The KJ100+5K bicycle tour and run/walk are scheduled for its 19th season on Saturday, October 9. The event is hosted by the Jackson State Community College Foundation and raises funds for students with financial needs.
The bicycle tour has 14-, 32-, 62- and 100-mile routes. Both the 100-mile century and 62-mile metric-century routes will take cyclists through Pinson Mounds and Chickasaw State Parks.
In addition to the bicycle tour, a 5K run/walk will also be held on the JSCC campus. The 5K event allows for family members and friends who are not cyclists to participate. Never leaving campus, participants are protected from traffic and are free to enjoy the scenery of the college grounds.
The KJ100+5K was originally known as the Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour and was founded in 2001 by prominent physician and avid cyclist Dr. Kent Jones. The event added a 5K and was renamed the Kent Jones 100 Bicycle Century Tour to memorialize and honor Dr. Jones after his passing in 2018.
While serving as chief of staff at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, Dr. Jones was instrumental in establishing JSCC’s EMT program in 1982. Since the ride’s inception in 2001, over $40,000 has been raised to help students with expenses related to attending the college.
The bicycle tour will begin at 8 a.m., the 5K will start at 9 a.m., and the festival at 10 a.m. For more information or to register for the KJ100 and 5K, visit to www.jscc.edu/kj100.