2020 DIRTY DONUT CANCELED
We are very disappointed to announce that the 2020 version of the Dirty Donut will not be able to take place this May 31, 2020. We have explored many options on ways to modify the race, and purposely waited to see if there would be any way to salvage a race for this year, but the window of possibilities has now closed.
Many of our pre registrations have been from participants that outside of Michigan. For those people as well as those in Michigan, I want to fully explain our situation here. Michigan currently has two executive orders in place that severely impact our event. Well before Michigan’s “Stay at Home” executive order, (which has been recently extended until May 15 and could possibly be extended again), went into effect, another executive order was issued in early March, preventing gatherings over 50 people. We do not see this order being lifted anytime soon, let alone before our May 31 race date. Additionally, all Michigan schools have been ordered closed for the remainder of the 2020 school year. This includes any gatherings in and on school grounds. It is our understanding that this restriction is not planned to be lifted before our scheduled May 31 race date. This would not allow us to use the Martin School grounds as we originally planned for our event parking, bathrooms, locker rooms, awards area, kids race grounds, and concession stands. In addition, we would be without the many wonderful volunteers that the school provides.
We will now look forward to the 2021 Dirty Donut, Sunday June 6, 2021, with the intent of hosting an unforgettably epic event. Until then, please be safe, enjoy life and cycling, and support those who support cycling, especially our many sponsors and partners.
All that were pre-registered for the race were sent an email yesterday. In that email they were asked to click on a survey link with the following options.
1 – Hold your 2020 registration for the 2021 Dirty Donut, Sunday June 6, 2021.
2 – Get a refund for the 2020 Dirty Donut minus the service fee that was paid at registration.
3 – Get a partial refund and donate the rest to Make-A-Wish of Michigan.
Having to make the decision to cancel has weighed heavily on my mind over the last several weeks. I could not be more upset to have to make this announcement. We were beyond excited to showcase our new race venue and all of the improvements we had planned for this year. Based on the registration numbers just before all of our lives changed, people love what we are trying to do with this race. Before the outbreak, we were on pace to sell the race out at 1,000 racers a few weeks before race day. In just our second year, this was nothing short of AMAZING and I can’t begin to thank you for your support of this race. It completely makes all of the hard work worthwhile. Thank you for your loyalty, and I can’t wait to celebrate cycling and the Dirty Donut on Sunday June 6, 2021.
Dirty Donut Race Director