The Garrett Wonders Memorial Bike Race, an annual event in Uptown Westerville for the last six years, is growing to include a second day of races in downtown Columbus.

The Garrett Wonders Memorial Bike Race, an annual event in Uptown Westerville for the last six years, is growing to include a second day of races in downtown Columbus.

The event will begin with 7 a.m. registration and an 8 a.m. race July 31 in Uptown. There will be races for children and adults of all abilities until 12:30 p.m.

On Aug. 1, the event will continue with the same lineup of races beginning at 8 a.m. in front of the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

Kurt Lehmkuhl, race organizer and owner of the Westerville Bike Shop, said the second day of races was coordinated through the bicycle advocacy group Consider Biking as part of the its new Columbus Bike Festival.

The memorial race, which raises money for bicycle advocacy and for scholarships for members of Ohio State's cycling team, typically attracts between 200 and 300 cyclists from across the country and brings in more than $2,000.

The race is named for 25-year-old Garrett Wonders, an Ohio State graduate, member of the Armed Forces cycling team, Olympic hopeful cyclist and former Westerville Bike Shop employee who was hit and killed by a car while training in 2004.

With the event being expanded to include two days of racing, Lehmkuhl said he's hoping more people will be attracted to the seventh annual race.

"It will be two races back-to-back, bringing people from out of state to race in one location, or within 20 minutes of each other," Lehmkuhl said. "A lot of racers who are hardcore will come in and spend the weekend to do something like that. It should draw a few more people from farther away."

In Uptown, the races will close a 1.1-mile loop along South State Street, Park Street, Summit and College Avenue between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Both days of racing will begin with a junior race for cyclists ages 10 to 18 who have dropped-bar road bikes.

In Westerville, that will be followed at 8:25 a.m. by the men's masters race, for men older than 40; the 30-minute citizens' race for beginners at 9 a.m.; the men's amateur race at 9:35 a.m.; and the women's races at 10:20 a.m.

The fastest race, the Men's Pro Am, will be at 11:10 a.m. and will last an hour.

There will be a fat-tire race, for those without street bikes, at 12:15 p.m.

The day will end with street sprints at 12:25 p.m. for children ages 2 to 10. All participants will be awarded a ribbon and given ice cream after the sprints.

Over the two-day event, $6,600 in prizes will be given out.

Lehmkuhl said he's hoping the expansion of the event will be a success, as Consider Biking would like to stretch it further next year, into a three-day event.

"We're wanting to do a multi-day event next year," Lehmkuhl said. "It's a long way off, so we're going to see how things go."

For more information about the races, or to register online in advance, visit www.truesport.com.