Gateway Cup Offering Variety of Kids, Family Activities Labor Day Weekend
Kids cycling event, 5K run/walk and family activities planned
ST. LOUIS (August 29th, 2016) — The 31st edition of The Staenberg Group (TSG Properties) Gateway Cup (www.gatewaycup.com) takes place Sept. 2 – Sept. 5 with four days of competitive cycling in the heart of four unique St. Louis neighborhoods: Lafayette Square, St. Louis Hills – Francis Park, The Italian Hill, and Benton Park. More than a race, the Gateway Cup offers fun for the whole family including a Labor Day 5K+ walk/run, cycling races for kids of all ages and abilities, and bike tours of historic St. Louis.
Kids Cycling Race
Children, from Big Wheel aged to 12 years old, are invited to participate in daily cycling fun races that use the same finish line as the Pros. For only $5 each child will receive an event T-shirt, finisher ribbon, race number and be given a pro race experience. To compete, participants must bring their own helmets and bicycles. The Kids Races are sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. For more information, visit www.gatewaycup.com/just-for-kids/
Registration takes place on-site on race day:
- Tour De Lafayette: Friday, Sept. 2; race starts at 6 p.m.
- Tour De Francis Park: Saturday, Sept. 3; race starts at 4:10 p.m.
- Tour De Giro Della Montagna: Sunday, Sept. 4; race starts at 4:10 p.m.
- Benton Park Class: Monday, Sept. 5; race starts at 3:35 p.m.
Benton Park Labor Day 5K Run/Walk
The Benton Park Labor Day 5K Run/Walk is open to participants of all ages and takes place Monday, Sept. 5. Registration for the event begins at 7 a.m., with the 5K set to start at 8:30 a.m. and the Kids Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. The course is just under two laps around the Benton Park Classic Race Course located by the Anheuser Busch Brewery and the historic Soulard and Benton Park neighborhoods. The event is stroller and dog friendly, and participants are encouraged to stay and watch the bicycle races. All finishers will receive an edible medal from Gus’ Pretzels.
Registration is available online at www.gatewaycup.com/charity-rides/. Pre-race day entrance fees are $35/per person, $40 day of race. Kids Fun Run entrance fees are $10 (14 and Under). There will be a slight surcharge for online registration.
Trailnet Giro della Montagna Bicycle Fun Club Ride
The Trailnet Bicycle Fun Club Ride takes place on Sunday, September 4. With distances for a variety of riders (22-, 30- and 43-mile options), families can take a tour of historic St. Louis. The ride will begin and end in the Italian Hill neighborhood in time to watch the afternoon races. The cost is $8 for a Trailnet member, $10 for a non-member and $3 per child. Day of registration is $11/$16.
Ride to Unite
Hosted by Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments, Ride to Unite takes place on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. at Francis Park in South St. Louis. Participants of all ages and abilities will ride on the closed Francis Park race course, along with local celebrities and elite cyclists. This is a free event that unites cyclists with and without disabilities for a fun morning ride. The Ride to Unite will have celebrity riders paired with visually impaired children on tandems. Ride to Unite is sponsored by the St. Louis Recreation Council, TASK, Down Syndrome Association and the Special Olympics of Missouri. Free parking is available at Nottingham School – 4915 Donovan Ave, St Louis, MO 63109 (enter from Nottingham or Neosho).
- Registration and check-in opens at 9 a.m.
- Post ride stick around and enjoy the fun and festivities including refreshments, games, activities and more.
- 5-Mile Race Course Ride for participants of all ages and abilities begins at 10 a.m.