The Third Annual Ruby Ride & Run is set for Saturday, May 21, in Franklin. Sponsored by the Franklin Daybreak Rotary, all proceeds from the event will benefit “Stop Hunger Now” and the Franklin High School Interact Club.
“Stop Hunger Now” (http://www.stophungernow.org/) is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. The organization is driven by a vision to end world hunger in our lifetime and a mission to provide food and life-saving aid to the world’s most destitute and hungry in the most sustainable, efficient, and effective manner.
This year’s event will include 5 and 10k runs beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed at 9 a.m. by three picturesque bicycle rides of 24, 63, and 100 miles. Last year, 75 bicyclists and 93 runners participated.
The 24-mile bike ride will traverse the Burningtown Community with 2,200 feet of climbing complete with mountain backdrops and striking scenery. A fully-stocked rest stop will be available at mile ten and include an optional “bailout” route reducing the ride to 16 miles.
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 will be available on the route.
More than 8,000 feet of climbing will challenge cyclists on the 100-mile route ascending both Standing Indian and Wayah Mountains. There will be three fully stocked rest stops available on this route. SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles and/or motorcycles will be on all routes to assist riders with any needs.
Cost of the bicycle ride is $30 if registered before May 14 and $40 thereafter. All bike rides will start from Franklin High School parking lot.
The 5K and 10K runs will each begin at the Little Tennessee River Greenway (Tassee Bridge). A paved and gravel path that parallels the river, the Greenway route is relatively flat throughout. The cost of the run is $20 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K until May 14 and $5 additional thereafter.