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‘Surviving the Snake’ ride exceeds its $15,000 goal

By Paula Walter
Despite a wet and rainy start, the Johnson County Community Hospital Foundation Board held its fourth Surviving the Snake bicycle ride on Saturday, September 13th. The goal for this year’s event was to net $15,000 necessary to replace the current cardiac exercise unit at the hospital.
The ride once again offered two different routes, both a 50K and 100K. The bicyclists began at Ralph Stout Park onto Route 421 North before heading out 167 west toward Doe. Not for the faint of heart, some of the more experienced seasoned riders made the steep climb up the mountain to the crossroads in Shady Valley. They then meandered down the hills through Damascus and Laurel Bloomery before arriving back at the park.
The cost to pre-register for the event was $40, while those signing up the day of the ride paid $50. Prior to the beginning of the ride, 28 riders had already registered and an additional bicyclist joined along. Many riders wait until the morning of the Surviving the Snake ride to wait and decide if the weather will cooperate before they will venture out among the windy, mountain roads. Most of the out-of-town riders came from the Boone, North Carolina area.
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