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Outdoors 4th Annual Ruby Ride and Run set for Sunday, May 12

All event proceeds to benefit local charities

The 4th Annual Ruby Ride & Run is set for Saturday, May 12, in Franklin. Sponsored by the Franklin Daybreak Rotary, all proceeds from the event will benefit local charities in and around Franklin, including CareNet, Angel Medical Center, Community Care Clinic, and Franklin High School Interact Club. This year’s event again will include 5 and 10k runs beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed at 9 a.m. by three picturesque bicycle rides of 24, 40, and 63 miles.

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 10. An optional “bailout” route reducing the ride to 16 miles will be included.

The 40-mile option includes roughly 3,500 feet of climbing and partially follows the 63-mile route with spectacular views. There will be two fullystocked rest stops available on the route.

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. 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 1, and $40 thereafter. It includes the fully-stocked rest stops, a t-shirt for early registrants, and a post-ride meal. All routes start from Franklin High School parking lot.

The 5K and 10K runs also begin at Franklin High School at 8:30 a.m. and will follow the Little Tennessee River Greenway, a paved and gravel path that parallels the river. The route is generally flat throughout with a short climb back to the high school. The cost of the run is $20 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K until May 1, 2012 and $5 additional thereafter. This year, age-group awards will be presented.

Riders and runners can register at http://www.active.com/. More detailed information and directions to each event can be found at www.franklindaybreakrotary.org/rubyride.htm or by calling Smoky Mountain Bicycles at (828)369-2881 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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