It’s no secret that our team has been working through a lot these last few weeks. We’ve been diligently listening and learning in order to find Our Way Forward. While the recent events have certainly been a huge focus for us, we have also been working through our fast-approaching September 12th event postponement date, and the implications hosting a large-scale event in Emporia during the COVID-19 pandemic could have on our home and the homes our participants will return to when they leave here.
The DK has impacted the Emporia community in a positive way for the last 15 years. Without the support of our athletes and our community, this town would feel very different. It’s a place that has adopted the gravel cycling way-of-life, establishing itself as “Gravel City”. With open arms, Emporia welcomes thousands of athletes and their families. This is what makes DK such a unique experience. And it is also what makes a decision regarding the September 12th date so difficult. We’ve spent time working to make the best, safest and most educated decision possible for the well-being of our community as well as yours. Ultimately it is not safe to host the 2020 edition of the DK for our athletes, volunteers, staff, and community members.
Below are your options in lieu of this decision. Please complete your choice by August 7, 2020.
OPTION 1: Complimentary deferral into the 2021 event (June 5, 2021)
OPTION 2: Complimentary deferral into the 2022 event (June 4, 2022)
OPTION 3: Donate your entry fee to your choice of the Life Time Foundation (to benefit the Emporia Unified School District 253 school lunch program). As a thank you for your donation, you will receive a guaranteed, non-complimentary entry into your choice of the 2021 or 2022 event
OPTION 4: Full refund of entry fee (excluding the service fees)
*Note: if you purchased Crew-For-Hire with your registration, we will send you an update on that separately.
Should you have questions regarding the cancellation, or your options, check out our FAQs.
Our promise and commitment to athletes and Emporia alike – we will come back in 2021 with the same enthusiasm, excitement, and passion for our community event on our gravel roads. Truly we can’t wait to share with you all that we have in store, from a new look and name, to an even better experience for athletes, volunteers, and community members alike. We would love nothing more than for you to join us.
During this time of uncertainty we encourage you to use your bike for your well-being – albeit for achieving personal goals, staying fit, or embarking on new adventures.
Onward and dreaming of 2021,