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The Edwardsville Rotary Criterium: Sept 12, 2010

Jul 7, 2010
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EDWARDSVILLE, IL, JUNE 28, 2010 . . . Speeding is not normally allowed in Downtown Edwardsville, but on Sunday, September 12, it will be encouraged. Not for motorists, for the hundreds of professional and amateur bicyclists that will descend on Main Street for the first ever Wells Fargo Advisors Edwardsville Rotary Criterium, a pro-am bicycle race held on the streets of Downtown Edwardsville. The race is part of a two-day event that is open to the public and hosted by the Rotary Club of Edwardsville. The festivities will begin on Saturday, September 11, 2010 with a “Criterium Kick-Off” held at Edwardsville’s City Park. The Kick-Off will feature live music from regional favorite Dr. Zhivegas, a pasta dinner, as well as wine and beer sales.

On Sunday, September 12, eight separate races for cyclists of varying skill levels will take place, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at approximately 6:00 p.m. A “Kids Race” for children ages 3 to 14 begins at 12:15 p.m. The Kids Race will be divided into four separate categories based on age.

The Rotary Club of Edwardsville is hosting the Criterium as both a fund-raiser and a signature event for the City of Edwardsville and the Rotary. Edwardsville residents SJ Morrison and Jay Blanquart are serving as Race Coordinators. The Edwardsville Rotary Criterium will feature a $10,000 purse, the largest one-day pay-out for a pro-am bicycle race in the Metro East and the second largest in the entire St. Louis region.

“On behalf of the Rotary Club I am excited to bring this event to the City of Edwardsville and the entire region,” said Jay Blanquart, incoming Edwardsville Rotary President. “The Criterium will not only raise funds for community-enhancing projects that Rotary supports, it will also serve as a signature event for the Edwardsville area.”

The deadline to be a sponsor for the event is July 20, 2010. Businesses, organizations and individuals who would like to be a sponsor can contact Blanquart at (618) 799-8888 for more information. In addition to sponsors, event coordinators are seeking volunteers from the community to serve as marshals for the various races. Individuals who are interested in volunteering can contact Morrison at (618) 558-3062.

Website: http://www.edwardsvillecriterium.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Edwardsville-Rotary-Criterium/131764366840129
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/EvilleCriterium

Major sponsorships have already been received from Wells Fargo Advisors, the City of Edwardsville, Lifetouch Photography, the Goddard School, Richards Brick Company, TheBANK of Edwardsville and the Metro East Park & Recreation District.

“The tremendous support that we’ve received from the Rotary Club, the Edwardsville business owners, the City of Edwardsville and the Edwardsville Police Department has allowed us to plan a first-class event for both the community and the cyclists,” said Morrison, who serves as Race Director. “Professional bike races are exciting, family-friendly events that draw spectators of all ages.”

Race registration will begin July 15th.

More to come!