Ruby Ride and Run showcases best Macon County sceneryWritten by Admin
The annual Ruby Ride & Run will be held Saturday, May 21, in Franklin.
There will be a 5K and 10K run and three bike rides of varying lengths: 24 miles, 64 miles and 100 miles.
Last year, 75 bicyclists and 93 runners participated.
The runs begin at the Tassee Bridge on the Little Tennessee River Greenway and follow a relatively flat path that parallels the river.
The rides traverse scenic roads through pastoral valleys and mountainous national forest territory
â€˘ The 24-mile bike ride will traverse the Burningtown Community with 2,200 feet of climbing. A fully-stocked rest stop will be available at mile 10 and include an optional â€śbailoutâ€ť route reducing the ride to 16 miles.
â€˘ The 63-mile option offers 4,000 feet of climbing through the Cowee Community following the celebrated Little Tennessee River into the Burningtown area. Two fully-stocked rest stops.
â€˘ Over 8,000 feet of climbing will challenge cyclists on the 100-mile route which includes ascending both Standing Indian and Wayah Mountains. Three fully stocked rest stops. SAG vehicles and/or motorcycles will be on all routes to assist riders with any needs.
The race is sponsored by Franklin Daybreak Rotary. All proceeds go to â€śStop Hunger Nowâ€ť and the Franklin High School Interact Club.
The cost is $30 per rider now or $40 after May 14. Runners are $20 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K, with an extra $5 after May 14.
Runs start at 8:30 a.m. and bike rides at 9 a.m. from the Franklin High School parking lot.
www.therubyride.com or call Smoky Mountain Bicycles at 828.369.2881.