Delray Beach,, FL (PressExposure) January 25, 2012 -- First Ever Cycling Race and Lifestyle Event in Downtown Delray Beach, on Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach's downtown Atlantic Avenue is being taken over for two days for a one-of-a-kind sporting and lifestyle event, the Twilight Festival, on March 9 and 10. South Florida families will be able to view hundreds of cyclist speeding up to 35-mph on a 0.6-mile course of tight turns and straightaways between Atlantic Avenue, NE 1st Street, 2nd Avenue and Swinton Avenue.
The Twilight Festival will begin Friday at 10 a.m. with a stationary race at The Old School Square Pavilion, which will determine the starting positions of the top qualifiers for the next day's major pro-race. Saturday's events begin at 7 a.m. with police escorts leading the way for a unique race called the 'gambler race'. You don't have to be fast, you just can't fold! This race has participants collecting five playing cards along their ride from Atlantic Avenue to the Palm Beach Inlet and back. At the finish line the cyclist with the best poker hand will win a grand prize of a luxury package including a two-night stay at the Delray Beach Marriot. There will also be amateur competitive cycling events, races for kids, a 1-mile/$1,000 sprint as well as outdoor activities for all ages, well into the evening. All of this leads up to the main pro-race which will take place beginning at 7 p.m. with the line up on Atlantic Avenue.
Unlike stage races, such as the Tour de France, which occur over great distances, all of these races are sprint-style, with short, 1 kilometer course that is lapped over and over again, while spectators line the streets to watch.
RAC Entertainment owner 24-year-old, Chelsea Midlarsky said, "I have dreamed of bringing a cycling event like this to South Florida for years, and being able to help the wonderful organization Kids In Distress while putting on such a large event is absolutely amazing."
On both days, spectators will also enjoy a fun-filled kid zone, a food court and beer garden, health-centric vendor booths and the opportunity to meet celebrity cyclists, all while cheering on racers. Donations will be accepted for Kids In Distress at multiple locations throughout the Delray Beach Twilight Festival and will benefit Kids In Distress while helping to increase awareness regarding the importance of the nonprofit organization throughout South Florida.
"Kids In Distress (KID) is thrilled that the Delray Beach Twilight event chose us to be a charitable beneficiary," said Jennifer Homan, director of special events at Kids In Distress. "For more than thirty years, KID has provided a comprehensive safety net of programs to catch children and families when they falter, and this generosity gives much needed awareness and financial support to thousands of children and families in South Florida."
Delray Beach Twilight Festival at a Glance
Friday, March 9th
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Dog House Grid Qualifiers (Old School Square Pavilion)
12 p.m. - 9 p.m. Food Court (Old School Square)
4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Kid Zone (Pineapple Grove Field)
4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Beer Garden (Old School Square)
9:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. Racer Meet and Greet (Atlantic Avenue)
Saturday, March 10th
7 a.m. Gambler Ride Registration (Old School Square)
7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Gambler Ride (50 mile course Atlantic Ave. to Palm Beach Inlet and back)
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Live Music Tai Chi with Du20 (Old School Square)
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Amateur Races (Atlantic Avenue)
9:30 a.m. Kids Race Registration (Pineapple Grove Field)
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Kids Races (Pineapple Grove Field)
11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Food Court (Old School Square Field)
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Vendor Village (Old School Square Quad)
4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Beer Garden (Old School Square Field)
5 p.m. Kids Parade (Pro-Course)
5:15 p.m. $1,000 mile sprint (Pro-Course)
5:40 - 6:30 p.m. Amateur Finals (Pro-Course)
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Women's Pro Race (Pro-Course)
8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Men's Pro Race (Pro-Course)
About the Delray Beach Twilight
The Delray Beach Twilight Festival was created in 2011 in order to bring a large cycling event to the South Florida area. The festival is family friendly and geared towards health, wellness and fitness. To learn more or join us for this first time event, visit delraybeachtwilight.com.
John Roope, WIDSIX
Delray Beach, FL