Pam Forshee, owner of Smoky Mountain Bicycles, partnered with Larry Stenger and the Franklin Daybreak Rotary to put on the Third annual Ruby Ride & Run. The event was held Friday, May 20, beginning at 9 a.m. at Franklin High School. This year, there were 90 runners and 45 bikers participating. The proceeds are slated to benefit such local charities as CareNet, Angel Hospital Foundation, Franklin Interact Club, KIDS Place, Stop Hunger Now, New Century Scholars, Kids winter basketball tournament, and a handicapible Boy Scout Troop.
Forshee, organizer for the event, said that even though attendance was down a little bit from the previous year, she was still pleased with the turnout. “We raised about $3,500. That is about the same as what we had last year.
There was more in sponsorship funds, but since the attendance was down, it still evened out. So overall, I’m pleased with the results.”
The foot race was divided into two different distances: 5k and 10k. The female winner of the 5k was Hannah Hylton who completed the run in 23.43 minutes. The male winner of the 5k was Daniel Woodard. His time was just over 17 minutes. For the 10k marathon, the female winner was Rita Esterwood with a time of 47.59, and the male winner was Chris Corbin with a time of 43.53. Outdoor 76 donated the prizes. Forshee said that this was a new route because the Greenway was unavailable, but there was enough positive feedback from it so that they are considering keeping this new route.
The bicycle race included a 63-mile and a 100-mile route. John Hood, of Franklin was the first to return from the 63-mile ride and Scott Baker, of Cullowhee was the first to return from the 100-mile ride. Six riders did the full 100-mile route.
Only one injury was reported from the event. One rider was trying to take something off of his wrist and it hung up in his front wheel, causing him to fall and break his hand.
After the event, Robbie and Renee Sanders provided lunch to all the competitors.