By Melody Vallieu
Miami Valley Sunday News
TROY — Another big event was canceled Friday as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau Executive Director Leiann Stewart announced on Friday that the 2020 Tour de Donut and related Donut Jam events have been canceled for 2020 due to the coronavirus. The Tour de Donut was originally scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29, and Donut Jam was to take place on Friday, Aug. 28 and Saturday, Aug. 29.
Stewart said the cancellation of the events is due to the restrictions the state of Ohio has placed on large mass gatherings and the uncertainty of when these restrictions will be lifted.
Stewart said according to Tourism Economics, the average day trip traveler spends approximately $116 per person and an overnight traveler spends approximately $369 per person. Stewart said restaurants and shops will be affected, as well as many of the community’s attractions and museums, due to the cancellation.
“People have traveled to Miami County from 30 states and Canada in previous years to ride in the Donut, so this will have an impact on our hotels that weekend as well,” she said.
With the amount of people participating in the annual ride, along with supporters, the loss will be significant in the county, according to Stewart.
“The Tour de Donut brings just shy of 3,000 riders into the community, some of them also bring with them friends and family, so this is a significant loss of revenue for the area,” Stewart said. “The committee worked tirelessly to figure out how we could make this event happen, but at the end of the day, we simply could not meet the current state requirements. Safety is our biggest concern right now.”
Tour de Donut Event Owner Roger Bowersock agrees.
“This was not an easy decision to make, but the safety of our riders, runners, volunteers and Miami County residents is our top priority right now,” Bowersock said. “We are excited to begin planning for 2021 to bring the Donut back bigger and better than ever.”
Any registrations purchased for 2020 will be honored at the 2021 event, which has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28 for the Tour de Donut and Friday and Saturday, Aug. 27-28 for the Donut Jam.
The 2019 Tour de Donut registered 2,977 riders, Stewart said, which was a 10 percent increase over the previous year. This event has consistently increased in participation each year since its move to downtown Troy, she said.
“We are thrilled to be their partner and to host this event in Miami County and look forward to seeing you all again in 2021,” Stewart said.
For additional information, visit thetourdedonut.com.