Guthrie hosted the Land Run 100 Saturday as the half-way point for hundreds of bikers along the route. This years race was met with heavy rain and cool temperatures, providing the toughest riding conditions in the history of the five-year-old race. According to the race coordinator, and owner of District Bicycles in Stillwater, Bobby Wintle the race had an approximately 22 percent finish rate and the fastest rider completed the race in approximately 6 hours.
The Land Run 100 race was started by Winlte and his wife and bicycle shop co-owner Crystal. The two opened the shop in Stillwater after careful planning and deciding that the city needed their store. The idea for the race came about shortly after Bobby rode the trails around city.
"The Land Run came about because I had friends asking me about what the roads were like in Stillwater and when I finally got out on some of the gravel roads I was completely blown away. I could not believe that nobody was out riding these roads or promoting them," Bobby said.
He said the name of the race was developed on that same ride.
"We called it the Land Run 100 because every time I rode the roads all I could think about was 'man I bet this is what it looked like and felt like, or the closest we could ever get to, to what it may have been when the land run happened in 1889," Bobby said.
He explained that the ride is in no way a history ride or any type of political statement. According to Bobby, it is just the name that came to his mind. The route for the race begins in Stillwater every year, has a half-way point in a different city every two years and returns back to Stillwater. The first year of the race, in 2013, approximately 121 riders came out to compete. Over the next four years the numbers multiplied exponentially until Bobby had to cap the 2017 race at 1,100 participants.
"We opened registration for this year in November of 2016 at 8 a.m. for 1,000 riders and 100 runners, we have aded a 50k ultra run on the route, and we sold out in two hours and 50 minutes. Participants came from 30 states, Canada, England and people from Dublin and Australia,' Bobby said.
He said he was extremely pleased with Guthrie as the half-way point and looks forward to coming back next year.
"Guthrie was unbelievable," Bobby said, emphasizing unbelievable. "Everything I have heard was an overwhelming resounding success. I have been working with Tracey Zserdin of the Chamber of Commerce," Bobby said.
According to Bobby, Zserdin was instrumental in coordinating every major component of Land Run in Guthrie. She directly coordinated food trucks, live music and helped ensure roads were shut down for riders safety. Bobby said he is extremely grateful for the help and support from local law enforcement, city officials and the community members.
"You have a beautiful community and I have been dreaming about bringing the Land Run here for the last three years straight. ... If there is anything I can do to make anything better, because we are coming back next year in 2018, let me know," Bobby said.
He encouraged anyone with issues from the last ride or suggestions to contact him directly at email@example.com or call his store at 405-372-3719.