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MedWest Health & Fitness center will host a Kids Indoor Triathlon and Aquathlon May 6 for youth 15 and younger.

The Asheville Triathlon Club will help coordinate this event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at MedWest Health & Fitness Center. The fitness center will close at 6 p.m. so participants will have uninterrupted use of the facility for this special event.

“Our lifeguard will be on duty throughout the event,” said Scotty Setser, director of the MedWest Health & Fitness Center. “Our center consistently offers programs for the youth of our community, including water safety instruction in our six-lane, 25-yard indoor pool. We believe this event will be a great introduction to the sport of triathlon for all ages.”


Mother’s Day weekend will be a busy time in Franklin, as the 9th Annual Mother’s Day Gemboree opens its doors on May 6. The event is held at the Macon County Community Building located just off Highway 441 south of Franklin.

This show, sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, complements two other well known gem and mineral shows held here in July and October. Franklin continues to earn its name as “The Gem Capital of the World.”


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” ( 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.


The Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association, Clay County Communities Revitalization Association and Tusquitee District of the Nantahala National Forest will be hosting a grand opening for the Jackrabbit Mountain Bike and Hiking Trail at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30.

The 14.5 mile trail system just outside of Hayesville in Clay County, N.C., has quickly become one the most popular on the Nantahala National Forest since construction began more than five years ago. A practice trail and restroom were recently constructed at the trailhead to provide users with additional facilities.


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