August 21, 3:00pm
2021 Edwardsville Rotary Criterium Festival
Get ready for a series of high-speed races in the heart of downtown Edwardsville. Enjoy fast-paced fun at the 11th annual TheBank of Edwardsville Busey Bank Rotary Criterium Festival. Hundreds of cyclists will compete for $10,000, one of the largest one-day payouts in the region! The festival is a series of high-speed bicycle races complimented with foot races, free kid’s races, a children’s art tent, and a Food Zone.
Feel bicycle racers zoom by on the 80-foot narrow course featuring several twists and turns to complete a 0.7-mile lap. Racers of varying skill levels will begin and end at the start/finish line located on Main Street.
Ditch the wheels, take to the streets, and run for a great cause! The Edwardsville Rotary Downtown Dash, sponsored by Carrollton Bank, is a 1.4-mile race to the finish! This foot race is open to a wide range of ages and running skill levels. Special guest Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee will serve as an official starter of the Downtown Dash.
See more info on the Downtown Dash.
Bring the kids to the festival for tons of family fun! The Criterium is proud to host four FREE races for children under 10, sponsored by the Edwardsville Wrestling Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Kids are also invited to show off their creative side in the First Mid Bank & Trust and the Edwardsville Arts Center's "Pedal and Paint Art Tent"! Enjoy a free bicycle-themed “make it and take it” workshop! The GlennonKids’ Safety Program will be on-site to offer free bicycle helmet fittings to children ages 2 to 18. Staff from Cardinal Glennon will teach parents how to correctly fit their children’s helmets. Free children’s helmets available while supplies last.
Experience a taste of Downtown Edwardsville while you watch with great restaurants, cafes, and bars located on Main Street. In addition, six local favorites will have booths in the Spokes & Spoons Food Zone. Global Brew will be providing adult beverages at two separate locations, within the open container perimeter.
This race is sanctioned by the USA Cycling Association and the Missouri Bicycle Racing Association (MOBRA). The event will be held rain or shine and helmets must be worn while on the bike. This unique signature event has been hosted by the Rotary Club of Edwardsville as a fundraiser for community-enhancing projects and as a gift to the people of the Edwardsville area.