NGHP Plans 2015 Bike Around Murray Event for October 3

It’s that time of year again – time to gear up for a fun day of scenic cycling – as the date of our second annual Bike Around Murray (BAM) event is fast approaching.

This year, BAM will take place on October 3, a Saturday that we hope will provide perfect bike riding weather in which to spend a long morning outdoors, enjoying the views of the beautiful hills and valleys in and around Murray County, Georgia.

Bike Around Murray is sponsored by the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership (NGHP) with a very important cause in mind – that of bringing awareness to diabetes risks while emphasizing healthy living through the prevention of diabetes and through managing the disease if and when it does occur.

We hope that everyone who loves the outdoors and enjoys cycling will join us for an event that should be fun for the whole family.

As was the case last year, this year’s ride will feature four course routes designed to meet the skills and fitness levels of all different types of riders.

A 10-mile race with a total elevation of 387 feet should be perfect for recreational riders. Those who desire a bit more of a challenge may choose to do the 22-mile ride, with an elevation of 768 feet, or the more advanced 50-mile ride, with an elevation of 1958 feet.

And those who are competitive cyclists may choose to do the 74-mile ride, with an elevation of 4822 and a route that takes cyclists up Fort Mountain.

All of the participants who register for the 74-mile ride will participate in the “King/Queen of the Mountain” challenge. The King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain will each receive a trophy at the end of their ride, but in order to be earn this honor, the rider must complete the entire ride. Riders’ times on the climb up the mountain will be used to determine the winners.

BAM will start and end at the Murray County Veterans Park Recreation Center at 651 Hyden Tyler Road in Chatsworth, Georgia.

We are excited to announce that this year we will incorporate a kid’s bike rodeo. This event is free for kids to participate. They will learn bike safety, ride on a skills course and learn proper helmet fitting. This event will take place in the Murray County Recreation Center parking lot. We ask that each child bring their bike, helmet and be accompanied by an adult in order to participate.

Some non-bicycling folks may think this event is not for them, but we encourage everyone who has an interest in the outdoors or in the prevention and management of diabetes to come out and cheer the riders on. Or better yet, to serve as a sponsor or as one of the volunteers we’ll need on the day of the ride.

To learn more about the event go to bikemurray.org or call Ali Harp at 706-272-6662. We invite you to join us as “we make healthy happen” in northwest Georgia.

In Good Health,

Greg Dent