The 17th Annual Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour and 5K is set for Saturday, Oct. 13 at Jackson State Community College. The event includes bicycle road tours varying in length from 14 to 100 miles. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Dr. Kent Jones Scholarship Fund at JSCC and Friends of Chickasaw and Pinson Mounds State Parks.
The routes on the Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour are designed for beginners to advanced riders. There are 14-, 32-, 62- and 100-mile routes. The 100-mile century route will take cyclists through Chickasaw and Pinson Mounds State Parks. For completing this route, cyclists will receive a commemorative patch.
New this year is the addition of a 5K run. “There have been several requests to add a run to this event,” said event organizer Mary Beth Hopper. “This allows for there to be more inclusion for friends and family members that don’t ride. It’s also an excellent opportunity to grow this long-standing annual event.”
Bagels and Bluegrass was started by former surgeon and avid cyclist Dr. Kent Jones. In its second year, Jones made the decision to move the event to Jackson State Community College and to have most of the proceeds from the event support scholarships for non-traditional students. A special scholarship fund named for Dr. Jones was created this year in honor of his years of service and dedication to the college.
Registration for the event begins at 7 a.m. in the lobby of the Gymnasium at Jackson State. There will be a welcome ceremony beginning at 7:45 a.m. and cyclists will begin the tour at 8 a.m. The 5K run will start at 8:30 a.m. The fee for the ride is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. Families can participate together on the 14-mile family fun ride for $35 per family. The fee for the 5K run is $20 per runner.
The registration fee includes a free breakfast and lunch, t-shirts for the first 100 registrants, and a goody bag. Each participant is also eligible for a door prize drawing. Registration form, maps and more details are available at www.bagelsandbluegrass.tn.org.
For more information about the Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour and 5K event go to www.bagelsandbluegrass.tn.org or call 731-616-7474.