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It's no secret that our team has been working through a lot these last few weeks. We’ve been diligently listening and learning in order to find Our Way Forward. While the recent events have certainly been a huge focus for us, we have also been working through our fast-approaching September 12th event postponement date, and the implications hosting a large-scale event in Emporia during the COVID-19 pandemic could have on our home and the homes our participants will return to when they leave here.
The DK has impacted the Emporia community in a positive way for the last 15 years. Without the support of our athletes and our community, this town would feel very different. It’s a place that has adopted the gravel cycling way-of-life, establishing itself as “Gravel City”. With open arms, Emporia welcomes thousands of athletes and their families. This is what makes DKXL such a unique experience. And it is also what makes a decision regarding the September 12th date so difficult. We’ve spent time working to make the best, safest and most educated decision possible for the wellbeing of our community as well as yours. Ultimately it is not safe to host the 2020 edition of the DK for our athletes, volunteers, staff, and community members.
Please complete your choice by August 7th, 2020. Below are your options in lieu of this decision.
Option 1. Complimentary deferral into the 2021 event (June 5th, 2021)
Option 2. Complimentary deferral into the 2022 event (June 4th, 2022)
Option 3. Donate your entry fee to the Life Time Foundation (to benefit the Emporia USD 253 school lunch program). As a thank you for your donation, you will receive a guaranteed, non-complimentary entry into your choice of the 2021 or 2022 event.
Option 4. Full refund on entry fee (excluding the service fees) *You will not receive a confirmation when making your selection as this is to gather information. Once your Deferral/Refund/Donation is worked you will receive an email with further instructions.*
Our promise and commitment to athletes and Emporia alike - we will come back to 2021 with the same enthusiasm, excitement, and passion for a community event on gravel roads. Truly we can’t wait to share with you all that we have in store, from a new look and name, to an even better experience for athletes, volunteers, and community members alike. We would love nothing more than for you to join us.
During this time of uncertainty we encourage you to use your bike for your well-being - albeit for achieving personal goals, staying fit, or embarking on new adventures. Onward and dreaming of 2021, LeLan, Kristi, Treva and Michelle The DK team
Here Are Your Options:
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A 350 mile long ultra-endurance bicycling challenge, held on the gravel roads through the Flint Hills region of east-central Kansas. This extreme challenge is reserved solely for the hardiest of gravel enthusiasts.
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