An open children’s race at the Bank of Edwardsville Rotary Criterium allows young people to test their skills on the course.
EDWARDSVILLE — Edwardsville Township is once again sponsoring public safety during this year’s Bank of Edwardsville Rotary Criterium from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, on the streets of downtown Edwardsville.
Township Supervisor Frank Miles said safety is a high priority for the high-speed and children’s races. In addition to the sponsorship, the township will host SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital representatives at a booth near the registration area for the children’s races.
Hospital staff will provide bike helmet safety checks and will teach parents how to correctly fit their children’s helmets. If a child has a helmet that fits incorrectly, it can be replaced with a new one; children who do not own a helmet can receive one for free while supplies last. The booth will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and once a participant registers for the race they can come to the booth for their fitting. Siblings are welcome to participate as well.
This is the sixth year for the criterium and the township’s second year as a sponsor.
“The criterium is a great event that supports the entire community,” Miles said. “We are thrilled about participating and continuing this relationship in the future.”
As the public safety sponsor, the township will support the event’s public safety components. This includes the rental and setup of the racecourse barricades, the supplemental EMT presence on the course and the supplemental safety and event security personnel around the course’s perimeter.
For information about the bike helmet safety checks or helmet fittings, call the township at (618) 656-0292. For information about the township, visit edwardsvilletownship.com.