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King and Queen Donut take overall in cycling race

By Cathy Allred - Daily Herald - | Jul 14, 2013

AMERICAN FORK — From 7-years-old to 76, cyclists came in all shapes and sizes to the sixth annual Utah Tour de Donut in American Fork for the 21-mile race, and perhaps, a few donuts.

The overall winners — alsoknown as the Donut King and Donut Queen — were Brett Denney of Highland and Kristie Nation of Draper. Denney, whose adjusted time was 1 minute, 29 seconds, ate 22 donuts. Nation’s was 29 minutes, 19 seconds, and she broke the women’s donut record by eating 14 donuts.

Each cyclist gets their time adjusted 3 minutes for every donut they eat during the race.

“It’s a fun event. What’s funner than bikes and donuts? Except for two hours later when it all hits,” cyclist Brandon McKinney said, patting his abdomen and grinning.

McKinney is an avid fan of the event and is the first person to register each year. Part of Team Trek, he is with Trek Bicycle Store of American Fork.

“Variety. That’s what’s cool too. It’s for all ages, all riders. You don’t have to be a pro,” he said.

He ate seven donuts getting 21 minutes knocked off his time.

“That’s not enough, but too many for me. I can already feel it,” McKinney said.

The all time reigning king of the donuts for the tour has been Regan Fackrell who moved to Ohio and wasn’t able to be in Utah to defend his title. His record still stands, however, at 32 donuts.

Mike Downey of Lehi was the first cyclist to cross the finish line, but he didn’t eat any donuts.

“I had gastric bypass three years ago and I couldn’t eat any,” Downey said.

He weighed 335 pounds before the surgery and currently weighs about 260. He maintains his weight through cycling which he took up again after the surgery and averages 8,000 miles a year cycling.

“I won’t win. There’s no way,” Downey said.

He said he has seen some participants get a negative number, like minus 23 seconds, with their donut time subtracted from their on-course time.

With no chance of winning but coming in first, many may wonder why Downey bothers — every participant had the same opinion — simply for the fun. He also said he enjoyed the variety.

Participants bring in tandem bikes, mountain bikes, bikes with trailers carrying kids, cruisers and competitive road bikes. There were 15 competitive teams of five and six tandem teams.

“You take something everybody does … this one takes it to a whole new ridiciously fun level,” Rod Martin, the Tour de Donut announcer, said.

The race is sponsored by the American Fork Rotary Club and is its primary fundraiser of the year.

“We are hoping for $3,000 to $5,000 after we pay the bills, we are hoping,” said Debby Lauret, past Rotary president and event registrar. Also the current American Fork Chamber of Commerce president, Lauret said each Rotary member works full time but in addition to other civic responsibilities, volunteers time for the event to raise money for local club projects, giving back to their community.

The Rotary’s 2013SEnD14 goals include improving Rotary Park, contributing to the city’s literacy center and donating books to Greenwood Elementary through the club’s “Book Fairy” program. Members will also donate some of the funds to the Jesus Feeds Food Bank operated by the Four-Square Adventure Church ministry in American Fork.

Other than the good the club does achieving those community goals, its members also bring more than a little cheer through the race itself.

“This is the rocking-est, fun-est, most absurd, family-fun cycling race,” Lauret said. “The combination of cycling and donuts is brilliant.”

More on Utah Tour de Donut can be found at utahtourdedonut.org.

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