What an outstanding event for Worthington Park, Quilcene, and our region! This year’s Bon Jon Pedal Bender drew over 170 bicyclists (out of 240 total registered) and was the largest draw of the three Gravel Races. Our partnership with Peninsula Adventure Sports was a complete pleasure; the relaxed professionalism of Lorrie Mittmann and Tim Tucker showed through in all aspects of the event.
We would also like to thank our community for your warm welcome of the participants – much appreciated by all of them, as expressed to us repeatedly after the race – as well as our local organizations who helped to make the event a fantastic success. Quilcene Fire Rescue made their presence known – with the Chief here for the entire event – various local food vendors provided ample opportunity for refreshments, and much of the volunteer force included members of the Boosters Club and Count Me In for Quilcene. The Quilcene Historical Museum handled logistics not already covered by PAS, as well as volunteer help. The Museum and Worthington Park remain all volunteer – in spirit and operation.
We believe Worthington Park is a perfect setting to stage an adventure such as this with its beautifully landscaped grounds and restored historical structures, right at the foot of the Olympic Mountains. The beer garden, next to the pond and under mature trees, made a great place for the bikers to relax after their races, even in the 100+ degree weather. This event exercised the great capacity of Worthington Park to host a wide range of events in support of our community and region. With our Victorian mansion restoration complete, we will be ready in the fall to fully meet our potential.
Click Here to Read More in the Peninsula Daily News, including a summary of race results, (link opens in a new tab) or keep scrolling to enjoy our photographs of the event, courtesy of Jeff Childs.
We are hoping to make this race a repeat event, and are looking forward to another fun time next year. Our next big competitive event will be the annual Oyster Races (half Marathon, 10k, &5k) on Sept. 19, and we already have a record number of runners signing up.