day; however, as with State St., area residents will be able to gain access to these other roads that are part of the race course from the nearest officer on duty, who will allow area residents in and out privileges before the races begin and during breaks in between races.

There will be no parking allowed along these sections from Midnight (12 a.m.) on Friday, August 7th, through completion of the event. Note: All vehicles not removed from the route will be towed starting 7:30 a.m. on August 8th.

Parking Arrangements

Parking can be found in the following areas:
▪ By the Westerville Bike Shop on 29 West Main,
▪ Behind the City municipal complex on State St.
▪ Behind the Westerville Public Library On State Street
▪ In the City Park and Ride Lot on Main Street

Questions & More Information

▪ For Questions concerning parking and street closures, contact the Westerville Police Department at 614.901.6453.
To pre-register for the event or for more info about the races, go to http://www.garrettwondersrace.com/.

If you would like to help, stop by or contact the Westerville Bike Shop at 29 West Main St. or contact Kurt Lehmkuhl at 614.361.9047.

For more about Garrett go to http://www.sharetheroadmagnets.com/

Come and enjoy the race and take some time to visit the Saturday Uptown Market and the many unique restaurants and shops in uptown Westerville that help make events like this possible.

The bike race is a fun event and very family friendly -- so come on Uptown to eat, shop, and watch the bike races.

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