By: Paula Walter
The Johnson County Community Hospital Foundation Board once again held its Surviving the Snake bicycle ride. This past Saturday morning, approximately 50 riders were greeted by a clear sky and a brisk start to the event that has become a favorite for many avid cyclists.
For the past four years, the hospital board has held this particular fundraiser to help with raising monies for various projects that impact the lives of Johnson Countians on a daily basis. Last years event allowed the hospital to purchase a new cardiac exercise stress system to detect heart disease.
This year, the monies raised will go toward the remodeling of the rehabilitation department, bringing its physical therapy equipment up to date. According to Lynne Livesay, site manager for the physical therapy and rehabilitation department at the hospital, some of the current equipment is approximately 15 years old. The cost for the project is upwards of $300,000.
This year, 53 riders enjoyed a 50K ride that made its way through the scenic countryside of Johnson County heading down Route 421 North to Doe Valley and back again to their starting location. For those experienced riders who were seeking a more challenging course, a longer and steeper 100K adventure took cyclists up the mountain to Shady Valley, down through Damascus to Laurel Bloomery before enjoying a downhill ride cruising back to the heart of Mountain City.
An endeavor of this size is not possible without the assistance of the community. Approximately 68 volunteers stepped forward to register riders, prepare and pick up food, provide radio service, assist with parking, set up pit stops, along with emergency personnel ready at a moments notice to respond to any problems, along with countless hours of planning and preparation. For the past four years our event has been held in September, said Chastity Trivette, Johnson County Community Hospital Assistant Administrator. This year we were looking for a date where we would be guaranteed to have better weather and also where there would be no other rides in the area. Moving the event to August proved to be a good move. Our thanks goes out to our sponsors, foundation board members and many community volunteers who helped make it happen. This years event raised over $12,000.
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